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.