EDUO 9129: Pinterest(ing) Communities Advancing Knowledge through Visual Interactions

Instructor: Joe Herz
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Pinterest(ing) Communities: Advancing Knowledge through Visual Interactions supplies teachers with the groundwork necessary to learn, utilize and teach the use of Pinterest to enrich teaching strategies and student learning. Through a series of hands-on assignments, the course guides educators in the use of Pinterest as a community-based tool to gather, curate, collaborate and apply relevant educational content to any discipline and to all learners. Sharing knowledge is key to the development of new ideas and projects. As an online-learning  networking tool Pinterest promotes collaboration skills and critical thinking skills prevalent in Common Core Standards. Pinterest emerges users in diverse social perceptions, addresses the needs of diverse learners and allows new ideas to rapidly flourish. Educational professionals ranging from Pre-School to Post-Secondary are finding exciting ways to use Pinterest’s interface as a student-targeted learning development tool and as professional growth tool.

This course will also provide resources for new users of Pinterest. The resources will help you start using Pinterest, how to organize, categorize and share resources through user-created online Bulletin Boards.

Course Objectives:

1. In this course you will have opportunity to:

  • Explain how Pinterest can be an effective teacher and student technology tool that helps users collect, organize and share online resources.
  • Describe and discuss how Pinterest can be used to supplement Common Core curriculum areas.
  • Understand the place of Pinterest in development of networked collaborative communities that can improve  teaching and student learning.
  • Plan, develop and publish shared educational Pinterest projects. Demonstrate the use and understanding of visual literacy in a product-based lesson plan.

Course Relation to ISTE and CCSS

  • ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education)/ NETS National Technology Standards
    “As technology integration continues to increase in our society, it is paramount that teachers possess the skills and behaviors of digital age professionals. Moving forward, teachers must become comfortable being co-learners with their students and colleagues around the world..”ISTE/NETS Advanced Digital Age Teaching standards and performance indicators:

    1. Facilitate and Inspire Student Learning and Creativity
    2. Design and Develop Digital Age Learning Experiences and Assessments
    3. Model Digital Age Work and Learning
    4. Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibility
    5. Engage in Professional Growth and Leadership

CCSS put a heavy emphasis on how to take advantage of the affordances provided by technology. Students are going to need to know how to use presentation software in their oral presentations.

  • CCSS: English Language Arts – Anchor Standards/College and Career Readiness Anchor Standard for Speaking and Listening
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.2 Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.4 Present information, findings, and supporting evidence such that listeners can follow the line of reasoning and the organization, development, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.5 Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations. Example: ELA-Literacy.SL.5.5 Include multimedia components (e.g., graphics, sound) and visual displays in presentations when appropriate to enhance the development of main ideas or themes.
  • CCSS: English Language Arts – Anchor Standards/College and Career Readiness Anchor Standard for Writing
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.6 Use technology, including the Internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others.
  • CCSS: English Language Arts – Anchor Standards/College and Career Readiness Anchor Standard for Reading
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RH.6-8.7: “Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.”
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.SL.1: “Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.”
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.R.7 Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words


Joe Herz

B.S., M.A. in Educational Technology

K-8 General Ed; K-12 Technology 30+ years.

Site and District Tech Coordinator; Technology Program Planner; Conference Presenter; Author.

“My current educational goal is to aid in the development of effective and responsible technology use by all students and innovative technology implementation by teachers.”

Joe’s personal interests include: Music (guitar/drums), his classic VW bus and helping with local animal rescues.

  • Price: $280
  • 2 Semester Credits/Units

Instructor: Joe Herz

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