I recently discovered Pinterest and at first glance, I really wasn’t that impressed. It seemed like yet another social networking site that I could live without. In fact, it seemed so similar to Tumblr that I wrote it off for several months. But I have finally come around to sing its praises.
Pinterest is basically an online pinboard. I don’t how else to describe it. It’s like a bulletin board where we can post images, videos, and text from a variety of different sources. The coolest thing about, though, is that you can organize your collection extremely well. You do this by creating specific “boards.”
I had been struggling with a way to keep track of all of my favourite teaching ideas I come across online. I use Twitter to share ideas often but the tweets end up getting buried and are difficult to find when I want to recall them weeks or months later.
With Pinterest, I’ve created a board for each and every subject area. Now when I come across a great reading or writing idea, I simply “pin” that idea or resource to my Language Arts Board (I posted about this last month.)
Pinterest is a great bookmarking tool that you can have access to anywhere. It also lets you share ideas with other teachers. If you like something someone else has posted, you can “repin it” so it will also appear on whatever specific board you choose.
The only problem with Pinterest is that it is so visual. It relies on pictures or images to link back to the original source. It does allow you to add text but you are limited to the amount of words you use to describe a site or resource you are pinning.
That being said, I am completely sold on using Pinterest to organize and collect teaching ideas. I know people use it for a lot more but my page and all of my boards are entirely dedicated to teaching.
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