My name is Amber, and I am addicted to Pinterest. It wasn’t so long ago that I was living a Pinterest-free life. I had heard about it in passing, but had not really had the time to find out just what it was all about. One Saturday afternoon, I decided to “take a glance” and peruse a few boards. Five or six hours passed; it was getting close to dinner time, and I was still pinning!
I created a few personal boards to keep track of tasty recipes and DIY projects, much like everyone else on Pinterest, but the bulk of my time and effort went into my Stuff for Teachers/FIP Board. It started out as an attempt to find resources that would help teachers with formative instructional practices. Now, there are over 350 different pins and over 150 users following it. Pinterest continues to give me a way to connect with teachers and add tools to their FIP toolboxes. At first, I was skeptical about using Pinterest as a professional development tool, but it’s incredible to see how many educators are spending their evenings, summers, or holiday breaks to gather ideas and tips for improving their practice.
New to Pinterest? Here are a few easy steps that I suggest for getting started:
- Set up an account at www.pinterest.com (hey, it’s free).
- Follow some boards: Pinterest is collaborative, so select a category from the list and click a handful of boards to get started. This will be your initial inspiration.
- Create & name your own boards: Now that you have a few boards that you’re following, create your own content-specific boards that align to your work, hobbies, or family.
- Conduct a search that fits your interest (FIP, clear learning targets, exit slips, exit tickets, formative assessments, feedback).
- Start Pinning. Pick your favorite things from all over the web. Pinterest allows you to grab photos, videos, and other resources.
- Adjust Settings: the great thing about Pinterest is it allows you to customize your experience, with opt-out options for syncing your Facebook or Twitter account. You can request email notifications if you want to be notified of new pins, or even create private boards for you and your peers.
If there’s one thing I have learned in my 30+ years as an educator, it’s the power of sharing. There’s no better place to share than Pinterest; so let the FIP pinning begin.
Amber's FIP Board: Click to Visit