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2014-2015 Workshops: Pinterest

Why Pinterest?

Pinterest is a web and mobile application company that offers a visual discovery, collection, sharing, and storage tool. Users create and share the collections of visual bookmarks (boards). Boards are created through a user selecting an item, page, website, etc. and pinning it to an existing or newly created board. (Source: Wikipedia)

Assignment Ideas

  • Visual boards to accompany reading lists
  • Suggested reading materials
  • Current events or issues
  • Group Projects with collaborative boards
  • Advertisement campaigns, brands and logos
  • Getting to Know the student, pins about themselves
  • Fashion trends and visuals
  • Event Planning (e.g. Weddings)
  • Design work, inspiration
  • Visual Essay
  • Menu Planning and Design
  • Restaurant Planning Design
  • Lodging Planning and Design
  • Student peer critique
  • Research boards
  • Online bibliography
  • Project signup boards
  • Learn about culture, food culture
  • Virtual time capsule
  • Travel plans

Assignment Examples


Here are a few examples of visual assignments or what could be visual assignments using Pinterest as the platform.

Why use Pinterest?

This free tool is a way to show rather than tell and where you can reach a wide audience. 

  • Students and other educators can participate with comments, repins and likes
  • Boards and projects can be made to relate to any field of study
  • Low learning curve to using Pinterest
  • Group collaboration
  • Visual-based
  • Available 24/7 and on mobile devices
  • Short snippets of information in descriptions and comments

Alternatives to Pinterest

Alternatives to Pinterest will depend on the assignment and can include some of the following: