Educators flock to Pinterest: Iowa’s AEAs create clearinghouse on popular social media site

imagesWhile most people think of the popular social media site Pinterest as a place only for recipes and do-it-yourself crafts, it’s fast becoming a clearinghouse for busy educators looking for classroom resources. According to a recent article published by Edutopia, over 500,000 education pins are added daily to the site, which boosts 48.7 million users each month. The site allows educators to share ideas with one another on everything from classroom management to hands-on experiments.

In response to educator interest, Iowa’s Area Education Agencies (AEAs) have launched a statewide Pinterest site, http://pinterest.com/iowaaea/. The site is a collaborative project of Iowa’s nine AEAs and is maintained by AEA consultants from all over the state who specialize in different curriculum and instructional areas. The nearly 40 pinning boards provide a visual, dynamic forum, which informs parents, educators and school administrators about AEA programs and resources, as well as other quality, credible ideas relating to education.

Items posted to the site are reviewed by AEA staff with the intention of providing participants with quality ideas that can be used in the classroom and beyond. Specific boards include topics such as bullying prevention, career and technical education, digital citizenship, fine arts, online learning and more. Parents, and even those without children in school, are encouraged to check out the site to learn more about best practices in education.

For more information, contact the communications department at your local AEA.

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