Engage and connect with fellow educators and class parents by embracing the trending (and free!) social sharing site, Pinterest! A visual platform for connecting and inspiring with images, photos, and videos, Pinterest provides a unique opportunity for educators to share everything from creative lesson plans, favorite educational apps, and free activity sheets to learning games, class party ideas, and even favorite fashions and hobbies.
With a few simple steps, you will be well on your way to enhancing your classroom learning environment and continuing your own educational growth as a teacher in a technological world.
1. Get Started – We have all you need to know for setting up your own Pinterest account, creating boards, and grabbing a Pin It button here: Getting Started with Pinterest.
2. Begin Pinning – Pin the things that interest you as an educator and that you find beneficial for classroom teaching; go to blogs, websites, and online platforms and pin images that link back to those helpful resources.
3. Invite Others to Join – Talk to other teachers, staff and educators and find out if they are on Pinterest too. Invite them to collaborate on your boards and spread the word to other classes and teacher. To invite a collaborator to pin on your board, simply click the Edit button on your board – enter their name in the “Add Another Pinner” field and save!
4. Spread the Word – Let other teachers, staff and colleagues know you’re pinning fun ideas and ask them to follow, like and repin you! Include links to the Pinterest board(s) in class emails, eNewsletters, on the class blog or website, you name it!
Jessica Young is our Parent-Teacher Tuesday contributor and the community manager at VolunteerSpot.com. VolunteerSpot is an organization that saves teachers time and makes it easy to coordinate parents and volunteers to help at school and in their community. Every other Tuesday, Jess will offer great tips on making the most of Parent-Teacher meetings here on Navigator. Stay tuned!