"Art is not what you see, but what you make others see." Edgar Degas
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What do you do when your school or classroom lacks technology resources? Students use their cell phones to Google ideas for their art projects. What do you do when the school decides they no longer want to allow cell phone use at the teacher’s discretion? You find someone that wants to get rid of a large screen television, connect it to your school computer and voilà, you now have a resource for creative research, and one large enough to share ideas with your entire class.
Google searches were great, but were unorganized and sometimes had items that I did not want to see in a classroom studio. While using my personal Pinterest, I thought, why not create a Pinterest account just for school? I think I’ve seen people mention this in online groups. I could sort ideas by project. Guess what? It has been a really great way for me to save ideas for my students. Anytime I see something that might interest a student, I just pin it. Because I created the account just for our studio, students can search and add pins too. They are getting more comfortable using it every day. I love watching them gather around the computer to search ideas, and then I notice all of the other students in the room looking at the screen too. I almost wish our school banned cell phones sooner. NOT. It is; however, one of the best decisions I ever made for my studio. Happy pinning!
Jill M. Anders, M.Ed.