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Is Pinterest a Teacher’s New Best Friend in the Classroom?

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Pinterest has entire category dedicated to education. It is a virtual treasure trove of sources of inspiration for educational projects, activities and reference materials.




The  infographic below, shows some ways that Pinterest can be used as a valuable tool in the classroom.





The Interview  

To learn more about how Pinterest is used in education, I invited Elisha Upton to join me on a Skype chat. She is a social studies teacher and avid Pinterest user. We discussed the growing popularity of Pinterest in the classroom and some ways that it can be implemented.


Click on the play button below below the hear my interview with her. (It is about 10 minutes long)

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It can take a few seconds for the interview to load, thanks for your patience.


Elisha’s Project

Along with being a creative and dedicated teacher, Elisha is also a blogger. She can be found blogging about her passion for baking at or about her fun and random life at This Beautifully Random Life.


Elisha recently blogged about a teaching strategy called cubing. She describes it as “an instructional strategy that allows students to consider a concept from six points of view”.


This is a form of differentiated instruction that she studied through ASCD (formerly the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development). Elisha follows ASCD’s Pinterest account and frequently repins pins from their Pinterest boards to help her in the classroom.


Cubes like these help to keep students of different academic levels engaged while learning new concepts. You can see Elisha’s step by step instructions as well as an example of how to implement them at


Whether you teaching your preschooler their shapes, homeschooling or teaching in a classroom of 30 students, Pinterest can be a very valuable tool to bring creativity and innovation into the classroom.


Your Turn

Leave me a comment and tell me your thoughts about educators bringing Pinterest or other forms of social media into the classroom?

Have you used any Pinterest pins to help with teaching?



Cynthia Sanchez is a Pinterest marketing consultant and expert. Cynthia created, one of the early leaders in Pinterest education for businesses. Contact Cynthia on LinkedIn:

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    I loved listening to this and hearing Elisha’s perspective on Pinterest in the classroom!

    Sometimes I get overwhelmed with all the technology and ways we can utilize it in the classroom, so I haven’t fully decided if I will use it in the class yet!

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      I completely understand what you mean about technology. It moves and changes so fast! What kinds of technology do you find most helpful when it comes to teaching?

      Thanks for your comment. I’m really glad you enjoyed the interview.

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    Hi Cynthia. I’m an elementary teacher with a website who is trying hard to establish a Pinterest presence as well. Thanks for providing this interview…great information!

    Lots to learn, but I feel like I’m reaching more people on Pinterest with my ideas than I do with my Facebook page.

    I’m approaching Pinterest from a business perspective with my boards…as a social channel to help visitors find different web pages I’ve written. Of course, I have a personal account as well.

    Again…thanks for this blog. I enjoy it.

    Betsy Weigle

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      Hi Betsy. I took a quick look at your Pinterest boards and it looks like you’ve got a really great start. I’m glad to see that you’re pinning from other sources as well as putting a little of yourself in there too with the Teacher Style board.

      Your website is full of Pinnable items and awesome information for Teachers? How long have you been blogging?

      If you would like to chat more about Pinterest or blogging, send me an email. We can brainstorm on how to build your business with Pinterest.

      I really appreciate your comment.

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    Good interview! I use Pinterest all the time in my homeschool classroom. My favorite thing is my boards that the kids can look at and pick fun, educational activities. If I were still teaching in a classroom, Pinterest would be my best friend!

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      Jessica, that’s a great idea to get the kids involved by letting them choose their own activities. I’m sure they are much more engaged in their learning when they have a choice.

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