Friday, March 13, 2015

Our Top Pinnovation Takeaways & Spinoffs from 2015

It's Digital Learning Day! We hope you found inspiration in our Pinnovation posts this last month. Thank you to all of our contributors for making this year's project possible! What have you tried or plan to try as a result of their shares? Here are some of our favorites:

Virtually never run out of display space. We saw several great examples of this Pinnovation from library educators and we wonder what other possibilities have been tried? Counselors could pin Career and College boards. Technology departments might put together a board of resources to address common issues or to support new devices. And in the classroom, the ideas are limitless.

Be accessible to parents. Share resources that their children will be using in your classroom. 
  • Create a board of  tutorials for learning apps or webtools your students will be working with.
  • Start a What We Did in Class this Week board and include a variety of pins that will help parents get meaningful conversations going with their learners.
  • Provide a memory board of their child's school year.
Bring your staff together. A couple of our Pinnovators noted that they provided training sessions for their peers, but even more encouraged you to simply find out if your colleagues were using Pinterest. How will you share your professional use of Pinterest and connect with others? What would it take to create a department or grade level Pinterest shared board? How might such a board benefit the individuals and the group?

Make headlines. Create an archive of school news: there is only so much a school website can handle on its front page! By creating a Pinterest board of school news (perhaps by quarter or semester), you can curate not just the news the main office publishes, but also community news related to the school. Many schools have started using tools like Smore to create digital newsletters, which are easily pinned. And if your district uses Twitter to share learning, Storify archives can also be included.
Share in the Comments what your Pinnovation takeaway or spinoff will be!

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Popular Pin Feature: Adaptive Technology

March is Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month so we decided to go to the boards and look at the popular pins on Adaptive Technology.

Topping the list is the pin leading to Patins, Indiana's state-wide technical assistance network for the provision of assistive/accessible technology for assisting local educational agencies in the utilization and creation of accessible learning environments and instructional materials.
Leveling the playing field with apps is this Scoop.It! resource, which includes curated resources such as the Great App List for Middle/High School Students & Adults with Learning Disabilities. You can find many resources specifically for Developmental Disabilities as well.

There are a number of pins on the board that lead to lists-even a wheel--of apps for adaptive learning needs. This particular pin is different. This pin is organized by evidence-based practice. Similarily, Bridging Apps offers a list of apps that are standards-based. Find the pin here.

To learn more about Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month and the #SidebySide campaign, please visit this pin.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Carrie Dilley
Carrie Dilley, a teacher in Center Grove uses Pinterest for DIY PD.  While she pins both personally and professionally, as you scan her profile, you can easily see that she's organized her PD boards with an Education label. Carrie has shared her favorites from that collection below.

Carrie's Pinnovation:
I use Pinterest to help provide resources and ideas in all aspects of my classroom. Some of my most successful lessons, projects and classroom management techniques have come directly from Pinterest.

Last year I taught a class on using Pinterest for the multi-school conference South Central Techies at Franklin High school.

Carrie's Tips:
Make your boards very specific. Years ago I had a board I called "education" and it was a mess. Now that I have everything labeled for the individual subject, project, or other PD it is easy to access the pins that I want when I want them!

Carrie's Education Boards:

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Popular Pin Feature: What Catches Your Attention

Our top Power Pin, 10 Free Google Chrome Extensions Teachers Should Try happened to be another Edudemic "Sorry, the page you requested has been permanently removed." We are interested to see if it will gain more repins now that we have fixed the link.

You've already read about the second Power Pin if you are following Pinnovation. If that isn't the case, here's the link to that post.

Third on the list is a valuable little pin, Guide on How to Cite Social Media. It hasn't earned many repins, but it's views have earned it a place on this list. While we have a board devoted specifically to Copyright Questions We All Have, this particular resource is found on Digital Responsibilities K-12

The next pin is from our Just Because board. The next time you have time to simply explore, we invite you to check it out. You will find a mix of inspiration, random tools, and general teaching posts that caught our eye but didn't fit anywhere else.

We love that the fifth pin made the list. This pin can be found on our Digital Citizenship Week board. It comes from Krissy Venosdale's post, Digital Citizenship: It’s More Than a Poster! The Pin will take you to the post. This is a great refresher as we near Digital Learning Day.

Monday, March 9, 2015

Rob Tidrow
Rob Tidrow is Director of Operations for Richmond Community Schools. He has presented around the state on how to incorporate Pinterest into your professional practice.

Rob's Pinnovation:
Pinterest is a great tool for curating and sharing ideas in a graphical way. In my presentation, 12 Ways To Use Pinterest in the Classroom, I encourage teachers and administrators to create boards that encourage collaboration, instructional ideas, and education technology tools. Several Richmond teachers have started Pinterest profiles as a result of our Summer of eLearning Conference we held last year. On my boards, I like to pin topics associated with iPads in the classroom, flipping the classroom, instructional design, favorite apps, 3D printing, and infographics.

Rob's Tip:
I encourage users to start using Pinterest with a mobile app to keep the choices to a minimum at first until you get comfortable with the concept of pinning and following other boards. Once you start pinning, you may find yourself spending lots of time looking for the next "great" pin. Finally, be sure to tell others in your school, administration office, and classrooms that you use Pinterest. You might be surprised who also uses it!

Some of Rob's Follows:

Friday, March 6, 2015

Teri Oliver

Teri Oliver teaches kindergarten at New Palestine Elementary School. She pins on her own and as a member of a group profile. Under the group profile, as many as nine teachers are contributing under their own profiles to group boards of primary math topics.

Teri's Pinnovation:
Our district's kindergarten team created an account called New Pal K Math. We organized our boards with different math topics that are aligned to Common Core. Although our state does not use the Common Core anymore, many of the topics are still the same. Our goal was to organize and share curriculum based hands-on math lessons. In addition to creating this site, we met together 3-4 times to create the materials for some of these pins.

Teri's Tip:
On my personal board, I have my boards arranged by month. It is a visual file cabinet. I also store videos there to watch with the kids. I share my Pinterest link with parents, so that they can watch videos at home, too. Parents can get an overview of what I will be teaching each month by looking at the board.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Popular Pin Feature: STEM

No matter how you look at it: most popular pin or most popular board, this topic has been ranked number one in our analytics for the last year. The STEM board itself carries less than half of our profile followers, but it consistently brings the most impressions of all of our 82 boards. We suspect this has to do with the easily searchable term.

And the Pin getting the bulk of the attention? With 10,919 total impressions at the time of this post, this Pin is the second most engaging pin of our entire collection. The numbers speak for themselves: 1866 Repins, 81 Likes, and 110 clicks in the last 30 days. 

When we found this pin via the very popular website, We Are Teachers, we never anticipated this level of response. You may have caught in other Pinnovation posts that We Are Teachers is also on Pinterest. Check out their STEM resources on STEM/STEAM Lessons, Activities and Ideas. 

In our next Popular Pin Feature we will reveal INeLearn's All Time Power Pin. 

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Jill Sceifers

Jill Sceifers is the Media Specialist at New Washington Middle-High School and shares the Pinterest profile she created specifically for her media center.

Jill's Pinnovation
I have created categories of interest to my students and pinned anything and everything I think might be of interest to them. We use it to display library activities, provide research paper assistance, help with their Chromebooks, or even just book suggestions. Students also suggest boards for us to follow. I use it professionally to pin ideas for displays, bulletin boards, contests, cataloging, technology, and lesson plans.

Visit these boards which archive school-wide events: 

Ever face the problem of not having enough display space to create interest grabbers for your students? Never again when you use Pinterest boards to create virtual display cases: 

Jill's Tip:
When I began, I did not think large-scale enough. I would suggest to new pinners that you think large scale and make a board for anything you might be interested in. By thinking small-scale, my boards quickly became unruly with the amounts of information and they were hard to navigate. It then took more time to break down my boards and move things around. It's always a work in progress, but I wish I had not just gone "pin crazy" and pinned everything without making boards to help organize myself first!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Popular Pin Feature: Digital Note-Taking

While not high in repins, today's featured Pin comes from our board Supporting the Digital Writer. In the last 30 days, it's garnered the overall 6th highest number of Impressions of all our 2,600+ pins. And it's no surprise given the topic, 11 Note-Taking Tips for the Digital Classroom.

Our collection on this topic is still rather limited, so if you have found a resource worth sharing, we'd love to have you post it in the comments!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Liz Clark

Liz Clark, art teacher and technology coach at Hamilton Southeastern High School shares her Pinnovation, which comes from a post she shared on her district's blog, HSE21 Shorts: voices of our learning revolution.

Liz's Pinnovation:
Art is about the process as well as the product. As students become more sophisticated as artists, they need to understand the importance of devoting adequate time to research, planning, and idea generation. Most students want to breeze over this step and go straight to production. After they start, students realize that they did not spend enough time thinking through the process. Often this realization comes after they have devoted a great deal of time to an idea that does not work. How could I get my classes to spend time planning and developing an idea before committing it to materials?

I discovered a great way to help students gather and connect relevant information in order to make well-informed artistic decisions. My students started using a social network called Pinterest. Pinterest is like a virtual scrapbook. It is great for organizing information and visual brainstorming. I use it to collect resources for students about a topic. In the past, I checked out books from the library with examples. Often, the examples weren’t current. Now, students can see what I want them to see and create their own boards if they choose.

There are many great ideas on Pinterest. My students spend time on the site outside of the classroom. Many of them create their own pin boards. It inspires self-directed learning.

Professionally, Pinterest is a wealth of information for all things teaching, technology, art, and art education. Any time I am asked to lead a technology or art workshop, I check Pinterest for resources. If I want to teach a new idea for a student project, I can find it on Pinterest.

Liz's Tip:
When I became a member of our HSE:21 technology integration team, our mission was to equip students with the content knowledge, unique skills, and new literacies they will need to succeed in the 21st‐century global economy. The annual Indiana Art Educators Conference featured a presentation by Dr. Marjorie Manifold, who teaches at Indiana University. Her presentation introduced me to Pinterest. I saw this as a way to utilize technology to gather ideas for the classroom.

I started slowly by looking at Pinterest one or two evenings a week. The site has really grown over the years. I began to notice that it had many uses in the classroom as well. It helps to differentiate instruction and exposes students to different ideas and techniques - visual research and curation.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Popular Pin Feature: Presentation Tools

Today we have pulled out one of INeLearn's Toolboxes, Presentation Creation for our Popular Pin feature.  As you look over the three pins with the most repins from this collection, we ask, how might your students present themselves as digital learners on March 13th? 

Could your students design word cloud representations of themselves as digital learners? Tagxedo with the 2nd highest number of repins makes that possible.

What are some of the ways they show what they know using web and mobile apps? This infographic was recently updated and includes 44 different options for students.

We invite you to check out the complete board. Perhaps you and your students have a recommendation that we should add to the Toolbox. We'd love to hear what you are using. Let us know in the comments!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Leslie Maxwell

Leslie Maxwell, a School City of Hobart teacher, describes herself on Pinterest as "Mom, Teacher, too many interests to list!" And with 51 boards, she's proven her point. Today we are focusing on one particular board and the way Leslie is using it. The board is Tech Ideas and it includes artifacts from her second-grade class.

Leslie's Pinnovation: 
I teach 2nd grade and my students and I have been working hard to incorporate technology into our learning. I have 3 pins to share. The first two are videos that my students and I made to document our learning. First, we made a simple trailer in iMovie with some short video clips and pictures that we had on our iPad. We did this in an effort to understand iMovie better.

Then, for Black History Month, we studied the story of Ruby Bridges. We acted out parts from the book and put them together in an iMovie to share with our parents. This was a fun activity for the students and they really enjoyed everything about it from making the movie to making the final edits.

The third pin is one from the beginning of the year. For Go College week, we used Aurasma to link a picture of each student (dressed up as what they want to be when they grow up) with a video explaining their future career. We used the augmented reality app, Aurasma to completed this task.

Leslie's Tip:
I began using Pinterest about 4 or 5 years ago, not long after Pinterest first started. In the beginning, I was really sloppy with my pins, just wanting to get good ideas saved and not necessarily categorized. (I would equate it to a junk drawer -- all things you want to keep, but no real organization.) Needless to say, as more great ideas came my way, my Pinterest boards became very cluttered. I have tried to organize them better over the last few years, but all those years of pinning randomly makes it difficult. My advice: don't be afraid to start new boards, it will make finding great ideas much easier!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Katie Hutchinson

From Katie's board:
Katie Hutchinson, eLearning Coach for Greater Clark County Schools took a different approach to the Pinnovation invitation and we are excited to share it with you today.

Katie's Pinnovation:
Since I am an eLearning coach, part of my responsibilities involve teaching teachers and doing research. Pinterest helps me do both. Besides my own Pinterest Board (and the boards I follow), when I create resources for teachers, I always include a Pinterest results page or a board. Pinterest helps spread ideas (both digital and not! #goodteaching) and can be a source of information. I love it because I can find things I want, and find things I didn't know I was looking for!

Here's are Katie's recommended Pinners to follows:

Some of the search results/boards she loves:
IWB Ideas:
Social Skills for Primary:
2nd grade Writing Ideas:
Reading Manipulatives:
Math Manipulatives:
Flipped Classroom Board:
Kindergarten Technology:

Katie's Tip:
Follow and Unfollow. Find what you want. Search in Google. It will lead you to Pinterest. Follow your colleagues. Follow people you do not know. 

"It's not information overload. It's filter failure." - Clay Shirky

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Michelle Meadows

Michelle Meadows serves as an administrator at Kankakee Valley High School. It's pretty clear that it's not just the students who are learning what it means to go digital with their new 1:1 program. As a licensed Career and Technical Education (CTE) Director and former CTE instructor, Michelle has found a way to support her faculty that doesn't bog down their inboxes with resources.

Michelle's Pinnovation:
Looking for a way to organize all the web resources that I found related to CTE, I turned to Pinterest which met my expectations. I gather Pins to assist my CTE teachers find sites that have activities, lessons, and potential projects. CTE teachers are busy and any amount of help and resources that I can give them to make their job easier is the least I can do to support them.

Michelle's Tip:

My CTE teachers can quickly scan through the Pins, choose the ones that are of interest or reference any of the CTE related boards that I follow. Hopefully, they find something that will help them in their teaching.

We encourage you to check out the Pinners and Boards that Michelle follows on Pinterest! We saw several sources that we rely on and at least one familiar #INeLearn face from Pinnovations past!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Casey Nidlinger

Casey Nidlinger, a Bluffton Harrison MSD educator, kicks off our second week of Pinnovation. Her district is 1:1 iPads for grades K-12. Based on her shares, we think it will become very clear what Casey's content area is! And even if you teach a different subject area, she brings resources for any educator in today's classroom.

Casey's Pinnovation:
I am using Pinterest to collect resources based on the new Indiana CCR Standards. I am also collecting classroom management materials, ideas for innovative classroom design, as well as technology tips on different Pinterest boards.

We suspect math teachers will want to follow these boards:

And for the rest of us, check out the other areas of focus that Casey has curated:
Classroom Management

Casey's Tip: 
Use common words to quickly find boards: i.e Math: Number Sense, Math: Geometry.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Jenn Brower

Jenn Brower keeps busy in New Haven High School's media center. She blogs about her experience in Where Books and Technology Meet. You can find a link to it in her Pinterest profile. As a media specialist for East Allen County Schools, she designs learning opportunities for students in the 1:1 iPad school. And some of the more recent experiences have included taking apart books!

Jenn's Pinnovation: I am always looking for ways to foster a place for learning and creativity in my high school library. This school year I started a Makerspace.

I began pinning every little idea that could be used as an activity or prompt. Upcycling is a current favorite as we weeded a lot of books that are perfect for projects, but I also have 5 other MakerSpace boards with specific topics: Makerspace, Coding, Jewelry Making, Making in a Microwave, and Engineering.

By curating all of these resources, I am essentially organizing my brain. I save ideas and resources for future exploration. There is nothing worse than finally having time to work on a new idea only to realize you have no idea where you were reading about it! :-)

Jenn's Tip:
I suggest you get organized. When I first started pinning, I had generic boards such as "Library". Pretty soon I had too many pins in a board to feasibly find what I wanted quickly.  

I went back and broke my boards down into specifics, such as "HS Library - Crafts" or "HS Library - Marketing". By choosing a consistent start to the name, my related boards stay together.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Popular Pin Feature
Our Pinnovation project began three years ago when Pinterest for educational purposes was a novel idea. Despite the unconventional approach to professional learning, we quickly recruited a month full of users who were willing to share their stories of getting started and staying organized with the unlikely edu-tool. 

This year it's been a bit trickier lining up features for our readers. While we still have many new Pinnovators to introduce, we don't have enough to fill the weeks leading up to Digital Learning least not just yet.

So, we have looked at our Pinterest analytics and pulled a few of our popular pins to share with you today.
The first pin we added to our Tech Integration board well over a year ago. As you can see, it's been repinned 65 times, but what we find interesting is the variety of places it's been repinned. We've found it on boards that focus on edTech of course, but also on boards titled Success in School! Even as the face of education is changing, this pin remains relevant in 2015.

Our second pick for today actually claims more repins than the first. While focused on special education applications with the Chromebook, this pin has found it's way to dozens of generic Chromebook boards and even some content specific boards such as Secondary Science and 5th grade writing and social studies. In fact we pinned it to Gone Google and could very well copy it to Adaptive Technology.
The last featured pin today was selected for a different reason. It comes from our master Digital Content board. Besides catching the attention of other pinners, it comes from a source that is often found curated on Pinterest, Edudemic. While definitely a popular resource, Edudemic pins will over time result in the link leading to a page with the message, "Sorry, the page you requested has been permanently removed." With a little detective work (okay, we just looked at the source of the infographic), we were able to track down the original and update our link. This leads us to...

Today's tip:
Test the link associated with a pin before repinning. Pinners may not always realize a link has gone bad on their board, and it's helpful when other users discover and report these pins. We appreciate pinners who have left us a comment in such cases. This alerts us that we need to go in and edit the pin with an updated link for the next viewer!

What tip would you share with our readers? Sign up to share your Pinnovation

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Ben Biddle

Ben Biddle works as a Technology Integration Coach for Kingsway Christian School. He's done a great job of sharing ways to connect in his Pinterest profile. You can find Ben across multiple social media platforms. We suggest checking out his blog Biddle Bytes, which is full of even more pinnable goodies!

Ben's Pinnovation:
As a technology coach, I help teachers use digital tools in creative ways. In my own classroom, I try out many different methodologies so that every student has the best opportunity to learn. I'm always on the lookout for new tools to share with peers, parents and students.

You will see that Ben's approach to the two boards he offered up is more generalized. They are what we consider inspiration boards-great resources for browsing and sorting out offerings collected around broad ideas.

From fun and fab to the philosophical, you will find it on Ben's Technology Board.

On Ben's Education board, you'll find a blend of pins leading to posts from Biddle Bytes and other bloggers. 

Ben's Tip: Don't be afraid to share pins that showcase things you are doing. Pinterest is a great place for finding ideas, but remember to contribute too.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Amanda Hoagland

Amanda Hoagland maintains 26 Pinterest boards as the Technology Integration Coordinator at CSC of Southern Hancock. Today she shares three group boards that she has created and maintains. Group boards allow multiple Pinners to curate resources in one place.

Amanda's Pinnovation: The Pinterest Boards that I have created originated from my recent work with the IDOE Digital Content Cohort. In November, math and language arts teachers from across the state met to curate digital content in these subject areas. These boards were shared during the cohort meeting. The boards provide excellent resources for designing lessons that infuse technology. The third board contains free database search sites to help the curator easily find the just the right tool to meet lesson objectives.

Amanda's Tip:
The boards I have shared are just enough to not overwhelm! My best advice is to create specific pin board categories for curation. So instead of having a board called science or a board called Earth Science, instead create a board that contains pins for your Earth-Science-Rocks unit! This will keep your boards organized and specific!!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Brooke Allen

Brooke Allen, an East Porter County Schools teacher, shares her Pinnovation, which reveals that in addition to having secret boards, she has another Pinterest profile! After today, it won't just be her students and colleagues at Morgan Township High School wanting to follow her boards focused on English and Yearbook.

Brooke's Pinnovation:
Pinterest provides a space for me to to collect ideas that I may want to use. One of my favorite things to do is find ridiculous, outrageous photos that my students can use for writing prompts. A chicken on a woman's head? Write about it. A child inside a pumpkin? Write about it. A box full creepy clown masks? Write about it! It's fun to see what my 9th-grade students create from digital images I've found for them.

My yearbook course used Pinterest this year to have students collect ideas for the book by sharing a board. It was a really great chance to show my students how communication and ideas can come together for a team goal. We designed a book for our 50th anniversary inspired by different decades. Students pinned inspiration from these decades to shared boards so that the team had a shared vision while creating our book.

I also love Pinterest for my collection of lesson ideas. I can easily type in a unit, standard, or concept and find other teachers' ideas. Having a storage place online for all these great ideas helps me stay organized rather than feeling overwhelmed by hundreds of bookmarked ideas.

Brooke's Tips:
When I began using Pinterest, I created one board for teaching and titled it "Work Stuff". It didn't take long before I realized there is SO much available on Pinterest that I needed to keep myself more organized. Now, I have many different boards all labeled to help organize my pins AND find them again later. For example, I have all the different units I teach as separate boards, classroom management, reading, writing, etc. Pinterest is great, but if you simply pin a ton of things and can't find them again, then Pinterest doesn't become a good use of time (and we all know teachers need more time!). It would be the same as collecting piles and piles of paper resources that you never revisit again. Organization makes all the difference when using Pinterest effectively.

Also, I recommend that teachers take advantage of the "private" boards if they are not using two separate accounts. It's a nice way to be connected with other educators but also keep your personal pins separate from education pins.

My last advice is more of a personal preference, but I like to follow other educators who aren't pinning/sharing for-purchase lessons. It's so frustrating to search for ideas and then find pins where people want to charge each other for the sharing of ideas (i.e. people only pinning links to their Teachers Pay Teachers pages or another similar service). I want to use Pinterest to connect, to share, and to learn - not to shop.