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Social Media Best Practices: Pinterest in the Classroom

19 Jun 2015 by Scott Sterling

You spend nearly every planning period on Pinterest. You steal lessons, gossip, and bulleting board ideas. Mainly gossip. Pinterest might be the fastest growing social network among teachers because it’s so easy and versatile. That same ease of use and versatility makes it a great social media best practices tool for you and the students to use during lessons.

Brag board

Brag boards are required in a lot of schools and districts. It gives the room some positive vibes, especially if a struggling student sees their work included. The problem is that parents aren’t often in the room to see the masterpieces. A solution? Start a Pinterest board just to highlight student work, and then invite parents and administration to view it. Perhaps then they will let you use that bulletin board for something more impactful to the mission.

Student collaboration

The Common Core and other next generation standards make it a point of calling for students to work collaboratively in order to grow communication skills and other abilities valuable in the workplace. It’s the 21st century and kids no longer have to gather around a table to collaborate (but they can). Have them start a board to share the components of a collaborative project, allowing everyone to see the progress.

Student portfolios

Although we can’t get away from high-stakes testing, most educators understand that portfolios are a much more accurate form of assessment. The problem is that students are often haphazard when it comes to taking care of paper. Pinterest solves that problem by making the gathering process quick while eliminating the possibility of a mess.

Works cited

Let’s be honest: students aren’t very likely to include printed resources in a research project these days. Yet MLA and other citation guides are slow to take that fact into account. Be proactive and modern. Instead of insisting on a printed works cited page, have the student organize their research on Pinterest and then just send you a link. They’ll appreciate it. Besides, very few people in the working world have to put together non-digital citations anymore.

Create a famous person’s Pinterest feed

Synthesis is creating something based on knowledge you’ve acquired. If your class is learning about a particular person, a fun project might be to have the students put themselves in that person’s shoes and create a Pinterest board for them. It can be filled with things they think the people would have included themselves. It’s quicker and more engaging than a report.

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