Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Pinterest Learning Network


The second meeting of the WSFCS Pinterest Learning Network was yesterday afternoon …
And although it was very different from the first meeting, it went very well …
This time we were in the computer lab …
But we did not sit at computers …
We gathered around at the table at the back of the room with a computer and large monitor close if needed.
Some guests also had out their phones/ipads/laptops …
I had a piece of paper ….
Orange paper
And a black marker
I know that does not sound very tech savvy for a person leading a technology session, but I wanted to stay focused on what was important …

Here are some pieces of our conversation:
After introductions, where we made many connections, we started off talking about why we (or people in general … since 2 guests did not have Pinterest Accounts yet) use Pinterest.
From our discussion, we decided it was mostly to find and share things/ideas …
Thinking question:
Where do you look to find and share ideas? Online or offline …
You probably know who to ask if you need some help with determining what food to fix …
Who comes to mind when you have a need for information about an upcoming vacation?
If you have a question about your classroom, do you know who to ask?
In Pinterest, the user creates boards or groups to connect like information … so it will be easier to find later …
If I find an idea I like in a book, I may underline it, fold the corner of the page, or even draw a star in the margin so I can go back to that later ….
If you find an idea you like on Pinterest, you pin it …
Thinking Question:
How do you keep up with the ideas and resources you would like to access again?
When my husband finds an article or image in a magazine that he likes, he tears out that page …
Then he just has to keep a page and not the whole magazine.
He has decided he finds enough value on the page to tear it out.
That page or piece of information is what he wants to keep … not the whole magazine.
How does he decide what to keep and what can be thrown out?
How do Pinterest users decide what to pin or repin?
Do you pin everything you look at?
What criteria do you use to help you decide what you are going to keep and where it should go?
Thinking Question:
How often do we look at things and have to decide what to do with them? A lot! How do we make those choices? Do we analyze and evaluate … even if we don’t always realize what we are doing?
When on Pinterest, how limited would your options be if you could only see things from and share things with the people you know?
How does your knowledgebase grow from being able to see things that others find valuable … or pin-worthy?
I think about all the things I have found and learned from people I have not ever met in person …

Consider the ways people search, find, sort, and share on Pinterest …
Do you see similarities with the ways people research, discover, evaluate, and express information?

Who knows what meeting three will bring?
I know I am looking forward to it!

And it is not too late to join!
Even if you have not come before!
Or even if you have not used Pinterest before ...
It is a time of learning and sharing for all!

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