Pinterest For Computing Teachers

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Pinterest is an excellent teacher tool that is criminally underutilised within education.

It contains a treasure trove of resources that could be used for displays, activities and revision materials.

If I’m being honest, until very recently I didn’t really see the appeal in Pinterest. My wife had created some “boards” that collated some visually impressive resources for ideas about redesigning our kitchen, and she did something similar to collect ideas for a friend’s wedding. But how does this relate to your classroom? Well, it doesn’t, but hopefully that’s about to change.

First thing’s first – get yourself set up…

If you don’t already have an account with Pinterest then not to worry, it isn’t too difficult. Simply go to pinterest.com and click the sign up button. More and more these days I just sign up using either my Google or Facebook account because it means I don’t have to fill out my personal information again, but the choice is yours.

Its not just about displays (although it does do them really well!)…

Displays can be difficult to get right, especially as they are often something which we don’t have the time to update as often as we wish we could. Pinterest has plenty of resources that could be used as displays, a personal favourite of mine is to use “cheat sheets” that students can refer to, thus cutting out the middle man (you!). Here is an example for Python…

And here is another example, this one is for Excel Spreadsheets…

There are also a large number of “info-graphics” that work perfectly for Computing class room displays. These info-graphics often contain information that may not but covered directly on your curriculum, but is an interesting offshoot to the topic. An example…

Motivation is the key…

Pinterest is a a platform that shares ideas, creativity and often advice. Personally, in my classroom I try to develop the idea of “learning how to learn”, by this I mean the small little tips that help facilitate the process of absorbing new information or a pick-me-up when motivation flounders, these also make great displays or could just be referred to in times of need…

Here are some of my other boards that you might find interesting… And once you have finished browsing I encourage yu to start creating your own, it can be very addictive!



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One comment

  1. 25/05/2018
    Hi
    You suggest that there are several examples on this page usually denoted by an ellipsis (e.g. Here is an example for Python…). Unfortunately, I cannot see any!

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