I can use Pinterest at a glance to jog my memory or inspire a subject matter in a work of art that I have been thinking about.
This year, I have started trying to use some animated versions of the books I read to my students. (I have also tried recording myself reading the books, so that when each class arrives, I can utilize my video and save my voice, using that time to set up or organize a few last minute things before I begin instruction.)
Some of the recorded books were found on YouTube. Our district just recently unblocked You Tube and it has been a valuable resource for many great videos. The thing I don't like about You Tube, is that there are often tons of other videos advertised on the sidebar, and sometimes those little thumbnails are not appropriate, in fact, they can be a frustrating distraction when the whole screen is blasted with them and I can't click off of there fast enough....its just enough to thrust my classroom management into chaos when I am transitioning between a short animated book, and a demonstration on painting, if someone in the classroom reads, "Gangnam Style Squirrel" on the screen, everyone is begging to watch....We just don't have time and if I haven't pre-watched the video, I don't feel comfortable showing anything I haven't previewed.
By organizing all of my favorite animated books onto one Pinterest page, I can click on the video directly from my own 'content' and if the screen has a few other videos on the sidebar, I know that they are safe and appropriate because they are from MY selected links. This way of organizing content from other sites is one of the many things I love about Pinterest.
I also use Pinterest as an inspiration for a certain subject. I can project one single page onto my t.v (or smartboard screen) and see tons of appropriate images of the subject we are studying if I know students might need lots of references. This is much safer than projecting an entire google search onto the screen for everyone to see.
Do you use Pinterest in the classroom? What do you love or hate about it?
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