10 ways to use Pinterest in the classroom

Pinterest is a social networking site sweeping all sectors, and it’s really very useful, probably one of the most useful things we have found on the internet in some time.  Plus it’s free, and we are a thrifty team who like to save the pennies!  So here are a few ways you can use it to help you as a teacher, and help your children in the classroom. Of course, you can also come and follow our boards, and take the hard work out of planning!

Getting started:

First off, you may want to join Pinterest. Do you work as a team? You could get a team email and password and join as one, so that you can all contribute ideas to boards, making it less time consuming.  Once you have joined you get instructions on how to download the pinmarklet that allows you to begin pinning images and creating boards.

You don’t need to join though, you can simply browse boards that others have created – like ours – with no login, by clicking on the site and using the search facility.

Using Pinterest as a teacher

1) Create collections based around a book

2) Create collections based around a theme

3) Create collections of books on a given theme

4) Search for ideas to enhance your classroom environment, indoor or outdoor

Using Pinterest in the classroom
5) Create story mood boards
to support the children in writing their story settings and creating the right atmosphere.

6) Use Pinterest with the children to help them to box up stories. You could use photographs from drama activities and make ‘secret’ boards so the pictures are kept private.

7) Let the children use Pinterest to support their planning process when researching non-narrative topics – ask the children to pin pictures for each paragraph rather than copy and pasting endless text from websites!  The pictures can then serve as a reminder of what they have found out and help to scaffold writing in sections or paragraphs.

8) Make stories using story generator boards. When beginning a story children could select characters, settings, props and events from boards that you have created – or borrow ours!

9) Use it as a starter for a lesson or the start of a topic. Show a prepared board and ask the children to discuss what the theme or topic might be, what they know already and what they might want to find out.

Using Pinterest as homework and to link with parents
10) Make boards of books to recommend to your class that they read at home; this Y6 board is a starting point.  Give them challenges – can you read 5 of the books, can you review one book on the board in the comments area etc.

Finally, you may want to follow us and our board. We also think it’s worth following those from Springboard Stories and the British Library.

If you are already up and running on Pinterest, then do leave a link in the comments so we can come and follow your boards. Following each other is a great way to develop resources and split the work load!  Do tell us if there are other boards you would like to see, and we’ll get busy.

Charlotte Reed – Primary English Consultant and self-confessed pinaddict

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