The popular content sharing site is getting attention in the classroom.
Guest post by Jason Kane.
When most of us think of Pinterest, we probably think of young people sharing links to web pages, photos and videos with their friends – just another social network for people to show off things they like, what’s going on in their lives, favorite video’s, and so on. But how often do we consider Pinterest as a tool to aid in teaching and learning?
Here are a few ways in which Pinterest can play a role in the classroom.
Using Pinboards to encourage Group Collaboration
Group collaboration is essential for completing some school assignments. Pinterest is excellent for group projects because all students in a group can share a pinboard on which they will pin all photos, videos and resources that have to do with their projects. Being able to share content in this way takes a lot of hassle out of completing tasks as a team because the group does not have to work out a meeting schedule to share their resources.
Taking Advantage of Lesson plans and Printable Games Found on Pinterest
Pinterest has an overabundance of lesson plans (try a search for “lesson plans”) and printable games that teachers can incorporate into their curriculums. This makes the process fun and easy for both the teachers and the students. All teachers have to do is choose the plans and games that are most appropriate for the ages of their students and the subject matter they are trying to teach, and then they pin them to their pinboards.
Using Pinterest to share Assignments
Teachers can create assignments on web pages for their students (find some examples here). This is done so students will have the chance to easily refer to the instructions during the entire course of completing their work. This way, they do not have to worry about keeping track of worksheets or a syllabus. When a teacher invites all of his or her students to use Pinterest, he or she can share the links to these assignments with ease. Rather than having to spend time making sure every student copies down the URLs to their assignments correctly, the teacher can just share it with one click of the mouse and be done. All students will have the correct URLs.
As teachers discover the power of using Pinterest as a teaching tool, we are seeing an increase of this site being used in the classroom and for homework assignments. Students are happy that this tool is being used because it makes learning fun for them. Students are using a social networking site that they are already familiar with and love, and they find school enjoyable as a result.
Jason Kane writes about web and mobile applications, and the importance application performance testing from companies like SOASTA.
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