In an effort to test the educational application of Pinterest, I created a pin board for this project.
The main issue that I found was that pages without large images could not be pinned to the board. This was an unfortunate problem, but one that I was able to get around by looking for more meaningful Web sites instead of just links to resources. For example, I wasn't able to link sites like blogger.com, facebook.com, or twitter.com. I was able to link news articles, posts from whitehouse.gov, and a link to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. I was also able to add links to YouTube videos!
I see many possible applications for this tool. Students will be able to use it much like a social bookmarking site, except it uses multimedia instead of plain text links. Students can post a 500 character description of the link, and then peers can post comments. I think this would be an awesome tool for a classroom or telecollaborative project. Students could work together to create a group pin board on a specific topic. Pin boards are engaging and interactive. I see my students using them on their own all the time, so why shouldn't we tap into the educational possibilities?
As of right now, Pinterest is only available by invitation. I was able to request an invitation and received mine within 48 hours. I can now invite my students to join. If anyone would like an invitation to join Pinterest, please send me a message with your e-mail address and I'll see to it that you get one.