Pinterest as a collaborative tool
Pinterest is a great tool to get students attention and for motivating them to about specific science concepts because it allows the students to select and collect pictures/ pins that they can add to their own virtual pinboard.
2 Direct Instruction
The tool allows students to reflect on the science topic and find rich visuals about the topic. For example I used Pinterest to ask student to express their unique understanding of cells. Instead of writing a blog about it- I asked them to collect their own pictures from existing website of all the different cells (ex. prokaryotic- bacteria and eukaryotic- plant and animal) and share their pinboards with at least 4 people in the class whom them have not worked with in the past group activities. I required them to post a comment on each other's pinboards by providing their own insights about the pictures.
3 Guided Practice
Using Pinterest in this manner allows the student to socially interact with other people who share the same interest and idea about the concept. They can post their comments on the pins/ pictures stating how they feel about the picture or what they understand about the picture.
4 Independent Practice
Pinterest allows users to collect as many pins/ pictures from as many websites they wish. I used it to analyze how well they reflect on specific topic, it does not measure their mastery in a targeted manner. In my opinion this serves as a good summative activity for the students to get them motivated to write and share about what they learned in the lesson.
I use Pinterest as a differentiated learning tool because it allows students to create/ collect visuals that help them reflect on what they learned/ know about specific science concepts and share their own ideas with others who can also post comments on their pins.