Using Pinterest for Professional Development: Creative Teaching Ideas, Hair, Spring 2020

Course Number: EDU 5515 C51
Instructor: Jennifer Hair
Location: Online
Dates & Times: March 23 - April 13, 2019
Credits: 3 Graduate Credits
Tuition: $975

Note: Course payment or purchase order of $975, payable to Castleton University, is due at the time of registration. A purchase order number can be entered into the online registration form. If paying by check, please mail the check to: Financial & Registration Services, Castleton University, 62 Alumni Drive, Castleton, VT 05753. To help us ensure that your payment is applied to the correct course, PLEASE WRITE “CFS” IN THE CHECK MEMO LINE. Thank you.

Course Description

This course thoughtfully introduces and thoroughly explores Pinterest as an effective technology tool that enhances student learning and multi-faceted professional development resource to create effective professional learning networks. Students in this course will learn how and why to categorizing resources helps them see connections and well as develop and refine their ideas.  Pinterest boards customize professional development, resources organization, lesson plan development and more! 

 Course Objectives/Goals

  • Create activities that incorporate highly dynamic instructional techniques into the classroom
  • Create lessons and activities that will promote interactive learning
  • Use collaborative tools within Pinterest to find new lessons and activities
  • Explore and actively engage in the use of Pinterest and its use in education.
  • Create and develop a methodology of communicating with other educational professionals to share classroom activities, lesson plans, resources, concerns, and philosophies, using social networking tools focused on Pinterest.
  • Explore and identify how Pinterest is transforming educators and critically evaluate the growth of Pinterest among educators.
  • Analyze considerations of Pinterest for classroom use by creating, designing, and developing appropriate lessons incorporating the use of Pinterest.
  • Identify and evaluate how Pinterest can support a collaborative teaching environment and collaborative tool for learning.
  • Discover and explore educational resources and organizations dedicated to the future of education.

Course Expectations

Course Outline (includes projects, discussion boards)

Module 1: (10 hours)

  • Review Syllabus
  • Definition of important and key terms
  • Create a Pinterest account using an appropriate username and avatar and follow instructor on    You can click through on "Join Now" on this link.  You can choose to use your professional or personal email.  The trick is you have to select several interests or items of interest before you get into the "meat" of Pinterest to create your first "board" and pin.  
  • If you really want to get fancy already in this course you can "follow" me :) (you will be required to later, just for practice ) -  

Discussion Board Module 1:

  • Introduce yourself!  Please post a brief introduction, educational experience, and experience with  UPDATE Avatar picture in Canvas account.  Respond to 2 other students 
  • Brainstorm at least 2 areas you would like to focus/learn/be “pin”spired.  Post in board.
  • Create at least 4boards (personal and professional!) If you are already an avid user of Pinterest, create at least 4 NEW boards! 
  • Respond to at least two students as well.  

Module 2: (8 hours)

  • Reflect on creating and developing a professional learning network (PLN) within Pinterest.  (see Discussion Board article)
  • Collaborate with other educators within the Pinterest environment while learning how to pin, share, and search for educationally related information.  For example:  Here is a board to follow for Vocabulary Activities: Research and find at least 3new specific educators/topics/educational resources and experts to follow.  
  • It's clean up and organization time!  Take 1-2 hours to re-name/re-classify/delete/add boards and pins as necessary.  
  • Watch the following Prezi on 25 ways to use Pinterest in the classroom:

Discussion Board Module 2:

Read the following article concerning Pinterest for Educators:  The author cites major concepts of using Pinterest for educators such as:  Curating Content, Brainstorming, Engaging Students, Conference Summaries, and Teaching Copyright and Digital Citizenship.  Choose one of these concepts and reflect in 2-3 brief paragraphs.  Respond to at least two students as well.  

 Module 3:  (10 hours)

  •   Discover uses for activities to usePinterest with students and how these activities relate to the learning process in the classroom. Links are below--
  •  All about "boards" Procedures and creating "Secret Boards" inPinterest.  Review the following procedures  
  •  More information about secret boards:  
  •  Your challenge for the module:  Share 2 lesson plans from materials obtained from others onPinterest and begin to learn to make your own pins on Pinterest to share on your boards (for the final discussion forum) 

Suggested Uses for Classroom/Teachers - as continued from above.  

  • Find, Pin and Share Classroom Design Resources
  • Find, Pin and Share Lesson Plan Ideas
  • Find, Pin and Share Inspiration for Teachers
  • Find, Pin and Share Great Articles andBlogs About Teaching
  • Find, Pin and Share Great Examples of your Content in the World
  • Find, Pin and Share Great Writing about Your Content
  • Find, Pin and Share Resources for Specific Lessons and Units
  • Find, Pin and Share Content that will Engage Students and Parents
  • Pin and Share Examples of the Learning that Goes on in Your Classroom
  • Find, Pin and Share Brainteasers, Writing Prompts, Brain Breaks, Ice Breakers, and Effective Teaching Strategies

Discussion Board Module 3: 

Share 2 lesson plans from materials obtained from others on Pinterest and begin to learn to make your own pins on Pinterest to share on your boards (for the final discussion forum) Today’s challenge is to look at the options in a curation (organization) and collaboration tool like Pinterest and reflect on how you could use this resource to enhance lesson planning and professional collaboration.  Share those reflections in the discussion board and if you have another great organization or collaboration tool please feel free to add it to your comments as well.   Commenting on others responses is a great way to share ideas and make educational connections, just remember that “active participation” is more than just an “attaboy” for someone else.  Enjoy!  Please respond to at least two students.

 Module 4:  (10 hours)

  •   Create a summary of the text/literature/ideas/learning found on Pinterest and how move forward to maintain professional learning.  Summary of learning should be approximately 3-4 paragraphs.  All projects should be linked to national or state frameworks (if applicable).  Final Project and original authored pin posted.  Projects need to be specifically adapted for participant’s grade level. 
  •  You are going to be the AUTHOR/CURATOR of a pin on Pinterest!  Add/Edit or delete a pin directions - and upload your own pictures to Pinterest:  
  • Pinterest option for immediate pinning on Chrome toolbar.  Pinterest save button for Chrome. Here is the link to the chrome 


 Final Project and Summary of Learning.  

Putting It All Together/Final Project (7 hours)

  • Create a Summary of Learning (see below explanation) and how Pinterest will enhance your PLN. 
  • Post your Pinterest Summary of Learning on the discussion board
  • Post your originally authored pin and post on discussion board.


  • Create a summary of the text/literature/ideas/learning found on Pinterest and how move forward to maintain professional learning.  Summary of learning should be approximately 6-8 paragraphs.  All projects should be linked to national or state frameworks.  Final Project and original authored pin posted.  Projects must be specifically adapted for participant’s grade level. 

 Standards Addressed:

This course will apply the National Educational Technology Standards (NETS), the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS), and the Vermont Core Teaching Standards. 

 Vermont Core Teaching Standards:

Standard 2: Learning Differences

Standard 3: Learning Environment

Standard 4: Content Knowledge

Standard 5: Application Content

Standard 7: Planning for Instruction

Standard 8: Instructional Strategies

Standard 9: Professional Learning Practice

Standard 10: Leadership and Collaboration


  1. Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity
  2. Design and Develop Digital-Age Learning Experiences and Assessments
  3. Model Digital-Age Work and Learning
  4. Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility
  5. Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership


  1. Teachers are Committed to Students and their Learning
  2. Teachers Know the Subjects they teach and How to teach those Subjects to Students
  3. Teachers are responsible for Managing and Monitoring Student Learning.
  4. Teachers Think Systematically about their Practice and Learn from the Experience.
  5. Teachers are Members of Learning Communities.


  • Completion of four weekly modules using the Canvas learning management system through Castleton University is mandatory (module assignments and due dates/times outlined on Canvas course home page). It is expected that you will spend approximately 3 hours per week engaging in course content. You may log in at any time of the day or night to complete assignment
  • Completion of the final project and summary of learning.
  • Discussion Boards (see below for expectations)


  • The discussion board is a crucial part of this class. Not only will you be asked to respond to a weekly question, but you will also need to read and respond to others to fully benefit from this learning experience.
  • Stay on task and answer the question being addressed
  • Be respectful and polite at all times when responding to your fellow classmates even if you do not share the same opinion
  • Read all posts so you do not repeat what someone else has written
  • No cursing
  • Please be thoughtful and use complete sentences.
  • All discussion comments should be made before the start of the next Module.
  • Make sure you check the discussion later in the week to see what other’s said about your comments

 Evaluation: (Please refer to rubrics)

Class Participation Weekly Forums (Discussion Rubric)                                 40%

Pinterest Board – instructor will follow (Learning Activity Rubric)                  40%

Summative written evaluation/summary of learning (Final Project)               20%


90%-100% = A

80% - 90% = B

70% - 80% = C

60% - 70% = D

59% and below = F

For Additional Course Information

Jennifer Hair
(816) 225-9338

For Additional Registration Information:

Bethany Sprague

(802) 468-1325

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