Monday, August 19, 2013

¡AtenciĆ³n, Une attention, und Achtung!

Meet Polly Franklin, Spanish teacher at Kankakee Valley High School, who pins as Profe Franklin. We were introduced to Profe Franklin through Twitter when she replied to a tweet announcing that we were starting collaborative boards. Would we like someone for World Languages she offered. . . and a new Pinterest board was born! It's not any ordinary board either. It's the first Group Board in the Digital Content Series, and that makes Franklin our first collaborative pinner!

We are very excited to see this collection of resources grow with the teaching and content area expertise of Franklin and other world language teachers like her. Franklin's advice to potential pinners could not be more fitting, "I would recommend that people be open to using Pinterest and not to worry about having a lot of pins." The value of these resource boards comes through quality after all, not quantity.

Making use of digital content is nothing new to Franklin. She has created a Google site for her KVHS classes and uses My Big Campus for content delivery. Some of her first pins on the Group Board Digital Content: World Languages came from Learnist, another powerful content curation site. And she manages a class Facebook page for her students. Franklin began using Pinterest last school year after she noticed that some of the most interesting and best sources of information for her subject area were there. She notes, "Before I really checked it out, I has assumed that Pinterest was only for people who were planning weddings or building a house. After some investigation, I saw that it was much more than that."  

And while Franklin's teaching assignment may be Spanish, you'll see from her 46 boards that she doesn't limit her curating to one world language. In fact when asked if she has a favorite board, her response was "No...I love all my babies equally."

Are you interested in pinning to one of the boards in the Digital Content collection? We invite you to join Polly Franklin on the World Language board or any of the other content areas here.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Introducing Our Digital Content Group Boards!

We are excited to introduce our next Pinnovation adventure! The Office of eLearning continues to curate blog posts, share inspiration and organize resources on over 50 Pinterest boards. Like many of the Pinterest users we profiled during Digital Learning Month, we often use Pinterest like a bookmarking tool to save, categorize and share important finds on the web. And we value the collaborative power of Pinterest, so we regularly search out educationally focused Pinners to follow. Those of you who primarily repin know the gratification of scanning your feed and finding something new. Repinning someone else's discoveries is simple and satisfying. We will definitely continue adding to our boards from those we follow, but we are ready to take the collaboration up a notch!

When we first started pinning, we created a board for Digital Content as a place to pin resources that could be used in developing curriculum to replace the textbook.  Everything from resources like NBC Learn that covers many content areas to websites that are very content specific were pinned in one big pile (err...we mean board). It became clear we needed to review our pins and start organizing them better, and so the Digital Content: Math board was started. Needless to say, now we have a small series of boards on digital content forming.

We want to make these group boards! Group or collaborative boards are collections built by multiple pinners. Our intention is to be very deliberate in the curation of these resources. The goal is not to develop bulging boards full of pointless pins, which is often the result of group boards. Rather it is to enlist your expertise so that resources pinned are educator-tested and approved.

So how does this work? Collaborative or group boards are distinguished by an icon in the upper right corner of the board like the one on Digital Content: World Languages displayed above. This indicates that the owner of the board invited multiple people to contribute pins. Once another pinner accepts the invitation, the board appears on their personal list of boards and they can pin to it like they would their other boards.

Any Indiana educator who collects resources for digital learning is invited to join one of the content area group boards.  Are you ready to pin with us? Just complete this interest form. After confirming you're an Indiana educator, we will send you an invitation to pin.  We'll be introducing our first collaborative pinner in the next post! Stay tuned.