What We Want You to Learn:

This tutorial on Pinterest has five areas of learning. These include:

What is Pinterest?

Pinterest is a new sharing website. The website is found at  and allows you to post images, share images, group images, and comment on other people’s images. It is just like making a memory book – you just do it online and share it with your friends.
Pinterest allows you to create a page full of images, quotes, and pictures based on the things you like. The difference is that your photos and images are shared online and you can “pin” these items onto “boards”. Basically, that means you place your images into your favorite categories where they can viewed together.

Let’s get started with Pinterest!

Go to 

Pinterest Login

Click on “Join Pinterest”

Sign up for your own Pinterest account

Pinterest Welcome

To sign up with your Facebook account, click Facebook (this is quick and easy!)
To sign up with your email, click the “your email address” line

Select 5 “boards” to “follow”

Click on an “interest category” from left column of page

Pinterest Boards List 1
 (item will highlight when clicked and sample boards to follow will appear)

Click a “board” to “follow”
Create boards

Continue until you have selected five topics (ie – have created 5 boards)
HINT – HAVE FUN – select a different interests.
Once you have selected 5 boards to follow, hit “Next” on upper right corner

Create your OWN board (again – lets have fun!)

Click on any category that interests you on the left bar

Boards to follow
Pinterest will suggest some “boards” (example: “I need this”) for your use

Challenge! Challenge yourself and select “something else” to create your own unique board

Select and Repin Images

Once you have created your own board, you’ll be taken a page that will look like this:

Pinterest page Search through images and find an image you like. Click on that image.


Example Image

If you “like” the image – add a comment in the comment box, and click the  Post Coment when you’re done.

Picture with comments

Then scroll to upper corner of image to “Repin” the image to your own board
Congratulations! You just created your first Pin!
Now continue, play around, visit other “categories” and build new boards.
Hint: if you choose not to “pin” the image, just click on screen behind it and it will take you back to the other screen.

Challenge Projects: 

Want to do more with Pinterest? Here are a few additional items to explore on your own including videos to help you and connecting with your friends through Pinterest. Have fun! 

      • Check out the Pinterest YouTube video (see next module on YouTube!) worth checking out!Check out
      • How to video on setting up the “Pin It” button on your browser.
      • Locate some of your friend and follow them, repin their pins, and comment/like their images.
      • Link to your Facebook account – get more of your “friends” sharing on Pinterest

Congratulations & Thank You!

You have completed Module 6: Pinterest from LINKS TO LITERACY
This module is licensed under the creative commons
This Learning 2.0 module was originally designed and implemented by students in Dr. Michael Stephens‘ Transformative Literacies class in the Spring of 2013.  This class is part of San Jose State University’s School of Library and Information Science curriculum. It was authored by Elaine Hall for Huntington Beach Public Library Literacy Group. It is available for use for other libraries or institutions.  This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.