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Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Use Pinterest and Stixy for Instruction and Assessment



Wow! There are a lot of Pinterest pinboards out there, and with so many Pinterest users, this is a must see site: Pinterest: 13 Tips and Tricks for Cutting Edge Users. Don't forget, teachers, that Pinterest is great for personal use, but it can also be used for instruction to organize unit resources or collect information the class has found.

Pinterest may be great for instruction, but be cautious when encouraging student use. Since it allows the user to see all kinds of interesting boards, it may not be the best tool for students to use on their own. So, try Stixy for student use instead of Pinterest. The account is easy to set up using student school e-mails, easier to use than Pinterest, and, best of all, there is no long wait for an invitation. Our seventh graders had been introduced to Stixy as a semester assessment for their Texas History class and enjoyed showcasing their personal work and links. They then easily shared their board to their teacher's Stixy account by hitting the share button and adding her as a contact. This is a great tool for all kinds of projects!
Students used Stixy to showcase work and information as an assessment for the semester.




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