Pinterest

Pinterest is one of those sites that fills up my newsfeeds and has never really piqued my interest (not interested in collecting wedding dress images or kids’ party ideas).  I created a Pinterest page a couple of years ago to access something a friend had posted on Facebook (I think), but had never ‘pinned’ a thing until I had to create an ‘Educational Technologies’ board as a class requirement.

So I added some graphics/illustrations to my Educational Technologies board. I find thoughtful, well-designed illustrations can really help me understand an issue or demographic or process. I have several  EAB  (American higher education research and consulting organization) charts hanging in my office that I consult on a regular basis to clarify such things as technological differences between various demographic audiences. A good illustration can do more to enlighten me than just about any other resource. Now that I have ‘pinned’ all of these interesting posts, I just have to find the time to review them.

Benefits

Unlike most social media sites, the content stays alive on Pinterest and can be re-shared over and over again. Facebook and Twitter, in content can be buried under posts in just a few minutes. Postings can be ‘pinned’ and ‘re-pinned’ to infinity and beyond. It also appears to be growing, which would create a growing audience to share and possibly collaborate with.

I think the number of resources available for Preschool- 12 teachers must be quite staggering.

Challenges

Pinterest posts that go through my newsfeeds seem to reflect people’s interests and hobbies rather than more professional or scholarly pursuits. And, it appears to a marketer’s paradise (not that there’s anything wrong with this; it just doesn’t appear to be an environment that would encourage academic content and interaction).

 

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Author: kathleenlegris

I am an academic specialist working with the Centre for Higher Education Research and Development at the University of Manitoba. Interested in teaching and learning and all things EdTech.

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