Pinterest – Evaluation Matrix

Name of teaching resource

Pinterest.

Weblink (if web based)

https://www.pinterest.com/emma_rox_ur_sox/spelling-grade-four/

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

Grade four.

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

Whole class. Pinterest may act as a template for lesson structures and ideas.

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

Spelling.

Identify the strengths of this teaching resource

·         Provides a source of inspiration for lesson planning, providing fun and interactive ideas.

·         Easy to navigate and search for appropriate pins.

·         Structured boards to store saved pins in a readily accessible file.

·         Provides a network for teachers, allowing educators to swap ideas. (Singer, 2014). This may help keep lessons new and interesting, assisting in engagement and motivation.

·         Able to collate variety of information.

·         Fun and engaging ideas and presentation for students.

·         There is a large variety of different topics on Pinterest, categorised accordingly to ensure efficiency.

Identify any weaknesses of this teaching resource

·         As it is not an academic site, teachers must be vigilant when choosing dependable sources.

·         Web-based, limiting access to internet users.

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

·         It can be used as an aid for students with individual research assignments. Teachers can pin appropriate posts to an allocated board, allowing the students to have access to readily available sites and information. This allows them to work independently, whilst we ensure they are learning from reliable sources.

·         Students could create their own boards on Pinterest, relevant to a topic chosen by the teacher.

References

Singer, G. (2014). Five top tips on using Pinterest for Primary School Teachers. Retrieved from http://www.theguardian.com/teacher-network/teacher-blog/2014/mar/13/top-tips-pinterest-primary-school-teachers

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