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17 September 2012

Imagining how to use Pinterest

You may have heard of a web site called Pinterest.  You may already have an account, and be actively using it, the way its creators imagined:
"Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes." (link)

I'd heard about it, but hadn't begun to think of the educational possibilities until I saw these pinboards: Education Apps, iPad Apps for Administrators, iPhone/iPad Apps for Art Teachers, Apps for OTs

Pintarest was meant to be a photo sharing site, I think - not your own photos, but photos you find on the web.  But the photos you pin link back to their web page, so it is really a social bookmarking site.

The other day, Mashable wrote about a very clever leverage of Pintarest's possibilities  by non-profit organizations working for social good.
"The fictional Pinterest profile of Ami Musa, created by UNICEF, features the less-than-luxurious desires of the 13-year-old girl from Sierra Leone, on a board called “Really want these.” Instead of scrumptious-looking dessert recipes, Musa has pinned an image of hands holding plain rice. Rather than an artfully tiled hot tub, Musa has pinned a rusty faucet." (link)
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I looked at the other Boards and Pins that the story featured, searched a little farther, and decided to share a handful of sites for you to explore:
Pinterest for Non-Profits

Looking  through these boards and pins, thinking about your classroom, projects, students, areas of interest, etc., will probably spark ideas of how you could use Pinterest in your teaching or, if you're a student, in your research, collecting, bookmarking, sharing, etc.

For example, although Nonprofit Ads, Posters & Infographics is part of the Non-Profit Organizations Board, an art teacher is going to see beautiful, powerful examples of graphic design to show students; a math or economics teacher is going to find infographics full of data; a PYP student thinking about the Exhibition may find examples of action to investigate further, a PYP or MYP teacher is going to see a very visual way to capture resources and share them with students....go investigate!
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