Thursday, February 28, 2013

Education | Pinner Kris Devereaux

Meet Kris Devereaux
Zionsville West Middle School Principal Kris Devereaux uses a variety of social media tools to support her work and learning. Visit the school website and you can examine her recent reads on an embed Shelfari shelf. You'll also spy the familiar blue button leading to a school Facebook page.  About a year ago, Kris began using Pinterest and a little over a month ago one of her pins caught our attention. You know this middle school administrator shares a sense of humor with her faculty when she pins, "Math is a drama queen. It can't seriously have that many problems." 

What prompted you to begin pinning?
I knew it would be a great way to capture resources and ideas.

Why do you prefer Pinterest over other tools?
I love the fact that I can follow others who pin topics that are of interest to me - such as digital learning. It is such a huge time saver, and I have found really great ideas to implement at school and share with my teachers.

Any particular recommendations to Follow?
Christopher Pappas - Free eLearning Resources
Wendy Brennan - Teaching Resources
Janny Hamelmann - Education Math
Jane Green - Social Studies
Sara Ellenz - Language Arts
Chris Hug - Technologically Speaking

Can you share any advice for new Pinners?
Think of something that you really enjoy or a need you have (like a new appetizer recipe). Do a search for that topic and pin away! The more specific you can be with your Boards, the easier it will be to find things after you have pinned them.


Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Digital Citizenship | Pinner Shawna Slaton

Meet Shawna Slaton
Shawna works as the Media and Technology Integration Specialist for Scott County School District #2 and began pinning last year. Her district's progressive technology initiative means that all learners can be connected and have access to tools such as Google Drive, Evernote and My Big Campus. Shawna supports both students and teachers by providing professional development that maximizes digital learning opportunities. Among her Pinterest Followers are district Vienna-Finley Elementary School and Scottsburg High, yet it's not just locals following Shawna's pinning action...she has a Texas school follower as well!

What prompted you to begin pinning?
Professional Development Training
The Amount, Quality, and Organization of Resources

Do you curate using any other tools?
I curate for my students using My Big Campus.

I enjoy the professional connections that an educator can make using Pinterest. I think it is very user friendly and visually appealing. I look at this as a type of social bookmarking, but this is my preferred method of organizing those bookmarks. 

I like that there can be some mixture of both professional and personal interests. I also like that there is a give and take with Pinterest. With some aggregators, it seems like the information only flows one way--outward; but with Pinterest, I can also make a contribution to the knowledge base.

How do you collect pins?
I use a combination of methods: repinning from those I follow, searching the web and visiting categories.

Any particular recommendations to Follow?
I started by following teachers I knew personally (those in my own district). 

Every time I would go to a conference, I would look up the presenters on Pinterest. Sometimes when there was more than one session that I wanted to attend, I would even "research" the presenter on Pinterest and then follow him or her regardless of whether or not I attended the session.

Do you have a favorite board(s) you curate?
My favorite board is my ISTE--SIGMS board even though I did not start that one; I am simply one of many editors who contribute to the whole.

Can you share any advice for new Pinners?
Get your co-workers involved by sharing boards. Let parents know that you have Pinterest boards for their students.

Our school also uses Pinterest for our parents. It is a good way to have more parents "follow" the school and to promote resources they can use with their children at home.


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Teach Not Block | New Tech Network


About New Tech Network
New Tech Network is a nationwide program supporting schools, districts and communities in developing innovative public high schools that promote deeper learning, project based learning and 1:1 technology. According to their map, Indiana has 23 New Tech Network schools. Theresa Shafer, Online Community Manager for New Tech Network began pinning for the organization when Pinterest was still in beta. She took time to share her thoughts with us.

What prompted you to begin pinning?
I've never been really great at using bookmarking tools and thought this one might work for me to use in that way because it is totally visual so it fits my learning style!

Do you curate using any other tools?
I use storify for our #PBLChat archive, and I've attempted to use Diigo, but it has just never stuck for me. Now that I use a site URL2pin.it, I can pin sites that even say "no pinnable image." 

How do you collect pins?
I scan others pins from pinners that I like, pin articles and resources that I find via Twitter.

Any particular recommendations to Follow?
Scholarhip Experts, Indiana eLearning, Mashable, ISTE, Edutopia and of course, us, NewTechNetwork!

Do you have a favorite board(s) you curate?
So hard to choose just one! I love our "Teach Not Block," "Project Based Learning" and "Digital Citizenship" boards.

Can you share any advice for new Pinners?
Don't be afraid to rearrange and edit. The system I originally set up was just to general, I will likely go in and edit again soon since we are getting so many pins. Being able to customize your board cover is also great, the image you choose can really help in defining your board.

I love using Pinterest to grab and share ideas for other educators, but if I were still in a classroom or school district, I would definitely use it school wide to pin resources for parents. I can imagine boards for: Nutrition, Read Alouds, Bullying, Math Practice, Creative Play Ideas, Fun Family Trips, College and Career, FAFSA, and sooooo many others!

View today's highlighted board

Monday, February 25, 2013

Elearning | Pinner Dawna Montgomery

About Dawna Montgomery
Since the start of this school year, Center Grove High School Family and Consumer Science teacher, Dawna Montgomery has been using Pinterest to curate class content as well as a few personal picks.  It's hard to tell which is which in the collection of 3,300 pins that fill her 20 boards. While we chose to feature her board on eLearning, we would be remiss if we didn't encourage you to check out Understanding Changing Education!

What prompted you to begin pinning?
Because I teach 5 different subjects at the high school level, plus collaborate on Health for Center Grove Global Campus, it was important to find a method to keep web links and content organized.

Do you curate using any other tools?
I initially used linoit.com to keep track of web sites. In linoit.com, I would create a cork board for each class; paste the web link into the post it note, and write a quick summary of the link. Pinterest saves me time. I do not have to go from the website to an application. Pinterest allows me to view the web page and add to my assigned Pinterest page with a simple click.

How do you collect pins?
Over time I have found people who share similar interest as my own. I will follow all of their boards if they are applicable to me, my interest and the courses I teach. If all of their boards are not applicable to me, I will only follow their one or two boards that apply. I will also browse boards of the people, the people I am following, follow. ;o) I have used the search tool with success. I also now look for the Pinterest icon on web pages when I happen upon web pages I find on my own. I am able to link it to the subject board it pertains to in my Pinterest account.

Any particular recommendations to Follow?
Subject Specific: Health Blog, Baby Center, Insiders Health and Health Tap
There are not as many resources for FACS as other content areas. I apprecitate there are some other people in my subject area sharing resources.

eLearning: Mashable, Edutopia, Instructional Teachnology Solutions, Edudemic, New Tech Network, ASCD, CariAlwaysLearning, Indiana ELearning and Christopher Pappas

Do you have a favorite board(s) you curate?
Health
Child Development
Adult Roles and Responsibilities
General FACS

Can you share any advice for new Pinners?
Do not be afraid to create new boards. Putting too many things onto a board can be distracting and not time effecient. Content you pin can be more specifically organized. For example, my HEALTH board has pins for all dimensions of health; I could have created boards for each diminsion to be more specific and locate items more quickly.

Also, check the link to what you are pinning. You may like the picture and decide to pin only to realize the web link was not what you had thought.

View Dawna's Board

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Video Examples in EDU | TechSmith Education

About TechSmith
In any discussion with teachers who are flipping classrooms, TechSmith will be brought up. And it's not just this model of instruction that adopted TechSmith's screencasting and capturing tools. Students and teachers alike are using Camtasia, Jing and SnagIt to demonstrate learning, provide feedback and be more productive. As a partner in Digital Learning Day, TechSmith put together this toolkit for educators. In fact, if you visit their website, they've developed a page of tutorials on things like how to embed content and build in the capacity for conversations around video.

What prompted you to begin pinning?
I do a lot of research on the education market. I'm also personally addicted to pinterest and go there to search for inspiration and ideas for everything- including work. I noticed how many educators were starting to share lesson ideas and learning/ teaching resources and decided to create a techsmith board of education ideas. My hope was to make it easier for educators to have a 'go to' starting point on pinterest to get ideas for lessons, apps, digital learning examples, tools to try, share ideas, etc.

Do you curate using any other tools?
We have used Storify before; however, Pinterest is much more flexible. I love that I can create a board for each subject, grade level, topic, etc. as many as i want, as often as I want. And one of TechSmith's goals is to share our customers success stories. Pinterest has provided a place other than You Tube to post our customer's videos to help inspire other teachers to either flip their classroom or use technology in education in some way.

But Pinterest can also be addicting. Before you know it, you will have spent 3 hours on it and pinned more ideas than you'll ever be able to do.

How do you collect pins?
I mainly search by subject. I do follow quite a few other educators as well and often repin their ideas.

Any particular recommendations to Follow?
I have noticed that a lot of other education providers have started Pinterest boards as well that I have started to follow (i.e. Educreations, etc.) However, the way I personally use Pinterest is to come up with project ideas and hands on activities. So I would suggest following educators that teach in the fields that you're interested in. It's amazing the lab projects, experiments, resources, etc. that they come up with and share on their boards.

Do you have a favorite board(s) you curate?
I am quite proud of our customers that have videos that cover their stories. But as for the other boards that I curate, I admit they need some work and time dedicated to improving the variety of content.

Can you share any advice for new Pinners?
Jump in! You can always edit and delete boards. Just get started. And use it whenever you need an idea for how to engage students, an idea for lab projects, or an idea for organizing your classroom or home. 

View TechSmith Education's Featured Board

Saturday, February 23, 2013

PLTWvideos | Project Lead the Way

About Project Lead the Way
A leading provider of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education curriculum programs, Project Lead the Way recognized the value of sharing resources on Pinterest in June 2012. While they pin to 9 different boards, we chose to focus on their collection of videos which highlight this hands-on approach to learning.

What prompted you to begin pinning?
Relationships are very important to us and we value the opportunity to connect and learn about the people we interact with on a daily basis. Social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn have allowed us to connect, create, and continue relationships with our partners, schools, teachers, and students. Pinterest is another way to share news with our network, celebrate our schools, teachers, and students, and discover more about our community.

Do you curate using any other tools?
Our social media platforms include Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Google+. Pinterest, however, is unique and allows us to connect with our network using different mediums and approaches. Images can express and communicate a motive or message as much if not more than text and Pinterest is an ideal outlet to share and spread your personality, interests, or mission with your community.

How do you collect pins?
We create pins from both our website and outside websites, and we gather pins from other Pinterest boards.

Any particular recommendations to Follow?
The list is long! Everyone brings excitement and a different flavor to Pinterest.

Do you have a favorite board(s) you curate?
We love "PLTWnews." Mostly, this board highlights our schools, teachers, and students. We find great joy in celebrating the achievements of our network!

Can you share any advice for new Pinners?
First, start. Then, strategize. Create a couple of boards and starting pinning, but be strategic in your pinning. You want to make sure that your content or pins accomplish your objective. You want your followers to look at your pins and boards and be able to make a general assumption about your personality, and in our case, our mission and vision.

Pinterest is a casual, fun, and unique way to connect with your network and learn about your audience. Be professional, but remain playful. People are drawn to Pinterest because the platform serves as an escape and an opportunity to let your mind dream, imagine, and create. Keep your content fun and fresh and you will keep your followers following. Happy pinning!

Friday, February 22, 2013

RTI (Response to Intervention) | Kelly Miller

Meet Kelly Miller
Since opening her Pinterest account a year ago, Kelly has created 43 boards, curated 1,541 pins (at last count), and accumulated 64 Likes.  You can learn a lot about Kelly from her bio on Pinterest. We will fill in a couple of blanks though. She teaches for Yorktown Community Schools and Pinterest isn't the only social media tool she uses for work. Kelly uses Twitter in a variety of ways. One tweet that caught our attention was when she shared the scratch-off tickets she created for her students based on a Pinterest find. 

What prompted you to begin pinning?
A friend told me that Pinterest was a neat place to find ideas for recipes and home improvement. I originally started using Pinterest for this reason but as I saw other pins related to education, I decided it was a great way to organize ideas for the classroom.

Do you curate using any other tools?
I've tried bookmarking websites in the past however I've lost my bookmarks in the past. It can also be difficult to keep them organized. I like Pinterest because it's more visual. It's easier to find the website I'm wanting because it has a corresponding picture.

How do you collect pins?
I pin from everywhere! I like the fact that you can follow someone else's education board or you can follow all of their boards. You can see what other interesting information they're collecting. I also like being able to search for certain topics. We were discussing the Common Core one morning in a staff meeting. I went to Pinterest and did a search and there were tons of resources in seconds.

Any particular recommendations to Follow?
Follow lots of people! The more you follow, the more pins you'll be able to see. I highly recommend Christi McLendon, Indiana eLearning, and New Tech Network. Again, you can follow all of their boards or just the boards you're interested in.

Do you have a favorite board(s) you curate?
 really like my Common Core, RTI, and For My Students boards. The Common Core board has some really great resources to help me more in that direction. I'm a Business teacher so RTI isn't something that I'm necessarily trained in however it's become part of my job to help improve students reading and math skills. My RTI board is a place I go to find ideas on how to help intervene with a student. For My Students is a board I just recently created to put things I think my students would be interested in or things that I can reference to in class.

Can you share any advice for new Pinners?
Don't give up. I hear many people say they signed up for Pinterest and "didn't get it". Just get on and try it. You'll find something that you're interested in! You also don't have to have an account to view someone's boards. You can go and see what they're using Pinterest for to give you ideas for your own account.

If you start using Pinterest, you can start small and then expand. I started with just a classroom board. After awhile, I found that I had pins that covered a range of topics so I created some new boards and moved those pins to the boards that made sense. Don't feel like you have to start with 10 different boards.

View Kelly's Board

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Kinder Writing | Kara Bunch

Meet Kara Bunch
According to this kindergarten teacher from Mayflower Mill Elementary in the Tippecanoe School Corporation, Pinterest is one of the best things on the internet!  Kara finds it  convenient to access the social bookmarking site on the computer and even on the go using her iPhone. Finding new ideas to enhance her students' learning experience fuels her excitement for teaching. 

What prompted you to begin pinning?
I wanted some new ideas for teaching to keep it exciting.  As a kindergarten teacher, I need to keep it fun, bright, and interactive. I love to be crafty and Pinterest was the perfect place for me. As a new mom, I believe in working SMARTER not HARDER!

Do you curate using any other tools?
Our school uses Twitter for educational reasons and I am not a big fan of it. I don't like the short phrases and hashtags. It's very hard for me to follow as I am a visual person. I think Pinterest is very user friendly and being able to search any topic is super easy. 

How do you collect pins?
I do a combination of things. I follow a lot of teacher friends that I teach with, have taught with, or know from other schools. I always check to see what they have pinned for the day. Then I go to the education category nightly. I also search weekly on the topics I am discussing for the week or common core skills. 

Any particular recommendations to Follow?
Not really.  Just start your own board and follow colleagues or search other boards on a specific topic.

Do you have a favorite board(s) you curate?
I am a huge fan of my kindergarten boards. I have one for each month since we have different themes that we teach monthly.  I also have one for each subject area Kinder math, Kinder reading, and Kinder writing. Another one I have is school fun. This one just has creative ideas and classroom management ideas. The last is whole brain teaching, which is one classroom management idea I practice in my classroom.

Can you share any advice for new Pinners?
Start small, organize your boards into multiple categories so that when you need to find something you can quickly. Think specific not broad. 

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Pinner Andy Smith



Meet Andy Smith
In the last year, Andy Smith, a teacher with Hamilton South Eastern Schools initiated an effort to collect resources on three boards he created. His experience with Pinterest is limited and we commend him for sharing with us. We'd like to return the favor and encourage you to connect with him on Pinterest (particularly if you are teaching or interested in theater arts and mass media).  We hear he's really a good egg, but perhaps with a little friendly pressure we can encourage him to change his profile image. 

What prompted you to begin pinning?
Looking for new ideas to implement in my classroom.

Do you curate using any other tools?
Pinterest is the only tool I use at this time.

How do you collect pins?
Repinning from categories

Any particular recommendations to Follow?
Kris Devereaux

View Andy's Boards

So, today let's mix it up a bit!  Here's an invitation: If you see something on Andy's boards that you find interesting, leave him a comment.  Do you notice that he's interested in a particular topic? Recommend someone who is pinning related resources for him to follow. Follow Andy on Twitter @ajsmithtkd so when he tweets a pin you see it.

If there's one thing we've learned from this project, it's that your Pinterest experience only gets better when you are part of a community.  Would you like to build your Pinterest community? Leave the URL to your boards in the Comment section and let us help connect you to others!


Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The World Is My Classroom | Pinner Betsy Pruitt

Meet Betsy Pruitt
The fact that Betsy has liked over 650 pins on Pinterest tells you a couple of things. One, she enjoys providing feedback. This serves her well as an academic coach for Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation. And two, she's been on Pinterest a bit longer than others. In fact, Betsy began pinning in the spring of 2011. Since then, she's started 32 boards and has pinned what basically averages 100 pins per board. 

What prompted you to begin pinning?
A friend of mine kept emailing me things she had pinned, so I was intrigued with how Pinterest worked. I was planning a trip to England and needed one place to curate all of my ideas, plans, and dreams for the trip and Pinterest seemed to be the perfect mashup! I am a very visual person, so seeing everything laid out in front of me really appealed to my creative brain. When I discovered how collaborative Pinterest is, it really appealed to my need for community-so I was hooked!

Do you curate using any other tools?
I have attempted to use a few other tools because I thought they may be more "professional" but I have always come back to Pinterest because it meets my needs better than any other app or site I have found. It functions as a virtual space where I can curate all the different aspects of my life in one place. I love that I can use Pinterest for my family, my health, my work, and my dreams.

How do you collect pins?
I collect pins in every way imaginable! I follow lots of Pinners who are respected educators so I get a lot of pins from them. I also explore topics and find new boards and people to follow that way. Many times when I am reading an article online there will be an option to "PinIt!" so I will add to my boards from those outside sources as well.

Any particular recommendations to Follow?
Larry Ferlazzo, Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, Cybraryman, ASCD, Hello Literacy, Eric Sheninger

Do you have a favorite board(s) you curate?
My favorite board is "The World is My Classroom." I am able to collect new ideas from educators across the US and around the world and share them with people who follow me on Pinterest. I also pin specific things to this board that I want to use with teachers or classrooms in my coaching.

Can you share any advice for new Pinners?
Explore the site and search for any topics you are interested in. Start to follow people who pin topics and ideas you are interested in. You can search your own Facebook friends to see who is already on Pinterest and follow them. Try to click on a pin to go to the site before you pin it so you do not pin spam (unusual, but it happens). Curate topics that are important or useful to YOU! Your boards will be unique just like you are!

Pinterest is an ideal place to put ideas, pictures, projects, advice, resources, and ideas for a rainy day all in one spot. The only downfall is finding time to Pin AND to follow up on all the great ideas you find on Pinterest. Happy Pinning!

Monday, February 18, 2013

Education | Pinner Robyn Young


Meet Robyn Young
Robyn Young has been using Pinterest for the last year. In that time she has collected nearly 900 pins on her 19 boards. Today we focus on her Education board, which holds nearly 100 of those pins. As a librarian, Robyn uses this board to share ideas with the teachers she works with. If you check out the followers on that board, you will quickly discover that Avon High School teachers aren't the only one benefitting from Robyn's efforts.

What prompted you to begin pinning?
My neighbor started me on Pinterest and I started using it personally for recipe ideas and for things around the house. I stumbled upon some bulletin board ideas and then just started pinning to an education board as I saw things come up.

Do you curate using any other tools?
I don't curate using any other tools, but only because I haven't found anything as easy as Pinterest. It is also accessible from school and many of the other social networking tools are not. I am "friends" with many of the teachers at my school, so it is an easy way to share ideas with them.  

How do you collect pins?
I primarily collect pins from pinners that I follow or from browsing through Everything -- which I usually do almost every day. Many of the pinners are primarily elementary, but I've found ways to adapt many things to the high school level.

Any particular recommendations to Follow?
I don't think I'm that organized yet, so I'm not following anyone specific in the education world.

Can you share any advice for new Pinners?
Start using this personally, looking for new recipes or for projects around the house. You will then naturally find that it leads to looking for projects for school, but get to know Pinterest first just for the fun of it.

View Robyn's Board

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Classroom Ideas | Pinner Karla Schweizer

Meet Karla Schweizer
Karla is a middle school teacher with the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation. She began using Pinterest when it was still in beta. Like many of our Pinnovation contributors, Karla's initial exploration of the tool was for personal interest, but as you will see, she quickly discovered the benefit to pinning for her language arts classes. 

What prompted you to begin pinning?
DIY Projects

Do you curate using any other tools?
I have a blog and use a couple websites, however, I like the visual nature of Pinterest and the ability I have to search, edit, and include information I find vital.

How do you collect pins?
I pin from categories, primarily, although I generally search for specific items first in Pinterest. If I am searching the web and find something of use with the option for Pinning, I will add it to my boards.

Any particular recommendations to Follow?
Amanda Plum, Kathy Schrock, Shelly Terrell, Regina Hartley, Ted ED, Robin Harrington, Michelle Anthony, and Hilary Lewis

Do you have a favorite board(s) you curate?
I love my Craft Ideas board!

Can you share any advice for new Pinners?
Don't get overwhelmed. If Pinterest seems like too much, start by searching for a specific idea which interests you. You'll be amazed at what comes up and it will lead you to a whole new series of ideas!

View Karla's Board

Saturday, February 16, 2013

All Things My Big Campus | Pinner Lightspeed Systems


About Lightspeed Systems
Lightspeed Systems develops solutions to empower the transformation of learning in school districts. My Big Campus is their learning management system that allows K-12 educators to deliver safe, collaborative online learning to more than 5 million students around the world.

What prompted you to begin pinning?
We found that many educators (teachers, school- district-level admins) were using Pinterest to share info and knowledge about the latest in education and Lightspeed wanted to be apart of that community.

Do you curate using any other tools?
Yes, we also use Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Google+, You Tube.

Pinterest is very unique. Information and resources regarding anything in education seems  more easily accessible and share-able. Categorizing pins helps us and our followers see what the pins are generally about. Also, Lightspeed is a provider of education technology; however, it's nice to learn and share other education pins that do not necessarily direct relate to us or our product. 

How do you collect pins?
Repin from those we follow, pin from web or links found on other platforms such as Twitter and Facebook. 

Any particular recommendations to Follow?
Lightspeed Systems and everyone we follow :)

Do you have a favorite board(s) you curate?
All Things My Big Campus & Mobile Learning

Can you share any advice for new Pinners?
Don't be intimated. Jump in and pin any and everything that interests you. Also, remember that you don't have to follow all boards of a single pinner--you can easily select the specific boards that interest you most. And lastly, share your pins on Twitter. Cross-posting on other platforms is a great way to share resources with different groups of people. 

View Lightspeed's Highlighted Board