Pinterest is all the rage these days. But what exactly is it, and how can it serve as a benefit to students? Pinterest lets you organize and share the informative, education, or inspiring things you find on the web. It serves as a virtual pin board of sorts for pictures, documents, videos, infographics, and more. As an online or traditional college student, you are most likely spread thin and in need of ways to organize and inspire your life. Check out a few additional ways to use Pinterest here:
1. Easy Recipes: As a student, your life revolves around one obligation after another. A sit-down meal may not be in the cards, but here is where Pinterest can come into play. Create a board with easy recipes to choose from when you are strapped for time. Five-ingredient mac n’ cheese, simple soup, or funky snacks, Pinterest has hundreds of recipe options that you can whip up in 15 minutes or less, just search “simple recipes”.
2. Bookmarking Sources:As you may be aware, Pinterest allows you to add any website at any time to your personal boards. As you do your online research for a paper or research project, consider pinning all (secondary) sources you come across in one board, so it makes it easier to cite and reference the sources as you complete your work!
3. Organizing Your Life: One of Pinterest’s most attractive qualities is its aid in organization. Instead of crowding your desktop with countless folders, you can pin your sources to classified boards that will display on your profile. These pins will allow you to remember the source so that you can go back to it when needed. When categorizing your boards, you may want to create one for each unit or subject being taught. When pinning, write a note to yourself about the pin so you will remember exactly why you chose it.
4. Tutorials: A huge element of college involves teaching yourself how to do things. Great for graphic design degree students especially, there are tutorials available on Pinterest that share software use, photography, and web development tricks (to name a few). Or, if you are pursuing an education degree and are in the process of going through student teaching, you can search for tutorials on classroom crafts, visuals, and projects for your students. While on the site, type in “tutorials” in the search toolbar and a list of relevant tutorials will appear in a jiffy.
5. Aggregating Blog Feeds: Blogs are undoubtedly the Web 2.0 information source. Create a blog board to pin all of your favorite blog feeds, from professional blogs like “Internet marketing” or “international business” blogs, or more fundamental blogs like time management or self-help blogs.
6. Group Collaboration: Pinterest can be a creative tool for organizing resources for presentations, projects, essays, and more. If you are engaging in a group project, create a board for collaboration with group members. Students who are invited to collaborate on the board can pin additional information—making it an effective way to keep ideas/visuals for the project in one spot.
7. Planning Your Post-Graduation Vacation: Graduating college is a huge accomplishment, so why not reward yourself right? Positively reinforce yourself to continue through those perilous days, and take a look at that vacation pin board to get a glimpse of that deserving vacation. Fiji, St. Lucia, New York City, you name it – add those inspiring jet-setting jaunts and keep trucking until you hit the graduation podium.
8. Resume Templates:The visual nature of Pinterest makes it easy to find eye-catching and well-formatted resumes. As you near the end of your term as a college student, find cool resumes on Pinterest and mimic them. Check out Business Insider’s recent article, “7 Cool Resumes We Found on Pinterest” to find some great resumes from recent college grads and job seekers.