Pinterest: Sex, Death and (Famous) Monkeys

I have been successful in getting a little bit of internal money to explore some ideas I have had about using pinterest to teach my anthropology class. I have employed a student from the previous cohort (hello Sarah! ) to help me scour the internet looking for the best resources for each topic covered. These will include videos, slideshares, blog posts etc. She has already been very busy and here’s a screenshot of the account so far.


We’re trying to think of creative ways of linking to books on the reading list (would like to link to library catalogue, but no pictures) and also ways of embedding the pinboards into Blackboard. Finally we are thinking about ways of evaluating the impact of the resources on students’ learning, where I’ve successfully used focus groups in the past to look at students’ use of YouTube Playlists, which I see Pinterest continuing and developing upon.

I am sure there are other people thinking about and using Pinterest in their teaching, so I would be (p)interested in hearing from them!

About digitalscholar

I am a sociologist with an interest in new technology. Previously I’ve worked on a number of projects at Lancaster University and the Open University looking at the use of new technologies and social media by researchers. I was also a social sciences teaching fellow at the foundation centre at Durham University teaching sociology and anthropology. I am now a senior lecturer at the University of West London's Institute for Teaching, Innovation and Learning where I oversee the foundation provision and support retention. I'm sure I'll still be interested in, and occasionally blog about, tech related things. I use this blog to post thoughts about using new technologies in my professional academic life and wider thoughts and links relating to technology more generally.
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