Books & Bytes

FDHS Library News - Volume 1 Issue 8

Tech Tidbit: Pinterest

Perhaps less common than Twitter, Pinterest is a web and mobile application company that offers a visual discovery, collection, sharing, and storage tool. Users create and share the collections of visual bookmarks (boards). Boards are created through a user selecting an item, page, website, etc. and pinning it to an existing or newly created board.

For the library, I use Pinterest to organize board that share the new books each month. I also have a board dedicated to my readalike infographics, one for my newsletters, and one for book videos I make. You can see my boards here.

So how could you use this in the classroom? Well, as one teacher website said, "Pinterest is a great lesson in copyright and digital ownership. All photos, ideas, recipes and research comes from the hard work and creativity of another. It is too easy to scrape content and steal images from the Internet and use them as yours. When pinning images, always make sure you give credit to the original source. Pinning directly from the original source is the best way to ensure you are giving proper credit and a link back to the original work." (source)

Some other ideas include:

  • Have students photo journal on Pinterest. There 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.
  • Make group work visual. Whether 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.
  • Have students pin project ideas. Pinterest 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.
  • Use pinning as part of a lesson. Of 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.

Not to mention it would work great as a resource to get student research started. Share some good sources with them on a board! More ideas are available here (which is where I got the above ideas)!

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