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Pinterest – io3

MODERN Tool Rating: 4/5
Category: Bookmark and Curation Tool

Price: Free

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Pinterest is a social network which allows you to share and comment on visual material, which could be photographs, sketches, videos or web pages. Like a virtual scrapbook, but very public, you can collate the items that you love. Pinterest can also be a great tool for use in education. It is great for organising vast quantities of information and brainstorming ideas. The visual nature of Pinterest makes it particularly suited to engaging learners.

3 Reasons to use Pinterest in the Classroom:

  • Pinterest is an excellent tool for creative brainstorming – learners can easily search for ideas in their topic area and gain inspiration from the resources and colourful images they find. This works especially well for visual projects. Students can pin the kind of work they’d like to emulate in shape, content or form, as well as create a portfolio of the artists and designers that inspire them.
  • Pinterest offers an innovative way to showcase learners work in the form/ability in the form of a Digital Portfolios or Resume. Whenever learners turn in impressive work, teachers/trainers can suggest that they pin it to the board.
  • Pinterest is a useful tool which can allow for Differentiated Learning – trainers can create Pinterest boards for novice and expert learners to differentiate your digital content/training materials.

Here are just a few of the possibilities with Pinterest:

  • Compile content, including educational video
  • Organise and store ideas
  • Connect and comment on learners’ work
  • Make connections with other teachers and get ideas for future projects
  • Create group projects: community boards can be perfect for collaborative projects
2. Read

Interested in finding out more about Pinterest and how you can use it your class or lecture room? We have completed a pedagogic assessment of this tool which details its strengths and weaknesses based on its potential for innovative teaching strategies.

3. Learn From Others

We collected and created some examplar videos which include tutorials, case studies of educators using this tool and more. Click to watch and learn.

Pinterest 101 for Teachers

Pinterest in Education

Pinterest for Artists

Using Pinterest in the Classroom for Collecting Sharing and presenting Research

Pinterest in Education at Lockerman Middle School

What is Pinterest? An animated video.

How to Make Your Online Teaching Training PINTERESting?

Edudemic Uses Pinterest.mp4

4. Get Started with Pinterest

Step 1:  Setting Up an Account

  • To set up an account, go to – enter your email address and create a password.
  • Next Pinterest will suggest a number of topics that may be of interest to you. Select a few from what’s presented, or search for your own

Step 2:  Connections

  • You’ll then be prompted to import followers via Facebook or Twitter. This is a quick way to find your trainers/colleagues on other networks, but skip this step if you don’t want to mix private and personal. If you’re setting this up for a learner via an avatar, you definitely do not want to link these together

Step 3: How to Find Pinnable Material

  • Pinterest will deliver content to your home page based on your initial board selections, as well as any boards you follow in the future. You can also search for material that interests you using keywords.
  • To search, simply head to the search bar at the top of the screen and enter your search terms. Each keyword will become its own search term, which you can easily close out of or add to as you broaden or narrow your search

Step 4: Liking Boards, Pins and Pinners

  • From the search results you can also choose whether you’d like to see All Pins, Your Pins, Pinners (from other Pinners) and Boards. The Boards option is a particularly good option if you’re looking for dedicated boards to follow. When you spot a board you like, click “Follow” at the bottom of the board, and it will automatically appear in your feed.

Step 5: Creating Boards and Pins

  • See something you like on Pinterest and want to save it? Click on the photo so that it enlarges, and then on the red “Pin It” button in the top left corner. Once you do so, Pinterest will suggest boards you can pin it to. You can also create your own board by typing a title into the search box and then clicking “Create.”
  • If you want to change the privacy settings, describe the board, or invite collaborators later on, simply click on your name in the top right-hand corner of the screen. This will bring you back to your boards page. Click “Edit” on the board you want to edit, and fill out information as you please

Step 6: Make It Social

  • Pinterest for educators is best when it’s a social affair, as teachers help other teachers find the latest and greatest solutions for their classrooms and as students interact with boards. You can start off the interactivity by liking and commenting on other people’s pins.

There is so much you can do as an educator on Pinterest that it’s hard to know where to start. With these tips, you’ll have the basic groundwork you need to become a Power Pinner. So pin away, Pinterest champ.

5. Action –be inspired and create your first educational Pinterest Board

Now that you know all about Pinterest, it’s time to have a go at creating some boards.

Choose an education topic related to your field, cultivate content from existing Pinterest pins or create your own. Set up a board with lesson plan inspiration or why not start showcasing your students/learners work.

Here are some good examples we like:

Diigo – io3

Price: 4 plans available – Free, Basic, Standard and Professional. There is also free package for educators, for more info see

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Diigo is a powerful information capturing, storing, recalling and sharing tool. Diigo is an acronym for Digest of Internet Information, Groups, and Other.

3 Reasons to use Diigo in the Classroom:

  • Diigo is an excellent tool for developing a range of skills and can be used to help boost learners’ reading skills for example
  • Diigo is great for team projects – Learners can share annotated articles they have found which will be very useful in a group or team setting for projects
  • Diigo is an excellent research tool – learners can save relevant websites to lists, bookmarks captures, screenshots, and can be searched later as they are saved in.

Here are just a few of the possibilities with Diigo:

  • Save important websites and access them on any computer.
  • Categorize websites by titles, notes, keyword tags, lists and groups.
  • Search through bookmarks to quickly find desired information.
  • Save a screenshot of a website and see how it has changed over time.
  • Annotate websites with highlighting or virtual “sticky notes.”
  • View any annotations made by others on any website visited.
  • Share websites with groups or the entire Diigo social network.
  • Comment on the bookmarks of others or seek comments on your shared bookmarks.
2. Read

Interested in finding out more about Diigo and how you can use it your class or lecture room? We have completed a pedagogic assessment of this tool which details its strengths and weaknesses based on its potential for innovative teaching strategies.

3. Learn From Others

We collected and created some explainers videos which include tutorials, case studies of educators using this tool and more. Watch and learn.

Education tutorial: Exploring social bookmarking with Diigo |

Organize Your Research with Diigo (Part 1 of 3)

Online Collaboration with Diigo (Part 2 of 3)

Diigo for Educators (Part 3 of 3)

How to Use Diigo (in Expository Writing Class)

Social bookmarking: Using Diigo in the classroom

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4. Get Started with Diigo

Step 1: Apply for an Educator Account

Step 2:  Email Notification

  • Once approved, you will receive an activation email

Step 3:   Access Teacher Console 

Your personalized Teacher Console, located at , is where you create and manage learner accounts and class groups

Step 4:   Create A Class Group 

The first step for using Diigo for a new class is to create a new Diigo group for the class.

Click the “Create A Group for My Class” link to create a group for your class.

Step 5:   Create Student Accounts and add to class group. 

If your learners don’t have emails, use Option #1 to create learner accounts by simply entering their names or uploading an entire class roaster at once:

Input your learners’ names, and Diigo will automatically create usernames & passwords for them.  Tip: Learners’ real name are optional.  You can just use some codename like “Learner 101” in the name fields

Step #7   Manage Class groups / Learner Accounts using Teacher Console 

To access, use the drop-down menu under your username and select “Teacher Console“.

Once there, use these options to manage your class groups / learner accounts – for example

  • Group Name   –  click to view / manage the class group.  For more tips on diigo group’s functionalities, visit Diigo Groups Help section
  • Add Members –  click to add more members (either by creating more learner accounts or inviting people to join by email or enter your friends’ diigo username)
5. Action - take our simple test

Now that you know all about diigo, it’s time to test yourself.