Pinterest in the Classroom

Posted on February 11, 2013. Filed under: Pinterest | Tags: |



Pinterest is a free website which provides another way to explore and discover content online. Pinterest focuses on the visual- primarily images and videos. The idea is to create “pinboards,” to which you “pin” images that you find online or through another Pinintest user. Your “pinboard” becomes a collection of visual images, with notes if you attach them and links back to the original source of the images.

It is very easy to set up a Pinterest account. To sign up for Pinterest, go to and select the button “Join Pinterest” at the top of the page. You can register via Facebook, Twitter, or an e-mail address. Whatever Pinterest username you choose will form the unique URL or Web address for your Pinterest page. Once you receive the confirmation email, you are ready to set up your account and get started. I recommend viewing other pin boards before beginning your own. To make things easy you can download a “pin it” button to help you curate information quickly.

Pinterest has great potential for classroom use, but it is important to note that if you are using Pinterest with students you should know that not all pins are safe and secure, monitoring is necessary to ensure that students do not accidently find inappropriate content. Pinterest can provide some creative opportunities for students and can be used as a method for instruction, collaboration, and as a presentation format.

Here are 3 ways that you can use Pinterest in the classroom:

  1. Research Boards – students can create boards for curating information for their research projects and assignments by pinning relevant articles, images and videos to their board.
  2. Online Bibliography – students can create pins of their online references and add the link to their presentation.
  3. Collaborative Boards – students can create a board that several students can “pin” information for a group project.

Here are some good examples of Pinterest boards that focus on the classroom:

  1. Math Stuff for School –
  2. Fun Teacher Ideas –
  3. English Language Learners – this board was created by me for my literacy students –

I hope these ideas will get your started, but I would love to hear of other ways teachers are using Pinterest in the classroom.

Happy Pinning!

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