Monday, June 18, 2012

Pinterest - My new obsession

I've been browsing pinterest for a while, totally impressed with the yummy recipes, the awesome home ideas, the very cool wedding/baby annoucements, and the creativity of the DIY/Crafts group. In the education section, I've been jealous of all the cool and fun stuff that the elementary teachers pinned, but it wasn't until yesterday that I said to myself, "Self, you should totally try using pinterest to catalog the great HS math ideas out there!" And so I did... and I'm hooked!

Visual bookmarks
In case you are one of the few that don't know what I'm talking about, pinterest is a visual bookmarking system that lets you pin a picture link to a bulletin board. Think of it as the 21st century answer to the "wedding scrapbook" - you know, when you were planning your wedding and you would cut out all the pictures of the things you liked and make them into a book? You didn't do that??? That's okay, I didn't either... But I was always envious of those people with mad scrapbooking skills to organize their memories :)

Anyway, back to pinterest... As you are browing the web (in my case today, blog posts that I had starred or google images), if there is a photo/graphic that you want to remember, you can pin it to a board. For a visual person like me, I can look back at my "Algebra" board and think "Oh yeah! Love that teaching idea!" without having to go read the entire post. Of course, if you click on the picture, you can go read the post if you need some more prompting...

My Algebra board so far...

I have boards for the courses I teach, foldables, classroom organization, general teaching ideas, etc.

The downside
One downside I have found is that a lot of blog posts (especially older ones) have great ideas but don't have pictures included. I am going to try to do a better job of documenting my posts with pictures to make it easier for people to pin :)

Try it out! It's so easy and very addictive :)


miss.calcul8 said...

I just followed you. Yay for Pinterest!

Math-termind said...

Pinterest is such an amazing tool for teachers! I recently started a board for school links, and quickly decided that I should have separated them into topics more like what you mentioned.

Tracie Schroeder said...

I adore Pinterest. I ended up creating a separate account for my school stuff with a board for each subject. Headed over to follow you now.

Kim Hughey said...

I just followed you! I love Pinterest!