Community Engagement: Pinterest
Currently, there are 31 billion searchers on Google every month (in 2006 the number was 2.7 billion); in 2008 there were over 1,000,000,000 internet devices; and currently there is approximately 540,000 words in the English language (five times more than when Shakespeare was around) (Fisch, 2012, Did You Know 3.0). The world of technology is changing and future teachers need to keep up with the changing digital age.
For my professional year of concurrent education, I had the opportunity/privilege of taking a media literacy course. I have been introduced to many great resources and tools I want to use in my career (especially the book Media Literacy in the K-12 Classroom by Frank W. Baker and the Web 2.0 tool Frames). Throughout this course I have gained new knowledge of what media literacy is, teaching media literacy, visual literacy, analyzing advertising, moving images, Web 2.0 tools, digital storytelling, and digital community spaces.
For my final community engagement assignment, I engaged with the digital community space of Pinterest. Pinterest connects users from all over the world and allows them to collaborate and share resources. It is available on any web browser and all work completed is saved on the web and remains there until you remove a board and/or pin by deleting it. Pinterest is a great digital community space for teachers because teachers can utilize ideas on Pinterest to develop/find inspiration in developing activities and lessons; and anything you or someone else posts on Pinterest can be re-pinned by anyone allowing access to an enormous pool of resources.
Here is a screenshot of a Pintrest board I created for my “community engagement” in a digital community space. This board includes ideas and resources for teaching media topics such as digital storytelling, commercial analysis, web 2.0 tools, green screen, and other areas of the Language Arts curriculum strand Media Literacy.
Baker, F. (2012). Media Literacy in the K-12 Classroom.USA: International Society for Technology in
Fisch, K. (Producer). (2012, February 28). Did You Know 3.0 [Web Video]. Retrieved from