Have you ever wanted to share educational ideas in a picture format instead of having to describe an idea? What if you could do both? That’s the idea behind Pinterest, an online content sharing tool that has hidden benefits for teachers and administrators everywhere.
By organizing your ‘pins’ on a board (which can be public – or private), you have the power to do more than you thought. If you've ever been to the Pinterest ‘About’ page, you may have missed some great ideas to help get you started. For example, utilize Pinterest to organize a class wish list, pictorially. Create a new board and name it ‘Our Class Wish List’ or ‘Donate to Our Class Today!’ and post it. Go a step further to e-mail your class parents (or entire school if you can), Tweet out the information, and post a link to your Pinterest boards on your school website and you may be able to get that fancy all-in-one color copier soon than you thought or the art supplies that are so desperately needed for an upcoming project that you’d like to do with your students.
Pinterest can also assist you in organizing a class trip to another city, organizing a school-wide fundraiser or event, or even help you to plan a class project that needs a little more support than you can physically or monetarily give.
You may also want to just use Pinterest as a way to build an online portfolio for great ideas that you've come up with or ideas that others have had that will enhance your own professional development for use in your classroom. It’s a way to organize those great teacher shortcuts, technology incorporation ideas, projects, classroom management ideas, or lesson ideas in one convenient place. Plus, just like most social networks, you can favorite a pin that you find extremely helpful and you want to hold on for future use.
See an example by visiting my Pinterest boards (http://pinterest.com/ps101hyman/adam-hyman/)to see how Pinterest can help you!