I decided that I should put my money where my mouth is, so this summer I’ll be using a new technology for a class I’m teaching. I’ll be using Pinterest as a visual resource for the topics we’ll be covering in class. I made two videos that cover how I plan on using Pinterest and how you can too.
Forgive the ridiculous picture, it was a part of my thesis, and it seemed to fit. For my summer media communications class we are looking into how technology has changed various forms of communication. The topics include:
- How do we collaborate/communicate in class this summer
- How has social media changed the political landscape and empowered citizens to act.
- Books, Newspapers and Comic Books: Ink to Pixels
- TV and Movies: Diversity in Viewing Habits
I plan to have the students create blogs on WordPress.com and then post on these subjects after they have gone over the material I present. We will be using WordPress, Pinterest, and Twitter for the class. There will be no book, just media that I have collected along with a video lecture I will produce. I have been dying to try and create an iBook using Apple’s new software, but that will have to wait for a Fall class I’m teaching.
For example, for the political section of the class we will be focusing on how new media has helped groups speak out and allow their voices to be heard on a global scale. I have quite a bit of material for that and have added some of the content below.
Clay Shirky: How social media can make history
Clay Shirky: How cellphones, Twitter, Facebook can make history
Clay Shirky on what the government needs to know abut social media
Why the revolution will not be tweeted.
by Malcolm Gladwell
The Political Power of Social Media
I’m excited about the class and am looking forward to sharing the experience with you on the blog. I will be posting weekly to detail how I am using the technologies and materials I have outlined above.
I plan on using Pinterest in a summer mini I’m teaching and am looking forward to using such a “new” tool in the class. I’ll be sure to post often about how its working in the class.
Is anyone else using Pinterest in the classroom? If so, how?
Other Post About Pinterest.
Well the change to Pinterest’s usage policy changed almost as fast as the site is growing. I’ve posted some articles about Pinterest and how their usage and copyright policies had made many people worried, to the point of deleting their accounts. The first article I read on the topic was from Jeff Dunn over at EDUDEMIC titled, “The Reason I Just Deleted My Pinterest Account“. After that a series of articles around the web started talking about Pinterest’s usage policies.
The fantastic thing is that they listened to their users. They saw there was a problem and tried to fix it. The new policy is a work in progress as a I believe it will change again as the site evolves. But the main concern, that users can be sued for pinning someones copyrighted work without citation, has been “fixed”. What will happen now is similar to what occurs on YouTube when a user posts copyrighted material. The user gets an email from YouTube, the video gets pulled, no harm, no foul. YouTube has the luxury of having an amazing system in place for determining if a uploaded file has copyrighted material in it, Pinterest will rely on a copyright holder contacting them with a complaint. If you have to many complaints and pulled images, your account gets canceled.
But will that happen. Will a print maker or photographer file a complaint. If a user downloads someones image and manipulates it and tries to pass it off as theirs, I would think so. But it would seem to me that like Facebook, artists and business can only be helped with millions of people looking at pictures that link back to their sites. I have bought 2 products and 1 poster from images I have re-pinned since I started using Pinterest. As long as the pinner isn’t saying they created the work or change it, why would an artist or business not want the free advertising?
Below are some great articles on the changes of Pinterest’s new policy. One of interest is an update from Jeff Dunn where he states he will start using Pinterest again, reversing his stance after that first article last month.
I have to start off by saying that I’m starting to get addicted to Pinterest I’m a very visual person and Pinterest is all about the visuals. In a previous post I posted videos on how to set up an account and how to use Pinterest. Since then I usually take a portion of the day to explore the site for interesting images that lead to interesting sites. There is a large and diverse educational presence on Pinterest and I have found some interesting tech and ideas I plan on posting about in the future. Teachers are using it to find information, but they are also using it in their classes.
This post was going to be based on that topic, teachers using Pinterest in the classroom. But in doing research I came across some articles at The Daily Dot blog that talked about some troubling legal issue that may plague Pinterest and its users. In short, since you, the user are “pinning” images from sites that do not belong to you on your board, you could be held libel for copyright infringement. Pinterest’s site claims that if this happens, you are on your own. Yes, I’m paraphrasing, but that’s the gist of it. I am of course not a lawyer, nor do I play one on TV.
Am I going to stop pinning, most likely not. I believe that all sites that revolve around sharing on the web have a period where their guidelines are finding their way towards what will make content owners and users of the service happy. So look for more articles on how you can use Pinterest in your classroom.
I have collected a number of excellent articles on this issue below. What are your thoughts on Pinterest?
One of the first articles on the subject
A follow up from the above article
My Pinterest Boards – Growing Daily
I’ve been hearing a lot about Pinterest. Its not necessarily new, but it has been gaining a lot of momentum the past few months.
So what’s the site due? (From Pinterest Site)
Pinterest is a Virtual Pinboard.
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.
So basically its a very visual way of organizing things you like and are interested. You see a image on a blog of an interesting watch, you can pin it and it shows up on the watch “board” you created on Pinterest. It’s a little easier to see than explain, I think because its so visual and easy to use.
I did just see a really interesting article at the Edudemic Blog titled, “The Reason I Just Deleted My Pinterest Account”. It’s actually making me rethink using the site, it sites copyright issues that could arise when collecting sites and images of interest to you. As I said, the site is relatively new, and most social networking sites that revolve around sharing copyrighted materials have gone through this type of legal growth/limbo. It’s a very interesting article and like most things on Edudemic.
I put together a series of videos that shows how to setup a Pinterest account and how to populate it, they can be viewed below.