Using Pinterest in the classroom

Pinterest

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Pinterest is quickly becoming a popular way to visually share articles and images, in great part due to its beautiful collage-like scrolling interface. Visual Bookmarking extends Social bookmarking services like http://delicious.com and http://diigo.com to continue to save and share bookmarks, but with a particular focus on the visual elements of those bookmarks. Visual bookmarking systems, such as ffffound and we heart it have been around a while, but they have not gained the amount of focus, users, nor social media following & integration that Pinterest has. For visual learners, who are drawn in more by visual stimuli than other forms of content, Pinterest could be a great way to engage. For instance, you might use the service in order to keep a series of articles in a stream for your class to review and/or begin conversations. Pinterest has gained a user base that is especially interested in technology, design, food, photography, crafts, and philosophy, and for those subjects in particular, it may be especially powerful. It has an omnipresent search engine, so that you can see what people are “pinning” regarding a particular topic recently. Each “pin” is based on an image from either an uploaded image or a URL with images or videos on it, and allows for context, metadata, and commentary. You can also follow all or some of another user’s collections, called “boards”, in order to stay aware of that user’s visual bookmarks. The service is free, and allows you to sign in using Facebook, Twitter, or native credentials.

 

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