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Tech Tool Thursday: Pinterest in 30 minutes


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Liane Elias of UNCG Libraries presented this workshop for our Tech Tool Thursdays on Nov 7 2013. As social media changes quickly it can be difficult to know what is a fad and what is worth learning and using. Pinterest, one of the newer social media tools, has been gaining in popularity and can be used as a powerful tool in visual learning. It allows you to create visual book, movie and resource lists that can engage students more fully than simple words. This session showcases the basics for using Pinterest as a planning and teaching tool.

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Tech Tool Thursday: Pinterest in 30 minutes

  1. 1. In 30 minutes! Liane Elias University Libraries UNC-Greensboro November 7, 2013
  2. 2. Quick Poll! How familiar are you with Pinterest? A. This is the first I’m hearing about it. B. I have made an account and poked around a bit… C. I am comfortable using Pinterest. D. I am addicted!
  3. 3. Agenda What is Pinterest? How are people using Pinterest? How can I use Pinterest in my organization/classroom/etc.? Web Tour/first hand look at Pinterest Best practices in using Pinterest Questions?
  4. 4. What is Pinterest?
  5. 5. What is Pinterest? Bookmarking functionality + Search and discovery Social content sharing Highly visual, highly customizable, highly intuitive experience
  6. 6. Language of Pinterest Pin (n., v.): a visual bookmark to content on the web or content uploaded directly to site, process of creating these Re-pin (n., v.): others’ pins, how you collect them Board: a space to organize pins by any criteria you wish Follow: similar to Facebook, follow tastemakers and others you’re interested in to see their content Unfollow: stop following other users, or stop following particular boards on their page Like: similar to Facebook, show interest w/out re-pinning Feed: the central “landing page” of Pinterest where you will see your pins and all others that you follow Bookmarklet: a browser widget that lets you pull content directly from the internet
  7. 7. Anatomy of a Pin Image you have pinned Board you pinned it to Suggestions Pin/repin history
  8. 8. Using Pinterest Irma Minerva (Jackson Library) shares: New books, new DVDs, new music, topical and holiday boards, archival and historical collections… Others share: Recipes, lesson plans, “bucket list” items, news articles, video, home décor, vision boards, wedding and event planning, travel photography, anything!...
  9. 9. Using Pinterest Examples of Pinterest for education/learning: - Collaborative/group work Writing exercises, literature study Design boards, visual inspiration Lesson plans and classroom activities Political or current events Discussion board Images to spark discussion for research, etc. Cultural and sociological awareness
  10. 10. Web Tour Irma Minerva on Pinterest: Let’s take a look around!
  11. 11. Best Practices Dos Don’ts Use pictures to convey ideas Rely on text to present idea Describe an image with specific details & attribution Change or erase a link path, leave images unattributed Cultivate a network of other pinners who inform, inspire Ignore the Terms of Service Link Pinterest with other social media profiles for consistency and visibility
  12. 12. Questions?