Pinterest has caught the watchful eyes of educators across the globe and they are pinning away. What is Pinterest and pinning? As described by USA Today, it is a visual bulletin board for the web that share images which are grouped and categorized on a user’s page to inspire ideas. From recipes, places to travel, photography, geeky stuff and gardening just to name a few categories, there is a wealth of information that is shared freely for consumption. In that respect, Pinterest has created a new space for educators to connect and bookmark ideas of similar interests. Once you sign up and begin pinning, there are a few things to remember as pointed out by Kathryn Rose, a business consultant, in her posting, “To Pin or Not to Pint: An In-Depth Look at Pinterest.”
- Beware there are only a few privacy settings so you must take care not to post private pictures.
- Beware of copyright infringement. Take a look at Pin Etiquette and use good judgement. It is always best to give credit to the photographer or the person’s work you are pinning.
- Beware of comments on pins as you pin. Be on the guard for spammers since this is an open-follow me platform.
The interest in Pinterest will continue to grow and consume your time. Beware of time online and use it wisely and creatively. Mashable has a quick guide to get you started so what are you waiting for? Curate and share with your community.
A Few for Friday – Searching for Educational Boards
15+ Pinterest Boards Teachers Should be Following shares boards for all grade levels shared by educators via #edchat. Save time and choose boards for your interests.
Select the small arrow to the right of Everything on the navigation bar at Pinterest’s Home and select Education to see what’s pinning in the world of learning.
At Pinterest Home conduct a keyword search on a topic of study or instructional strategy. Be sure to select boards, not pins, to see individual boards on a particular topic. Check out the Graphic Organizers board search. Free Technology for Teachers recently shared Cool Infographics for 2011. Try doing your own keyword search for infographics and view boards shared.
Photo Courtesy Naomi King - http://www.flickr.com/photos/revnaomi/6759965449/
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