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Ten Minutes of Connecting: Day 10 – Pinterest is for more than just crafts and recipes!

Welcome to Day 10 of “Couch to Connected”, our commitment to getting connected in November by dedicating 10 minutes to connecting every day.

It’s a cold morning, so today we are adding some visual treats to the habit of connecting.

Yesterday, we learned about the idea of “bookmarking” our favourite sites and resources not where only we will find them again, but where anyone can find them.  Social bookmarking is how we can organize the resources we want to use again later while saying to the world, “Hey, I found this and I think it is useful.  You might want to use it too!”

It also opens up the resources everyone else is sharing to you, so that you can search in an organized and filtered way.  Of course we can become much better at this process as we consider the power of curation, and we will work on that as we continue through this week.

Today, we want to share a social bookmarking tool that has become incredibly popular for general use: Pinterest


Pinterest uses the power of visuals to enable people to share their favourite sites, images, videos, documents, blogs etc. online as the sort the items onto “boards”. As we follow boards that interest us, we are presented with the “pins” other people make.

The tool has become wildly popular for sharing recipes, craft ideas, fashion, decorating, and a wide array of other personal interest items, but did you know that it is also a rich source of ideas and resources for education?

If you are already “on” Pinterest, you can skip over the next section, right down to the bottom of this page where we suggest some  boards to begin following.

If you are new to Pinterest, you will need to sign up for a free account to begin.


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Pick a few topics that interest you just to get started.  You can delete and modify these once you are fully registered.



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When you see something you want to save and share, click the “Pin It” button.


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Create the “board” you want to pin this item to.  Again, you can modify these as many times as you like down the road.





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When you pin something, you have the option of following boards where others are pinning similar items.  When they make a pin, it will appear in your stream so you are presented with items that may interest you.

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You can search pinterest for items that might interest you.



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Think about other possible boards you might want to create.  You can make a new board any time.



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You can pin resources in many ways.  You can insert the URL of a website you want to pin, upload, or add a “button” to your browser to make it easy to pin while you are browsing online.




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Need more help?  The help button on the bottom right of the page takes you to the Pinterest help page. Or, you can ask your PLN by posting on Twitter, or commenting on this blog.

If you are already on Pinterest, what education boards do you already follow?

Here are a few to get you started:

ASCD Educational Leadership

Larry Ferlazzo

Edutopia: Build Your PLN

Eric Sheninger: Education Videos



Edutopia: Pinterest for Educators

Stephen’s Lighthouse: Pinterest and Education

 Larry Ferlazzo: Resources for Educators on Pinterest

OSSEMOOC: Pinterest

Ten Minutes of Connecting: Day 9 – Beginning to Share Content

Update: We have added a screencast guide to today’s learning.  We hope this is helpful for you!


Over the past week we have been looking at different ways to find content online to help us with our professional learning.  While we still have more tools to explore, today we are taking a pause and looking at the bigger picture.

At one time, we would read articles, and if they were useful to us, we might clip them or copy them, and file them away for future use.  Everyone had their own private filing cabinet full of clipped articles and other resources they might pull out later to use for specific purposes.

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Now we search and save online, but it is much more powerful if we share what we are saving.

For example, if I taught Geography of Canada, I might clip articles about ecozones or national parks.  But what if I had access to the articles that all of the Geography of Canada teachers were clipping, sorting, and saving?

As we collect content and think critically about how we can use it and/or integrate it into our practice, we can organize that content and share it with others.  This is the beginning step as we move toward content curation.

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We will be digging into the idea of content curation as we work through the next week.  Today we want to keep it simple and explore how “social bookmarking” works to help us aggregate resources. While our video selection is a bit dated, we do love how it really breaks down the ideas.  If you have a more recent video to share, please suggest it in the comments.

Please take about four minutes and see how social bookmarking can help make the process of accessing resources so much more efficient for you and your Professional Learning Network!

Social Bookmarking by Common Craft




Further Resources:

Five free social bookmarking tools – Edudemic

Social Bookmarking – Mind/Shift

Delicious Help Page

Learn it in 5:  Social Bookmarking in the K-12 Classroom

Learn Camp: Social Bookmarking

Social Bookmarking Explained for Teachers (Educational Technology and Mobile Learning)

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