How Pinterest helped me in the classroom

Have you ever tried to search for a particular worksheet, education article, poster etc? I know I have and even with the invent of Google and its amazing search engine I still find myself mindlessly scanning through hundreds of search pages.

Meme: You mean to tell me there are people who don't know what pinterest is? Use pinterest as a tool to find resources and ideas from blogs that you wouldn't find with a regular google search.

This is where Pinterest comes into its own. Pinterest is a picture based search engine that draws from a community that adds images and tags them under particular categories. Because the images that Pinterest uses come from their community there is a wide variation of images compared to those that you would find using a google search engine.

Pinterest also allows you to categorise your finds on boards so that you can find them easily when you want them. It also allows you to follow other people and their boards. Since its visual and the text is limited you can navigate your way through so many more images then you could scan text in the traditional search form.

If you are looking for worksheets simply type in the topic and you will find a heap at your disposal. Looking for classroom organisation ideas and you will be linked to hundreds of blogs from around the world with fantastic ideas that you would never come across in a traditional search engine.

Meme: One does not simply check pinterest real quick. Use pinterest as a tool to find resources and ideas from blogs that you wouldn't find with a regular google search.

Recently I was looking for algebra worksheets for my flipped class to use in our group rotation sessions. I wanted something that was beyond the standard answer a tonne of questions and check your answer. So type in what I want into the search bar and I found over 100 links to different worksheets, some paid and some free with a variety of different types of activities. My favourite type were the colouring ones and my class loved these, not only were they fun with a pretty picture revealing itself at the end they also allowed the students to check their answers as they went along. Below is an example of one of the resources that I found.

colour-by-number-algebra

I don’t know about you but anything that saves me time searching or creating the perfect resources is something to look into.

Pinterest has also been an excellent resource in gaining ideas for the implementation of my flipped classroom. Flipping isn’t just about the videos that the students watch it is also about the activities that you plan to do when they aren’t watching the videos. Pinterest is a great source of ideas for the types of activities that you can do to engage learners and check for understanding.

Also a great place to find poster for classroom decoration, templates and scaffolds.

If you haven’t tried Pinterest yet for education I highly suggest that you give it go. You can follow my board here : www.pinterest.com/me8ee.

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Found a great pinterest board? Want to know how to search or use pinterest? Comment below or contact me using the contact form or at our facebook page.

 

 

 

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About cmcaton

I am a Secondary Teacher and Head of Department Mathematics in Education Queensland. I am passionate about the development of pedagogy that engages the 21st century student and love to explore their implementation in the classroom. Disclaimer: The thoughts on this page are my own and do not necessarily represent those of my employer.
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