New Infographic from Shows Pinterest Making Ground in Educational Settings

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Launched in 2010, Pinterest now has over 10 million users per month and is one of the fastest growing sites on the web. The photo sharing website allows users to collect images and organize them into collections based on attributes chosen by the user. While art, film, fashion and sports are popular themes for social users, educators have begun using the image sharing service as an innovative, educational tool.

College administrators can use Pinterest to showcase campus events, student life and academics at their school, a resource for education and career information, recently launched "Professors, Peers and Pinterest,” an infographic that examines the role Pinterest is playing inside and outside the classroom.

Pinterest’s user base has increased by 4,377 percent over the last year. The average visitor spends over 90 minutes per month creating boards, categorizing, pinning and following other users' boards. Describing itself as "a virtual pinboard," Pinterest's popularity is perhaps due to the easy-to-use visual interface that allows users to create, share, pin, re-pin, like, follow, search on a theme and inspired images.

Educators are using the social sharing site in the classroom as a tool to promote student participation in classes and with their peers by sharing motivational quotes, showcasing student work, suggesting reading materials and cultivating creativity. Students across the country have been encouraged by their teachers to use Pinterest for assignments or to share collaborative coursework.

“Professors have done a great job incorporating Pinterest into lesson plans,” explained Kevin Phang, spokesperson for “They use it for showcasing student portfolios, creating project mood boards and helping students work together on visual projects.”

Colleges are also finding creative ways to use this visual social media channel outside of the classroom. The University of Mississippi, for example, highlights dorm room makeovers and Southern cooking tips and recipes on their boards, while Drake University has a board called “Adorbs Bulldogs,” dedicated to the school’s mascot.

“College administrators can use Pinterest to showcase campus events, student life and academics at their school,” shared Phang. “It’s a great way to reach out to prospective and current students, as well as alumni.”

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