I’m Yours!

About eight months ago I discovered Pinterest.  At first I didn’t create an account….I just lurked looking at others pins.  I did eventually create an account but over the summer things got busy and I didn’t visit the site much until August.  As I returned to the site in August and began creating boards and pinning I felt something growing inside of me with each new board I would create.  I was falling in love with this tool!  I love the visual aspect of Pinterest and the abilitity that I had to share my boards with others.  And last month when I discovered that users have the ability to add collaborators to boards I was offically sold!  Signed, sealed, delivered…Pinterest I’m Yours!  🙂

Below is an article that I recently wrote for Epic Ed – Teacher Feature Friday about Pinterest.
 If you haven’t looked at Pinterest as an educational tool, its time to take a look at it again!


Pinterest is a widely popular website that has become the gold standard for procuring decorating ideas, gathering yummy recipes and planning parties.  
And now, this free tool has become an integral part of many teachers daily planning. Yes, that’s right…educators are using Pinterest to share great ideas and to collaborate with teachers from around the globe.  

So what is Pinterest and how are teachers using it?  
Just like a traditional bulletin board,  Pinterest is a social media tool that allows members to create virtual boards where they can pin resources found on the internet.  You can pin videos and images found on the web to your boards creating a visual board.

To create a board you must first have an account.  After creating an account and logging in you are ready to start pinning! The first step is to create a new board.  You can add descriptions to tell others what type of resources you are pinning to a particular board.   
Once you’ve created your boards and pinned resources to them you can share them with colleagues via an assigned Pinterest url.  

Another great thing about your Pinterest boards….you can add collaborators to your boards so a PLC could share a virtual Pinterest board and as they find resources all the group members will have the ability to make pins to the board.  

Pinterest has also become one of my favorite ways to search the web.  You can search Pinterest for a particular topic by using the search feature located in the top left navigation bar on the PInterest home page.  Once you have entered a search you can see pins that correspond to that topic or entire boards dedicated to that topic.  If you find a pin that you are interested in keeping simply re-pin it onto one of your boards.  

There are lots of resources available to educators who are wanting to learn more about how they can use Pinterest to help them.  I’ve shared three of my favorite in the resource section of this post.  Ultimately the possibilities are endless as educators take this exciting tool and use it to help them grow professionally and collaborate with educators around the world!  Happy Pinning!
 

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Educators Resources for Using Pinterest:

 Educators Guide to Using Pinterest
http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2012/06/educators-guide-to-use-of-pinterest-in.html


25 Pinterest Boards for Educators
http://www.avatargeneration.com/2012/09/pinterest-boards-in-educational-technology/

Infographic – 16 Ways Educators are Using Pinterest
http://www.onlineuniversities.com/ways-educators-use-pinterest

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Back to School: Resources to Help Educators Make This The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

It’s August and for most educators around the US that means its time to go back to school.  As you prepare for the young minds to enter your doors here are some resources that I’ve collected to help you get your school year off to a great start!  

For Teachers:

For Administrators:

These are just of a few of the resources out there.  Please share your favorite resources in the comments section!  Good luck as you begin your year!

 

Back to School with QR Codes

I love QR codes!  They are a lot of fun for both students and teachers to scan…revealing the “hidden message” behind each code.  

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As we prepare to head back to school here are some great resources to help you get ideas about using QR codes in your classroom.  

Pintrest board by Lynne Herr 

Creating Audio QR codes Tip #114 from Tammy W

Tips for Creating a QR Code Tour for Open House  from Carrie Venable

QR Codes for Learning – Presentation

Now that you have ideas and want to generate your own QR codes I recommend using QR Stuff.  I like this generator because it allows you to easily change the color of your code.  The other generator I use is a chrome extension – QR Code Generator which offers a quick and easy way to generate a code and share it via your social networks.  

 

 

 

QR Codes for Schools

I love QR codes!  They are a lot of fun for both students and teachers to scan…revealing the “hidden message” behind each code.  

As we prepare to head back to school here are some great resources to help you get 

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ideas about using QR codes in your classroom.  

Pintrest board by Lynne Herr 

Creating Audio QR codes Tip #114 from Tammy W

 

Tips for Creating a QR Code Tour for Open House  from Carrie Venable

QR Codes for Learning – Presentation

Now that you have ideas and want to generate your own QR codes I recommend using QR Stuff.  I like this generator because it allows you to easily change the color of your code.  The other generator I use is a chrome extension – QR Code Generator which offers a quick and easy way to generate a code and share it via your social networks.  

 

 

 

Google Yourself Challenge

Good infographic resource to use with students when talking about digital footprint. While personally I believe this infographic might scare some adults as it talks about identity theft and safety, I think this would be great to use with students!

The Google Yourself Challenge
From: BackgroundCheck.org

If It Isn’t Fun, I’ll Quit…

I was watching the Olympics yesterday and saw this commercial featuring Ryan Lochte and his mom.  Even though this segment focuses on swimming and raising an Olympian there is a lot of good advice to be found in it for educators.  One of my favorite quotes comes at the begining from Ryan “(as a child) if it wasn’t fun for me anymore than I’d quit”.  And his mom saying that she watched as other parents were so intense and serious, demanding that their children do this and that.  “I knew that if I pushed him that hard he would start to hate it…I didn’t want to be like that”. 

Watching this video segment got me thinking, as educators we need to ask ourselves…Are our classrooms fun?  Are we encouraging students to explore their interests to make learning an exciting adventure?  Are we working to ensure that our students like school so that they wont quit?

Hiding icons iOS 5

As I’m working with schools sometimes teachers, principals or tech directors want to know if they can “hide” icon apps from student devices.  Here is a good article from OSX Daily on how to hide some of these icons.

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Apps for Editing & Creating Videos Using Your iOS Devices

I love taking pictures with my iphone because it is always handy and much easier to carry around then my bulky camera.  Recently I have started taking more video with my iphone so when I came across this Mashable article on ios apps for video editing was excited!  Many of these apps will also be great to use as students create video in your classrooms this school year. 

 

Class Dojo

Class Dojo is a great web 2.0 tool that allows teachers to record class behaviors and engage students by awarding and recording real time feedback.  It allows teachers to customize based on their class needs and offers the ability to print reports.

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Apps iLove! March 14, 2012

SockPuppet  Select puppets, stage, record audio, and then play the characters talking to each other.
 

SoundDrop  Put lines for dots to bounce off and make sounds. Teaches the math of music