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Empirical Research

Published online September 26, 2021 https://doi.org/10.1186/s42862-021-00013-z

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Are you a team player or a personal pinner? situating pinterest as part of teachersâ

Lisa Lundgren1,Rachelle Curcio2,Stephanie E. Schroeder3

Department of Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences, Utah State University, Logan, USA; Instruction and Teacher Education, University of South Carolina, Columbia, USA; Curriculum and Instruction, Pennsylvania State University, State College, USA

Correspondence to:Lisa Lundgren

Received: June 14, 2021; Accepted: September 15, 2021

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Abstract

Pinterest, a popular social networking site, is used as a resource by educators across all grade levels. We take the perspective that Pinterest acts as a professional learning network (PLN) and interrogate the ways that teachers share resources within online/offline PLNs. Eighty-eight teachers responded to a survey that asked about their social media use as well as their sharing of Pinterest resources with their professional colleagues. Building from the media use typology, we developed the Peer-to-Peer Pinterest Sharing Typology to describe types of sharing, finding that most respondents indicated that they did not share resources, others shared if forced to, and some shared as a way to enhance collegial collaboration. This research expands limited empirical work on both Pinterest as a PLN and on how learning and resources from online PLNs cross into school-based ones. This work will be of interest to those who seek to understand how social media sites play a role in teacher professional learning.

Keywords: Professional learning networks, Social media, Teacher professional development, Qualitative research, Social media typology

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