Pinterest is a pinboard-style photo sharing website and social network. Users can create collections of images and links based around different topics or themes, such as events, recipes, hobbies, or professional resources. Pinterest also allows you to follow friends, make comments on their pins, and “re-pin” their pins to your own board.

As a professional development tool, Pinterest is a popular and engaging way to find and share job-related content as well as collaborate with other professionals. As an educator, it is a great way to collect and share classroom resources such as lesson plans, games, creative classroom management strategies, and other activities.

Things You'll Need
  • An internet connection.

  • A valid e-mail address or facebook account.

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    Go to and create an account with your e-mail address or facebook account.

    Pinterest Home page with sign up feature

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    Go through the brief introduction on the Pinterest site. You will be brought to a page full of boards organized by topic:

    Various Pinterest Board topics including animals, architecture. DIY, Health & Fitness, etc.

    As you can see, there is lots to explore!

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    To create a board, go to your home page (by clicking your name at the top right) and click Create board. A window will pop up asking for some information, and once you’re done hit create and the board will be shown.

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    To add pins to your board you can either search for pins on pinterest and add them there, or from your board’s page you can click the + icon at the bottom right and add them via a url, an uploaded file, or through the browser add on.

    Pinterest upload a pin

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    You can follow other Pinterest users, and you can also follow specific Pinterest boards.

    • To follow a Pinterest user, go to their profile and click Follow all in the menu bar at the top of their page:

    Follow All button

    •  You can also choose to only follow certain boards. This is especially useful if you only have an interest in particular content. To follow an individual Pinterest board, click on the board and select “Follow board,” from the menu at the top:

    Follow Board Button


  • If you are using Pinterest as an educator, the Pinterest Teacher’s Hub is a collection of creative classroom resources.

  • If you are using Pinterest on an iPhone, iPad, or other mobile device, Pinterest has a guided search feature that allows you to refine your Pinterest searches by subcategory.

  • You can create a Group Board by going to a board and clicking Edit, and then adding the names or e-mail addresses of those you wish to add to your board under the “Who Can Add Pins?” heading. This is a great way to collaborate with others, and as a teacher it is an easy way to share resources with other educators.

  • If you wish to use Pinterest in your classroom, be aware that the Pinterest Terms of Service only permits users over the age of 13.

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