English teacher Hauna Zaich writes in this blog post how she uses Learnist — a website similar to Pinterest and is designed for educators — in her eighth- and 10th-grade classes.

Zaich uses “Learnboards,” which are collections of Web resources, for her flipped-classroom lessons such as instruction on grammar where she uses reading, examples, videos and online activities. “I see so many possibilities for Learnist in my classroom and am excited to apply this innovation to my teaching practice,” she writes. 

The meaningful and careful use of technology is one of the most significant conversations in education today.

When educators offer students greater access to knowledge through technology, and encourage them to use that knowledge to inquire about the world around them and beyond, they are providing students a chance to succeed in even the toughest conditions.

I teach eighth- and tenth-grade English and sixth-grade Speech/Drama forStockton Collegiate International Schools. Our mission is to “offer the rigorous, relevant and practical International Baccalaureate (IB) curricula and methodology to urban students grades K-12 in order to prepare them for post-secondary education and global citizenship in the 21st century” and to “enable students to become literate, self-motivated, competent, lifelong learners by providing a multi-cultural, student- centered environment.”

Although our school is only in its third year, we are already making a mark on the community. Last year, we were listed as one of Newsweek’s Top 25 Transformative High Schools and placed on its America’s Best High Schools 2012 list. Many of my students see a high quality education as their sole key to success. Driven to help them achieve, I scoured the Internet for resources that would make my lessons more academically rigorous and relevant.

A Pinterest-Like Tool for Educators

This summer I discovered the website Learnist. It’s like a Pinterest for education, as it allows users to collect web resources and add them to “Learnboards” to educate an audience about a particular subject. (Here’s an in-depth summary from Grockit, the company behind Learnist.) Once I created my account, I was hooked. Learnist became a great way for me to organize my collection of websites and online resources, and I found that the Learnist bookmarklet — which allows users to add a URL without traveling back to the site — made developing my Learnboards effortless.

I gathered infographics for my mass media unit, study guides for documentaries, articles to demonstrate themes from 1984, and TED Talks to model speaking skills to sixth graders. By using the re-add function, I even drew from the robust educational resources shared by other professionals who use Learnist.

Now, I hope to start uploading my own curriculum in order to inspire and support others in the teaching community and fully represent the depth of my units. Learnist lets me share resources technologically, freely and easily. And it enables me to represent myself as a lifelong learner to my peers and to my students.

Applying Learnist in the Classroom…

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