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.
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 http://www.pinterest.com/. 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.
- 12 Classroom Uses for Pinterest by Caitlin Munn
- 10 Ways to Use Pinterest in the Classroom by Aditi Rao: Blog post highlighting ten ways to use Pinterest with students.
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- Diefenbunker: Images and resources from the Diefenbunker Museum
- Canadian News: Current events provided by CTV
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- Khan Academy: Images and video tutorials on a variety of mathematics topics
- Math Ideas: Printable resources and images for the mathematics classroom http://pinterest.com/alwayslearning/math-ideas/
- Math Centre Ideas: Activities for the pre-kindergarten to grade one classroom
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- Beautiful Science: Images from various scientific fields