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Pinterest for Teachers

  1. forPinterest Teachers INST 5220 - University of Central Missouri Presented by Karen Richardson Retrieved 4/8/12 from picasso-style-superheroes
  2. What is Pinterest?Pinterest is an online pinboard thatallows its users to organize andshare their interests. Teachers areutilizing Pinterest as a valuable toolfor gathering and organizing a pinsuperabundance of educationalmaterial for use in their classrooms. board
  3. How to setup an accountSetting up an account. You need an invite to activate an account with Pinterest.• Request an invite via www. or• Request an invite via your Facebook account.• Ask a friend with a Pinterest account to send you an invite (this is the quickest method).• Invite your friends to join Pinterest by clicking on the arrow next to your name in the upper right-hand corner, and then pull down to invite friends.
  4. Pinterest is user-friendlyThis is a screenshot of mypersonalPinterest homepage.• Currently, I have 19 boards in alphabetical order, consisting of 258 total pins.• The Pinterest site is user- friendly. Nearly everything you need to know about managing your site can be found by clicking on the buttons located on your home page.
  5. Editing a Pinterest profileYour personal profile is important.Others can see your profile at the top of yourPinterest page; share something about yourself.• On your Pinterest home page, click the arrow next to your name and pull down to the Settings link.• Write something about yourself in the About field• You can upload an image, too.• Additional information found on the Settings page includes your Web site, gender, location, and options to link your account to Facebook and/or Twitter.
  6. Create a new BoardWhen your account isactivated, new boardswill automatically becreated for you, but youcan add more.• Click on the Add + button locatedin the upper right-hand corner ofyour homepage.• Click on Create a Board. Title yourboard in the Board Name field. Forexample, “Art activities”.• Choose a Board Category so otherteachers can locate your pinboards.• In the Who can pin field, select JustMe. For a shared account select Me +Contributors. Click the red CreateBoard button.
  7. Adding Pins to boards There are several ways to add pins to a board:• In the Search field, enter what you are looking for and click the magnifying glass. For example, type web 2.0 in the search field and browse through the images that appear.• Or, Click Pins, Boards, or People.• Or, Click Pinners you follow.• Or, Browse Pinterest’s home page and click the Repin button on the image.• Or, Click the Add + button located in the upper right-hand of your page. Click on Add a Pin and enter the URL of the Web site and click on Find Images.• Or, Click Add+, click on Upload a Pin and click choose file.
  8. Re-arrange your boardsYou can alphabetize orcategorize your boards.On your home page, adjacent to the Edit Profilebutton is a box with arrows on the sides. Clickon this box and you will see the option toRearrange Boards.A check symbol will activate. Now you can clickon a board and drag it to where you want it. Iput my boards in alphabetical order.
  9. Edit cover of a board You can assign a pin as a cover for a board.• To change the cover of • Another window opens, allowing you to select another your board, hover over cover photo and drag to position it. Click on the left or right arrows to select your new cover photo and then the current cover image click on the red Set Cover button. and click on the edit board cover button.
  10. Follow boards or peopleYou can choose which boards,people you are following.• On your home page, click on the following button in the upper right-hand corner.• The people you are following will appear.• If you no longer want to follow someone, click on the Unfollow button on their pinboard page.• If you want to choose which boards you do or do not want to follow for this person, click on their name or photo and begin clicking unfollow on the boards you no longer wish to follow.
  11. Teachers are pinningExamples of whatteachers are pinningto their boards:(shown are pinboards for Arts Resources,Transforming Education, Literacy Web sitesand resources, Technology in Education).Additional ideas include:• Classroom organization & management strategies• Subject-specific lessons• Assessment tools• Inspirational quotes• Web 2.0 tools• YouTube videos• Graphic organizers• Professional Development
  12. Classroom OrganizationExample of a pin for classroomorganization ideas.This image and a Web link were added toPinterest by a classroom teacher. Check out theblog at the URL shown below.• 42 people have liked this pin, there have been 249 repins and 3 comments.• Pinterest is a great social platform for teachers, too.Retrieved 4/6/12 from:
  13. Subject-specific lessonsExample of a pin forReading mini lessons.This particular link includes thefollowing units:• Frontloading• Fix-Up Strategies• Connecting• Visualizing• Questioning• Determining Importance• Inferring• SynthesizingIf you click on an image in Pinterest,there are also buttons for you to Likeit on Facebook, Tweet, or E-mail it toa friend.
  14. Assessment toolsExample of a pin for assessmentin the classroom.Shown is a self-reflective assessmenttool: Select, Describe, Analyze, Appraise,TransformNote that clicking on a pin in Pinterest(top illus.) will open a larger image(bottom illus.). If you then click on thelarger image, it will take you to thepin’s Web link.Retrieved 4.6.12 from:
  15. Inspirational quotesExample of an inspirational pin.Start collecting pins that keepyou motivated.• All you have to do is Repin and it attaches to your own pinboard for you to enjoy.• 100 people have Repinned this quote.
  16. Web 2.0 toolsExample of aWeb 2.0 pin.You can Repin thisInfographic with yourPinterest account. This imageserves as a great tool forteachers to connect Bloom’sTaxonomy with Web 2.0technology. Web 2.0technology is already pairedwith the cognitive levels oflearning.Retrieved 4.6.12 from
  17. YouTube videosYou can pin educationalYouTube videos.Check out Singapore’s 21st Century Teaching Strategies.These kids are using Smart Phones to collaborate in the classroom,and they are learning in 3D virtual worlds, like Second Life!Retrieved 4/5/12 from:
  18. Pinning YouTube videosHow to pin a YouTube video:• Enter what you are searching for in the search field.• Click the Pin it button when you locate the YouTube video you want to add to your pinboard.• Your YouTube video will play automatically when you click on its pinboard.
  19. Graphic organizersExample of agraphicorganizer pin.This pindemonstrates howto create 3-Dfoldables.Retrieved 4/10/12 from
  20. Classroom LiteratureExamples of using pinboards to share children’s literature.You could create a pinboard for Newbery or Caldecott award books.
  21. Professional DevelopmentExample of a professionaldevelopment pin.Andy Hockley explains theSix Ways to Survive theCrisis through ProfessionalDevelopmentRetrieved 4/6/12 from:
  22. Pinterest rulesDO: give credit with a link to where your image was foundDO: be respectfulDO: create interesting and varied pinboardsDO NOT: self-promote yourself or your businessDO NOT: spamDO NOT: pin nudity or offensive images
  23. Resources and a SurveyAttached is a list of pinners I located on Pinterest who utilize it for sharing educationalpinboards. You can add to this list after you join Pinterest. Please download the followingWord document for the list:List of Educators Who Are PinningPlease help me improve my presentations by completing a brief survey. Please clickon the following link: