Monday, February 24, 2014

Pinner Indiana eLearning (INeLearn)








We had no intention of featuring ourselves in Pinnovation, but even the best laid plans sometimes fall apart. Rather than frantically try to fill two recently vacated days on the calendar, we thought we'd use today to acquaint you with some of our boards, and we hope to use Friday to showcase ANY and ALL new Pinners that have taken the Pinterest plunge! See details in the Pinnovation Invitation at the end of this post.


What are we pinning? Our primary boards were broad and grew quickly in the first year we were pinning. We started breaking some of the overloaded boards into collections such as our series of Toolboxes and Digital Content.
The Toolbox: There are currently nine Toolboxes in the series including Assessments, BackChannels, Cloud Store and Share, Curation, Graphic Organizers, Presentation Creation, Productivity, Research and Vocabulary.  New areas are developed as there is a demand.

Digital Content:
We've created more specific digital content boards for Business, FACS, History, Language Arts, Math, Science, and World Language. Ideally, we'd have all of these group boards with content area experts pinning together. Eventually we envision the boards breaking out even further by specific grade levels or courses. 


Some of our most popular boards are around learning theory and different models for engaging learners. For example, with the explosion of interest following the Hour of Code and our current book club read, our Maker Movement, Programming and Coding board is regularly visited. Explore any of our 65 boards covering all things PBL to Virtual Schools in Indiana.

We thought we'd share some boards that model how a school or district might Pin for their families:
Raising Digital Citizens is a board that educators can reference but that is designed to be shared with parents. Any school that embraces digital learning is encouraged to create a board with an online safety focus for families. 
What We're Reading serves as a virtual bookshelf for the fall and spring book club selections. This is such an easy way to share professional learning with parents. You don't have to just pin books. Share professional journal articles or blog posts that shape the culture of learning and leading in your school.

Since we primarily Pin with educators in mind, we found a few example boards that might appeal to families that inspire you to begin pinning for your class, school or district:

  • A board of After School Activities and Adventures would be easy to put together using this example. Notice too that this is a Group Board. What a great way to connect with parents and encourage involvement by inviting them to Pin with you on select boards! 
  • Not that we want more snow days, but that certainly would be a popular board--Fun Things to Do during a Polar Vortex... Here's an example from Arkansas River Valley Regional Library.
  • Share creative ways to encourage packing healthy lunches. You could even invite the cafeteria staff to take pictures of their offerings and post pictures to share school lunch options with families. 
  • There are a number of potential boards about wellness for all grade levels-particularly middle and high school students and their families. Learn more about how the counselors for a Washington state school use Pinterest here.

Pinnovation Invitation: Start a classroom, school or district Pinterest profile and begin with one or two boards for your students and or their families.  If you already have such a board or are willing to share your new efforts, email Michelle at mgreen@doe.in.gov so that your board(s) can be included in our final Pinnovation post for Digital Learning Month February 2014 this Friday.

We welcome all education focused boards for this special end of the month post. If you'd rather drop us the link through a Google form, here's a how! We are glad you've joined us for Pinnovation and hope that you've found something useful this month! 

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