Sunday, July 29, 2012

What's the Big Deal with Pinterest?

"What's the big deal with Pinterest?" my husband asked me as he saw me searching some of my pinned boards.  I didn't really have a good answer for him, until he followed up with, "why not just do a google search and specify images?"

That certainly is one way to find an image of something when you need it, however, I don't always know that I need to find something.  That's where Pinterest comes in; you don't know what you don't know so you're not going to search for it! (Those of you on Twitter probably experienced this when you realized this benefit on Twitter!)

Here's the perfect example of where Pinterst comes into your life and helps you when you weren't even searching:

Have you ever had a pair of flip-flops break? I have several times. It irritated me, but I just tossed them and bought new ones.  Never did I think to search for a way to fix them (aside from when I was at work and had to just rely on tape and walking very carefully). Well, I was checking my Pinterest feed (not even sure if it's called a 'feed' on Pinterest) and look at what I discovered:

As much as I love decorating for Christmas/winter theme, I've never really sat on google searching for innovative ways to decorate, but look what I found on Pinterest:

Fill balloons with water and add food coloring, once frozen cut the balloons off & they look like giant marbles.
So neat, right?  Or what about these ideas, that again, I don't know what I would have had to type into google to find:
Paint in ziplock bags, taped to table. Great distraction, no mess!

Who knew aluminum foil was the key for removing food from glass dishes...Find more cleaning ideas here.

balloon powered racers
Make a family fingerprint ornament with salt dough + silver spray paint

Baking soda neutralizes the ph in the soil and nothing will grow there. use baking soda around all of the edges of flower beds to keep the grass and weeds from growing into beds. Just sprinkle it onto the soil so that it covers it lightly. Do this twice a year - spring and fall.
Hot dog spiders. Before cooking, stick pasta through hot dogs, then boil ! -Will have to try this for fun!

OK, so I do find a lot of random and neat ideas that I never would have considered searching for, but since I follow a lot of the same great educators that I follow on twitter, I find a lot of great ideas to share with my teachers, like these:
Six Classroom Questions to start off the school year!
Nonfiction anchor chart
Reading Recommendation Bulletin Board
math journal entry for types of triangles and sum of angles in a triangle
Great way to display class rules, reminders, etc. Use student photos with speech bubbles
Or I've found these great images/quotes to put up on the bathroom doors:

Seriously, I probably never would have searched for any of these ideas, but in just a few minutes each day I can check my Pinterest feed and repin a few items I think staff may be interested in and share it on my Monday Memo each week.  Quite honestly, I only check Pinterest a few times a week, so in less than 10 minutes a week I find so many great ideas to share with them. When you're on Pinterest and see these images, you can also click on them to get to the original blog post/site that explains more about the image (I did not do that for this blog post).

So what are you waiting for? Start Pinning!!  Here's a great blog post to help you get started: Pinterest-My New Love for Visual Bookmarking Education and Teaching Web Content


  1. Jessica, you've definitely summarized what is so unique about Pinterest--the ability to discover great ideas that enrich both my personal and professional life displayed in a visually pleasing and user friendly manner. In my experience, there are more tech-resistant educators on Pinerest than any other application other than Facebook, which I think is a good thing because Pinterest is a great introduction to the power of social media for those who shy away from engaging with others for professional enrichment.

  2. Okay, you have inspired me. I have enough time this week to go exploring and Pinterest will be top on my list! Thank you for the motivation and also for all of the great ideas.

  3. Jessica,
    This was one of the most FUN posts I've read in awhile!!! I'm glad I keep you on my blogs-to-watch list! I've GOT to try some of these soon! So adorable!! I wonder how many of us are going to be making those fingerprint ornaments?!?!

    Thanks for the post!!

  4. What a great post! I love that Pinterest allows for us to share creative....and delicious ideas! I am going to try and post some of my ideas and projects to share with others. Great post!!

  5. This post inspired me to join Pinterest. After hearing the women I work with talk about it all the time, you easily convinced me.


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