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The Best Guides To Figuring Out Pinterest


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You Can How Join Pinterest Without An Invitation

In case you haven’t heard, Pinterest is the hot new social media site of the moment. It’s not even open to the general public yet, and you have to request an invitation. I’m not entirely convinced the Web needs yet another social media tool, but who knows? I have joined it.

Here are my picks for The Best Guides To Figuring Out Pinterest:

Pinterest: A Beginner’s Guide to the Hot New Social Network is from Mashable.

A Guy’s Guide To Pinterest is from Read Write Web.

A Quick Guide To Pinterest from Envigor.

Pinterest: A Step By Step Guide To Pinning Your Life Away is from Shoe String Launch.

A Newbie’s Guide to Pinterest is from The Atlantic.

Pinterest Works Better Than Google+ is from ReadWriteWeb.

A Scrapbook on the Web Catches Fire is by David Pogue at The New York Times.

Know Your Internet: What Is Pinterest and Why Should I Care? is from The Atlantic.

This slideshow is titled the Ultimate Guide To Pinterest:

Your Pinterest cheat sheet is from Salon.

How to Stay Safe on Pinterest is from Read Write Web.

Everything Pinterest and Tumblr Users Need To Know About Copyright Law is from Read Write Web.

Make Your Facebook Page Looks Like A Pinterest One is from Go2Web20.

Pinterest Revamps Profile Pages: Streamlined Content, Cleaner Interface, New Board Layout is from TechCrunch.

Six things I learned from six days on Pinterest is from CNet.

Pin A Quote lets you drag a bookmarklet to your browser and then lets your create a “pinnable” image of any quotation on the web. It couldn’t be easier to use! In addition, the image you pin to Pinterest has the original url address of where you got the quote. I really like this tool. Here’s a short video describing how it works. Below that you’ll see an example of a pinnable quote I’ve taken from one of my Education Week articles on “finishing the year strong.” In addition to my Useful Classroom Images Board on Pinterest, I’ve now started a “Useful Quotations” Board. You can also follow both here.

Since it’s so easy to use, I figure I’ll starting highlighting key quotes from articles I read. And since it creates an embeddable image, I can also post a few of the best ones on my blog, too.

Source: via Larry on Pinterest



Pinterest Basics For Bloggers is from ProBlogger. Thanks to Pilar Pamblanco for the tip.

Pinterest for Educators? is by Eric Sheninger and appeared in Edutopia.

Url2pin is an extremely easy web tool to use — just copy and paste a url address into it and — within seconds — you have a “pinnable” image you can use on Pinterest. It’s very handy. One negative, however, is that it will only create a pinnable image of the home page of a website. For example, if I try to pin the url address of a particular post from this blog, and will still only create an image of the main url address of the blog.

Repinly shows you what boards, “pinners,” and categories are most popular on Pinterest. They don’t seem to have an Education category — not yet, at least. It does seem somewhat interesting, though. Boy, some of the most popular boards have over three million followers.

Flickr Adds Pinterest Buttons To Photo Sharing; All Images Will Be Pinned With Attributions is a post from TechCrunch that brings welcome news to all of us who use Flickr. It will make things a lot easier.

Here’s the Best Time to Share on Pinterest is a new post from Mashable. Researchers say Saturday morning is the best time. Their post also shows a slideshow with the 15 most popular photos shared on the site.

Pinterest announced a major expansion of their Categories Menu. I guess I was clueless, because I never realized they even had one. You just click on “categories” at the top of the page (you don’t even have to be a registered member of the site to access it) and you’ll see a big list of….categories. For example, here’s what the Education category looks like. It’s a good way to also find other people you might want to follow — if you’re a Pinterest member.

Pinterest Announces New Search Feature

You Can Now Add Maps To Pinterest

New & Easier Embedding Options For Pinterest

Pinterest Changes The Way You Can Embed Pins — Again!

Edublogs Now Makes It Super-Easy To Embed “Pins” From Pinterest

The Guide to Pinterest for Educators is from USC.

Pinterest will finally let you rearrange your pins is a post from TechCrunch.

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Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.


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  2. Larry, If I could only have 2 social media connections – Pinterest would be my first. Then I’d have to decide between Google+, Facebook or Twitter.
    Pinterest not only offers me an opportunity to share materials with others, it is a great organizational tool for this early childhood educator.

    • Hi, Country Fun! I’m wondering about Pinterest being a good social thing. I believe you! But I don’t know how to make it so. 🙂

      Right now I’m using it to remember things about teaching struggling readers that I come across online, and also for our new retirement house! But I don’t really see interaction. Is it there and I’m just missing the boat? I’d LOVE to talk with other reading teachers about things that go on with my online struggling readers. Any tips? Or you, Larry? Thanks!

  3. I love Pinterest and just recently shared it with a colleague. Now that you have provided these wonderful tutorials/guides, I’ll be sure to share them with my other colleagues. I’m thrilled that you have demonstrated the use of Pinterest among educators.


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  14. I have all kinds of ideas about how to use Pinterest in my classroom, but the insistence on using Twitter or Facebook logins makes it impossible (half my kids are under 13). I tried the google workaround, but Pinterest won’t take it. I’ve gone to visualizeus, but it doesn’t have the same setup and uses tags to organize (but it has better copyright attribution!).

    Any ideas for getting kids registered at Pinterest without giving personal info? TIA

    • Gretchen,

      Because of all the classroom inappropriate content on Pinterest, I doubt if many districts will make it available for students. I think there are plenty of other sites that would serve students well, and have them on my “Best Social Bookmarking” sites list. I think Pinterest is best for teacher use.


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