Blogs and Twitter aren’t the only social tools out there that can help you keep up with the latest and greatest developments in educational technology. Pinterest is rapidly becoming a favorite tool of educators all over the nation, and many have amassed some pretty great collections of edtech-related pins that teachers and students alike can use to explore new ways to learn, share, teach, and grow. While it would be nearly impossible to highlight every edtech pinboard out there, we’ve shared some of the boards we think stand out among the crowd here. Many are maintained by major educational websites, key figures in edtech, and well-known bloggers, but others were created by teachers just like you who simply want to share resources and tips with others in education.
It’s easy to be jaded when there’s buzz about a new social network. Who has time to keep up with them all? And how many will explode on the scene with a bang, the hottest new thing, and then fizzle like Friendster? But I have to say that the eye-candy on the visual social bookmarking site Pinterest has caught my attention.
The striking, clean visuals and the bulletin board model are sure to appeal to educators, and it certainly has value as a curation tool — a digital way to save and organize all those little bits of goodness you find online. Intrigued? This week, we’re launching the official Edutopia Pinterest account. Whether you’re an avid pinner or just a beginner, follow us! Get started by watching the videos below for some ideas about what Pinterest is and how educators are using it.
[Great list of videos and other resources for getting to grips with Pinterest.]
Using social media in schools doesn’t have to be scary. Here, Matt Britland shares his tips for managing school accounts and some examples good practice
Like, tweet, pin? Social media use in education is still causing debate. Do you use it in the classroom? Let us know how.
The use of social media in education continues to be something of a hot topic with arguments both for and against.
So I carried out a small survey of 27 teaching professionals in order to create a baseline of understanding into the use (or not) of social networking in schools, and also any concerns over some of the e-safety risks. The full survey results can be found here.
There are many uses of social media in education – below are just a few of the ways they can be effectively used.
In the weeks since Learnist launched, educators have been finding ways to put it to use.
Learnist, as many have already pointed out, works much like Pinterest — a way to catalog online resources on a topic and share them with the user’s social network. And like Pinterest, it looks like a digital bulletin board with pictures and messages, and connects with Facebook accounts. In fact, the site’s “learning boards” look quite a bit like Facebook’s timeline feature, and Facebook membership is required to use Learnist at this point.
In its current closed beta form, Learnist, launched by Grockit, is still very much in its infancy, but some curious teachers have already jumped on the wagon. Time will tell whether educators will stick with Pinterest, or migrate to Learnist because of its association with Grockit, which already has a large and loyal following as a social learning tool.
Full Text: How Educators Are Using Learnist | MindShift.
Here are some highlights.
- 25 percent of Facebook users don’t bother with any kind of privacy control. [If this is you get some help on this]
- 750 tweets per second are shared on Twitter.
- LinkedIn’s revenue has doubled every quarter for the last two years.
- The average visitor spends 15 minutes per day on YouTube.
- Pinterest drives more referral traffic than YouTube, Google+ and LinkedIn combined.
- Google+ is adding 625,000 new users every day.
- Klout has 50 times more traffic than PeerIndex, its closest competitor.
- Tablets took just two years to reach 40 million users in the U.S. It took smartphones seven years to reach this figure.
Read the Full Text here: 52 cool social media facts | Articles.
Search engines may make it easy to find information, but they don’t necessarily do the same for learning it.
That’s why the founders of social test prep startup Grockit want to re-configure online content such as YouTube videos, Wikipedia entries and ebooks into ordered lesson plans.
Their new product, Learnist, works a bit like a Pinterest for learning. Soon anyone (the capability is still invite-only at launch) will be able to compile content pieces onto a board or “learning.” A nifty bookmarklet makes it easy to collect content from other sites.
Unlike Pinterest, however, creators suggest a path in which to consume each content component. Users can check off each component as they go or “re-add” it to one of their own learnings.
Full Text: Grockit Wants to Build a Pinterest for Learning.
Just about everyone and their mother (especially mothers) is on Pinterest these days, and we can’t blame them: it is a really cool resource for finding the very best ideas, inspiration, and all around neat stuff. So we are not at all surprised to find out that colleges and college students are joining in on the fun, too.
Many colleges and universities have jumped on Pinterest to create their own boards for prospective and current students, alumni, and other interested parties, and lots of them are doing a really great job. From game day fashion to alumni baby photos, college pinboards are full of some really fun and useful stuff. Read on, and we’ll share 20 of the college Pinterest boards that we’re most impressed with.
It seems like everywhere you look, people are talking about a website called Pinterest. Pinterest items are appearing in your Facebook news feed. The Pinterest “P” icon is showing up on more and more websites you visit. Perhaps you have even received an invitation or two from friends asking you to join Pinterest. At social gatherings you may hear friends talking about this latest craze, with the first question being, “What IS Pinterest?” Pinterest is essentially a virtual bulletin board. It is a visual representation of things you have found online and would like to bookmark. And, just like the bookmarking feature in your browser, you can categorize your Pinterest bookmarks by creating custom “boards” or using Pinterest’s preset categories.
While many people find Pinterest to be no more than the latest time-wasting phenomenon, many others have found ways to make Pinterest a valuable resource, educators included. An eye-catching “infographic” at OnlineUniversities.com recently detailed some of the various ways educators use Pinterest as a supportive educational tool. If you are a Pinterest user and work in the education field, perhaps you will find some of the ideas below useful.
Pinterest is a social networking website on which users can pin images as well as links on specific organized categories. One is able to organize information of their interest through Pinterest.
Instructors can use Pinterest to organize subjects they teach. They can upload and showcase past lectures. Since working in educational institutes that provide the option of distance learning can promote their programs, departments and the educational institute itself. The educational institute can pin information that will create interest and attract potential students. Such information could be research grants for discovering grounds on new found ideas.