Mihaela and I present at Curriculum Day: Using technologies to curate and share resources/ Focus #1

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I’ve been collaborating with Mihaela for a few years now. We work well together because we are both passionate about art education, and because Mihaela allows me to contribute to her students’ learning. The resourcing I do for Mihaela’s students and for the Visual Arts department is targeted and constantly changing to keep the curriculum dynamic and challenging. 

Mihaela is always open to new possibilities using ICTs, and Pinterest is a good match for the ipad because it enables students (and teachers) to search for good quality images/websites and to save them to collections. Mihaela has empowered her students by handing over curation to them so that they follow their interests and specific art focus, and organise these resources themselves. Furthermore, the power of Pinterest is in finding and connecting to experts in a chosen field, and taking from their rich resources, then sharing with peers. 

Here is the post I wrote after Mihaela and I presented to staff at the Curriculum Day.

First day back at school term 2 is a curriculum day for us at Melbourne High School. The theme is ‘knowing highly able students and ourselves’. Apart from set keynotes we have the choice of running sessions and also selecting to attend others’ sessions. Mihaela Brysha (Head of the Visual and Performing Arts faculty) and I will be running a workshop about Pinterest. I’m sharing the presentation slides here.

I’ve been banging on about Pinterest for so long, you’d think I had shares in the company. For example, here, here, here, and here. Some of the earlier slides I’ve re-used from earlier presentations.

Pinterest is often overlooked by educators because it looks like a bit of fun with no substance. The power of Pinterest lies in the ability to find people who have curated the stuff you want. And then see who they are following. Although it’s an image-based platform – and that’s what makes it a preference for those who prefer visual collections – it’s also a good way to collect text-based things online as long as you can attach them to a picture. I use Pinterest and Diigo equally, sometimes saving the same thing to both. Diigo is more sophistocated in its options, allowing keyword searches, but also collaborative annotation. I just haven’t had much success selling it to teachers. When I want to share a collection of online resources with teachers, I often use Pinterest because it’s easy to see the contents at a glance. Of course, now everyone needs an account before they can even view what’s on Pinterest.
Meanwhile I find it difficult to comprehend that most teachers and students are happy either saving things to folders on their computers and therefore needing a USB, or going through their history. Come on people, there are much better ways to do that! And easier ways to share.
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