Social Networking and Education... a "Pinteresting" idea
At an ever increasing pace people are looking for ways to promote individuality and personal fullfillment. Each individual wants to find a way to make themselves stand out and be noticed. As educators we need to be aware of the social communication and the trends that arise from them. Whether we are educating in grade schools, high schools, or in adult education teachers will be most effective if they take the time to understand the social trends that are taking place. One of the ways that this phenomena is occuring is through a social networking site called "pinterest." Pinterest is a useful tool that can both aid in classroom work, and also help educators find new ideas and share those ideas with other educators. This wiki will explore pinterest and how it works,and outline some basic uses for it in the classroom,
1-What is Pinterest?
collections such as events, interests, hobbies and more. Users can browse other pinboards for inspiration, 're-pin' images to their
own collections and/or 'like' photos. Pinterest's mission is to "connect everyone in the world through the 'things' they find interesting" via a global platform of inspiration and idea sharing. Pinterest allows its users to share 'pins' on bothTwitter and Facebook, which allows users to share and interact with a broad community. Founded by Ben Silbermann, of West Des Moines, Iowa, the site is managed by Cold Brew Labs and funded by a small group of entrepreneurs and inventors. It is one of the “fastest growing social services in the world.” (Wikipidia.com)
This is a really informative 90 second video about what pinterest is and how it works...
Pinterest is quickly becoming one of the most popular websites available. The following is a quote from an article called "The Pinterest Experiment" from publishers weekly. The entire article can be found through the link below.
"The world of social media is an increasingly fickle place, and no social media site has gotten more recent hype or questions than Pinterest. Promising signs: it has grown from 3.3 million users in October 2011 to 19 million users in March 2012; it is now the third largest social media network behind Facebook and Twitter, passing LinkedIn (86 million visits in March) with its 104 million visits the same month; in April, Forbes estimated the company was worth $7.7 billion. But recently, the media have started to use the word "bubble," pointing to the slowed growth in March, and figures that show active users actually dropped off in April."
2-How Do I Use Pinterest?
It is really very simple to use...You can either view other's posts without your own account, or you can join and make your own pins.
The website is:
Creating a new account is very simple, you just have to follow a few guided steps. The longest part is that you first have to request to be invited to join, they will then eventually send you an e-mail with an invitation which can take up to 24 hours. The following are the rules about joining as quoted directly from pinterest.com...
The Following is a basic tutorial on how it works...
3-How can I Use Pinterest as an Educator?
As educators pinterest may be helpful in the following ways: