Working through the topic of digital information I found the readings and lecture very relevant to me both now and as a pre-service teacher. It opened my eyes to the large amount of ways we can retrieve information online and digitally. It also showed me how to ensure reliability and validity of sources, and the importance of teaching this to children. It was not hard to see a natural connection between computers and education. As stated in Resnick (n.d., p.32) “because education is associated with information and computers are associated with information, the two seem to make a perfect marriage”.
One digital information resource I found to be most useful in a classroom setting was Pinterest. Working as an aide in a public school, I had heard the wonders of Pinterest many times before however prior to this week’s tasks, I had never used it. Needless to say, I have since discovered what a valuable resource Pinterest is to teachers specifically. I found Pinterest to be a very simple tool to use and creating a profile was a quick and easy process.
From exploring Pinterest and various other online resource tools, I have begun to understand how these tools can influence and improve teaching strategies and pedagogies. I examined Pinterest specifically and was able to list multiple ways in which this one form of digital information can impact in the classroom.
- Accumulation of resources- From the variety of links, videos, images and ideas that can be found on Pinterest it allows educators to create a type of resource board for themselves and their students and allows them to share these ideas with colleagues quickly and easily (Wells, 2012)
- Teachers can use Pinterest as a tool in the classroom with students in order to engage and build their skills. Teachers could get students to set up boards for projects, or portfolios (Heike, 2012)
- Pinterest has the option to set up collaborative boards, and allows multiple users to contribute to the group brainstorming and idea collections (Heike, 2012)
- As a tool to teach copyright and digital citizenship (Wells, 2012)
Through the use of Pinterest in such a way, it allows teachers to access a wide variety of teaching options and strategies, and when used in conjunction with nanotechnological resources, allows teachers to create a resource collection that is varied and caters to multiple learning styles to best assist students in reaching each learning objective (Bitter & Legacy, 2008). It allows benefits to all types of learners by allowing access to information “through visual, auditory and kinaesthetic sensory inputs” (Gage, 2006, p. 17).
Bitter, G., Legacy, J. (2008). Planning and developing technology-rich instruction. In Using technology in the classroom (7th ed.) (pp. 162-193). Boston, MA : Pearson.
Gage, J. (2006). Pedagogy. In How to use an interactive whiteboard really effectively in your secondary classroom . London: David Fulton.
Heike, T. (2012) 5 tips for using Pinterest In your classroom. Retrieved October 2, 2014 from http://www.edudemic.com/5-tips-for-using-pinterest-in-your-classroom/
Lion, W. (2008). Information hydrant [Image] Retrieved from https://www.flickr.com/photos/will-lion/2595497078/
Wells, S. (2012). How teachers and educators can use pinterest as a resource in and out of the classroom. Retrieved October 1, 2014 from http://www.stevespanglerscience.com/blog/education-today/how-teachers-and-educators-can-use-pinterest-as-a-resource-in-and-out-of-the-classroom/