I’ve always been a fan of pinboards as sources of inspiration and motivation. Our kitchen pinboard is jammed with random postcards of favourite spots, appointments, photos and general reminders of family life. The boys have one each in their bedrooms featuring accolades, favourite art work, school photos and other precious memories.
In the past I’ve used Scoop.it as an online focal point for students to find out more information about specific topics. While I love ScoopIt’s easy navigation and interface, I’ve reached the limit of my three free pages so if I want to collate more, I need to pay. Darn. I can still use Scoop.it to follow other teachers as well as source and share material with students but unless I want to delete a site, I’ll need to sign up.
Hello Pinterest. I’ve been aware of this site for a while but steered clear mainly as Scoop.it met the need. Pinterest is based on the same concept – you “pin” photos or pages of interest and group them in folders. So far I’ve got a couple of school related folders plus a personal one. My aim is to link these to the school’s ultranet site to reinforce recent lessons on poetic devices and give my junior students some visual and fun reminders to use as revision at home. It’s also incredibly easy to use and has plenty of potential for students to create their own sites of interest for revision or plain old inspiration. There’s an app for iPads so you can collate on the go. Get pinning!