Have you heard of Pinterest? (The better question might be, “How could you not have heard about Pinterest?”)
“Pinterest lets you organize and share all the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings, decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes.
Best of all, you can browse pinboards created by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from people who share your interests.” ~http://pinterest.com/about/
This delightful tool provides a place to organize and save pictures you find on the web. When you receive an invitation to join (there is a link to request one here), you are given your own space. Suggested “boards” – categories – are provided for you there as a starting point, but you can change the categories and add more boards at your whim.
You can add a “Pin It” bookmarklet to your web browser’s toolbar. Then, whenever you discover a picture you wish to save, you click on the bookmarklet. You’ll be given the choice to save the picture to one of your boards – or to even create a new board from that prompt.
Pinterest allows you to follow friends’ boards and to search the boards of others.
Pinterest is beautifully simplistic. I have yet to install the mobile app on my phone, however, because it is also very addictive.
Often times, the Web 2.0 tools you read about on educational blogs revolve around, well, education. Pinterest knows no bounds. However, as you can see from the image above, you can use it to collect images of classroom and library display ideas.
As an English teacher, I often used photographs as writing prompts. Imagine the possibilities here!