Pinterest is such a powerful new addition to the online social media fabric. It is not long since its official launch and it has already hosted thousands and thousands of pinners and is gaining in popularity day after day. Part of this huge success is due to the visual element that Pinterest depends on. The idea of social bookmarking is not new at all but Pinterest has revitalized it in such a creative way allowing people to use images from websites and blogs they like and assemble them into some visually appealing boards.
As is the case with other social media tools, Pinterest has brought about some great pluses for educators and teachers. It becomes a safe haven for several educational boards covering a wide variety of topics from technology to art.
Here are some of the ways you can use Pinterest in education.
1- Create a classroom board
Go ahead and create a board for your classroom on Pinterest. You can use this board to share with students links and resources related to what you teach them. You can either reserve the right to admin it for yourself ( I don't recommend it ) or get your students engaged in knowledge building through pinning.
2- Enhance Teamwork and Collaboration
You can encourage your students to create their own pins and probably check them from time to time to see how they are proceeding Students working on the same project can use pinterest to bookmark the materials and links they need. This collective pinning can tremendously foster feelings of collaboration and teamwork among students.
3- Lesson Planning
Pinterest boards can be a great help for storing visual representations of your lesson planning. You can also pin images, videos, infographics..ect ahead of time and get them ready for future lesson plans.
4- Book Readings
You can create a specific pinterest board where to pin books and other reading recommendations for your students.
To learn more about how to use Pinterest in your classroom then I would direct you to This Guide.
Now that you are ready to start using Pinterest for educational purposes , here are some top educational pinners to consider following.
1- Lisa Johnson
This is an instructional technology specialist. She has 18 aboards about educational technology.
2- Suzy Brooks
This is a teacher who has created 40 boards sharing some awesome teaching ideas and materials.
3- Vicki Dabroka
Vicki has more than 60 boards covering everything you need about education and instructional technology.
The International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) advances excellence in learning and teaching through innovative and effective uses of technology.
5- Charity Preston
Preston has over 70 boards full of great resources and links for teachers
6- Teacher Vision
More than 60 boards filled with educational tools and pre-k-12 resources
Edutopia has 13 boards where you can find all kinds of educational resources from tech to art integration
8- Rachael Friedrich
She has over 100 boards covering everything from freebies to funnies
9- Vicki Davis
This is a great educator that you definitely need to follow she has some very interesting boards (41 boards )
10- Amanda Plum
This is a first grade teacher who has curated more than 50 boards full of interesting materials for teachers.
11- Erin Klein
With over 70 boards on her page. Erin has succeeded in assembling a great wealth of educational resources.
I know I am not in the calibre of those educational pinners mentioned above but I would love to introduce you to my boards as well
12- Med Kharbach
This is me , I thought you might also like to discover some of the boards I have created especially for educational technology and mobile learning. Check them out.
This list is not exhaustive and I might have missed many other pinners .