Pinterest for Teachers
by Linda Corbett, CALT
There are a variety of useful technology tools available for teachers, and Pinterest is one that seems to be catching on by storm. One of the fastest growing social networks online, Pinterest is the third-largest such network only behind Facebook and Twitter. Pinterest is a pinboard-style photo sharing, video clipping, content curration tool that allows users to create and manage theme-based collections such as events, interests, classroom activities, lesson plans, technology and more. Pinterest is full of teaching materials, classroom ideas, freebies and educational give-aways. For a creative and innovative teacher, the sky is the limit.
Teachers can “pin” (or collect) photos found on the internet, browse other members’ pin boards for inspiration, and “re-pin” images to their own pin boards. As images or photos are chosen, they are linked to the original webpage or blog post where the photo was originated, so teachers can read more about a particular topic of interest. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things, share ideas, build creative teaching units, or get a shot of inspiration from people who share common interests.
Ten of the top Pinterest teacher-recommended boards to follow for access to educational resources are:
- Free Technology for Educators
- My Future Classroom
- Teaching One Day Again
- Kid Blog Network Activities and Crafts
- Blogs/ WebPages
- Melissa Board
- Alligator, Alligator
- Charity Board
Here is an example of a several theme-based boards I have pinned and created for Oral Language Development.
A cautionary note* If you are anything like me and hop aboard the Pinterest bandwagon, “Pinning” can become madly addictive. Enjoy the ride.