ThingLink is a Web 2.0 application that allows users to easily create interactive images and then share them with others. The process is simple: create a free account, add an image, add tags with links, videos, or labels by clicking in different areas on the image, and then share via Facebook, Twitter, email, or even Edmodo. You could even create a QR code with the link for students to scan to access the image on their mobile device.
ThingLink can be used across the curriculum, and students can access the images from any device, making it a great tool to use with MIT/BYOD. The following is a list of ways to use ThingLink in the classroom.
- When studying wars in Social Studies/History, tag a picture of a map with links to videos or descriptions of famous battles. Share with students and have them explore the links from their devices as an introductory activity before the lesson.
- In Math, tag pictures of geometric shapes with labels, definitions, and formulas. Include links to instructional videos or written explanations. Share with students and let them reference the picture on their devices when working problems in class or at home.
- In Science, tag an image of the solar system with descriptions and/or videos about the planets. Share with students and let them explore on their own.
- In Language Arts, label a picture of a written poem or passage with the parts of speech.
- In any subject, tag pictures of important people with videos about the person and/or important facts about their life or accomplishments. Have students write a brief summary of what they learned in Edmodo or Google Docs.