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Social Media – Pinterest and EduClipper

Do you remember the world of education before the internet?  Perhaps you are too young.

Here’s what happened across school districts…Teachers saw a colleague’s cute bulletin board and wanted to copy it, so they brought in a film camera and snapped a picture of it.  After the film was developed and printed, the pictures were placed in a scrapbook organized by season, subject, or month.

Or…. you may have even heard of a publication called The Mailbox:   The Idea Magazine for Teachers.  This was THE PREMIERE idea resource coveted by teachers.  Activities, worksheets, and bulletin board ideas all organized in a monthly magazine.  Teachers would anxiously await the arrival of the next issue.  Everyone wanted to be the first to put up the new bulletin board.

Ahh, the days before crowdsourcing and global sharing.

Pinterest and EduClipper are social networks that allow you to build digital “bulletin boards” or pin-boards of content that are shared worldwide.   Members pin things they like and place them on a titled board.  On Pinterest; a pin starts with an image, website link, or video you add. You can add a pin from a website using the Pin It bookmarklet or upload an image from your computer.  Any pin on Pinterest can be repinned, and all pins link back to their source.

The appeal of these social network boards is that they are visually pleasing, since content is displayed with pictures instead of text.  Finding educational content is easy, just type a topic in the search box.  Search results will display members’ boards with that title.  For example; I searched Ed Tech on Pinterest and quickly found hundreds of boards displayed.

You can follow boards, comment on pins, and repin a pin to your own board.

Pinterest and Educlipper are similar in social network function and are great sites for curating and sharing educational content with a global audience.


https://educlipper.net/ (now is participate.com)


photo credit: i_aint_got_no_id via photopin cc

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John Wells October 20, 2013 at 6:57 am

I don’t use Pinterest, but I am amazed by the number of my students that do. And because I teach journalism classes where we get into design, my students love to pin and share their graphic ideas. Maybe I need to add this to my toolbox.

Leah Simon October 15, 2013 at 7:24 pm

I am addicted to Pinterest for everything school, home, crafts, food, holidays, and more. Best PD that I do from my couch on a daily basis. I think it really has expanded by PLN.

Jeffrey Tron
Jeffrey Tron October 14, 2013 at 11:00 am

Great post Dee. I remember those bulletin board days and taking photos. That is funny, the movie “1 Hour Photo,” with Robin Williams was on last night. My wife and I discussed how much photography has changed in just a short amount of time. Unless you want a photo to hang up on the wall or put in a wallet, we hardly ever develop anything with the multiple ways now to post and display digital photos. Times have changed and are still changing.

Timothy Wilhelmus October 14, 2013 at 8:14 am

Love it! I had forgotten about The Mailbox! It’s definitely true that Pinterest and EduClipper make finding inspiration so much easier :) Too cool. I had the chance to see Rob Tidrow present last week on ways that Richmond Community Schools use Pinterest. You can look at their links here: http://www.pinterest.com/richmondschools/ I also love what the IDOE eLearning Team is doing with Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/INelearn/boards/


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