TLT @ Penn State

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When we asked if Pinterest was a good tool for discovery, he said “there’s a gazillion things, and Pinterest is a phenomenon that’s extraordinary.”
Pinterest is a way to discover things efficiently. You can find videos you would like to watch or jewelry you would like to buy more easily on the site. You can already pin a YouTube video and load it directly from the site. It shows up on “pinboards” - boards of links and videos associated with a specific topic, like fitness.

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I’m not advocating that Pinterest be the center of some sort of new systematic academic design efforts, but it is hard to deny that it has captured the imagination of a large portion of Internet users. I would like to have the chance to explore the affordances of the space to better understand how it could be used in different types of contexts.  Clearly it is a powerful and very personal curation tool, but how could it be used to enhance other parts of academic life?

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