California Educator

October 2013

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Know&Tell Tech Tips Why Pinterest? Pinterest Pinning 101 I like that I don't have to look through a website with hundreds of curricular sites. They are categorized, so hopefully you're looking at the best ideas or links in that category. EMILY SMITH LINTS Elk Grove Education Association BY TERRY NG Pinterest ( is an online tool and social media site for collecting and organizing things that inspire you. More than 500,000 education-related ideas are "pinned" every day, making Pinterest one of the top five professional development websites for teachers. W H AT I S P I N T E R E S T ? Where should I start? Teachers on Pinterest ( is a great starting point. In this hub you'll find everything from lesson plans for different grades to classroom decorating ideas, and topics like Fun With Phonics. Who else is using Pinterest? Star teachers from around the world. Here are a few to follow: Basic pinning 101 Pin: A pin starts with an image or video you add to Pinterest. Board: A board is where you organize your pins by topic. Follow: When you follow someone, their pins show up in your Pinterest home feed. Home Feed: Your home feed is a collection of pins from pinners and boards you follow. It's updated every time someone you follow adds a pin. 18 Educator 10 Oct 2013 v2.1 int.indd 18 Megan Zachman, second-grade teacher — MrHughes, sixth-grade teacher — Jenaya Share, first-grade teacher — How can I join the Pinterest movement? Follow Teachers on Pinterest ( teachers) to find and share creative ideas. Personally, I love the sharing of ideas. Collaboration across schools is difficult for us, so Pinterest gives us a simple way to exchange ideas. Our teachers have the opportunity to share their pins, and know they can trust our BTA union to really help filter pins so that they get teacherand district-approved Common Core pins. BETSY NEWMEYER Beaumont Teachers Association O C T O B E R 2013 10/7/13 9:38 PM

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