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.