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I have a Pinterest account

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I have a Pinterest account too and I have found it to be veryhelpful. There are so many people on there sharing what things have worked for them, it is a great place to get ideas and gather information for my own classroom.I have gotten several lesson ideas and organizational tips for my classroom from various boards. I think it is a great tool for educators to use and I love it!

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Thanks Eric for the Pinterest

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Thanks Eric for the Pinterest perspective. I had thought this was only for girls as my wife and her friends are constantly talking about it but I never hear a guy talking about it. I can really see myself using this.

K/1 Multiage Teacher and Tech Queen in Grayling, MI

The heart of the matter

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I was not an early adopter of pinterest, but I am an eager adopter. I feel it is revitalizing my yearsof doing similar projects by showing so many variations and ideas that others have shared....visually. I would much rather view pinboards of ideas than lists of links.
I have had to shy away from projects that follow "the philosophy of cute" as one of my coworkers puts it. There is a lot of great work encouraging us to teach to a deeper understanding or refine our practices, but there is also a lot that is just plain cute and not much more. Just one more way of sharing ideas and collaborating as the curriculum develops....i have found many great common core ideas that have inspired me!

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Pinterest gives me so many new ideas which spark more ideas - I love it! http://pinterest.com/melissa_taylor2/

I've tried it...

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I made an account and played around with it for a couple of days. I read some blogs about the copyright issue and decided to delete my account. I can see pros and cons of using it in education - not sure what the age requirement is though for students to have accounts. Also as a photographer I would be concerned about copyright as I'm sure many people don't give proper credit - I didn't see any in the boards I saw when I was exploring. I agree it could be a way to teach digital citizenship and giving credit to others for their work, and it could be a great way to collect ideas and resources - as long as the students were old enough to legally create an account.

Kindergarten Teacher from Otsego, Minnesota

I love Pinterest! I was also

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I love Pinterest! I was also skeptical at first and discovered it sometimes takes my entire night because it leads to so many cool teacher blogs that have so many creative ideas I can use in my classroom immediately! I "pin" things for myself so that I can come back later and remind myself of the great ideas to use in my classroom in the future as well.

Pre-service special educator

Pintrest Enthusiast!

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I am a pre-service teacher studying special education. Since I have not been a "real teacher" you can view my opinion as you may. However, myself along with many, many classmates and teachers have found pintrest to be an extremely helpful and fun way to share ideas. As an early teacher, pintrest is a great way for me to get ideas rolling and form more creative lessons that may not otherwise come to us new folks. I have to admit, I have never participated in the sharing aspect myself so I have not worried about copyright laws and such. However, this is something that I will keep in mind for the future. I believe that Pintrest is a great way for teachers to collaborate on ideas and for students to share.

Yes, I see value!

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Thanks, Eric, for raising this topic. I've been contemplating this for about a week or so, and I agree that there is great potential here. What I'd like to create with Pinterest is an individualized professional development system, based on some of the lessons we've learned from online shopping. Let me explain...

Amazon.com tells me what others who have bought what I'm buying have purchased in addition to the item I've just added to my cart. The Etsy store (etsy.com) tells me WHO else has "favorited" an item that is among my favorites. That lets me look at other things they have added to their favorites list, and I can find people with similar tastes.

What if we were to think of professional development opportunities (webinars, webshops, conference sessions, books, articles in professional journals, online courses, etc.) as items to "like" or "favorite" or pin in Pinterest? What if we chose to follow other teachers whose interests were similar to ours, and were therefore notified when they find other good sources of PD? What if we used Pinterest (or another platform like it) to collect experiences that look promising (look like they would help me reach my professional goals) into a board called "My Professional Development Plan?" We could then review our PD plans with the people responsible for PD in our districts and then move ahead, toward an individually-relevant goal, rather than following a one-size-fits-all district level plan for PD.

We've been experimenting with this on a collaboration involving NASA and NSTA. Let me know if you are interested in this idea, and I'll keep you posted as we move ahead.

Art teacher Middle and High School from western suburbs of Chicago.

Pinterest has so much

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Pinterest has so much creative potential! While I am personally using it to gather visual images for ideas and inspirations, I'm considering a project where students will "pin" examples of composition they find inspiring or that can be used as a visual reference for their personal work. My students are constantly reminded that their work needs to be fresh and original, but that it's okay to look to others for inspiration. When students reflect on what they've created, they are required to cite where they drew their inspiration from. Pinterest boards they've created will give me a base to check those citations visually.

Educational consultant

I've been using Pinterest to

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I've been using Pinterest to organize educational resources--articles, videos, blogs. It's been a great tool.

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