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.

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