Have I ever told you how much I love Pinterest?
I started off "pinning" last year, but didn't really get into it until the summer. To my surprise, it has changed my organizational skills (digitizing what I would have printed or recorded into a journal) and my planning!
If you haven't been on Pinterest before, you are in for a real treat! Visit my Pinterest page by clicking here: Joanne Babalis
Pinterest is a social media website and app with photographs about virtually anything. When you click on these photographs, they can take you directly to its original source. For example if a photo was pinned from this blog, anyone interested in learning more about it would click on it and find us!
There are a few ways that you can use Pinterest. The first way is to browse the site without getting an account. The second is having an account and "pinning" photographs. You can create your own boards by topic and refer back to them whenever necessary. This is similar to saving your "favourites" on your internet browser or jotting down great ideas. What I love most about Pinterest is that all of these "favourites" and great ideas are saved visually. As a VERY and I mean EXTREMELY visual person (in case you haven't already noticed...)I really appreciate this way of organizing important topics.
Similar to Facebook, you are able to like someone's "pin," comment on it, and follow your friends or colleagues. You also have the option of emailing pins or tweeting pins to colleagues or friends who do not have Pinterest.
Here are some specific ways that I use Pinterest:
- Sharing blog posts on Pinterest
- Browsing the internet for professional learning and planning ideas and pinning them for others to see
- Sharing my own photography (photo documentation)
- Organizing professional resources (books, articles, video clips)
- Saving recipes
- Saving Play-based learning ideas
- Saving Montessori-inspired ideas
- Saving Reggio-inspired ideas
- Saving Artistic Expression ideas
- Saving Literacy learning ideas
- Saving digital storybooks
- Saving song and dance video clips
- Planning inquiry-based lessons
- Planning project-based lessons
- Planning special events
- Pinning inspirational quotes
- Pinning design ideas for home and school
- Pinning ideas for personal interests (photography, sketching, painting, etc.)
- Sharing planning ideas with colleagues and parents
- Building a professional learning network and inspiring each other by pinning back and forth
And the list could go on!!!
I would like to close off this Pinterest post, by sharing that I've never felt more organized with all my potential resources and ideas, as I do now. I've also never felt more connected before!!! I can access my Pinterest Boards on my iPhone, laptop, and iPad. Everything is literally at the palm of my hands!!
Are you using Pinterest? If so, how?
Still not convinced? Visit my Pinterest Page and see all the ways that have helped to keep me organized and inspired!
Thank you to my Pinterest PLN for following me and intriguing me with all of your daily pins!