Using Pinterest in the classroom

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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 and 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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Mobile App and site review: Lightbox

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Lightbox is a free Android application that ties tightly into a photography social media site at

It is described as:

“a place to capture, enhance, & share your moments. Your photos are automatically organized into a timeline of postcards on Keep them private or selectively share them with friends, family, or the entire Lightbox community.” (source)

You can go to and sign up for a free account, after which you can save the photographers and designers who you want to follow, as well as upload photos from your desktop. After installing the free app from Android Market, you can use your Android based phone to upload photos directly to Lightbox and share them on other social networks like Facebook and Twitter in a few clicks.

One notable thing about this application is that it offers many of the features that iPhone users enjoy with the currently iOS-only Instagram app, including simple effects, cropping, and virtually instantaneous uploads. It could certainly be used to track the image-based objects that students come across for a visual class project, or used to simply collect the interesting visual items that a faculty member might come across in their research.

Lunch and Learn: Lynette Young on Women of Google Plus

Lynette is founder and curator of Women of Google+. Women of Google+ has quickly evolved into a destination to learn, share and explore what it takes to thrive on social networking platforms both personally and professionally. Lynette is also an organizer for PodCamp Philly & PodCamp LA, Podcast Pavilion, and Social Media Club Princeton NJ.

Speaker bio:
Lynette Young has been working with enterprise-level technology since 1989, but in the past 14 years she has been concentrating on emerging and social technologies. Her company, Purple Stripe Productions, focuses on using technology to help tell brand stories online and enrich the businesses of others. Lynette brings not only precision and detail to her clients, but a wildly creative flair and love of all things pixel.  A pioneer in the social media arena, Lynette has been blogging since 1997, podcasting since 2004, and working professionally in social media technologies and social technologies since 2006.

The Productive Scholar: Managing your identity on the internet

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Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy? Parent, Friend, Colleague, Professor?

Thursday, October 14th’s Productive Scholar series, offers a look at using social media tools in the classroom. One important consideration in using these tools is that of identity management.

Should you friend your students on Facebook? Do you tweet? Are you LinkedIn? Should you be?

Social media tools offer powerful new ways to communicate, collaborate and keep in touch.

A link to today’s presentation can be found at: