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Pinterest in Education

How Can Pinterest be used to Support a Constructivist Learning Environment?
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kirsten sweet

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How can Pinterest be used to Support a Constructivist Learning Environment? What is Pinterest? Use the Green Apple Post-It Notes to record ways Pinterest can be used in Education through this presentation. We will be stopping for "brainstorming breaks" throughout.

Some perspectives to consider:
- Student
- Parent
- Teacher
- Library Tech
- Principal
- School
- Community Member
- University Professor
- University

Add one idea per Post-It and stick them on the white board while we work. Image retrieved from: http://business.pinterest.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/pinterest_badge_red.png Any Questions? Retrieved from: http://pinterest.com/GrTwoHomeWork/ Retrieved from: http://pinterest.com/columbuslibrary/ “A new array of cloud-based brainstorming, mind-mapping, time lining, and story boarding tools are available, creating rich opportunities for collaborating and sharing” (Valenza & Johnson, 2012, p. 133). http://pinterest.com/coolcatteacher/collaborative-writing/ “As technology integration continues to increase in our society, it is paramount that teachers possess the skills and behaviors of digital age professionals. Moving forward, teachers must become comfortable being co-learners with their students and colleagues around the world” (International Society for Technology in Education, 2012, para. 4). By Kirsten Sweet http://pinterest.com/kirstensweet/

How can Pinterest be used to support a Constructivist Learning Environment? Put one idea on each note. Add them to the white board as you work or when you're finished. Use the Red Apple Post-It notes to brainstorm answers to the following question: Constructivist Principle: Cognitive Apprenticeship http://pinterest.com/teachforkids/ Have you ever had a conversation like this? https://pinterest.com/mrspottsabc123/student-assessments-portfolios-progress-reports-re/ http://pinterest.com/mamasmiles/sensory-activities-for-kids/ http://pinterest.com/noflashcards/reading-writing-readiness/ http://pinterest.com/jpinder2009/fine-motor-skills/ http://pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=early+learning Use Pinterest to search for ideas: http://pinterest.com/salgal66/ http://pinterest.com/twahlert/ http://pinterest.com/autuni/ (Enonbun, 2010) concluded that using Web 2.0 Tools is beneficial for the teacher and the student. These tools can:

- Increase learner involvement.
- Give students the opportunity to learn beyond the classroom with a global community.
- Allow students to work together or compete with one another on projects.
- Are accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. “Educators have caught on to Pinterest in a big way. From kindergarten to college, teachers, professors and students are using Pinterest creatively to organize and share ideas from all around the Web and even in their own classrooms and campuses” (WorldWideLearn, 2012). “Students are expected to use technology to collaborate during inquiry, become critical consumers of mass media and electronic information, communicate through multimedia, organize and manipulate data, and demonstrate a moral and ethical approach to technology” (Alberta Learning, 2000-2003, p. 4). “Our students will be required to collect, store, and retrieve relevant information throughout their lives, and we need to give them the skills to do so effectively and efficiently.” (Richardson, 2010, p. 149). “Pinterest … allows people to gather together what they are interested in and others (their friends) are then able to see what that is. This is a fascinating version of collaboration[.]” (Marcoux, 2012, 74). “Everyone's buzzing about Pinterest… it's fast becoming a powerful resource where teachers and students share images, store lesson plans, read about current events, watch video clips, and collect their favorite apps” (Messner, 2012, 24). “Web 2.0 tools by their nature often generate a sharable artifact for other users to access, read/view, and post responses. Given the potential legal ramifications around publicly disclosing student educational information, schools will need to closely consider how student work is publicized and who has access to the products” (Oliver, 2012, p. 59). Constructivist Principle: Cognitive Flexibility Constructivist Principle: Creativity Constructivist Principle: Time & Community of Practice Retrieved from: http://media-cache-ec9.pinterest.com/upload/183099541070953163_hRVLoukE_c.jpg Constructivist Principle: Community of Practice 1. Go to www.pinterest.com

2. Click on Join Pinterest or sign in if you would like to use an existing account.

3. Create your first board or a new board that you were inspired to make from today's examples.

4. Add a collaborator if you have one in mind.

5. Start pinning! “There are so many education ideas, tools and resources out there and sometimes it’s hard to keep track! Luckily there’s a great new tool to tap into called Pinterest that can help keep these ideas in one place” (Tools for Schools, 2012). Enonbun (2010) reviews some disadvantages of Web 2.0 tools including:

- Some students have limited resources and may not have access to the Internet at home.
- The integrity of individual work can be affected when multiple users have access to it.
- Plagiarism can easy happen online. Students need to be taught how to properly site work.
- There is a lack of privacy when assignments are open for the whole class to see, which can cause stress for students. “Like other emerging social media platforms, however, Pinterest has had a few stumbling blocks, with copyright leading the way. While the company's terms of service say all users are responsible for the content they post, many experts agree copyright is a gray area” (Messner, 2012, 61). Constructivism Constructivist Principle: Scaffolding Lytle (2012) has a caution for schools looking to promote admissions through Pinterest:

- People between the ages of 25 and 34 make up nearly 30 percent of Pinterest's overall users.
- Users between the ages of 18 and 24 make up about 17 percent.
- Users between 12 and 17 years old make up about 4 percent. “Teachers also seem to be guilt ridden over what might be called “The Entertainment Factor” of these new media, worrying that, by opening up their classrooms to Web 2.0 and other new literacies, they disrupt the seriousness of school and “dumb it down”. All this cyberspace activity is seen as too much fun for the kids with not enough rigor” (Kist, 2010, p. 118). “Often a hesitation expressed by teachers about using Web 2.0 revolves around whether they have time to “fit” new media into their already crowded curriculum” (Kist, 2010, p. 120). My Own:
- Reluctant schools and/or districts have blocked sites.
- F.O.I.P. red tape.
- Screen time.
- Digital footprint of the student. http://pinterest.com/ontarioteachers/ http://pinterest.com/sing4christ/music-lessons-for-elementary-students/ Some other ideas for the classroom: - Have a class page and each student creates a board as a introduction at the beginning of the year.
- Use boards to display student work.
- Students are collaborators on a board that displays their favourite books.
- Collection of pictures from a field trip. Students are responsible for the "write up" where they reflect on the learning taking place in each picture.
- Have a parent board where parents share ideas or events. Could possibly add them as contributors. Some Other Ideas for Principals: - School could have a Pinterest account and each grade level can have a board. Teachers can collaborate on each board. They can look backwards and forwards to other years for scaffolding or to provide enrichment activities.
- Each subject could have a board and teachers could add collaboratively.
- Each teacher could have a board.
- School could share pictures from events. Students could be responsible for adding the writing component.
- PAC could have a board to promote what they do, share ideas and fundraiser projects. Some other ideas for universities and/or professors: - Share examples of students work.
- Share accomplishments of the staff, students, and alumni.
- Introduce new buildings/staff/programs.
- Have a class collaborate on a board of reflective learning or a topic related to the course.
- Share about themselves personally.
- Recommended readings.
- Collection of ideas for themselves. NOTE: Currently, you must be 13 years old to use Pinterest. “Learning in this environment is about being able to construct, develop, sustain, and participate in global networks that render time and place less and less relevant” (Richardson, 2012, p. 9). Time to Explore Brainstorm Break Brainstorm Break Brainstorm Break
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