Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Pinner Rachel Porter


Meet the Pinner: Rachel returns with new resources and perspectives to share with Pinnovation seekers. The Digital Curriculum Integration Specialist with Southwest Parke Community Schools tells us, "I've been pinning for a couple of years, both personally and professionally. I find it to be a relaxing evening activity to spend a few minutes pinning some quality resources for teachers and recipes for myself! I quickly learned that my Pinterest hobby was going to be big, so I separated my personal boards and professional boards into two differnet accounts. Together they would be a Pinterest monster!"

How would you describe your use of Pinterest?
I began pinning professionally because I found it to be an efficient way to share resources with the teachers I support. So many of them were already using Pinterest, and it is an easy tool for newbies to learn. Sharing resources on Pinterest doesn't feel so much like a work task. It's a digital playground for teachers.

What have you gained from using Pinterest?
I use Pinterest to it's fullest, I think. I daily pin from people I follow and have grown an effective PLN so that there is always something worth pinning. I also browse the education and technology categories, and pin things from the web when I am looking to build up a specific board.  

I have used lots of tools to curate - My Big Campus, Pearl Trees, Mentor Mob, Symbaloo, etc. Each of them seem to serve somewhat different purposes. I use Pinterest as the first step in curating - to collect anything and everything that I want to learn more about and potentially use - a sort of brainstorming tool. Often the content for my My Big Campus bundles comes from the resources I've pinned. Those tools that become daily or frequently used are added to our school Symbaloo.

Do you have a favorite board?
I have boards for each content area as well as a digital curriculum board that are probably my biggest collections. Recently I started a board for parents after having several requests for advice on what they can be doing at home to help their children in school. I already had a blog for parents, but have found that they are far more likely to follow my Pinterest board than to read blog posts! My entire professional account is full of education boards, so it's hard to pick one. I'm passionate about them all!

Can you share any advice for new Pinners?I think it is nice to have a good piece of time when your first starting with Pinterest to really get some to know it. It's easy to get sucked in and spend hours on Pinterest, and a lot of people avoid it because they think they just don't have time for it. But even just giving it a few minutes a day will slowly build an enormous collection of quality tools and ideas.

Teachers often ask me how I find out about all the things I pass on to them. They are usually shocked when I tell them that a great deal of it I found on Pinterest! Here are some of my favorite follows:

SHIFT eLearning
Education.com
Edutopia
Indiana eLearning
SAS Curriculum Pathways


Pinnovation Invitation: While exploring Rachel's boards, we discovered her Who to Follow Board! What a clever idea! Start you own board with recommendations for colleagues and share the link if you're willing.

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