Pinterest to Focus on a Topic

Many people think of Pinterest as a great place for pinning recipes and fashions.  Goodness knows that so many people do and enjoy that.  You can find Pinterest boards for any taste and desire.

But, educators are also using this as a way to share resources for particular topics.  It lets them focus on a theme and, at the same time, give the potential visitor a visual and text preview of what to expect should you click-through to the resource.

I ran across a couple of very interesting boards today and I’d like to share them in this post.  I think that they are good examples of what can be done in the world of sharing.

Digital Storytelling
Shelly Terrell has assembled a nice selection of resources devoted to storytelling in the digital world.

Sometimes people amass collections to try to have “every resource known to the digital universe”.  When you do that and share it for others to use, they can be overwhelmed by the resource.

In this case, Shelly has condensed the collection to 15 pins that should serve anyone interested in digital storytelling well.

GIS Ideas for K-12
Peter McAsh reminds all the time that he’s a Geography educator first and Computer Studies educator second!  At this year’s Educational Computing Organization of Ontario’s Annual Conference, Peter has paired himself with James Lockyer to get people to think outside the Geography box when using GIS.

To support his session, Peter has put together a similar number of resources of ideas for GIS in the K-12 classroom.

If I can, I may just wander by that session to see what he’s up to.

I like what Shelly and Peter are doing with Pinterest.  It’s an updated way to share links and resources with other professionals.  It is very easy to read and use and should serve their purposes well.  I think both are good examples of why educators need to keep their minds open to new innovation in the online world.  The next great thing will only be great if you embrace it and put it through its paces.  You can’t do that by continuing to do the same old, same old.

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