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Tuesday, May 14, 2013

How teachers use Pinterest in the classroom by Laura Devaney, Managing Editor

Laura Devaney, Managing Editor writes, "Today’s featured story looks at how Pinterest can be a valuable educational resource".

Long a favorite among craft enthusiasts, the popular DIY site Pinterest, in which users “pin” online images to virtual pin boards for later reference, is gaining ground in education. Educators using Pinterest in the classroom have access to professional development resources, lesson plans, curriculum ideas, and more.
Photo: eSchool News

Locating online educational resources can put even more demands on teachers’ time, which is often already stretched to the limit. Pinterest lets users organize resources and ideas in one central location, as opposed to bookmarking sites and then visiting those sites multiple times in order to remember what each site contains.

Using Pinterest in the classroom, teachers also can share their own projects and visuals by taking pictures, posting those pictures online in a blog or other platform, and pinning those images to their own Pinterest boards.

Users can search for educational resources and a slew of Pinterest boards and pins will pop up:
  • Ultimate List of Educational Websites
  • Educational games for Kids
  • Educational Gross Motor Activities
  • iPad Apps for Struggling Readers
  • Virtual Educational Field Trips
  • 18 Fine Motor Activities for Preschoolers
  • 15 Great Educational Apps
  • Educational Disability Resources
  • 30 Fun Letter Activities for Kids 
    Source: eSchool News

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