Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Educators Express Pinterest in the Hot Social Network

Unless you've been living under the proverbial rock you've heard of Pinterest. As it turns out, the 3rd-busiest social media site on the web (behind only Facebook and Twitter) is good for more than compiling wish lists and losing track of large chunks of time.

According to Kate Messner's Very Pinteresting!: The Hot Social Network Is Taking Educators by Storm on LibraryJournal.com, "(Pinterest) is fast becoming a powerful resource where teachers and students share images, store lesson plans, read about current events, watch video clips and collect their favorite apps."

The categories of pins and boards on Pinterest include Art, Architecture, Education, History, Science & Nature, Sports and much more--and the list is sure to expand. As the fastest-growing social media site on the web, the fledgling Pinterest has had an avalanche of new material and users (including TWU Libraries) added to its site over the past two years--and this explosive growth shows no signs of abating any time soon.

Pinterest and the classroom--potentially a very good match. Unless you have hours to kill, however, a little piece of free advice. Stay away from the Food & Drink, Home Decor and Humor boards--they're dangerous.

~Sandy Cochran

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