Pinterest is a free online visual pinboard tool which teachers can use to find ideas, tips and resources shared by colleagues elsewhere. So if looking for inspiration, or for a resource for a particular need in your classroom, Pinterest can provide one means of connecting with colleagues worldwide. The following are examples of how teachers are already using Pinterest – you can search or browse within Pinterest or look at the following for teaching-related uses to which Pinterest has already been put. And you can, if you wish, also sign up and join in the sharing too!
Five Reasons Teachers Should Use Pinterest is a post by Brian Crawford explaining in what ways teachers have found their use of Pinterest useful to them in their teaching. This describes how teachers can use Pinterest to find curriculum online, follow the latest teaching trends, create boards for their own pupils to use, take advantage of the visual medium, and network with like-minded educators.
Phil Wade has posted a vocabulary article for St George International Language site which describes how Pinterst works and in what ways it can be a useful tool, as well as acting as a literacy article for older pupils who are using texts to learn English – with Pinterest as the topic – with vocabulary help throughout the article.
37 Ways Teachers Should Use Pinterest breaks down many of the ways teachers could find Pinterst useful in their teaching into different categories. So there are ideas for using as inspiration in teaching, ideas and lessons using Pinterest, and ideas for using Pinterest to develop teaching skills and connect with other professionals. Each of the 37 ideas have links to examples of Pinterest used for the way described.
30 Inspiring Pinterest Pins for Teachers provides a range of ways teachers are using Pinterest for sharing lesson plans, classroom photos, teaching tips ideas, and inspirational materials with other teachers. There are ideas for classroom organisation, display ideas, motivational posters, and more all with links to examples of these using Pinterest.
Pinterest is social media and as such there are considerations which teachers would want to take into account to ensure safe use. Alicia Eler has created a post on Read Write Web which guides teachers through how to stay safe on Pinterest.
Pinterest for Teachers by Erin Klein on her Kleinspiration blog brings together advice for teachers using Pinterest (including copyright issues) along with links to how other teachers are using Pinterest to support their teaching.
Kevin Hodgson has collected “Comics You Should Read if you are a Teacher” – to bring out the funny moments in education.