What is Pinterest?
Pinterest is basically a Virtual Pin-board.
“It lets you organize and share all those great things that you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, explore holiday ideas” and it’s great for teaching inspiration.
“Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fab way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests.”
And thanks to Mark Warner from Teaching Ideas for sharing this with us this week – we are now officially hooked!
I used to love Twitter for ideas but it takes such a long time to gather the right people to follow before it becomes useful and if you’re not on at a certain time you can miss some great stuff, which then gets swallowed along with everyone else’s tweets.
What’s so great about it?
What I loved from the offset about Pinterest was the immediate feedback you gathered from people within 20 seconds of pinning on the site. Everyone is there to share, if they like what you post then they can ‘like’ it, if they find it useful they can ‘repin’ it to their own boards and if they want to give you verbal feedback on what you’ve posted, they can comment.
And the feedback also swings the other way – if you like something someone has posted you ‘like it’, if you find it useful then you ‘repin’ it and you can comment back.
Gradually, you can gather followers and you can follow pin-boards or people that you find useful or just enjoy BUT if you don’t want to, you don’t have to. You can just browse the categories.
Most of the people I’m following are teachers who have pin-boards such as ‘Display ideas’, ‘Classroom Craft ideas’, ‘Numeracy activities’ etc – and these pin-boards are full of fab things that they have either pinned from the web themselves or they’ve repinned from things they’ve seen on Pinterest.
How do you ‘PIN’?
A couple of days ago I started pinning all our display and activity resources – over 100 images and links pinned in less than 45 minutes and that’s all because of their handy ‘PIN IT’ button – which you install onto your browser and simply click it whenever you come across something on the web that you want to pin.
Below, you can see – I want to ‘Pin Jay’s latest blog post to Pinterest so I simply hit the ‘PIN IT’ button and it gives me several image choices for me to choose from – this image will then be displayed on my chosen pin-board. When people click the image it will instantly take them to the blog page – no links required …YAY!
You can also upload images from your computer and insert links – which is what I’ve had to do at the moment due to our resource images being embedded in Flash.
So I choose to ‘Upload a pin’ in order to find the file image I wanted, chose the pinboard I wanted to pin it to and gave it a quick description.
To be honest, taking you through this makes it sounds a lot more complicated than it actually is. It’s best just to request an invite, get logged in and have a play around – that’s what I did. So come and join us!