Pinterest has been a rising star in the social media realms. They gained popularity with their organizational structure of user generated pictures. People can add their own and borrow other folks images into a comprehensive collection. So what is the main selling point, if you have never heard of this company before? Let’s say you are a bride to be, and you are dress hunting. You can scope out what other people have wore, and integrate them into your own collection, for research or ideas. Pinterest is doing something new, and going beyond simple image sharing, with the new teachers program.
Almost one hundred school educators have already joined Teachers on Pinterest. It is basically a nexus where teachers can find everything from lesson plans, home school ideas and even classroom decorating ideas. There is also a new area for educators dealing with special needs students.
Mithya Srinivasan said in a recent blog post that “Tons of teachers are discovering and sharing ideas on Pinterest. In fact, more than 500,000 education-related ideas are pinned each day. And, according to an annual survey by Edutopia, Pinterest is in the top five of professional development websites for teachers.”
The new initiative by Pinterest is to put a massive amount of public attention and take individual boards and make them easier to discover. This hopefully will provide an influx of educators using the service to share and discover. Right now this program is only geared towards on elementary school teachers and they should expand it into other arenas in the coming months.
Follow Teachers on Pinterest and start pinning from the boards! You can also comment and mention your colleagues on pins to start conversations.