Sunday, August 14, 2011

Build a Positive and Powerful PLN via Pinterest by Plumdoodles author, Amanda Plum

Hi there! I am very excited to be a guest blogger on Kleinspiration today! 
Not only is it a wonderful blog, it is written by one of my dearest friends!  :-)

By: Amanda, 1st grade teacher and author of
Please Click Here and visit my Site!

If you’ve read anything in the blogging world lately (and I’m assuming you have, because you’re here!)
you’ve probably heard of Pinterest.

According to the “What is Pinterest?” page located on their website, “Pinterest lets you organize and
share all of the beautiful things you find on the web. People use pinboards to plan their weddings,
decorate their homes, and organize their favorite recipes. Best of all, you can browse pinboards created
by other people. Browsing pinboards is a fun way to discover new things and get inspiration from
people who share your interests.”

And WOW…can you get inspiration! Pinterest is filled with an amazing variety of pinboards, pinned
by an amazing variety of people. At first, I was reluctant to join Pinterest, because I could see it easily
becoming another “time waster” like Facebook and games can sometimes be (Bejeweled, anyone?
). However, I am so glad that I gave it a try, because I have discovered that Pinterest is becoming
an important component of my Personal Learning Network (PLN). It is also helping me to organize
the many great ideas I get from fellow bloggers and websites. Below is a screen shot of some of my
Pinterest boards… feel free to 'follow me' and click here to see my boards!

Expanding my PLN is one of my goals for this school year. I have committed myself to blogging regularly,
connecting with other bloggers, and I plan to explore the benefits of Twitter (at Erin’s request!). I
never imagined that Pinterest would become a way for me to meet and connect with fellow teachers,
but I have been pleasantly surprised! I love that I can follow the pinboards of other teachers, and stay
abreast of the most current trends and ideas in education. It’s also exciting to see other people pinning
ideas that I share on my pinboards. I have been able to connect with other teachers in my county who I
don’t normally get a chance to work with, as well as teachers from across the country who I admire. The
ideas I have gathered are amazing, and I can’t wait to implement many of them in my classroom.

The other major benefit of Pinterest is the organizational aspect. My blog roll is huge, and I come across
so many wonderful ideas on a daily basis that I begin to lose track of them! I have tried starring items
that I would like to use later, saving things to my flash drive, or even immediately printing and filing
the activities. However, no matter how organized I tried to be, I would undoubtedly come across an
awesome Halloween activity on November 1st, or a great silent e activity just as I had moved on to vowel
teams. Pinterest to the rescue! Now when I see a great idea, I click “Pin it” on my toolbar, and then pin
it to the corresponding board. The best part is, you can create as many boards as you’d like – so I have
separate boards for teaching math, Daily 5, classroom d├ęcor…the list goes on and on! I’ve even created
an “I Did It!” board to showcase the Pinterest inspired creations from my DIY board. I feel much more
organized, and when I am looking for a particular activity, all I have to do is click on one of my pinboards
and there it is.

Would you like a Pinterest Invite?

Right now, Pinterest is by invitation only. If you are interested in joining Pinterest or becoming a part of
my PLN, please feel free to email me at I will send you an invitation so you
can get started. Please be sure to click here and follow my blog, and click here to follow me on Pinterest!  Happy pinning!


  1. I love Pinterest!!! Amanda-I'm following you on pinterest, now! Thanks! :)