Pinterest is your personal library of innovative ideas
Have you ever spend an hour or two in the maze that is the internet? Searching for a creative idea for tomorrow’s lesson? You probably didn’t find what you were looking for but stumbled across ten other ideas that you would love to try out at some point. You also know six months (or six minutes) from now, you will have no idea of where to find that website again. Or have somebody shared a cool idea on Facebook or Twitter that you wanted to save, but had no idea how to do that.
I have tried a number of different ways to solve this problem.
You can bookmark the site, heart them on Twitter, save the page on Facebook, or even try to create a Word document where you post all the links. I even used Butterflyclassrooms
as a place to collate useful websites. But none of them worked. I constantly forgot to copy links to my “Ideas” document, and even if I did copy them, when I went back later I had no idea which one is the link I am looking for. In the process, I have spent hours on the internet with nothing to show for it. But even worse, my kids have missed out on a bunch of innovating lessons. Until I realised that Pinterest could be the solution to my problem.
You might be thinking, just last week somebody told you that Twitter is the place to be, and the week before Facebook was a must for teachers. The truth is, I use all of these because each of them brings something unique to the table and my classroom.
Twitter is still my go-to source to get new ideas. If you follow a few good teachers that share their best ideas and retweet the best ideas that are available (hint, hint, @butterfly_class is on of those you should follow) you will get new ideas without even trying. But there is no good way to save those ideas – you can heart them, but I don’t know about you, I never go back and look through all the tweets I have liked and to find an old tweet is almost impossible.
Teachers are starting to use Facebook more and more to build communities where they can share ideas and resources. Unlike Twitter, Facebook has a search (at least the iOS have one) and save function. But like bookmarking websites, you will soon find that saving pages on Facebook is a recipe for disaster. There is just no way to order them. (And it irritate me if Facebook always remind me of them, but that is just me)
Pinterest allows you to create different boards – they act like folders – that you can use to organise your pins. You can save websites with the click of a button and keep them organised at the same time.
Download my Pinterest Guide if you would like more ideas on how to effectively organise your Pinterest boards for work.
But it gets even better – You can Collaborate on Pinterest
If you are a teacher, you know that there is just not enough time in a day for everything you need to do. And there is definitely not enough time to spend hours scouring the internet for good lesson plans. There is too much information available and not enough time to separate the good stuff from the rest. But if there is one thing that social media have taught us over the past few years, it is that there is power in numbers. Pinterest now offers collaborative or group boards. This means that you can have more people pinning ideas to a board.
Have a look at the collaborative boards that I recently created.
(Follow them, and I will send you an invite to become a collaborator)
But you can use group boards on a smaller scale as well. Just imagine if you created a board for your maths or English department and added all the teachers in the department as collaborators. No more emailing links to each other and you have four or five times the number of ideas at your fingertips without spending any more time online.