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How Teachers Use Pinterest: Similarities and Differences in Teachers' Uses of Pinterest for Instructional Planning

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This qualitative study investigates how pre-service and in-service teachers use Pinterest. Based on a survey of 180 pre- and in-service teachers, we find that teachers use Pinterest as a means of “idea gathering” to serve as a jumping off point for more focused lesson planning. As a result, the majority of teachers surveyed indicated they made substantial adaptations to resources found on Pinterest, most often through simplification or extension. Pre-service and in-service teachers did use Pinterest slightly differently, however. Pre-service teachers’ responses were overall less nuanced than in-service teachers, many of whom indicated specific academic uses and extensions of Pinterest resources.


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