Community Engagement: Pinterest

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



Sandbox #3: Facebook

Sandbox #3 – Facebook

Access, Use & Share

Where and how do you access?

          Access: on the web

          It is an online social networking service

          Information is stored on a server

Do you download?

          No, but you can download information to a zip file

Where does it save?

          Destination Drive Folder

          Can save the zip file wherever you want

What are some considerations for accessing?

          Need to register with this site before accessing it

Who can access or use it?

          Anyone who claims to be at least 13 years old

What does it do?

          Create a personal profile

          Add other users as friends

          Exchange messages

          Receive automatic notifications when you update your profile

When could you use it?

          Getting latest valuable new and information

          Connecting with people

          Learning about different people around the world

For what purpose?


          Educational (Minds on – scroll news feeds for news articles to read to the class)

How do you share?

          We can also use Facebook as social bookmarking site.  You can share our article, blogs , photo’s etc to thousands of people

Create & Collaborate

What does it do?

          Users may join common-interest groups organized by workplace, school, or other characteristics

How easy or intuitive is it?

          Very intuitive (mindful of how you use it)

          Changing account setting is a little more challenging

Where can you post/share?

          On friends walls or your own wall

What are considerations for student use?

          Students can use Facebook for group study by creating a group only for studying

          There you can share any information about your projects , homework , assignments , exams , due date etc.

How does it support collaboration?

          People are able to join groups

          Private messaging

          Wall posting

Analyze & Reflect

How is it applicable to education?

           Supports online classroom discussions, providing an online interface that many learners are familiar with

Where would you use it?

           Minds on

          If you want to connect your students to other students around the world (e.g. during my placement there was a little girl in another school who is dying and we connected with her over Facebook and sent her Christmas ornaments for her tree)

What steps would you take to integrate it?

          When developing an online discussion forum as part of a course, the following issues are particularly important:

          Assessment strategy

          Instructor participation

          Subject matter

          Understanding the medium

          User interface

How could you introduce it?

          During minds on

Practice Social Responsibility

Personal or professional uses?

          Personal use

          Companies and different groups may want to use it for professional use, but I think it is better suited for personal use

For what purpose/audience?

          ‘Collaborative’ learning opportunities

          Improved learner engagement

          Enhanced student–faculty contact

          Encouragement of active learning

What resources/supports are available?

          Can upload videos, photos, new articles, pdf. documents

Will you use it; sigh up of open an account?  Why or why not?

          Yes, I do have a Facebook, I use it for educational purposes to connect with my peers during teachers college and my AT while I was on placement, and I use it for personal connections

How does it respond to social justice issues?

          You can subpoena someone

          Can “block” a person/user

          Can “report” photos or messages


          Fake profile is one of the biggest disadvantage of Facebook. Now it is easier to create fake profile with a stolen picture. People often use fake profile to insult or harass someone they don’t like. (Teen girls are more vulnerable to these activities. There are news found that many girls are mentally depressed or committed suicide after being harassed in Facebook)

          There are plenty of groups and Fan pages out there which are being created to abuse or violate other religion, personalities , nation etc. This kind of racist disgusting activities is not acceptable in a global site like Facebook. Facebook administrator should take necessary steps against all of these abusing groups & pages.

Top 10 Benefits and Skills of Media and Digital Literacy for Students

My new journey began two weeks ago; the journey of becoming familiar with media and digital literacy.  I had never heard of these terms until two weeks ago!  You may ask, “Why on earth would you take a special topic course in media literacy if you know nothing about it?”  Well, because I feel with being a future teacher in the 21st Century, it will be mandatory to have good knowledge, understanding and application of technologies in my classroom.  Who knows, maybe I’ll end up teaching in the mountains of British Colombia, the Hill Tribes in Northern Thailand, or in the richest part of Abu Dhabi – either way, I know that learning about media and digital literacy will not be wasted!

Over a few class sessions I was able to compile a list of what I consider to be the top 10 benefits and skills of media and digital literacy for students based off articles we read, the text books, and some video clips (see list below).

Top 10 Benefits and Skills of Media and Digital Literacy for Students

10. Creative Collaboration

9. Self-Directed Learning

8. Analyse (understand, examine, apply) and Create

7. Critical Thinking and Evaluation

6. Inquiry Model of Learning

5. Provides an opportunity for integrating all subject areas

4. Differentiated learning models are available for all students

3. Building bridges between classroom and culture

2. Closing the gap between classroom and culture by making the information relevant

1. Promoting lifelong learning

I am excited to continue with this course, I have already learned so much.  I look forward to furthering my knowledge in what media and digital literacy can provide to the student AND the teacher.

This video (media rich element) is the final piece of a culminating creative project I did for the class Aboriginal Education.  For this project I used technology to turn a children’s Aboriginal picture book into a non-traditional Readers Theater video.  Technology provided me an opportunity for integrating different subject areas: Language Arts, The Arts, as well as Aboriginal Education.

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