A Pinteresting way to engage your school community

imgres-1This year, our school (St Thomas More Primary) has tried to engage our community in a variety of ways. As a Mum, Pinterest has been an engaging, accessible and effective way to find information, source ideas and connect with like minded people. Pinterest has allowed its users to capture key ideas and concepts and store them in a space that they can share with others. Personally, I have used Pinterest to archive anything from Fathers’ Day ideas, to renovation photos and great lessons for school. Its a simple way to visualise, categorise and share resources that I love. It helps me keep things in one place, and yet, I can access it from anywhere. This is a fabulous idea for a new Mum who can’t remember where she put her keys….

In the past I used Delicious to tag online resources and bundle them together. Since the re-branding and sad demise of the ‘old’ delicious, Pinterest has risen to be a valuable tool for many people, in many situations. As a school, we value engaging our community in learning. We value working with them to support them as parents and co-educators in the lives of our children. As a school, we decided to create our own school Pinterest account, with boards that store resources, ideas, information and great ideas. This is a place that we hope to grow with our community. We hope that teachers, parents and children will submit websites for us to pin and share with our community. There are already so many parents using Pinterest for their own interests, and we hope that our school board will help connect with our parents on a new level.

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Our Pinterest boards include:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Special Needs
  • Parenting Tips
  • Cybersafety
  • Restorative Practices and Relationships
  • Technology and Apps
  • Learning Links
  • Inspirational Videos

To view and follow our St Thomas More Primary School Pinterest Page, visit the link here.

If your school is using Pinterest to engage your community, I would love to hear from you!

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About Kate Korber

I'm a passionate educator who loves helping teachers and parents understand how to engage our students in this digital world. I'm also a new Mum who is learning to tackle the everyday challenges of learning to be a parent of a beautiful baby girl. In this blog, I share stories of mayhem, milestones and fabulous finds from the mouths of Mothers!
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