What is Pinterest?
Lately I’ve been using the site Pinterest as a way to share links for the workshops and online training courses I run. If you haven’t come across Pinterest before, it’s a virtual pinboard that allows you to share links with other visually. It’s part inspiration board and part scrapbook – think of it as a way of eliminating all those torn-out magazine pictures! The key here is the visual aspect – when you look at a page of links on Pinterest, you see a collection of images. It’s very easy to see what catches your eye or identify the item you’re looking for.
Because of it’s visual nature, Pinterest is very popular with artists, photographers, foodies, the fashion industry and interior designers. However, it’s also making a splash in the education arena as more and more teachers discover the benefits of “pinning” useful classroom management tips and lesson plan ideas.
On Pinterest, links are organised into separate “boards” where each board is a specific topic or area of interest. So far, my boards include:
- Clever Music Videos
- Free Music Technology Resources
- Film Scoring Resources
- iPad Apps For Music Teachers
- Sibelius Tutorials and Training
- iPads in Education – Research and Trials
- iPad Accessories For Music Teachers
Each board then contains a number of “pins” which link back to an original online source like a webpage, blog post or product for sale. They are all a work in progress: each board will grow in size as I discover more links to add to them.