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My 1st Pinterest Learning Party

So the Big, Bad, Weather Monster finally cooperated and I got to have my Pinterest Party!

(Here is a previous post concerning my attempts at a Pinterest Learning Party for teachers: Pinterest Party that didn’t happen)

Since you know the party finally happened, let me back up and tell you how this whole idea came about …

Earlier this school year, a comprehensive survey was done of students, staff, and community for the school system. While looking at the results, my boss at the time (he is not anymore) noticed something interesting …

When teachers were asked about their use of technology … Pinterest was the third most popular answer (behind email and facebook I think).

He shared that information with me in hopes that we might be able to use that information in some way …

Teachers are told to find out things they students enjoy and meet them where they are ….

So I took on the challenge (somewhat self-imposed) of figuring out how to use the teacher interest in Pinterest to a learning advantage ….

So I started thinking about ways to connect Pinterest and learning …

What do people do on Pinterest?

They search for ideas …

They share ideas …

They decide which ideas to keep (pin) and which to pass …

Then I started to see some connections!

What do we want for our students to do?

We want them to search for ideas (research).

We want them to share ideas (effective communication in various forms)

We went the to look at ideas and resources with a critical eye to determine which ones are credible and which ones are not (analyze and evaluate)

I started having some ideas about the discussion we could have …

But I had to figure out a way to get people to come to staff development … 

I did not want it to be a required one because it would not meet the needs for all, and I wanted the people there to actually be there because they wanted to be …

When I visit teachers and sit in on meetings, I almost always hear people sharing what they found on Pinterest …

So I decided to have a Pinterest Learning Network Sharing Party!

I created digital invitations and individually emailed them to teachers at the schools I work with as well as to my coworkers. I also sent the invite to others to share and had it posted on the technology blog for our school system.

(The Big, Bad Weather Monster hit and the party had to be rescheduled, so I also developed an online way to share ideas for those who could not attend, but that is another story)

I tried to create a welcoming environment by moving the tables into a circular shape (rather than straight rows) to encourage sharing. I scattered yellow paper in different sizes on the tables in case anyone wanted to make a quick note (I know we can take digital notes too but I was trying to be helpful and it made the tables looks better).

Since Easter was approaching, I put large handfuls of Easter Candy on the tables too! And the closer you got to the front of the room, the better the candy! 

And no Pinterest Party would be complete without a snack made from a recipe found on Pinterest! (I even used Spring-colored M&Ms in my S’more Bags)

In my mind, people would go up to the computer and show the websites, activities, or pins they had to share … I even made a sign up board!

That did not happen …

But it was so much better!

Once we got going (the candy helped with that), teachers were sharing the pin resources they brought. With a little bit of guidance from me, we started talking about how we search for what we are looking for and how we decided what to keep(pin).

It did not matter what grade or subject you taught, ideas were flying. There were K teachers sharing things that gave 5th g teachers some ideas. They shared the types of things they liked finding as well as how the found certain things. I asked a few questions about how they decided what things to add to their pin boards and why they chose what they did.

There was even one person there just to see what we were doing since he had not really used Pinterest before. Teachers shared helpful hints and strategies for ways to not get overwhelmed as well as ideas for keeping your pin organized (I listened very closely to this part since I need more help with that).

The Pinterest Party that day started with teachers who did not really know each other, but I think it ended with a community of sharers who look forward to the next time!

We all learned something and were inspired to try something new or in a new way ….

One of the things I learned was to start the ball rolling and then get out of the way to let the real learning happen … even if it doesn’t go according to my plan!


Have You Pinned for Learning?

Can you list sites that you check each time, or almost each time, you get you on the internet?
Or maybe sites you would like to be able to check each time …
I bet I can guess at least one of those sites for Nancy Mangum: Pinterest!
Nancy is an Instructional Technologist at the Friday Institute for Educational Innovation.  She works with district leadership and principals across North Carolina to design and deliver training for educators as they work to create 21st century classrooms.  With over 12 years of experience as a classroom teacher, technology facilitator and district leader, Nancy is passionate about the work she does and her goal is to transform teaching practices by training educators to use web 2.0 tools and other technology and help them find their own passion for learning and teaching!
Nancy’s name was selected by Rafflecopter for my recent Blurb Book Giveaway. When looking for her email address, I found a blog post she had written about Teachers and Pinterest that she agreed to let me share here on my blog as well …

About 8 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!

Educators Resources for Using Pinterest:


Educators Guide to Using Pinterest

25 Pinterest Boards for Educators


Where do you look for Inspiration?

Picture I took at House of Blues at Myrtle Beach. I am not sure it goes with the post but it just felt like it did …This week I have been participating with the SITSGirls and their Fall Back Into Blogging Event. So far the blogging prompts have been writing or image focused, which in many ways goes along with what I do here on my blog in sharing ideas and things that I have found relating to creativity, learning, and instructional technology.

Today’s prompt takes me a bit outside of what I normally do with this blog: 

Day 4 Prompt:Share either your favorite fall craft or autumn recipe. Or share what you’re eying on Pinterest.

I love crafts … even if I don’t get to do as many now as I have done in the past (I know that I often say that a person makes times for what she feels is important … so perhaps I need to do that more in this area).

I was not too sure about Pinterest at first … I felt like it might just be one more thing for me to try to keep up with .. hmmmm that is the way I felt about twitter at first too and now I don’t know what I would do without twitter! :)

I have found that I am using my Pinterest Page more for keeping track of the things that inspire me!  

So to go along with today’s prompt, I am going to share a few of the Fall ideas that have been inspirational to me ….

These are from my Holiday Ideas board which is mostly Christmas-related, but a some Fall ones too:


Inspiration can come in many shapes, sizes, and formats! Anything from recipes to quotes (I love quotes) to colors in fashion to education/literacy ideas to images to just things I choose to label as Creativity!


What serves as your inspiration?

Where do you look when you feel like your ideas are running a bit dry?




5 Sites to Search ... No Username required!

Picture I took in Old Salem. I did not see the face until today. Do you?Today is my birthday ...

Which means I am one year older .... or just one year better!

Either way, I don't desire to have another username and password to remember ...

Think about how many usernames and passwords you have ...


Do you think you need another one?

I am going to share 5 sites where you can find resources ... and you don't even need to sign up to get a username and password (but most of them give you that option ... if you want):

So go search!!! 


*I will even throw in an extra one .... You can search Twitter without signing in or creating an account!