Pinterest is a social network more synonymous with fashion, shopping and cooking than education and training. But with boards and pins now branching off in every direction, the professional value of the network should certainly not be underrated. The visual nature of Pinterest means that content is presented in a much more attractive and engaging way, which can be of real value if you struggle to involve staff in new ideas or if there is a reluctance to embrace technology.
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A Quick Look
If you have not had chance to play around on Pinterest, it’s well worth investing a little time in. With a vibrant and passionate community of ‘pinners’ it can be a delightfully fun way to discover new ideas.
1. Private school PD collection
Pinterest is relatively unique in that you can create private spaces called ‘secret boards‘ for sharing pins with only the people you invite. This means that secret boards can be the perfect place for your teams to store, share and archive PD resources. With apps for iPhone, iPad, Android and web, it also means these resources are available anywhere at anytime.
2. Learn from the best
While Pinterest is renowned for the sharing of shoes and engagement rings, there is actually a very healthy and helpful community of educators sharing the best of the web on their pinboards. Try checking out Erin Klein, Edutopia, Debbie Clement and Miss Kindergarten to get started pinning and repinning with the best of them.
3. Share accomplishments
What do you do at home when your children score an A on a test or get a reward in class? You stick it up on the fridge! Try using Pinterest as your class or school digital fridge, and start posting your achievements there. This can be as public or private at you want and some schools are even using Pinterest as a communication replacement for blogs and newsletters.
4. Recommended reading
One idea that book clubs and literary enthusiasts have taken advantage of on Pinterest is using boards to share their favorite reads. Try setting up a Pinterest board to share your reading list and get recommendations from colleagues. This can be an easy first step if some of your team are hesitant about pinning.
5. Open it up to the community
This may be a bit of a gamble for some schools, but it can promote a sense of openness and collaboration within the school community. Create a board where parents and students can pin their ideas and links for developing learning. Pins can be ranked by their re-pin popularity, helping define the school direction together while also promoting ownership through the entire community.
Links and Next Steps
- An Introduction to Pinterest for the Classroom – Video by Tiffanie Morales
- Using Pinterest for Teacher Collaboration – Video by Rebecca Manock
- Pinterest for teachers – Slideshare by Principal Arthur Preston
- 37 Ways Teachers Can Use Pinterest In The Classroom
- Pinterest for Educators – PowToon video by Matthew Rosenberg
- Using Pinterest in the Classroom – Tips for teachers on Pinterest
- Pinterest ‘Education’ category – All education pins on Pinterest
- Professional Development Board – Pin board created by ASCD
- Just Beautiful Classrooms Board – Community pin board
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