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Using Pinterest to Share ESL Resources and Ideas

Pinterest is a pinboard-styled social photo sharing website. The service allows users to create and manage theme-notebased image collections. The site’s mission statement is to “connect everyone in the world through the ‘things’ they find interesting.” (Wikipedia)

Several ESL teachers are now increasingly using this online application to share their ideas and resources with others. Here are a few Pinterest boards maintained by ESL educators:

Pins from Learningenglish-esl.blogspot - This is the Pinterest Board of  an English teacher in a Spanish school in Las Palmas, Canary Islands. She has pinned hundreds of ideas and resources for use with younger ESL learners.

ESL Resources – There are 60 items pinned to this board.

Beth Crumpler ESL – This TESOL certified teacher has pinned over 40 resources for elementary level learners gleaned from various sources on the Internet.

Elementary ESL – Laurie Moulton, a certified elementary and ESOL teacher, gathers “the best ESL materials for kids, especially new English speakers” from various online sources and pins them on her Pinterest boards. Pinboards are categorized as follows: ESL websites for kids; General ESL sites; Animals Unit for ESL/ELL; Body Parts Unit for ESL Kids; Chinese New Year for ESL/ELL; Clothing Unit for ESL Kids; Grammar for ESL kids; Hospital/Health Unit for ESL/ELL; Literacy; Misc. activities/resources for ESL students; Vocabulary for ESL/ELL Kids; Spring Planting Unit; Tools Unit; ESL for homeschoolers.

You can also find a handful of useful resources pinned to the following Pinterest Boards: EFL/ESL – Maintained by Bethany Harven.

The Slideshare presentation below offers to inform you about “Everything you wanted to know about Pinterest. Including: How the idea came about, What’s the big deal?, Stats, facts and demographics, Getting started, What are people pinning?, It’s not just imagery. Some of the more unusual uses, What else can I do?”


There are some copyright issues to consider when using Pinterest to post resources. The Corkboard Connections Blog has a good article on these issues: Permission to Pin Revisited.

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