Ok, so I am still working on the second week and will soon get to the topic for the third week but in the meantime — Pinterest.
Thanks to one of my fellow co-workers, I received an invite to Pinterest. It would be interesting to know how long it takes to get an invite if someone doesn’t send it to you.
Although I haven’t spent a ton of time looking at other people’s boards, I think this is actually a bookmarking site that I would take the time to use and keep up. I started with a board called “Favorite Places & Spaces” but only because I didn’t really know where else to start. Since then, I have created a board on bulletin boards because I was searching for fresh, new ideas since parents will be visiting the school tomorrow night and I haven’t updated mine since before Christmas. Since I am frequently searching for ideas, Pinterest provided the perfect forum to capture a thumbnail image for future use. In the past, I have copied the image into PowerPoint and saved it there. Of course, I frequently forgot to copy in the URL so I had no idea where the idea came from.
This week while talking to a different co-worker, she mentioned that she saw all the buzz about Pinterest but didn’t really understand why someone would use it. I found myself trying to convince her how wonderful it is and all the uses for it (planning a vacation, redecorating a room, recipes, etc…).
I can see many uses for Pinterest in the classroom but it is currently blocked in my district. I would love to have students create a board for their biography projects with pictures of the person, where they lived, objects that are attributed to them, and so much more. Or an animal board with pictures of the habitat, prey, food they eat, where they live, etc.. Plus, since Pinterest is so easy to use, students would be able to complete it in a class or two which would be a huge bonus!
Until the next new thing comes along, Pinterest will definitely be something I will use in the future.