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.