Pinterest for our teachers

If you want something for collecting and organizing the things that inspire you visually, Pinterest is a great option. It is useful and I love some of the visuals I see in my home feed.

It is the end of the school term and we are all tired especially after report writing. At the technology workshop, yesterday after class,  I presented Pinterest to some of my colleagues. I thought it would be an interesting (and fun) tool to learn about at this time of the year.

I like the following infographic and it illustrated some of the points I was making plus I pulled if from my own Pinterest account

Please include attribution to with this graphic.

16 Ways Educators Use Pinterest

I shared the following points about Pinterest.

Pinterest is a visual social bookmarking site. It is set up as an online pinboard, but unlike other social bookmarking sites, such as Diigo and Delicious, the content shared on Pinterest is driven entirely by visuals. To put anything on Pinterest, an image has to be involved.

You can share images you find online, or you can directly upload images onto Pinterest. Using the Pin It button, you can share directly in your browser from any web page. You can also share your pins on Twitter and Facebook. I use it in conjunction with my Diigo account and I have also started putting information about any commercially available images into my Pinterest description to distinguish it from CC licensed material.

Pinterest has its own terminology like every other social media site.

Pinterest Language:

  • Pin When you share something on Pinterest, each bookmarked item is called a pin. A pin starts with an image or video that you add to Pinterest. You can add a pin from a website using the Pin It bookmarklet or upload an image directly from your computer. Any pin on Pinterest can be repinned, and all pins link back to their source.
  • Repin When you share someone else’s pin on Pinterest.
  • Board You organise your pins by topic onto boards (pinboards) To create a board:
    1. decide on a name,
    2. write a brief description,
    3. choose a category and
    4. tick whether it is public or private. (Private or Secret boards) A secret board is only visible to you and to anyone you invite into it. You can have 3
  • Follow When you follow someone, their pins show up in your Pinterest home feed. You can choose to follow all of someone’s boards or just the ones you like best. You can manage who you’re following, go to your profile and click Following.
  • Home Feed Your home feed is a collection of pins from fellow Pinterest users and boards you follow. It’s updated every time someone you follow adds a pin. (My home feed)
  • Bookmarklet The  Pin It bookmarklet allows you pin things you see on any websites, blogs, etc. from your task bar. You can get the bookmarklet or learn more from their Goodies page.

Useful links:

A couple of YouTube videos that explain Pinterest: What is Pinterest? or Pinterest for teachers


Some posts that might be useful for teachers include:


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