James Leahy ( international elearning guru) is the TotallyRewired guest blogger this week. Here is his report  from the 2013 Durham Blackboard Conference on Pinterest.


Nick Pearce Durham University http://t.co/8MpZdsYA 

 Multimedia (anthropology) resources in Pinterest (slides on slideshare)  Anthropology is a very visual subject and lends itself perfectly to a social networking site like Pinterest. 

 “Sounds and images can be reappropriated… Encouraging non-linear readings” [sic]

 Students went to  YouTube to find out stuff about Karl Marx as opposed to Googling it!

 Pinterest is a very different demographic toFacebook or Twitter: 83% female globally, mostly from the US Midwest (UK 56% male)

 Nick’s students needed to create 10 pin boards each week with additional reading, in the supporting text underneath the images.

 Most content came from:

  • Google scholar
  • Academic blogs
  • Museum archives
  • Newspapers
  • Tumblr (Tumblr supports key word searches for images which then can be pinned!)

Problem with scholarly articles. Copyright – some images won’t let you “pin” them legally (if it’s just a question of getting hold of the image then take a screen shot).

 JISC Legal have published information about the legality of using images in sites such as Pinterest: http://www.jisclegal.ac.uk/ManageContent/ViewDetail/ID/2705/Pinterest-Image-Sharing-Websites-and-the-Law-5-December-2012.aspx

 Pinterest works by clicking once on the picture to get it enlarged, and again to get to the article.

Would be great if there was a  Pinterest mash up for Blackboard?

 [Dangers of the Disco vicar! Once the teacher invades it or tries to adopt it, they flee! Or just move on.]

 How does assessment work? Feedback in the comments? Perhaps use “Storify”?