July 13, 2012

pinterest and lesson planning

** New // blog post // on how to print pins with the new Pinterest layout as of 7-8-13 **

I think it is safe to say that almost all art teachers are using Pinterest or at the very least they have heard of it.
I admit, I was reluctant to join.
I was a StumbleUpon fan and couldn't bare to think of leaving them.
My Pinterest account is now in full swing while I deactivated StumbleUpon after months of neglect.

There are serious benefits to using Pinterest.
Organization.
Lesson plan ideas.
Creativity at your fingertips.
But if you aren't watching your bank account decrease by doing the multitudes of crafts you've pinned...like I am...how might an art teacher utilize this resource other than the obvious ways?

I came up with one idea.
Nothing genius or anything, but it sure helps get the internet into your hands.

It is only a matter of time before my district or yours shuts down access to Pinterest in our classrooms.
Maybe you have found yourself --like me-- hopping on there during a plan period to make sure you are making your teacher sample correctly.
Don't get me wrong, I don't pin while I am work, but I do get on there occasionally to help me plan.

This year though I decided to take a preemptive strike at my lesson planning.
I printed off all 10 pages of art lesson pins from my art board. (see printing instructions below!)
Grabbed some scissors, baggies, a sharpie, and my new lesson plan book.
I wrote out a label on each baggie for all the grade levels that I teach.
Then I started to cut out all the pins.
I wasn't too worried about organizing the pins while I was cutting them out.
It was nice to reflect on all the pins and get excited for the coming year.
I did my best to keep blog names attached to the pins in case I need to look something up.
Then I took my rather large stack of pins and started to sort them into grade levels.
I didn't put all pins where their original blogger had noted the age level. 
Instead I followed my own scope and sequence to make sure each grade was doing related subject-matter.
I realize not all pins will get used this year, but it was a perfect way to get the pins into my hands.
Get some double-sided tape and start organizing your lesson plan book.
The tape makes it easy to move the projects around.
Obviously I haven't written much yet anything, but that is to come.
I can never plan too far in advance because something will always throw my schedule off.
Keep all your pins clipped to your lesson plan book.
Super easy to browse through them and add whatever you wish to your lesson plan schedule.
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Check out this updated blog post on printing pins with the new Pinterest layout. (7-8-13)
// click here //

I've heard that quite a few of you ran into problems with printing. So here is a step-by-step photo tutorial.
I use Google Chrome--if you don't..you should...it is a million times better than any other browser.
First go to the board you want to print.
You MUST scroll to the bottom of that board or your printer won't recognize all the pages you want to print.
Right-click on your mouse and some options should pop-up. Click Print.
This dialog box should pop-up.
Change your printer settings so you get color prints.
Also make sure you put it on LANDSCAPE.
I realized after the fact that when you use portrait it will cut off the projects on the far right.
 I believe using landscape will solve that issue.
That's it! Hope it works for you!!

55 comments:

  1. Nice idea, Jen...I've been thinking along the same lines. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Great idea. Our district already banned pinterest last year. They also banned blogs, but I was able to get an exception. I told them that I linked to blogs for lesson plans. I didn't ask for an exception to pinterest, though, I would just look up the link on my phone. I may have to do something similar to this. It is nice to actually have things in your hands.

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    1. Why have they banned Pinterest?!!? It's a great way to keep track of interactive whiteboard lessons and activities and video clips as a visual thinker I've found it invaluable rather than a list of meaningless links saved in my computer bookmark list...it is like banning your bookmarking list...very odd!

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    2. Wow that is so sad of your district. Our students create blogs as a means of a portfolio, and for teachers to follow student work. I regularly pin ideas and share with my classes. It awesome for when students finish early and you need something for them to work on. Or like mentioned, it is great for teacher planning and resources. Embraces blogs and Pinterest

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  3. Great idea! I was thinking about how to store these ideas just in case! Our district has not banned Pinterest as of yet. I use my board- Videos for the Art Room- all the time for lessons so I would be lost if they banned the site! Thanks for the great idea!!!

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  4. I would be really upset if my district blocked Pinterest! I often use it to organize examples I want to show students that way I can pull up that board and we can scroll through the images and open up the original to see a bigger sample. I try not to pin personal things at school, but I do pin to my "school" boards. I'm trying to get he other Art teachers to see how we can use it to collaborate as well.

    I do like your idea, though! :)

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  5. Jen- How have I missed your blog until now! This is a really cool way to plan lessons visually. Now, if there were only a digital format you could drop the photos into that linked to your PDF or Word Doc lesson plan, or the original pin.... Now we are thinking! For me, you idea would also just remind me to try out a new idea. Sometimes I forget to go back into my boards and check out the "great ideas" I've found, and I revert back to my old lessons. Thanks again! I will be following.
    Jessica
    www.theartofed.com

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    1. Evernote is great for for organizing snapshots from web pages. I'm considering using it this year for my lesson plans. Using Evernote will mean that I have access to my plans on my smart phone and on my laptop.

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    2. I was going to suggest Evernote as well! Pinterest and many blogs are banned in my district and Evernote helps me totally get around that while I'm at school. Plus it is nice to have access from anywhere.

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  6. I love using Pinterest as a planning tool I often gather together activities based around a theme or an artist at the beginning of the planning phase, then I copy and print only those activities or videos I'll be using or adapting for that programming period, the thing I like about having my Pinterest board is that I can't misplace all the little bits of paper and I can find them and browse through the ideas at home or school rather than sitting at home wishing I'd bought my book/ideas home or vice versa.
    The little pictures and links are handy to have aren't they? I find them especially useful for relief teachers who may not actually be art teachers but get lumbered with an art lesson when I'm away!

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  7. Awesome idea Jen! My district has blocked blogs but I sent in a request because I told them I needed to be able to access blogs as research for lesson planning. So for now I do have Pinterest and blogs. You are right it is only a matter of time before Pinterest is blocked.

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  8. Just brill! I'm a MS art teacher and I hope to use quite a few pins or at least let them inspire me, but with so many to choose from... I don't have the grade level issue to separate them all but I DO have timing issues, wanting to use certain projects at certain times to coordinate with the core teachers' syllabus. Just brilliant!

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  9. LOVE this idea! Art teachers blow my mind with their creativity {that I wish I had just a smidge of}!! I am your newest follower!!

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  10. Excellent idea! My school system has also already blocked the lovely, lovely pinterest :(

    autumn

    missautumnk.blogspot.com

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  11. I recently did the same thing and filed away my pins, but I wasn't sure how to print them out. I probably went about it the long way and saved the screen and then pasted it into word. It was a lot of work. Did I miss an easy way to print?
    Beth

    bmoore_mamabee@hotmail.com

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  12. Yes, how is the easiest way to print? Like many of you, my district has blocked Pinterest as well...so VERY sad!!!! It's such a great resource. I was told by my tech guy that I could try and ask for a pass for it since I teach art so I may try that...here's hoping!!!

    Great blog and so glad that I found you on Pinterest :)

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  13. This is such a great idea! My district has blocked most pinterest and blogs! I love this idea. Wendy. H. Sewwendy@Aol.com

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  14. Love this idea but am having a hard time printing my boards, any suggestions?
    Thanks, Laurie

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    1. Laurie,

      You aren't the first to have issues. ;) I've just added a photo tutorial in the above post for how I printed mine. Make sure to check it out!!

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    2. Thanks, that helps you're the best! Laurie

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  15. Found you via pinterest of course. This is a darn good idea!

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  16. seriously this is the best idea I have hear this summer! Brilliant! But defiantly one of those "duh! why didn't I think of that" things!

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  17. Thanks so much for the idea. My school hasn't blocked Pinterest yet but I've spent a lot of time putting together my Pinterest boards I would be crushed not to have it, or access to it. Great idea!

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  18. found you via pinterest. my school has blocked pinterest already since there is unfiltered content and students have access as well (students and teachers are on the same workgroup...hopefully they will separate soon and it will be unblocked for teachers). for me this is an AWESOME idea.

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  19. Love this idea - thanks so much for your time in showing and putting together a tutorial!

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  20. Great idea! I like to go paperless whenever possible, but there are some things I just need to do "hands on." :)

    When I right-clicked on my board, I didn't even have an option to print... is there another way? I may try Control + P, but I thought I'd ask if you had any better ideas!

    ~Mrs. K. from The Teacher Garden Blog

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  21. Thank you for sharing your ideas. Of course Pinterest is my visual playground! I've just started an art ed blog and I referenced your post here - http://thisoldartroom.blogspot.com/2012/08/pinterest-planning.html
    Thanks again!

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  22. I can't tell you how ironic I think it that school districts would block Pinterest and teacher blogs!! Heaven forbid that we should try to lift the quality of our lessons!

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    1. Ironically enough, when I went back in for the beginning of school, PINTEREST WAS BLOCKED. It's like they read my blog or something. I called the technology people, told them I was an art teacher and wanted Pinterest for lesson planning. Within two minutes, they unblocked it. Wahooo!

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  23. Love this! Interesting to see how an art teacher uses Pinterest in lesson planning. And I learned something new from your post--print in landscape. Yep, my pages been partially cut off. I never thought to change the orientation.

    As a primary educator, I also began printing out my boards. Since my educational boards are mostly thematic, I placed them in my thematic folders. That way, when I'm planning, I won't forget to use the new ideas I've gleaned in addition to my resources gathered/created over the years.

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  24. This is an awesome idea of printing pins out to glue into your lesson plans. Just like lots of pinterest, why didn't I think of that?! ;)

    I am your newest follower!
    Erin
    http://adventuresinthirdgrade-brown.blogspot.com/

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  25. Great idea!! I've been searching for a way to print. I came across Springpad, and I wasnt sure if it would be right for me, but I've spent a whole lot of time reading the tutorials and the helpful tips and updates that they have posted, and I feel like I am pretty close to "sharing" my pins straight over to Springpad. From what I have read, we are able to print, resize, and organize our pins..sort of like a collage..like I said, this is new for me, like today new, but if it works the way it says it does..it will be great!!
    Thank you for the other print option!!

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  26. Just printed mine out, let the cutting and sorting begin!!!!

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  27. Where did get that idea from man? Excellent, it's very informative and useful blog post I have ever come across about Pinterest. Thanks a million for this lovely article.

    Regards,
    James Ron
    Buy Pinterest Followers

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  28. What a wonderful tutorial - I just had to give it a try and it worked! I also save my print as a pdf file and now just attach that to my planning. I shared your post along with my tutorial to save Pinterest boards to pdf files here - http://practicalpages.wordpress.com/2013/03/20/save-pinterest-boards (By the way, I just love your baggie idea!)

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  29. This is a wonderful idea! Great for us "visual learner" type of teachers. I recently started teaching art and pinning everything I could find. I wish there were more pins for the other subjects I teach, but even just the art ideas are overwhelming and it's hard to translate them to my real lesson plans. Thanks for sharing this idea, I am going to try it right away! Can I ask...what do you do next when it comes to planning?

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    1. Thanks Jessica! It has really been so helpful this year with my planning. After several years of teaching the next step in planning just sort of becomes second nature. I break down the lesson I plan to teach into 60 minutes. Meaning...what can I get done with this project in a 60 minute time frame? As far as planning then I get my supplies ready to go, have an example (sometimes several for the different stages of a project)...and either start writing a lesson plan up or if it is in my head I go from there.

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  30. This is incredible! I am a MAC user and all one has to do is install Google Chrome and it is as your directions state.....now I am going to Geek out big. Side note; Pinterest is "banned" in most school divisions due to the fact that though we "see" innocent yet wonderful blogs--many can be linked to "stuff" that will attach itself to computers that aren't ours. It is aggravating....but I understand in a way. There must be a way they can work around this. Pinterest has refueled a great way for us to share wonderful ideas for the kiddies.Thank you for the tutorial....fantastic!!!!

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    1. Thanks Maria. I am glad you were able to do the same thing with a Mac. When I came back last August, Pinterest was blocked on my school computer too. However, I was able to call our technology department and tell them I used Pinterest for my classroom, lessons, and art professional development. They unblocked my computer within minutes. So you might try pleading your case!

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  31. My district blocked Pinterest :( Thanks for this idea. I'm hoping to get my pinterest organized this summer and do something similar since I can't access it during the school day...Oh and blogs are blocked too. :( what a bummer!

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  32. I'm sad that since they redid the pinterest, i can no longer print from it. Everything turns out either missing, or the pins literally sit right on top of each other! Have you tried printing since they've changed the layout and stuff??

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    1. I've been looking into this since you left the comment. I am having some trouble too with the new layout, although, I haven't explored every printing option yet. Stay tuned. I'll keep trying stuff out, there will be a way to make it work.

      Also I heard Pinterest may create a print option, so that would be fabulous too!

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  33. I can't get it to work without cutting the pins in half at the bottom of the page

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  34. Great idea! I will use it for meal planning from my cooking ideas pinterest page! :)

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  35. Love this idea! However, I'm struggling with getting it to save all of the pictures to the far right as well as the pictures past page 3 or so. I've tried doing it in landscape, but that doesn't help. Anyone else ran into this issue? I've also looked at Clipvine, but I didn't really like how it worked. Just wish I could do the easy ctrl+P option and get it to print correctly! Any advice is appreciated :)

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    1. Hmm. Have you tried a different web browser. Maybe that would solve the problem...

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    2. I'm having the same problem. I use Chrome. Jen, have you tried this method since Pinterest updated to the latest interface? I think it only loads pictures on the portion you are viewing, since Boards have gotten long. When I try to print as you've instructed here, what prints is the heading of the Board, then many blank pages, ending in two or three pages of loaded Pins.

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    3. Yes, check out my newest blog post at the top of this post. It explains how to deal with it.

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  36. Hi Everyone! I may have a solution if Pinterest is blocked for you or if you're worried about your pins disappearing. With our service, you can save a copy of all of your pins and boards to your computer and access them anytime. Descriptions and links to the original website sources are also included. New customers can back up and try our other helpful Pinterest tools free for a week at www.pin4ever.com

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  37. Hello, I have a problem with overlapping when I try to save the pins to a PDF file. How do yours not do this? Thanks!

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  38. I now don't even print mine off. I make up my programme and daily workpad base in a word document and copy and paste the activity and video links right into my planning documents, I email them to myself so I can save them on my class room computer desktop, where they are easily accessible to myself and relief teachers if I am away. The upside is, no expensive use of ink or wasted paper, plus a click of a button takes me directly to any resources I need for my interactive white board and examples for the kids to discuss.

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  39. Love this s ides. My school blocked play pinterest two years ago. If you are having problems printing you could try using the snipping tool on your accessories then save. You can then transfer these images using a USB or cloud drive.

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