Monday, February 11, 2013

Indiana Online Academy

About Indiana Online Academy
The Indiana Online Academy (IOA) is a supplemental program that partners with over 220 high schools across the state to offer high school classes online for credit. Just recently, Principal Ronda Eshleman and Program Manager Kim Hendrick facilitated one of our regular Thursday night Twitter chats around the topic of how online classes can enhance your traditional school. You can view the archive of that chat on our #INeLearn board (pardon the self promotion there)! Kim, who you met earlier in this project, will repin from her Work board to IOA, and she shared the following insights on pinning for a school program. 

What prompted you to begin pinning?
We wanted to curate pins for professional development for our IOA teachers. We also offer professional development workshops and wanted to curate content for those as well. We saw other great educational organizations and wanted to follow their boards for content. IOA uses Pinterest as a marketing tools as well to showcase that we are connected to other educators and educational organizations.

Do you curate using any other tools?
We curate using Live Binders, Twitter and our Spotlight website. Pinterest is so visual and is easy to use. We like that you can use the 'Pin it' tool to quickly curate content that is relevant. It also has an easy way to Tweet or post the pin on Facebook which is helpful that it is all integrated.

How do you collect pins?
IOA collects pins from websites and from pinners that it follows.
Any particular recommendations to Follow?
The Indiana Online Academy follows both individuals and educational organizations. A few we recommend are: Solution Tree, PLP Network,, Edudemic, Kathy Schrock, Carol Mortensen, ISTE, Sheryl Nussbaum-Beach, Edutopia, ASCD. Indiana eLearning, CELLuindy, New Tech Network & Eric Sheninger.
Do you have a favorite board(s) you curate?
We've just started a 'Counselor Resources' board as a resource for our counselors that we work with. We also have some great resources in our 'PD Resources' and 'Books/Journals/Blogs to read.
Can you share any advice for new Pinners?
We would recommend finding educational organizations, administrators or other educators to follow. Then look to see who they are following to build your network. We would also recommend building numerous boards to help categorize your pins. Once you feel confident with Pinterest, you can branch into other amazing resources like Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, blogging, etc.

We are thrilled to be included in the Indiana eLearning Pinterest project and hope that other educators and organizations can learn from and connect to others. We are all connected and it is great to help each other with resources for the benefit of our students. You will grow professionally by using Pinterest!  

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