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Pinterest and Self-Identity

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?

Pinterestis a pinboard-style social photo sharing website that allows users to create and manage theme-based image

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"[3] 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.[citation needed] Founded by Ben Silbermann, of West Des Moines, Iowa,[4] 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.”[5] (Wikipidia.com)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pinterest

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."

http://web.ebscohost.com.ezproxy.westminstercollege.edu/ehost/detail?vid=4&hid=123&sid=50eee047-a736-4a58-be0a-262b02ca4ee7%40sessionmgr111&bdata=JnNpdGU9ZWhvc3QtbGl2ZQ%3d%3d#db=aph&AN=74689773

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:

http://pinterest.com/

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...

  • Pinterest Etiquette:Try to...
    • Be Respectful. Pinterest is a community of people. We know that individual tastes are personal, but please be respectful in your comments and conversations.
    • Be Authentic. Pinterest is an expression of who you are. Being authentic to who you are is more important than winning lots of followers or fans.
    • Credit Your Sources. Pins are the most useful when they have links back to the original source. If you notice that a pin is not sourced correctly, leave a comment so the original pinner can update the source.

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:

  • Getting ideas for the classroom...One of the main objectives behind pinterest is sharing.  People post ideas about anything and everything from classroom management to fun classroom decorations.  There is an entire section on education to explore.
  • Understanding your students...Effective educators should be aware of thieir pupil's demographic.  Pinterest is currently the third largest social networking site in the world (according to wikipidia) So, if you want to understand the generation you teach...it's time to pin!
  • Gleaning ideas for your specific subject...People have created "pin boards" on just about everthing from math to floral arranging.  No matter what you teach there is going to be some information and ideas on it on pinterest.
  • Use it for assignments...You do not have to be a member of pinterest to look on it for inspiration.  Some ideas could include...
    • An art teacher could ask their students to find five artists that inspire them.
    • A floral design teacher could assign students to find photographs of flower arrangements and have them price them accordingly.
    • The possibilities are endless, you get the idea. 
  • Use it as a way to network with fellow educators about problems and issues facing education today.