Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Jill Sceifers

Jill Sceifers is the Media Specialist at New Washington Middle-High School and shares the Pinterest profile she created specifically for her media center.

Jill's Pinnovation
I have created categories of interest to my students and pinned anything and everything I think might be of interest to them. We use it to display library activities, provide research paper assistance, help with their Chromebooks, or even just book suggestions. Students also suggest boards for us to follow. I use it professionally to pin ideas for displays, bulletin boards, contests, cataloging, technology, and lesson plans.

Visit these boards which archive school-wide events: 

Ever face the problem of not having enough display space to create interest grabbers for your students? Never again when you use Pinterest boards to create virtual display cases: 

Jill's Tip:
When I began, I did not think large-scale enough. I would suggest to new pinners that you think large scale and make a board for anything you might be interested in. By thinking small-scale, my boards quickly became unruly with the amounts of information and they were hard to navigate. It then took more time to break down my boards and move things around. It's always a work in progress, but I wish I had not just gone "pin crazy" and pinned everything without making boards to help organize myself first!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Popular Pin Feature: Digital Note-Taking

While not high in repins, today's featured Pin comes from our board Supporting the Digital Writer. In the last 30 days, it's garnered the overall 6th highest number of Impressions of all our 2,600+ pins. And it's no surprise given the topic, 11 Note-Taking Tips for the Digital Classroom.

Our collection on this topic is still rather limited, so if you have found a resource worth sharing, we'd love to have you post it in the comments!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Liz Clark

Liz Clark, art teacher and technology coach at Hamilton Southeastern High School shares her Pinnovation, which comes from a post she shared on her district's blog, HSE21 Shorts: voices of our learning revolution.

Liz's Pinnovation:
Art is about the process as well as the product. As students become more sophisticated as artists, they need to understand the importance of devoting adequate time to research, planning, and idea generation. Most students want to breeze over this step and go straight to production. After they start, students realize that they did not spend enough time thinking through the process. Often this realization comes after they have devoted a great deal of time to an idea that does not work. How could I get my classes to spend time planning and developing an idea before committing it to materials?

I discovered a great way to help students gather and connect relevant information in order to make well-informed artistic decisions. My students started using a social network called Pinterest. Pinterest is like a virtual scrapbook. It is great for organizing information and visual brainstorming. I use it to collect resources for students about a topic. In the past, I checked out books from the library with examples. Often, the examples weren’t current. Now, students can see what I want them to see and create their own boards if they choose.

There are many great ideas on Pinterest. My students spend time on the site outside of the classroom. Many of them create their own pin boards. It inspires self-directed learning.

Professionally, Pinterest is a wealth of information for all things teaching, technology, art, and art education. Any time I am asked to lead a technology or art workshop, I check Pinterest for resources. If I want to teach a new idea for a student project, I can find it on Pinterest.

Liz's Tip:
When I became a member of our HSE:21 technology integration team, our mission was to equip students with the content knowledge, unique skills, and new literacies they will need to succeed in the 21st‐century global economy. The annual Indiana Art Educators Conference featured a presentation by Dr. Marjorie Manifold, who teaches at Indiana University. Her presentation introduced me to Pinterest. I saw this as a way to utilize technology to gather ideas for the classroom.

I started slowly by looking at Pinterest one or two evenings a week. The site has really grown over the years. I began to notice that it had many uses in the classroom as well. It helps to differentiate instruction and exposes students to different ideas and techniques - visual research and curation.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Popular Pin Feature: Presentation Tools

Today we have pulled out one of INeLearn's Toolboxes, Presentation Creation for our Popular Pin feature.  As you look over the three pins with the most repins from this collection, we ask, how might your students present themselves as digital learners on March 13th? 

Could your students design word cloud representations of themselves as digital learners? Tagxedo with the 2nd highest number of repins makes that possible.

What are some of the ways they show what they know using web and mobile apps? This infographic was recently updated and includes 44 different options for students.

We invite you to check out the complete board. Perhaps you and your students have a recommendation that we should add to the Toolbox. We'd love to hear what you are using. Let us know in the comments!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Leslie Maxwell

Leslie Maxwell, a School City of Hobart teacher, describes herself on Pinterest as "Mom, Teacher, too many interests to list!" And with 51 boards, she's proven her point. Today we are focusing on one particular board and the way Leslie is using it. The board is Tech Ideas and it includes artifacts from her second-grade class.

Leslie's Pinnovation: 
I teach 2nd grade and my students and I have been working hard to incorporate technology into our learning. I have 3 pins to share. The first two are videos that my students and I made to document our learning. First, we made a simple trailer in iMovie with some short video clips and pictures that we had on our iPad. We did this in an effort to understand iMovie better.

Then, for Black History Month, we studied the story of Ruby Bridges. We acted out parts from the book and put them together in an iMovie to share with our parents. This was a fun activity for the students and they really enjoyed everything about it from making the movie to making the final edits.

The third pin is one from the beginning of the year. For Go College week, we used Aurasma to link a picture of each student (dressed up as what they want to be when they grow up) with a video explaining their future career. We used the augmented reality app, Aurasma to completed this task.

Leslie's Tip:
I began using Pinterest about 4 or 5 years ago, not long after Pinterest first started. In the beginning, I was really sloppy with my pins, just wanting to get good ideas saved and not necessarily categorized. (I would equate it to a junk drawer -- all things you want to keep, but no real organization.) Needless to say, as more great ideas came my way, my Pinterest boards became very cluttered. I have tried to organize them better over the last few years, but all those years of pinning randomly makes it difficult. My advice: don't be afraid to start new boards, it will make finding great ideas much easier!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Katie Hutchinson

From Katie's board:
Katie Hutchinson, eLearning Coach for Greater Clark County Schools took a different approach to the Pinnovation invitation and we are excited to share it with you today.

Katie's Pinnovation:
Since I am an eLearning coach, part of my responsibilities involve teaching teachers and doing research. Pinterest helps me do both. Besides my own Pinterest Board (and the boards I follow), when I create resources for teachers, I always include a Pinterest results page or a board. Pinterest helps spread ideas (both digital and not! #goodteaching) and can be a source of information. I love it because I can find things I want, and find things I didn't know I was looking for!

Here's are Katie's recommended Pinners to follows:

Some of the search results/boards she loves:
IWB Ideas:
Social Skills for Primary:
2nd grade Writing Ideas:
Reading Manipulatives:
Math Manipulatives:
Flipped Classroom Board:
Kindergarten Technology:

Katie's Tip:
Follow and Unfollow. Find what you want. Search in Google. It will lead you to Pinterest. Follow your colleagues. Follow people you do not know. 

"It's not information overload. It's filter failure." - Clay Shirky

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Michelle Meadows

Michelle Meadows serves as an administrator at Kankakee Valley High School. It's pretty clear that it's not just the students who are learning what it means to go digital with their new 1:1 program. As a licensed Career and Technical Education (CTE) Director and former CTE instructor, Michelle has found a way to support her faculty that doesn't bog down their inboxes with resources.

Michelle's Pinnovation:
Looking for a way to organize all the web resources that I found related to CTE, I turned to Pinterest which met my expectations. I gather Pins to assist my CTE teachers find sites that have activities, lessons, and potential projects. CTE teachers are busy and any amount of help and resources that I can give them to make their job easier is the least I can do to support them.

Michelle's Tip:

My CTE teachers can quickly scan through the Pins, choose the ones that are of interest or reference any of the CTE related boards that I follow. Hopefully, they find something that will help them in their teaching.

We encourage you to check out the Pinners and Boards that Michelle follows on Pinterest! We saw several sources that we rely on and at least one familiar #INeLearn face from Pinnovations past!