Sunday, February 23, 2014

Pinner Media Mumblings

Meet the Pinner: We admit Media Mumblings isn't really this pinner's name, but with such a cool username we couldn't resist using it in the post title! The library media specialist behind the title is Debbie Acord of Adams Central Community Schools. While Debbie shares loads of resources (nearly 10,000 pins over the last four years) on her Pinterest boards, you should know that she also blogs at

How would you describe your use of Pinterest?
The pins I collect are mostly from other pinners I follow. I started following friends, but when I wanted specific ideas, I would search for them and in the process found many great pinners to follow. I also started following pincers by looking at boards of those who started following or pinning me. After I had established some boards, I began pinning using the Pin It tool to pin some sites I found on the web.

When it comes to having a favorite board: I don't really focus on any one board. My focus changes according to my needs.

What have you gained from using Pinterest?
I love exploring new tech tools. I started pinning because I had heard of Pinterest and wanted to check out recipes and ideas for my home. About this same time, I was transitioning from a 5th grade classroom to a position as a K-12 media specialist. I began using Pinterest as a professional development tool to brush up on resources and trends.

I have another tool that curate on occasionally called Scoop It. I use Scoop It to collect articles and information. However, I curate on Pinterest regularly. Pinterest is very visual, and makes it easier for me to envision ideas and adaptations to the pins as I curate them. I love that Pinterest allows me to create lots of boards to organize my ideas. Pinterest also lets me search based on pins, boards, or pinners to get better search results.

Can you share any advice for new Pinners?
Start lots of boards in the beginning! It is easier to organize pins when you have several empty boards. It will also provide some focus while looking at pins. It is VERY EASY to get lost in Pinterestland.  

If you see a lot of irrelevant pins in your feed, you can go in and unfollow boards that are not of interest to you. Then when you refresh your feed it will be cleaned up.

You can build boards based on projects/units by editing pins to move them in and out of boards or pinning the same pin on multiple boards for a more permanent collection.

What if Pinterest is blocked at school?
If your school blocks Pinterest, you can print out Pinterest boards and attach pins to lesson plans to serve as a visual reminder/guide.

Part of my job as a media specialist is to collaborate with teachers and plan programs in my school. I create boards based on collaborations with teachers or programs. I print these boards and take them with me to meetings so I can refer to them in meetings and leave them with the person I am meeting with.

Pinnovation Invitation: There are districts that block Pinterest categorically as a social media platform. What are the pros and cons to blocking a tool like Pinterest? How can educators make the case for making it accessible at school?

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