Put a Pin In It!

Pinterest is fast becoming one of the most popular social media sites on the web for curating content. Pinterest is much like a bulletin board where you can “pin” images from sites you find on the web to boards that are related to your interests.  When you visit the site, you’re able to search the content that others have “pinned” and you’ll find that users’ boards cover a wide variety of topics.

Getting Started
To get started, visit the Pinterest site and request an invitation or, if you know someone already using the site, they can also invite you to join.  Once you’ve received an invitation, set up your account and log in. Start by placing the “Pin It” button on the toolbar of your web browser.  This makes it much easier to “pin” a site when you find it.

Create a board for any topic or interest then, as you search the web for related sites, click on the “Pin It” button on your browser’s toolbar, select a representative image from that site, type a caption and choose the board that it belongs on.  If you’re using Facebook or Twitter, you’ll be able to choose to post what you’ve found there as well.

In the Classroom
How can a tool like Pinterest be used in instruction?

  1. Curate content for your students:  You don’t need to have a Pinterest account to view boards. Each board will have it’s own web address that you can share with your students to provide them with resources related to lesson topics/units.  Here’s an example of a board related to sites containing Informational Text.
  2. Collaborate with others: Any Pinterest user can collaborate with another user to “pin” content to a board.  Just change the “Who can pin?” preference for any board and you’re ready to work with another teacher to locate content for your students.
  3. Create an account for your class and ask students to “pin” information they’ve found through research to a board. This will help them to keep track of sites they’ve visited while the captions can be used as a quick reminder of the content.
  4. While logged into a Pinterest account, students will also be able to comment or “like” any pins and, if a student finds something helpful for their learning they can repin what someone else has found. Great for digital citizenship!

Here are some other thoughts about using Pinterest in education

What ideas do you have for using Pinterest in the classroom?

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