ThingLink

a visual tool for you and your students

Thinglink

What is it?

ThingLink is a free, web-based tool and mobile app designed to create interactive images. A person can add videos, other images, audio, links to the web, or just plain text to create a visual that includes a lot of information in a small amount of space.

Why would I want it?

~ It's visual, and so many of our students are accustomed to and/or prefer visual learning.

~ It's flexible, allowing a person to include both background knowledge and opportunities for new learning in one interactive image.

~ It is a communication tool, giving students/parents/community members an opportunity to "peek in" on what's going on in the classroom.

~ It is easy to use, so students can curate information and organize it in their own way.

~ It can be used with just about every grade and in just about every subject area.

But does it meet the standards?

From CCRS Anchor Standards for Reading (gr. 9-10),

#7: Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including

visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.*

From CCRS Anchor Standards for Writing (gr. 9-10),

#11: Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including

visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.*

From CCRS Anchor Standards for Speaking and Listening (gr. 9-10),

#2: Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally.

#5: Make strategic use of digital media and visual displays of data to express information and enhance understanding of presentations.


and that's just the start. :)

Real life example...from the picture that shut down Twitter.

The possibilities for education are endless!

So how do I get started?

1. Go to www.thinglink.com/edu.

2. Click on "I'm a teacher" and then "Start Now" to create an account.

3. If you have a Google Plus or Twitter account that uses your school email, you can create an account through one of those. Otherwise, enter the information required.

4. Start exploring and creating!


Once you've created an account, you can add the ThingLink app to your iPad to create interactive images from there as well.


Here's one I started...

Benefits of an educator account...

--you can create groups of students, either with an email address or not

--students have limits to what they can see

--integrated with Google Drive

Teachable Moment!

Since many of the images, videos, etc. that could be added to an interactive image may be under copyright, using ThingLink provides an excellent opportunity to talk about what should and should not be used from the web and how to find copyright-friendly resources. It's a great way to add digital citizenship to your class discussions!

Now you try! How could you use this tool in your classroom?