Evaluation Matrix: Pinterest

Name of teaching resource

Pinterest

Weblink (if web based)

https://www.pinterest.com/M155Bruce/sample-board-bees/

Who should this digital teaching resource be used with? (ie year/grade)

Year 1

How should it be used? (e.g. individual, whole class)

Small group work, flexible to children’s interests and input as to how they would prefer to extend their learning.

Which subject or learning area would it be most appropriate to use in?

Pinterest is most appropriate for the creative arts, being a highly visual tool itself it can essentially be used as the modern digitalised version of a visual arts and process diary.

Identify the strengths of this teaching resource

Pinterest is engaging because it is so visually based.

It has an enormous range of content available, with the capability to pin things from any website.

Pinterest manages to subdue the effects of content overload with its aesthetically appealing layout and user friendly interface.
Pinterest is free to use for non business purposes, making it more accessible than some other “Freemium” (Flintoff, Mellow, Pickett Clark, 2014) software.

Identify any weaknesses of this teaching resource

Pinterest has less filtering than tools such as Scoop.It to ensure reliability of content.
Many pins link to external websites that may have inappropriate content.
Whilst the visual layout does help, there is still an element of content overload when using Pinterest which can result in distractions for students

Explain any ideas you may have for further use of this teaching resource

Whilst I think that my use for Pinterest displayed with the above hyperlinked board would be a fun way to empower children’s sense of autonomy and responsibility in their education whilst learning through digital media, I believe that the best use for Pinterest in schools would be as a visual project planning tool that students can use when sourcing inspiration for creatively based projects and then hyperlink to their own digital portfolios

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