EXEMPLARY INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY TOOL
What is ThingLink?
According to ThingLink website "ThingLink is the leading platform for creating interactive images and videos for web, social, advertising, and educational channels". It allows teacher and students to post images and link or tag it to other media such as video, website or a file (e.g PDF). By moving the mouse on the tag that located in the picture, the link will appear. Moreover, there is an option that allows other people to add more tags to your picture.
How to Use ThingLink?
- Sign up
- Click on "Create"
- Upload the picture
- Add Tag by click anywhere in the picture
- Edit Tag (add title or link)
- Click on "Save image"
Here is video show the six steps above:
How to Apply ThingLink in Curriculum Design?
ThingLink can be so good for visual learners. There are many ways that teacher and students can use ThingLink in curriculum design:
- A teacher can use ThingLink to illustrate a topic such as planets, chemical periodic table, landscapes and “how things work or happen?”. For example, the teacher can post a picture of planets and describe each one or link to video or web page.
- Illustration new vocabulary: a teacher can post a picture of something and ask her students to identify the names of things in the picture. For example, a teacher may post a picture of the living room and she/he adds the names of things in the living room. Also, the teacher can let the students add tags of the names of things in the living room.
- Summative or formative assessment: The teacher can use ThingLink as summative assessment when she/he asks students to add tags on the picture to see how much they understand (see the previous example of new vocabulary). It could be formative assessment if a teacher asks students to create ThingLink picture every week or every lesson about what they took in the class.
- Collaboration tool activities: let all students add tags in one picture or work in groups to do that. For example, as a warm-up activity, the teacher may ask students to add tags of what they know of a certain picture.
ThingLink and 21-Century Skills:
- Creativity and Innovation: ThingLink gives students an opportunity to extend their creativity by picking up their picture and link it to different media such as video, pictures, poster, presentation, website, PDF, and ebook. Therefore, students will able to illustrate their ideas by using different links (tags).
- Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: ThingLink may not support the critical thinking and solving problem. However, it could be possible if a teacher asks students to get a picture of a solution of a problem and explain it more by adding tags. For example, can ask to post a picture of climate change solution.
- Communication and Collaboration: ThingLink has some options that allow the communication and collaboration skills. Students can add a comments, and tags to their classmates or teacher picture. Moreover, the teacher can create a group and invite students by adding the ID or name or send the code to the students. The group allows teacher and students to post their pictures or other people pictures.
- Information Literacy: ThingLink does not support information literacy directly. However, the teacher or students can do that if they use tag feature and add a link (PDF or ebook link) to the picture.
- Media Literacy: ThingLink support Media Literacy by letting students and teacher share their picture in social network website or add the link of social network website on the picture itself.
- ICT Literacy: ThingLink needs ICT Literacy skills because students will use technology and digital technologies as a tool to illustrate their ideas in the picture and communicate information and apply their understanding.