I admit it, I am a Pinterest addict. However, I never thought I could use it for educational purposes. This website is all about sharing ideas, links and connecting people together. At first, Pinterest looks like a big interactive pinboard. However, when we get used to it we see the many options it has to offer. Originally, Pinterest was mostly for arts and crafts. However, with the increase of popularity new themes were created. Users can have as many boards as they want which allows them to create their own subjects and to pin on. A pin directly saves the link and brings you back to the original source. By doing a bit of research, I soon discovered how this great tool could help me in my teaching (to know more about Pinterest and how to use it go on this website). Also, here is a website that explains how schools have used Pinterest since its creation.
First and foremost, Pinterest is a tool that helps you find inspiration. Whether it is for classroom decoration, ideas for school project, organizing information or lesson planning, Pinterest can help you in every step of the process. Moreover, it allows you to reach out to other teachers worldwide (here are some useful information for teacher thinking about implementing Pinterest in their classrooms). Therefore, sharing becomes a lot more interesting as you can ask questions about the activity carried out or know if the teacher’s students liked it. In addition, visual learners in your classroom will be particularly appeal by this tool because of the visual nature of it. Pictures are big and catch the attention quite easily.
Apart from all the great advantages that I pointed out previously, I would mainly use this tool for a long term project. Whether it consists of a team or individual project both can be carried out easily. If it would be for a team project, I would suggest using a private board between each members of the team. A private board can be shared with any person you want without having other people look at it. Consequently, my students could carry their research and put their resources on this board without having other people look at their work. With the pictures, students could be reminded of what the link is about as well as writing a short description of the subject. Therefore, information about the team’s project would be available for every team member. In addition, the comments under the picture allow the students to share their opinion about the content. For an individual project, the same thing would be possible but instead of sharing the board the person would simply work on it alone.
I believe that Pinterest could be greatly useful to me and my students, and I hope I have convinced you of using it. Coming from a Pinterest addict, I can assure that you will see the benefits of this tool rapidly.
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