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Pinterest for FCS Educators

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Deb Dakken

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Terminology-the very basics
Just a few more ideas...
*Polyvore creation of outfits for demonstrating the understanding of elements and principles of design. Each student created a board and pinned their creations to the board. No more gluesticks and wasting time looking in magazines for the perfect accessory! This assignment was repeated for another class except it was to create outfits for interviews at specific places of employment.

*Students created boards to store recipes used in labs or ones they WANTED to try to convince the teacher we should try...

*Students created and stored goal setting/vision boards/bucket lists.

*Homework based: Worksheet given with the resource for the answers being on a specific Pinterest pin.

*Little Dresses for Africa pattern/directions link on Pinterest so students know exactly how to find the information if needed and they don't remember what it is called. This is for “countless items”.

*A student started creating boards of photos of projects (a portfolio!)in his Industrial Tech and Agricultural courses. (welding samples he had done, a gun cabinet he made, cattle projects, etc)

How to set up an account...
In this keynote, we will cover the basics of...

What people think Pinterest is
Why you may want to consider “the addiction”...or not
How it CAN be used for educational uses
How to set up an account and get started
Just a few pointers

In this Prezi, we will cover the basics of...

What people think Pinterest is
Why you may want to consider “the addiction”...or not
How it CAN be used for educational uses
How to set up an account and get started
Just a few pointers

If you don’t know much about Pinterest,
or have not used it very much, that’s excuseable.

Teachers are busy people, the site can be overwhelming and...

Some people think it is...

For Educators and Their Classrooms
Compiled for the IFCSE Conference by Deb Dakken and Marlene Haupert
Presentation on July 22, 2013

So, what really is Pinterest?

It has been explained to some as a social virtual “pinboard”.

It is one means to store all of the ideas, photos, recipes, goals, and so much more that you come across and want to save paperlessly.

Pinterest is a tool that connects people based on tastes, interests or occupations.

Deb says-Pinterest gives me some peace of mind if my laptop ever crashes or for when I no longer have this laptop. I will still have my bookmarks (pins) accessible.

In other words, you are the filing cabinet, the boards are the drawers, and the pins are the contents of the drawers. We would like a means to organize the pins within the boards, but...

Follow-Just what you think.
You may follow or be followed.
This can be an entire profile or specific boards.
You can also choose to “unfollow” at any time.

Repin-The act of taking someone else’s pin and pinning it to one of your boards.
Some pinners think it’s great to “borrow, copy, or steal” a pin and put it on your board.
Businesses decisions are being influenced by the site.

A grouping or folder of similar pins. You determine the quantity and the titles.
You determine the place of the boards on your profile and the cover image for your board.

Pin-Similar to a website or a document. A pin must have a visual element to “hook” to.
Sometimes there are numerous images for the same site and you select the one you like best.

This is the board for my Child Development/Child Care course.
During an absence, I had my students read two specific articles on the board and email me a Write-to-Learn (reaction/summary) on them. Then, they needed to search the internet for discipline articles and the class evaluated whether or not each should be added to the board. The links were also emailed to me. Lively discussions resulted and not all submissions made the cut.

The next two slides are from one of the pins on this board...

My Pinterest in Education board
contains pins with tips for using
their site and even a Prezi or two...

And here is my Adult Living board. A family decided to take mini-vacation when it wasn’t a “recognized” break period. No problem, we were watching and going over the body language clip on Pinterest...and the student was responsible for the quiz upon his return.

How can an educator use it?
Let’s start by taking a look at
Deb’s Pinterest account and a few boards in particular...

Oh my! This is just one board this art teacher, Mrs. C, has! She has numerous individual artist ones, another on texture, one for handmade papers, and another on fabrics, and the list goes on and on...including one specifically for her substitute teachers-which is why we include it. Pinterest can be used to store a cache of activities for substitutes in your absences.

So, it is also a
professional resource
for us.

Searches turned up these educational boards:

Are you wondering, “So, how do I do this?”
Well, here’s the section on getting started.

In a nutshell here are the steps...
Request an invite
Wait for an acceptance e-mail
Add the “pin it” button to your toolbar
Start creating boards and "pinning"
Start “following” people and boards
Pin more and more and more
Discontinue updating your Facebook status, stop Tweeting, and drop your social life because you are too busy pinning

Pinterest is still a closed community, therefore users will have to request an invite to join. This is done in a number of ways, the quickest being to find someone who is already on it and ask them to send you an invite.

You can write a little about yourself.
You can also upload an image of yourself
and link your account to Facebook and/or Twitter.

Once you are “accepted”, (via email) you create a profile very similar to the process involved in creating one for Facebook.

Five ways to “find” things to pin:

Take my word for it, you will want to install the pin-it button on your bookmarks toolbar, and not just repin other pins.

How to repin an item...

Organize your boards however you like. Most seem to do it alphabetically.

Another decision to make is what will be the main “cover” for the board.

1. Don’t pin/organize
like this....

2. Pin/repin wisely...check to see what you are repinning....

*Are you pinning/repinning something that is buried deeply within a blog or ad?

*Is this something that is for sale on Etsy or Ebay and will the photo disappear when the item is sold?

*Are you pinning/repinning something that is not going to link to what you want it to?

I periodically put Family and Consumer Sciences, FACS, FCS, Nutrition, Child Development, etc. in the search box, and look at pins, boards and names I have not before.

3. Don’t clutter up your feed with following people/boards that you are not interested in.

One last pointer...

I met Regina at the state FCCLA conference
because I recognized her name from Pinterest!

At the 1:1 Conference in Des Moines, I thought I saw Cindy, so..
I said, “Hi Cindy, I’m Deb. I recognize you from Pinterest!”
Awkward when it wasn’t her. . .
The lady said, “I must have a twin, because I get mistaken
for a certain FCS teacher a lot.”
Yup, that didn’t make me feel any less foolish....

Pay attention to the names and photos of followers
both those you follow
and those who follow you...
You never know when you are
going to cross paths with a special “pinner”
...and actually meet in person!

Other items for discussion:
Personal/professional boards
Group boards
Private boards

Any questions?
When completed, we will guide you through setting
up an account and give you time to explore.
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