Friday, February 22, 2013

I'm baaaaaack!!!

It's good to be back!

It's been almost a full year since my last post -- things have been hectic to say the least!  APPR, SLO, LAT...I've been drowning in alphabet soup, but it's time to get back at it -- for my own sanity if nothing else.

So my first post of 2013 is going to be about.....

If you haven't discovered this obscenely addictive website...WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?!?!
As with Twitter, there is a lot of fantasy pinning going on (Go ahead.  Search "chocolate" or "shoes" and you'll see what I mean).  But also like Twitter, once you get past all that, there's a whole lot of "teachery stuff" out there as well.  

So, start with the basics, and set up an account.  Once you have an account, the pinning begins!  When you come across a resource that you want to save for later use or reflection, pin it to an appropriate board.  It's a great way to organize resources, and the nature of the tool makes it very visual, so you're looking through files of pictures, rather than file names.  I am forever pulling from my boards and those of other foreign language teachers to find things for lessons -- sometimes right on the spot.

Here are a few of the greats you may want to follow to get started:

For every pin you "steal" from someone else's board, Pinterest lets you know where THEY "stole" it from, and POOF! a new source of pins to "steal".  It's truly a never-ending font of useful stuff!  To make it even better, you (and others) can comment on the pins, thereby sharing new ideas for using resources you may not have thought of.  Genius!!

Try it!  You'll like it!