Everyone was doing it and I just did not understand the whole magic of Pinterest and why it was such a wonderful thing. Then, someone explained it to me and I figured out how to use it. You have to click on the image, and then click on the link or double click the picture to bring you to the subject matter. It’s like a digital bulletin board of the most random things in life. I am now officially hooked. The second night after my cumulative exam I successfully spent three hours doing nothing but browsing the site and “pinning” things.
But its not only fun, but functional for historians and teachers. I have two boards myself, one full of historical images that I look forward to using in powerpoints for my students. Images are powerful educational tools. I’m sure that they will come up on exams, assignments, DBQs, and many other places as well. You can check out (and follow if you like) my “Teaching History” board here: http://pinterest.com/aprilgibbs1776/teaching-history/ .
The second functional part is the different teaching tools, techniques, organizational ideas, and disciplinary tactics that are shared on Pinterest. They not only inspire you to inspire your students, but can give you a different way of approaching a subject or topic in the classroom or with a particular student who has been struggling. Plus, it helps to know that you’re not alone in this struggle of teaching. You can view my “For Teaching” board here: http://pinterest.com/aprilgibbs1776/for-teaching/
There are also fantastic DIY ideas and recipes and numerous quotes and humor boards to keep you entertained for hours. I know this is probably not new information for most of you, but I wanted to share the awesome educational abilities of a popular website. Check it out: http://www.pinterest.com.