Wednesday, February 5, 2014

That's Pinteresting!


 I will be cursing it the last week of May, but when my phone rings at 5:00 a.m. I cannot help but get excited.  Seeing "Park Hill" on my caller I.D. on a cold winter's morning can only mean one thing. A Snow Day!

For me, a Snow Day means some of my favorite things. Sleeping in, sweats, sipping loads of coffee, and Pinning on Pinterest!

Pinterest is a social-media platform where you can search, collect, and organize things you find on the web or from other peoples' Pinterest boards.  You "Pin" a photo of what you like to a particular board(s) that you create.  This pin will link you to another place on the web (i.e. a blog post or website).

I got started on Pinterest about two years ago.  At first I created boards for recipes, fashion, dream vacations, and creative ideas for my home. But as I branched out, I found that many Pinterest users were teachers and pinning ideas for their classrooms -- not just cute bulletin board ideas, but actual lesson plans, tools, and links to great blog posts that connected me to teachers across the country.

If you are new to Pinterest, it is easy to get started.  You can sign-up with your email or Facebook account. You can then create boards and begin following friends or colleagues that have the same interests as you. When you find something you like, you can "re-pin" so the item will then be saved to your own board.

The Instructional Technology Facilitators have recently created a Pinterest account where we are Pinning some of our favorite things.  Follow our boards to stay up-to-date on our tutorials and other great resources we come across.  

Park Hill ITF's Pinterest Boards

Happy Snow Day, and Happy Pinning!

-Lindsay
@lstutzman13


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