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30+ Ways Teachers Can Use Pinterest

Pinterest is  an online platform that is making such a huge buzz in the world of social media. Focusing on the visual component, Pinterest attracted a huge number of internet surfers and within a few months after its launch, its user data base counted millions. People tend to favor visual attractiveness over the textual one. This is probably understood given how the mind easily and quickly processes and stores visually encoded data compared to the written code.




Like all the other social media websites we have been talking about here in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning, Pinterest has some educational potential that we need to capitalize on in our teaching. There are several ways to use Pinterest for educational purposes. Our colleagues in best colleges have compiled such a wonderful list featuring more than 30 ways teachers can use Pinterest. Check out the list below and keep in mind that all the titles are hyperlinked.

Inspiration

  1. Get inspiration for decorating your classroomLooking to liven up your classroom? There are tons of photos of great classroom setups, from kindergartens to high school that you can use for inspiration.
  2. Organize your ideasDo you find yourself jotting down ideas or bookmarking websites and then forgetting about them? Pinterest can help you keep these ideas organized and easy-to-find when you need them.
  3. Get ideas for an inspired bulletin boardA great bulletin board display can make kids excited to learn and proud to see their accomplishments on the wall. You’ll find some amazing ideas for creating your own when you browse Pinterest.
  4. Follow interesting boardsFound a treasure trove of resources? Follow that board! That way anytime things are posted to it you’ll see it immediately in your own feed.
  5. Get fun ideas for new projectsWhether you’re looking for holiday fun for students or something to relate to your lessons, you’ll find some really amazing ideas when you look through educational pins on the site.
  6. Learn how to get craftyPinterest is full of great craft ideas, both for you and the students. Pin a few to have fun with later on.
  7. Look for ways to organize your classroomClassroom lacking organization? Search through pins for some great, often very creative, ways to keep your class neat and tidy.

Lessons

  1. Swap lesson plansPinterest is full of lesson plans that you can use and adapt to your own needs. You can also show off your own great ideas by pinning photos and blog posts on your own.
  2. Locate amazing images for your lessonsPinterest is a very visual resource, which is what makes it such a great place to look when you’re trying to find images for a lesson or a lecture. There are tons of material that is historical, contemporary, art historical, or just plain interesting to look through.
  3. Have students pin project ideasPinterest can also be a great place to get students working. Teachers could have students pin ideas on a board that relate to a particular project they’ll be working on.
  4. Use pinning as part of a lessonOf course, pinning itself could also be an educational experience. Students could have to pin items that fit a certain set of criteria as part of a lesson.
  5. Collect ideas for virtual field tripsLet your kids travel the world through the web when you find creative online field trips on Pinterest, or build your own through great images.
  6. Make group work visualWhether you’re working with your colleagues or helping students to work on a group project, Pinterest can be a great place to collaborate. Share images for presentations or links to papers, resources, and research.
  7. Have students photo journal on PinterestThere are numerous ways students can use Pinterest to journal. How about a series of photos captioned in a foreign language? Or documenting a trip they took? The possibilities are endless.
  8. Find loads of printablesIf you’re in the market for some printable games and lessons for your students, you’ll find tons of great stuff on Pinterest.
  9. Pump up your science lessons with amazing experimentsSearch through the pins on the site for some ideas that can help bring science to life for your students.
  10. Get ideas on how to make learning more hands-onThere are pages and pages worth of pins all about hands-on projects for students. Take advantage of some to make your lessons more interesting and memorable for your students.
  11. Find great books to use in the classroomIt can be tough to choose books for young readers that are both fresh and age appropriate. Luckily, you’ll find some help on that when you look through Pinterest.
  12. Look for grade-specific materialsNeed to search by grade? You can do that, too! If you find boards you like, make sure to follow them.
Professional 

  1. Collaborate with other teachers and educatorsThrough Pinterest, teachers can create collaborative boards. This makes it simple to work together on projects, build better lessons, or just connect over shared ideas.
  2. Start a conversationInspired by a lesson plan or image posted by another educator? Tell them! You can comment on their pins, offering you a chance to learn more and connect.
  3. Share what you’re doing in the classroomWhile it’s great to sit back and take in all the images other people have shared, you shouldn’t be afraid to share your own as well. Pin your favorite classroom projects so that other teachers and students can make use of them as well.
  4. Find out about great readsWhether you’re looking to be inspired or find non-fiction reads about managing your classroom, look to pins from teachers on Pinterest for some recommendations.
  5. Get links to great tech resourcesPinterest is a great place to find out about new tech resources for teachers, including places to print off materials, track your students, or get free educational videos, among other things!
  6. Look for new and innovative teaching methodsDon’t get stuck in the past! Learn about new ways to connect with and manage your students from blog posts linked to on Pinterest.
  7. Find out about awesome new educational productsYou can pin pictures of the latest and greatest in educational products, though some may be dream purchases.
  8. Promote your own work or blogShow off your teaching skills and creativity on Pinterest. You can use it to promote your blog, photos, or anything else you think is worth sharing.
  9. Learn how to help with behavior managementYou can find pins and talk with other educators for new ideas on how to handle your students, from rewarding them for doing well to handling a disruptive kid.
  10. Find amazing teaching blogs to readIf you’re looking for more reading material, you’ll find it on Pinterest. There are loads of teacher blogs and educational posts pinned that you can look through.
  11. Develop as a teacherYou might not have thought about using Pinterest as a personal development tool, but it works for that as well. Find ideas that can help you push your teaching to the next level.
  12. Find other teachersSeek out other teachers on Pinterest so that you can share ideas. You can find your coworkers or strangers and start following each other.
  13. Stay on top of trendsIt can be hard to keep up with the latest trends in education and well, everything else. Check out the latest pins on Pinterest for an update.
  14. Find tutorialsNot sure how to take on a project or tackle a new technology? You can use Pinterest to find helpful tutorials that’ll make it a snap.
Fun

  1. Find inspirationBeing a teacher can be pretty hard work and sometimes you might need a little pick-me-up. You’ll find tons of inspirational quotes and photos that will help you get through even the hardest day.
  2. Create dream classroomsThere are some truly beautiful classrooms posted on Pinterest. Collect your favorite ideas and build a board that represents your ultimate dream classroom.
  3. Laugh after a long dayOne of the best ways you can use Pinterest for fun is to create a board dedicated to things that make you smile. Pin cute pictures, comic strips, and funny images for an instant pick-me-up.
  4. Have funPinterest is one of the most fun sites out there to just browse through and enjoy, so don’t just use it for work!

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