[INFOGRAPHIC] The Shift to Visual Social Media

Over the last year or so, the visual has really taken off online (with increasing access via mobile phones, apps that allow filtering and sharing, and increasing data bundles meaning less worry about uploads/downloads). An interesting related infographic:

The Visual Online


Children’s Drawings & Pinterest? #TFBloggers


So, I’ve an idea. We want to get those in the village to give us their stories, right? Digital technology has given us lots of possibilities – and maybe I need to find an app for my iPad that allows the kids to draw straight onto it… now there’s a thought, but was also thinking that if I took pens/papers (although apparently parents don’t appreciate stationary as gifts) and asked the kids to draw some of their lives and interests – we could take digital photos and share on Flickr/Pinterest.

Academic Digital

Using @Pinterest in the Classroom

Checking out this article from Mashable/The Daily Dot, really interesting:

Sitting through stuffy lectures with a monotonous teacher is a student’s worst nightmare. But Pinterest may be changing that. Yes, Pinterest, the site where people pin their favorite pictures on boards to share with the world.

With Pinterest gaining traction by the day, it’s becoming a valuable tool for educators. Not only are teachers sharing tipsand using the site to grab ideas for lessons, it’s being used as a teaching tool too.

Pinterest is helping inspire students, increase student participation, and helping them tell stories.

For example, University of Minnesota adjunct instructor Leslie Plesser is using Pinterest in her basic media graphics class. Though her students are not graded for their use of Pinterest specifically, they are required to use it with their activity being factored into their participation grade.

“I am looking at their design work and comparing it to what they ‘like’ on Pinterest to see where they are drawing their inspiration from and it helps me to understand their personal design aesthetic, which I can then use in determining their project grades and in any advice I give on their work,” Plesser told the Daily Dot via email.

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Find my account on Pinterest, and see these training materials from @vahva.