TechSlam created by Caitlin Munn, 2012, MEd Graduate Program, Brock University

What is Pinterest?

Pinterest is one of the newest social bookmarking tools being used now by educators to construct collaborative documents that bookmark areas of interest on the Internet – Pinterest specifically allows users to construct bookmarks of images located on the Internet OR shared from computers. According to Pinterest:

Pinterest is a virtual pinboard. Pinterest allows you to organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. You can browse pinboards created by other people to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and share their favorite recipes.

A pin is an image that is added as an item to Pinterest. Pins (or images) can come from the Internet or are uploaded from a personal computer. Items can also be repined from one Pinterest member’s board to another member’s board. Pinterest (Getting Started section) suggests that a quality Pin posts include the following:

  • Pin from the original source
  • Pin from permalinks
  • Give credit and include thoughtful pin descriptions.

One caution in the use of Pinterest for constructing collaborative image documents for students, and by students, is that copyright permissions should be identified BEFORE pinning an image into a Pinterest board. Images that are copyrighted should not be pinned without permission from the copyright owner.

Examine the links below for more information on how to create Pinterest and examples of classroom use.

Edudemic Uses Pinterest in the Classroom

Pinterest in the Classroom by teacherportal1

Other examples of quality Pinterest boards created by teachers for educational purposes, see the following:

TechSlams: Creating and Using Pinterest

Pinterest tool is available at The tutorial below explains how to set up an account for Pinterest, and how to pin items from Pinterest and the Internet to your own virtual board.

Content Connections

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