The beginner's guide to Pinterest and learning

The beginner's guide to Pinterest and learning

Summary: Is there more to Pinterest than cupcakes and pouting girls?

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  • As a former teacher, I think the potential this kind of platform has for learning lies within its application to project-based learning.

    By being able to organise web sources, folders and files via themed boards, collaboration among students can become easier and more interactive. Not only this, but finding the source of such items is as easy as clicking on the pin -- which can save time for the teacher if they wish to double-check an entry.

    When boards are categorised, teachers and students can create them based on unit, subject, or project theme.

    If you do use the platform for projects, remind your students about online etiquette -- copy and pasting an entire work or article is a demonstration of poor manners, or could result in accusations of copyright infringement.

  • The core focus of Pinterest is to share content and ideas. Not to be confused with a content aggregator, the bookmarking facility can be used to exchange and resources pertaining to particular subjects. 

    In order to share content and ideas, not only can it be used to pin resources or themed content for lessons, but there are several examples of classrooms using the site to create their own class pinboards -- hosting events and images personal to each student. Businesses are also slowly beginning to see the value of these visual boards -- and I predict product placement and marketing will surge in the next few years.

  • In the same way that copying and pasting images or articles is at the least considered bad manners -- at the most, copyright infringement -- Pinterest is a linking service and not a host. 

    If you are linking to work, including the source and no more than either the title or a small excerpt from an article. 

    Pinterest's etiquette rules state:

    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. Finding the original source is always preferable to a secondary source such as Image Search or a blog entry.

    We do not allow nudity, hateful content, or content that encourages people to hurt themselves. If you find content that violates our Terms of Service or Acceptable Use Policy you can submit the content for review by pushing the ”Report Content“ link.

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    I have tried 3 times to be invited to use Pinterest and have yet to receive an invitation. What gives?
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