In the Preschool, we have four classrooms, each with a lead teacher and two supporting teachers. We spend a lot of time in conversation about what provocations to provide for the students. Each classroom has different areas for the students to explore. At the end of last year, one of the assistant teachers suggested the team use Pinterest as way to collect ideas for our classroom.
What is Pinterest?
Pinterest is an electronic ‘pinboard’ consisting of images gathered from around the World Wide Web. Once you find a site that interests you, you ‘pin’ it onto your pinboard by selecting an image. On your ‘pinboard,’ you can create different ‘boards’ to organize the pins.
This video summarizes Pinterest well –
Please note that you no longer need an invitation.
We created a log-in and password for ‘ISM Preschool,’ therefore all teachers have access. As we look for and stumble across valuable ideas, we can ‘pin’ them onto our site for everyone to see. A more effective way may be to create a board and ‘invite’ others to pin onto it; the board will then go onto their profile. I will try this with my team!
What are the benefits of using Pinterest?
- Many hands make light work. Thirteen people looking for similar information means we have the potential to increase our EFFICIENCY (this is one of my goals for this course).
- The information is organized when others go to use it.
- We can upload photos of our own provocations/set-ups to share and use later.
What are the disadvantages/problems of using Pinterest?
- It has the potential to be a huge time-waster. I can get lost on pinterest so easily as I discover interesting ideas which leads to a new blog….and before you know it, an hour has passed.
- You need to have an established idea of the focus of the pins for a group. We want pins that provide opportunities for hands-on explorations in our Preschool, however there are many ‘thematic’ boards that can distract you from your focus.
- A collaborative board could easily ‘die’ if you don’t get everyone involved. (Which reminds me – I need to remind my teachers about our pinterest board)
How else can it be used in teaching?
I wanted to find other ways for using pinterest in the classroom. First I read a site with 37 suggestions.
Number 36 is my new favourite!
I found a pinterest board of ways to use Pinterest in education. I immediately noticed a pin about creating a wish list – now I know how I will get my teachers to keep track of items we need to order locally and overseas!
How is this helping me reach my goals of this course?
My goals are to use technology in an EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT way. I am now re-inspired to get my team using Pinterest as well as using it to discover new ways to use technology with my documentation. (Idea for another blog post?)
Who else uses Pinterest in their teaching? How do you use it?