This has been a whole week devoted to learning about Pinterest. I’ve been finding many ways to use it. With a Friday post devoted to Ontario Educators, I thought that would be a natural use for it. So, I set about to try and create a board for the Ontario Edubloggers.
Quite frankly, I wasn’t looking forward to the amount of work that it would take. I haven’t been able to find a way of automating the process and I’m all about automating where possible. I decided to take baby steps and went to the category of Trustees and Higher Education. I started and then stopped.
What I did is available here. https://pinterest.com/dougpete/ontario-educators/
But I stopped. It wasn’t giving the results that I thought would be helpful. First of all, one of the links – to Marc Lijour’s blog was broken. With other tools, it typically isn’t a problem as you can always just enter the URL that you know works when the site is working. There can be a myriad of reasons why a site isn’t functional. But, Pinterest doesn’t allow for this.
So, I skipped that and moved on to Robert Hunking’s blog. He offers a fascinating insight to his own learning as a trustee and that is always nice to read. But, Robert doesn’t include images in his posts. So, I’m not able to pin his link to the board. I know that if I moved on to some others, he isn’t along.
Bottom line is that Pinterest will only allow for active content with at least one piece of imagery or a movie. There’s another issue that I thought about after the fact. With Pinterest, you’re pinning a static link to the bulletin board which doesn’t really make a great deal of sense for something as dynamic as a collection of blogs. As I considered all of this, I dropped the concept. Not every attempt can be knocked out of the park.
It’s not a problem with Pinterest; I think it’s just a matter of it not being the tool for this sort of job.