It would not be surprising to say that if you have encountered digital hardware at some stage in your life such as mobile phones, televisions, tablets or computers, what you see and hear from these digital devices is also known as ‘digital information’. To put simply, digital information refers to the data that you come across ‘online’, such as online news, Twitter, Facebook, emails,text message, blogs, images, games, applications, videos, music and many more. This bombardment of digital information can be overwhelming to adults, let alone young children. So, what can educators do to help children learn how to filter, organise and prioritise the information they receive?
In this week’s task, we learnt how to use Pinterest, a social scrapbook that allows users to ‘pin’ their favourite digital information on to their ‘board’. Pinterest allows users to share visual material, including images, articles, websites and videos. My experience in setting up my Pinterest board was very rewarding as I discovered an abundance of resources through my peers and across the Pinterest social network. I found Pinterst really useful to organise my ideas and allows me to return to my board at any time without having to search for the same information again.
As an educator, I see many benefits incorporating Pinterest in teaching and learning. Through collaborative projects, students get to brainstorm ideas and learn how to compile, organise and store content. At the same time, teachers can demonstrate ways to search for materials using effective keywords and how to filter information critically. Pinterest also encourages social interactions and peer feedback with students as well as teachers (BBC Active, n.d.).
Furthermore, Pinterest is a mobile application that is not limited to the confines of a classroom. Students can easily work on their project using their tablets and mobile phones. The flexibility and effectiveness of Pinterest in promoting positive social interaction and encouraging creativity is certainly appealing and I look forward to applying this resource in my future education career.
Pinterest is not the only resource available for educational use, I came across Educlipper which is designed specifically with teachers and students in mind. It has added features such as setting up ‘classes’ and allows users to upload Powerpoint presentations, word files, excel files, PDFs and many more. Check out the Educlipper website and the video tutorial below.
BBC Active (n.d). Using Pinterest for education. Retrieved from http://www.bbcactive.com/BBCActiveIdeasandResources/UsingPinterestfor
Hopkins, D. (2012, December 18). Using Pinterest in the classroom. Retrieved from http://www.dontwasteyourtime.co.uk/social-network/using-pinterest-in-the-classroom/