Thinglink

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ThingLink is a tool  for creating interactive images by tagging content to a photo or drawing. Tags can link to websites, Facebook or Twitter pages, videos, maps, other images, audio, or google resources. Users can also create interactive videos with a professional or premium account.

Price Free
Type of learning Multiliteracies, Constructivism, Connectivism
Ease of Use ★★★
Privacy
Accessibility ★★★
Class Size Unlimited
ISTE Standards for Students Knowledge Constructor, Creative Communicator, Global Collaborator

Interactive images can be shared on social networks, including Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest. There is an option to embed the Thinglink image on other websites as well.

Another feature that Thinglink offers is 360 degrees tours with tags. Users can upload 360 degrees pictures and add audio and video tags for a 3D virtual reality experience. This feature is only available with a Professional or Premium subscription.

ThingLink & the SAMR Model

  • Substitution: Interactive images can substitute linear PowerPoint presentations, educational videos, presentations, and posters.
  • Augmentation: Creating interactive images can improve the processes of searching and curating online content. It can be used by students or teacher, students can show their products as an online  portfolio, or use it as an aid for presentations.
  • Modification: Pre-designed interactive images can be commented on, shared, and modified using the remix button.
  • Redefinition: Mixing different modes of text, audio, and video provides an innovative  experience in the classroom. 
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Screenshot of the Thinglink database

Learning Activities

Thinglink can be especially useful for science, geography, history, language, and visual arts.

ScienceStudents can create an interactive image to develop or demonstrate their knowledge about a scientific concept or topic.  Check out this example of the solar system:Thinglink Solar System activity

 

English/Language Arts:  Students can make their own vocabulary mind map and tag related words  and images.  Students can also annotate images of their favorite authors and texts.  See an example in which the image links to the Edgar Allan Poe’s birthplace, major works, and related websites.Thinglink Poe
Geography:  
Students can pinpoint names of places and landmarks. They can also include definitions or annotate historical facts on maps. Geography Example ThingLink
Arts:
 Have you ever wanted to show your students a virtual tour to the Louvre? Better yet, your students can create one by tagging paintings to artist, times and movements. See an example here:Louvre ThingLink

How to Use ThingLink

Step 1 . Go to https://www.thinglink.com/

Step 2. Sign up by creating an account using an email or sign up using your Facebook, Twitter,  or Google account.

Step 3. Explore or follow popular users or topics.

Step  4. Upload an image from your hard drive, the Internet, or Facebook.

Step 5. Select a position on the image and tag it to a website, video, or map.

Step 6. Share your interactive image on Facebook, Twitter, Gplus  or obtain a code to  embed it in your website.

Resources

More ideas for how to use ThingLink

*All images sourced from https://www.thinglink.com/