The Teacher’s Guide To Pinterest

Pinterest has quickly become one of the biggest ways for teachers to share resources and information short of Twitter. It lets you build ‘boards’ and easily ‘pin’ parts of the web (text, images, videos, websites, etc.) onto those boards. Simple enough, right? Here’s our Teacher’s Guide To Pinterest that gives you a few more ideas about how to properly use Pinterest in an education setting. Enjoy!

A Quick Guide To Pinterest

Do you love to pin? Are you addicted to Pinterest? It’s okay if you are. You’re not alone. In fact, there are plenty of professors out there pinning right along with you. They’re using it to share quotes, lectures, notes, research material, get student or peer critiques, and more.

What follows below is one of the most useful infographics I’ve seen on Pinterest’s role in education. And I’ve seen a lot. One of my favorite parts is toward the bottom where it lists out how exactly different universities are using Pinterest in the classroom (in the appropriately named ‘In The Classroom’ section).

How do you use Pinterest in education? Do you? Will you start using it thanks to this great visual?

professors on pinterest

How Teachers Are Using Pinterest

Pinterest Logo - EducationPinterest is for more than just looking at photos of clothes you want or recipes you love. It’s a powerful tool for teachers around the world.

Thanks to a new infographic from, we now know 16 different ways teachers are using Pinterest for education.

If you’re new to Pinterest and need a quick guide, check this out. If you’d like to see how libraries are using Pinterest, check this article out. Finally, if you want to know why I deleted my Pinterest account, check out this post.

Want a printable version of this infographic? Click here. Otherwise, click the below infographic to enlarge-ify it!
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Ways To Use Pinterest

Social media has brought a revolution in the way we do things, the way we see things, and the way we seek information. It has made us savvier and more aware of things happening around us, and depending on the way you use social media, it can become your trusted confidante or another app you end up wasting tons of time on.

Because social media has also affected the way assignments, research papers, and examination prep is done, students should know how to use it constructively, in such a way that helps them complete these tasks in the best way possible.

One of the most useful, and perhaps the most interesting, applications for students, teachers, and parents is Pinterest. The Pinterest platform is a visual pin board that allows users to pin images from blogs and websites, making it easier for them to refer to these later.

What can parents, students and teachers use Pinterest for? Here are five ways you can effectively use Pinterest for educational purposes:

1. Add subject specific images to use in an assignment or a class discussion

With Pinterest, you can find a Pandora’s Box of information across many different categories. Whether you’re in school, college, or are doing a PhD, Pinterest can be used to find interesting bits of information that can give an edge to your presentation or paper. History, architecture, photography, education, science, art, and technology are just some of the many categories you can use for project research and more. Even if you’re not actively researching for a project, just pin stuff you like for future reference.

2. Find crafts and projects for school

The DIY and Crafts category on Pinterest is a great way to find project ideas for school. Teachers can definitely use this to get ideas for crafts and even parents can get inspiration for summer family projects. You’ll also find many pins for family projects, which parents can make use of to spend some time with their kids and also make room for some much needed family time in their schedules.

3. Get lunch ideas for kids

The Food & Drink and Kids categories offer amazing resources for busy mothers on everything, right from maternity care to even pins for creative lunch ideas.

Kids can be a fussy lot when it comes to food. By using ideas on Pinterest, you can breathe a sigh of relief by using flavor combinations and presentation techniques that your kids will love.

4. Use it to pin infographics

Since the meteoric rise in blog reading and social sharing, infographics have become the perfect way to pack a lot of information in one neat little graphic. You can search for infographics using the Pinterest search bar, or through categories that interest you. The information presented in these infographics can also be used as a reference for assignments and other papers. Make sure you credit them properly, though. Even if you don’t require these for a class assignment, reviewing infographics related to your subjects can provide you with in-depth information that may not be included in your text books.

5. Find new books to read and recommend

The Film, Music, and Books category is a good resource to find books and movies that teachers want to share with their class or parents who are looking for new reading material for their kids. Even students can use this category to find new books to read and share with their friends! You can even create a reading list and set a challenge for your kids or students to read a book in two weeks, or better still, start a reading club with your Pinterest reading list.

The options are limitless. Use social platforms to find information related to subjects you like, to read about prospective schools and university programs, or to connect with a school page on Facebook.

Connect with schools on Twitter or with students who share the same interests. Twitter is also a wonderful resource to find reading and research material. Irrespective of which social network you use, make sure there is some degree of control, both for parents and children. It’s easy to get carried away in doing things that cost you time which can be better invested elsewhere.

Pinterest is about a lot more than fashion and food when it comes to teachers. Here’s a few simple ways teachers can use Pinterest.

Educators who are curious about Pinterest should sign up for an invitation today (it’s still invite only, but it doesn’t take long to get an invitation) and start creating their own amazing collections of pins.

Not sure where to start? Check out some of these great ideas from our content partners at Best Colleges Online on how teachers can use Pinterest.


Pinterest is ideal for getting inspired on a wide range of topics.


You’ll find a wealth of lessons and ideas on Pinterest to look through.


Develop your teaching skills and connect with other professionals using these Pinterest ideas.


Pinterest doesn’t have to be all business. There are fun ways to use it, too!

A Student’s Guide To Pinterest

LinkedIn is typically the go-to social network for finding a job and networking. But the (still) hot Pinterest is quickly becoming something you can’t ignore. Pinterest can act as a showcase and portfolio for graphic design students and artists of course … but it’s useful for nearly all other students as well.

From creating a virtual resume to networking and even finding a job, it’s surprising how some students (and others of course) are leveraging Pinterest. But the key thing to remember for all students young and old is to treat your digital presence as something sacred that you need to monitor, maintain, and update. After all, any employer or teacher or administrator can see exactly what you’re pinning or doing online anytime.

student guide to pinterest

Interesting Pinterest Boards To Check Out

pinterest edudemicPinterest and education go hand in hand. If you haven’t started using the popular social bookmarking site, you may want to give it a try during your break this week. What better time to discover new and exciting resources from teachers, admins, and students around the world?

We try to keep a regular flow of Pinterest boards on Edudemic. As you can see from the article linked above, there’s no shortage of interesting boards you can follow, repin, and learn from. Due to the popularity of the last post on Pinterest, I thought it might be worthwhile to organize the submitted education technology Pinterest boards so you can see them.

Below is a list of all the education technology boards submitted to Edudemic over the past few months. We’ve done our best to go through them and make sure they’re relevant and useful. There are thousands of useful education technology Pinterest boards out there and we’ve only just scratched the surface. Hope you find some of these boards useful!

Want to add your Pinterest board to the list? We’ll do another roundup in a few months so get your board recognized now by sharing a link to it down in the comments of this post. Thanks! -Jeff

The 20+ Education Technology Pinterest Boards

I thought it might be fun to take a screenshot of what some of the boards look like at the time of this writing. Since many of the boards are similar in content and scope, I didn’t want to repeat myself repeat myself (ha ha?). Enjoy!

(Click the title or image to view that particular Pinterest board)

F-I-T In Class

education technology pinterest boards


Stanford EdTech

Maintained by the Office of Innovation & Technology. They engage in research, design, implementation, and evaluation of all resources relevant to academic innovation and technology and ensures such resources are positioned and optimized to best support and enhance academic activities and business functions of all members of the SUSE community.


Alan Natachu



The NWESD provides administrative and educational support services to 35 public school districts in the region.



Our Pinterest, LEARN (Local Education and Resource Networks) at boards for engaging families and communities in early childhood education, a board which focuses on transitioning into kindergarten, and one to support early learning professionals. Of course, we have the board Just for the (Educational) fun of it, which is well, full of fun (but educational!) stuff!


Fiske Class

Join the Fiske class for our first year with 1:1 iPads in middle school. Check out for more info.

Elizabeth Eastman


Every Word Counts

Self-confessed word nerd, grammar geek, avid typo spotter & language lover. Visit or join me at My boards are all about words: grammar tips, puns, funny typos, brain teasers, unusual bookshelves, nerdy quirks, alphabets, book clubs… and lots more!


Lucian Curator

Lucian is father, teacher and social media curator who want to implement Curation Restart Education Project Follow @LucianeCurator – Lucian pins #curation #socialmedia #elearning #mlearning and more #education


Stella Maris Martino

Teacher of English as a Foreign Language in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Zane Education

Zane provides online visual learning using subtitled education video, quizzes, study tools & lesson plans for 11 curriculum subjects for teachers, homeschool, students, kids with Special Needs & ESL.

Janet Corder



Ariana Amorim

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Lauren Griffin


Nicole Seipel




Education & Ed Tech

All things related to teaching, schools, and technology in the schools. My Education and Ed Tech board is @ Stop by and grab some pins!

Education 21st… AR & Mobile Learning… but more than that!

Learn, Teach, Share and Grow

Yvonne Dixon

My pinterest account is all about Design and Technology from 3D printing to lamp design. It has just loads and loads of pins. I love it. Product Design teacher for GCSE and A Level and Curriculum Leader for Design Technology.

Learning/Teaching Metaphors

What do yours say about your practice? What do these metaphors tell us about our beliefs on learning, teaching, learners, teachers, and the state of training and development today?

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How Homeschoolers Are Using Pinterest

Pinterest logoPinterest has proven itself to be a valuable tool for so many people: photographers, designers, craft artists, wedding planners, moms, and more. It’s a great place to discover interesting ideas, organize your thoughts, and pin down resources that otherwise might get lost in the shuffle.

Homeschooling parents make up another group that benefits greatly from Pinterest, as they share unit studies, school room inspiration, and fun classroom project ideas. Read on to learn more about how homeschoolers are finding value in Pinterest, and some of the interesting ways they’re putting the site to work in the home classroom


Whether you’re connecting with a homeschool family at your church down the street or through Pinterest in another state, social interaction and sharing is a fun way to enrich homeschooling. These are a few of the ways Pinterest makes that easier.

Join homeschool groups
Homeschool communities are coming together to create collaborative boards with writing activities, classroom ideas, books, things to order and more, all put on Pinterest to share with the group and anyone else who wants to follow along.

Laugh about homeschooling
Connect with other homeschoolers on Pinterest to find humorous pins that will keep you going with a smile on your face.

Get feedback
Share ideas and resources from your homeschool classroom, curriculum, and more to find out what other homeschoolers think about what you’re doing, and maybe even find ways to improve it.

Connect with similar homeschoolers
Stay on Pinterest long enough, and you’re bound to run into others with similar ideas for homeschooling that you can collaborate and connect with.

See what homeschool looks like at someone else’s home
Satisfy your curiosity for finding out what kind of homeschool experience other families are enjoying.

Find encouragement
Search for homeschool resources on Pinterest, and you’re certain to find small pieces of encouragement to remind you why your job as a homeschooler is so important.


Spend any amount of time on Pinterest and you’re bound to be flabbergasted by the sheer amount of inspiration and valuable resources you can find on the site. These are great ways homeschoolers can gather resources through Pinterest.

Find studying cheat sheets
Use Pinterest to discover great sheets of information on lots of different subjects.

Resource gathering for presentations
Kids can use Pinterest to find ideas and photos to use in presentations.

Discovering lessons
At some point, the question of what to teach can be a problem for homeschoolers, but Pinterest offers endless ideas for lessons that you can try with your kids.

Get your kids out of the house
Use Pinterest to find outdoor nature ideas to use on a nice day, and burn off some energy in the backyard or park.

Find educational videos
Check out Pinterest to easily locate great videos that you can use in your home classroom.

Find the best photos for your lessons
Quickly and easily locate high-quality and inspiring photos to use in homeschooling lessons through Pinterest.

Gather free resources
Find homeschool freebies, free learning resources, printables, and much more on Pinterest.

Track homeschool-friendly activities
Find out about your city’s activities at the zoo, special events, find classes at the history and science museum, and more.

Locating printables
Printable games, work projects, and more are coming out in droves on Pinterest, and you can quickly find and organize them with the site.


As a visual bookmarking site, Pinterest is an organizer’s dream. Here are just a few of the ways homeschoolers can get organized with Pinterest.

Taming the magazine pile
If you have homeschool and craft magazines clogging up your classroom, you can photograph and pin your favorite ideas to save and organize them, and then dispose of the magazines without guilt or anxiety.

Avoiding distraction
Distracted mama brain can leave you paralyzed, but with Pinterest, you can just pin resources that you come across and check it out later.

Save holiday activities for the future
If you’re months away from Christmas, but found some really great ornament crafts to try out in the classroom, you can pin them to a holiday-specific board, and they’ll be right there waiting for you when the holiday comes around again.

Organized resources
The Internet is full of worksheets, craft ideas, educational games, and more, and with Pinterest, you can keep them all in neat and highly visual organized bookmarks.

Inventory your books
Save your library to Pinterest, and your kids can visually browse all of the books you have whether they’re near the bookcase or not. They can even add comments to the pin and repin them to boards for units or favorite novels.

Easy access to bookmarks
Homeschooling parents who once had thousands upon thousands of text bookmarks can now use Pinterest instead, browsing them in a fun and visual way.

Streamlining weekly lesson planning
Planning lessons can take a lot of time each week, but homeschool parents who have used Pinterest to pin to theme boards have been able to cut out hours of planning time.


Pinterest isn’t just a great tool for teaching parents; it’s perfect for students as well. See how students can take on Pinterest assignments.

Showcase outstanding work
If your child has done some particularly impressive schoolwork, pin it to a special board to let them know you really appreciate their effort and hard work.

Create collages
As a kid, you probably made collages from magazine pages and mod podged them to a poster board, but your kids can create collages on Pinterest instead.

Kids can create lapbooks on Pinterest, collecting great resources on a single subject to supplement their curriculum.

Family challenges
Lots of Pinterest users gather, gather, and gather some more, but never actually put all of the great ideas they’ve found to work. You can make it a homeschool challenge for each child (and you) to take on at least one great idea from Pinterest each week.

Save your sanity on a rainy day
If you can’t make it outside, but the natives are getting restless, turn to your pins for fun and educational ideas, or quickly browse to find new ideas to put to work right away.

Turn kids into curators
Pinterest is so easy, even younger kids can use it. Help students create Pinterest boards for their favorite things, like animals or even paper dolls.

Our Final Tips For Using Pinterest In The Classroom

Pinterest has taken off in the past few months. According to a Shareholic study, it exceeds reddit, Google+, Linkedin, and YouTube as a referral source. It may seem as though everyone you know is Pinning something to the online bulletin boards to share their favorite articles, collections, and items available online. This is a great social networking tool that you can use for educational purposes, whether you are a teacher or a student. This tool can make it possible to create boards for specific projects and to collect and share lesson resources.

Visit the Education Category

One of the easiest ways to begin using Pinterest for education is to visit the education category page on the site. This allows you to browse boards that other members have created on a variety of educational topics. As you browse you may find boards that cover the material you are already looking for and you can link to them as an additional resource for your class or lesson planning.

Creating your Own Boards

Another option is to use this as an organizational tool for the information that you find online that you can use in the classroom. It is easy to Pin the site you find to a board on the right topic so that you can access the information when you need it. One of the problems with bookmarks is that it is too easy for them to become disorganized, and you may spend a lot of wasted time sifting through them all. The Pinterest format also provides a nice visual so that you can remember what the site was about and quickly find the source that you are looking for.

Providing Reading Lists and Additional Resources

College professors have begun to use Pinterest as a place to post their syllabus, as well as additional resources for the classes. One example of this is Steven Bickmore’s Pinterest boards. He teaches English, and has several boards dedicated to specific classes or focus groups. One example looks at his reading for one class, while another looks at literary theory.

Finding Projects and Supplemental Material

Parents can also use the information they find on Pinterest to supplement the school projects and learning that their students are doing in school. A quick search on science projects bring up a wide variety of Pins that have several links to ideas for projects as well as resources to get organized. As you find what you like, you can add it to your Pins, so that you can easily find and access the information again. Parents who homeschool can make the same use of the resources, and take advantage of the research done by other homeschoolers to make completing projects much easier.

Students Using It to Track Research

Another possible use is to have your students create boards dedicated to research projects. This is a great way for students who are working on group projects to share resources remotely and then generate discussion based on the research that was completed. The research is easy to use and share, and the visual appeal of Pinterest will make it easier for students to organize the information they collect.