Evaluation Matrix 1 : Pinterest

Please find below the evaluation matrix for Pinterest.

Name of teaching resource

Pinterest

Weblink (if web based)

https://www.pinterest.com/sushmapadmanabh/science-for-grade-5-earth-and-space-sciences/

Who should this digital teaching resource be used with? (ie year/grade)

Year 5.

How should it be used? (e.g. individual, whole class)

This resource was made as a teacher resource. It includes lesson plans and ideas that the teacher can use for the whole class.

Which subject or learning area would it be most appropriate to use in?

Science Understanding – Earth and Space Sciences (ACSSU078).

Identify the strengths of this teaching resource

This resource is convenient to use, as relevant material and websites have been curated and organised as per the topic. The visual nature of this resource, helps the educator picture how the resource would work in their setting, selecting aspects that will enhance their topic (Burks & Winstanley, 2014). The videos in this resource will enable the students to virtually travel through space, which is otherwise impossible, enabling students to understand abstract concepts, and engage better with the topic. Finally this resource has material to engage various styles of learners.

Identify any weaknesses of this teaching resource

One of the main challenges of using this resource, is the potential for copyright infringement (Dudenhoffer, 2012). Moreover, due to firewalls in schools, one must be aware that videos that have been curated may not work, as it could be blocked by the school server.

Explain any ideas you may have for further use of this teaching resource

This resource could be used as a student resource. For example, if the students are working on an assignment on space, they could use these pins to collate information and stay on track. The board could be shared with parents, who could download the apps and websites, to further sustain their children’s interest on the topic. It could also be developed into a lesson to be shared with children living in remote areas and students who are unable to attend school due to prolonged illness, to enable them to keep pace with the curriculum.

References:

Burks, H., & Winstanley, J. (2014). Use of Social Media : Primary Schools. U.K.: E. I. School Zone.

Dudenhoffer, C. (2012). Pin it! Pinterest as a library marketing and information literacy tool. College & Research Libraries News, 73(6), 328-332.