Pinterest is a visual social media platform that allows users to “pin” images that either represent content (e.g., image-as-link), or is content in and of itself (e.g., an infographic). Pinterest is a great, fast way to collect information by providing visuals that will then link to the source of the information. I have begun using Pinterest a lot, as it is just so convenient. The other thing it allows you to do is collect others resources and add them to yours. A way to stay organized by being able capture and then find again, all those little things you run across while perusing the Internet. Bookmarks just cannot keep up any more!
Tina Wahlert has a Pinterest page titled: Using Pinterest in Education, A collection of hints for using Pinterest well and utilizing the site in education.Edudemic has "A Straightforward Guide To Using Pinterest In Education".
Simple Ways to Use Pinterest in the Classroom
- Share quotes and inspiration
- Visual sharing across content areas
- Suggest reading materials
- Provide websites for various purposes, i.e. typing programs, math support
- Encourage student participation
- Showcase those science projects
- Provide book report presentationsand/or ideas
- Share pictures from a field trip (don't forget confidentiality!)
Not sure how to use Pinterest. Here is a nice little guide on How to Use Pinterest Well.
How Popular Is Pinterest Around the World?
So, how am I using Pinterest? Well, not all of it is job related. I love gardening so yes, I have a page on ideas for my yard. I love eating, so I have a collection of recipes. But I also have begun to use it quite avidly for assistive technology and the whole iOS World of this and that. Below you will find a list with links of my Pinterest Boards which are changing daily, which is what Pinterest is all about. I hope you find them resourceful when the need arises.
- AAC - Because everyone deserves a voice.
- Apps for the Classroom - Here an app, there an app, everywhere an app app!
- Apps for Special Needs - Apps that can be used as Assistive Technology or support for people with special needs.
- Assistive Tech to the Rescue! - Because they deserve it...we need to know it.
- Classroom 2.0 - Ideas and strategies worth exploring. iPads, Interactive Whiteboards, Computers, Gadgets... It's all good. Integrate it. Don't isolate it.How should we make sure we are using what we have.
- Cords, you say? - Take charge! Tools to help you manage to tangled cord challenge.
- Disability Abilities - Don't dis my abilities!Videos worth seeing and using in the classroom.
- Disabilities - What you need to know. A collection from the mouths of...
- iDevice Cases - Hold on!Cases to help us protect, hold and carry.
- iDevice Speaker & Mic Systems - Because, let's face it... They just don't have enough umph sometimes!
- iDevice Gadgets - A little of this. A little of that. So much to say!
- Educational Sites for Special Needs - Internet use with kids in special education classrooms. iPad Mounts & Stands - Don't make me hold on!
- iPad Stylus Options - Get a grip!
- iPad Tutorials and Guides - Because let's face it - sometimes we just need a little help!
- Kids! - Make it fun, brighten up their world!(Not always educational:-)
- Mouse & Keyboard Alternatives - Alternative access...
- Not iDevice Apps and Information - Android, Chrome, Windows, eReaders, they deserve a say too!
- SLP World - Give them a voice.
- Special Education Blogs worth Exploring - Voices with a lot to share.
- Switch Access - Opening the world to those who often don't have it opened enough.
- Technology Gadgets for the Classroom - So many, so little time!
- Visual Strategies Worth Seeing - It's all in the eyes.
4/13: There is a now a new version. This blogger has provided for us "Everything You Need to Know About the New Pinterest". So there ya go, piece of cake!