I am in desperate need of an intervention. An intervention for my Pinterest addiction. It’s gotten to be beyond ridiculous. I am 100%. totally in love with this website for my personal life. I am constantly looking and pinning new pictures. My husband is ready to leave me due to all of the random crafty things I am now making him help me with. Mind you, I am not a crafty person. I despise doing arts and crafts, even with my toddlers. However, Pinterest has sparked this insane motivation in me and now all I want to do is quit my job and cook and do arts and crafts all day.
Exactly what is Pinterest? Pinterest is an online bulletin board. You can create as many bulletin boards as you like and then you share images, videos, etc. on the bulletin boards. There is an awesome PinIt button that you can add to your bookmarks bar and when you find something online that you love, you can pin away. You can also upload files to your bulletin boards. The coolest part is being able to have this amazing visual space that you can share with the world about your likes. Like I said earlier, it’s really sparked this new motivation in me to go to thrift stores and redo random junk into cool things. I’m going to call it my attempt at being green.
Every time I go to Pinterest, which seems to be more frequently every day, I think instantly of how educators could be using this website in their classrooms and with their colleagues. What a great way to get to actually know your colleagues or your students as the people they are if you just connect with them on Pinterest.
What can I do with my students/colleagues?
- Connect with them and see what kind of bulletin boards and pins they have posted. Get to really know them and their interests. This makes teaching and heading to work way more fun.
- Create a bulletin board of pins for a unit or a lesson and have students view the images/videos as an anticipatory set. From there, students could: create their own boards, groups boards, a class board with images they feel represent the unit.
- Have students create their own board for the content class and post images and videos throughout the year that they find relevant to the units and topics covered…or maybe things they’d like to explore more!
- Students/Teachers in a Family and Consumer Ed course, could create their own cookbooks with all the recipes they find.
- A Tech Ed course could create bulletin boards of architecture or cool things they can make in class.
- An Art class could create bulletin boards of artwork they find or ideas they have.
- Teachers can use Pinterest to find amazing things posted by other educators….I’m finding a ton of stuff for elementary, but many cool classroom setups that can be used in a secondary classroom too.
These are just a few of the ideas that I’ve had as I’ve been playing around with the site. I cannot wait to continue to learn more about Pinterest and find more ways to engage this awesome site into the classrooms. Feel free to leave your ideas as well!
Currently, Pinterest is an invite only site. The invites do not take long to get your official stamp of approval. Once you are approved though, welcome to your new addiction!