In my last post, I discussed ways for technology teachers to stay current with industry demands and changes in technology. One of the suggested ways do this is reading articles on new and emerging technologies. Also, collaborating with other technology teachers, or teachers in general, for ideas on tips, tricks and methods to use in the classroom.
So, I have a little secret. I do most of my research and lesson planning on Pinterest these days.
If you have not yet tapped into this resource to improve your teaching, you have been missing out on one of the best “unofficial” professional development platforms around. If you have been using Pinterest already, well, then you know what I am talking about.
What is Pinterest?
Pinterest is a collection of visual bookmarks that users can search and share. It’s essentially a way to organize the Internet. By searching pins, great information for teachers from classroom management tips to specific subject methods to printables can be found. Once you find something you like or want to save, repin it to a board that you have made.
How can Educators Use Pinterest?
Check out this Infographic:
There are many websites and other blog posts that will help you become a pro-Pinterester in no time. Check out the following:
The Teacher’s Guide to Pinterest
Using Pinterest for Education
Three Ways Pinterest is Getting Used By Teachers
37 Ways Teachers Should Use Pinterest
What are Some Pinterest Boards to Get Me Started?
Teaching – Lessons and Ideas
Teaching – Technology
Cool Cat Teacher
Pinterest for Teachers
As you can see, the possibilities are endless. My only regret is that Pinterest was not around 20 years ago when I started teaching. No worries, however, because I am making up lost time.
If you’re an educator who has not used Pinterest before, take a look around and let me know what you think. And, if you’re an educator who does use Pinterest, share you favorite board(s) and/or how you’ve used Pinterest in your classroom.
Enjoy the Pinterest goodness!