Tips for using Pinterest in the classroom

By Laura Devaney, Managing Editor, @eSN_Laura
February 12th, 2013

A growing number of educators are using Pinterest in the classroom.

Many aspiring crafters and cooking fanatics are familiar with Pinterest, a social media site set up like a virtual bulletin board in which users “pin” favorite home décor, cooking, and craft ideas. But now education is hopping on the Pinterest bandwagon, as teachers and administrators are quickly discovering that the site is replete with resources for students of all ages and abilities.

Users may sign up for a Pinterest account using an eMail address, and create boards for different topics. They can search for specific ideas, or “pins,” or browse through popular pins and filter by subject. Pinterest is public, and users can follow other pinners much like they would on Twitter.

Pinterest automatically links a pin back to the site it comes from, so that users do not have to remember URLs. Installing a “Pin It” button on a browser task bar enables users to pin any image or idea they see on any website they visit.

During a crowded afternoon session at the Texas Computer Education Association’s annual conference in Austin, presenters Janet Corder and Joan Gore of technology professional development group J2 Training guided attendees through popular educational Pinterest accounts and shared their tips for effective pinning and using Pinterest in the classroom.

While Pinterest does not have as much inappropriate content as other public sites, Corder advised against using it with students because teachers aren’t able to designate what material students may or may not view.

(Next page: Popular educational Pinterest boards, and tips for using the site)

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3 Responses to “Tips for using Pinterest in the classroom”

I have to admit that we only started using Pinterest in the last 5 months and have seen a huge increase in teachers using it for access to education resources.

We now use our Pininterest site to provide a depository for all the free educational resources that we publish each day on our Facebook page – and because it is so visual and can all be categorized so efficiently – it remains there as a resource for other teachers to use – and hopefully they will benefit too.

Thanks for another interesting article.

Pinterest is an amazing resource that can be used for numerous educational purposes. At Region One ESC in Deep South Texas, the GEAR UP program has created a Pinterest site full of boards for students, parents, and educators that promotes college and career readiness, engagement in core subject areas, and some fun information and tidbits about college life.
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April 4, 2013

This is a very reassuring article that pinterest is a valid educator website. I have recently joined pinterest and although I did find a lot of household and personal tips, there is excellent information regarding early children’s literature. I have been pinning this with other personal interests.