Behind the Headline: There’s a Big Hole in How Teachers Build Skills, and Pinterest Is Helping Fill It

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There’s a Big Hole in How Teachers Build Skills, and Pinterest Is Helping Fill It
4/2/15 | Slate

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Teachers Swap Recipes
Summer 2011 | Education Next

For many teachers, Pinterest has become a valuable place to find creative lesson plans, classroom decorations, and teaching tips, notes Madeleine Cummings in Slate.

“Its growing popularity as a source of lesson plans and other classroom ideas reflects a longtime void in the way America has historically gone about training and re-educating its teachers: For many, that training can simply be too rigid and inefficient,” she argues. Cummings goes on to describe some problems with traditional professional development for teachers and to look at how social media can be a resource for teachers.

The new website Bright, which describes itself as Medium’s new pop-up publication about innovation in education, also has an article about how teachers are using Pinterest: “How Pinterest Is Revolutionizing Your Child’s Classroom: Over half a million education pins are posted every day. And through them, teachers are finding ideas, community, and newfound wealth,” by Kathryn Joyce.

An article by Bill Tucker from the Summer 2011 issue of Education Next looked at the early days of teacher lesson plan sharing on social media.

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