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Sunday, March 4, 2012

Pinterest -- "Organize and share things you love"

Pinterest is a pinboard-styled social photo/video/discussion sharing website. The web site is visually appealing with everything right there to view. The Everything pull-down menu is divided up into categories by topics. If you check out the Education category you will find an amazing wealth of information for all age groups. Everything from How to make playdough in ten minutes to a division anchor chart can be found on Pinterest.

You don't have to sign-up as a user if you just want to browse but as a signed-in user you can pin media, either a picture, a video, or a discussion. The 'Pins' can be grouped into topic discussion "boards" or it can be pinned to the main page.

The interesting thing about Pinterest is you can follow the activity of other Pinterest users. When viewing the site's homepage, a user sees a 'Pin Feed' that shows activity among the boards and pinners that the user follows. You can collect your own group if pins like the example to the right.

From an educational point-of-view you could collect all sorts of pins on a subject like 'creative projects' for art projects and have a whole group of pins on that subject. And as a teacher you could add your own pins about projects that have worked for your classes.

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