Pinterest, a visual social network, has changed the way teachers and child care centers plan lessons and setup classrooms. Pinterest has the reputation of only being a tool for planning weddings, finding recipes, and pinning to boards that will never be seen again, but for professionals in the early education field, Pinterest is so much more.
For many teachers, Pinterest has become a go-to website for professional development. Teachers can follow each others' boards and share ideas (pins) that have worked in their classrooms. They can quickly find tips, lesson plans, and even craft ideas broken down by age range. Of course, Pinterest is not a substitute for formal professional development; it simply serves as a supplement to the education teachers already receive.
One reason that Pinterest is a great addition to formal professional development is it allows users (pinners) to work at their own pace. They do not have to check in weekly or monthly but if they need an idea or lesson plan on-the-spot, they can immediately access information. Pins continue to be added daily offering early education professionals new and refreshing ideas on a recurring basis.
Pinterest currently has 100 million active users1 so there is no shortage of pins or pinners on the site, providing child care center professionals a plethora of options when searching for ideas to use in the classroom. Here are a few tips to get started with Pinterest in your classroom:
- Create an account and set up boards. Signing up for Pinterest is easy and only takes a few steps. Visit www.pinterest.com and click “click here” to create an account. Once you have created an account, start creating boards for categories of pins you would like to save and reference in the future.
- ]Find inspiration and pinners to follow. Searching for friends or colleagues that work in a similar field is a good place to start when looking for pinners to follow. Many publications and websites have Pinterest pages that may be of interest as well.
- Start pinning. With so many options, where should you start? Think about what information you would like in your classroom. What age range do you teach? Are you looking for lesson plans? Organize your pins by board and have boards for craft projects, social/emotional development, lesson plans, and more. You may even want to start a board of books that you want to read to your class.
Here are a few pinners to follow to get started:
You can always search Education for more pins and to discover more pinners to follow.