The social media site Pinterest can and should be used as a classroom resource

pinterest logoThe social media site Pinterest is perhaps best known as a hub for swapping recipes, wedding planning tips, and “do-it-yourself” ideas. But as technological innovations and education intersect more and more, could Pinterest also be used as a classroom resource?

As it turns out, the the answer is yes.

There is a thriving community of educators and education companies pinning to their hearts’ desires. Pinterest being what it is, there is certainly a hodgepodge of organizational and decorating tips (like this cute DIY planter) for the classroom. But if you look beyond this jumble of arts and crafts, there are legitimate educational resources being pinned – sometimes, entire boards.

Much of this content seems destined for teachers to use, because it is usually created by teachers rather than administrators, and is often pinned to their personal accounts. But Pinterest does offer a wider range of ed-tech tools, from individual pins linked to mobile technology articles to entire Pinterest accounts run by school districts.

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