Pinterest goes far beyond recipes, memes and wishlists — it can actually be a great tool for schools as a whole, or for individual classrooms! article for In an Edutopia, Vicki Davis explains some strategies to maximize your pinning efforts. Read the following excerpt and then be sure to check out the full post. (And visit us on Pinterest, too!)
The PEW Research Center has found that 28 percent of online users are using Pinterest (compared to only 23 percent using Twitter). Women dominate Pinterest with 42 percent of women online using the site. With over 80 percent of teachers being women (PDF, 1.5MB), it makes sense that teachers are all over Pinterest sharing ideas for lesson plans, centers, and resources.
Pinterest is different from other sites. When you pin something, people will be looking at and repinning it years later. Pinterest may be the secret powerhouse of educational sharing. Here are 20 power tips that you can use in many areas of schools and your classroom.
Follow Boards or People
Pinterest has a useful feature that lets you just follow just one board. Here's an example. If I look at super-teacher Laura Candler's Pinterest, I can click at the top right and follow everything she pins, or I can click "Follow" under her boards that interest me the most. So a math teacher can just follow Laura's math boards, and a curriculum director can just follow her Common Core board.
Find Your Friends
One of the fastest ways to build your PLN on a site is to find the friends you already email or follow. If you log into Pinterest's homepage, you'll see the "find your friends" button (or you can go here). Just click their names to follow them.
Make a Board When You Need It
Make boards as you find a reason to use them. That way you won't end up with empty boards. As you can see below, if you don't have a board, you can create it right there.