Magazine article Practical Literacy

Text, Twitter and Tweet: This Time I'm Pinning to Learn

Magazine article Practical Literacy

Text, Twitter and Tweet: This Time I'm Pinning to Learn

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I've got a new obsession and I'm holding my friend Leah totally responsible for this one. While I've been a fan of using Twitter for educational purposes, and occasionally dipping into Facebook for educational means as well, I'd been avoiding Pinterest (well I had an account, so I guess it wasn't total avoidance). Despite my interest in social media platforms for learning and for sharing resources and links, I hadn't had time to sit down and get my electronic pinboards organised and learn to make it work for me.

So my friend Leah turned up at our house with her computer and began to give me a lesson in using Pinterest and within about half an hour, I was hooked. For those of you new to Pinterest, the idea is that you can develop a whole range of electronic pin boards and then you 'pin' to your board links to websites that you want to keep for future reference. When you sign up for a Pinterest account you can select from default boards that appear, things like 'My style' (for fashion), 'Books I want to read', 'Places I want to go' and so on. You can then click on 'Create board' and name pinboards for other things you want to keep pinned in the one place. For this issue of Practically Primary, I created a board called 'Drama and Literacy Activities' and then I went searching for things to pin onto my new electronic pinboard.

In order to 'pin' things to the board, you need to add the 'Pin it' button to your internet browser toolbar and then when you visit a site, you hit 'pin it' and it will come up with an option for which one of your electronic boards you wish to pin the site to. …

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