How Effective is Pinterest in the Classroom?

Historians are experimenting with a number of tools in the history classroom.  In the past, I’ve used Twitter, Google Drive, and a Google-generated website with my students.  Now, we have historians turning to tools such as Pinterest and Buzzfeed.  Are these tools “more accessible” to students?  Do they augment classroom engagement in a way that other tools do not?  I’m excited to see how this teacher’s Pinterest experiment pans out over the course of the semester.  Check out the blog post here.

As a quick experiment, I headed to Pinterest and searched for “history.”  The attached pdf shows the abundance of search results.  This makes me wonder how historians are using Pinterest not only as a tool in the classroom, but also as a tool for their own research.  Is there anyone out there who defends Pinterest as a useful organizing tool?