What is it:
Pinterest is a social bookmarking site that allows users to view, upload, and share images, tools, and resources that they have found or created by “pinning” them to a board. As the name would suggest, people can search for things of interest to them by using keywords and “pin” them so that they can access them easily when they are ready to use. I like to think of Pinterest as a huge bulletin board that has moved online and that many people can now access and view. Once you view an item, you can “pin it” to your own board to view later. The board can be filtered or organized based on particular or common themes that you would find of interest. The downside to using Pinterest is that there are so many resources on the website that you either have to know, or have an idea of what you’re looking for, or have a lot of time to search through all of the things that are on the site.
The site will allow you to preview a few images that people have added or pinned before it prompts you to sign in. If you do not have an account, you will be required to use your email address to create one. Creating email address accounts is always scary because you don’t want to get a ton of emails, which happened to me initially, but after doing a little bit of digging on the website I was able to set the account to no email alerts.
What to do with it:
Once you have an account, this is a great way to connect with other teachers to see what they are doing in their classrooms. I have gotten quite a few ideas already for things I want to start using in the beginning of the year next year. It also helped me come up with a great classroom theme this year after looking at so many different themes from other teachers.