Thinglink: Create Interactive Images in the Classroom

thinglinkMy school district uses Microsoft products, and each time I launch Internet Explorer I’m introduced to an intriguing image on Bing. I love that different areas of the photo are tagged so the reader can learn more about the image. So when I was introduced to Thinglink, I thought, “This is so cool! It’s like kids creating their own Bing images!”

I’ve introduced Thinglink to many teachers in my district. A first grade teacher has used Thinglink with students to show what they’ve learned about bats. Another teacher used Thinglink in her 8th grade science class. Students tagged an image with information about chemical reactions. History, English, math, science, P.E., music… the possibilities are truly endless.

How Does Thinglink Work?

One of the greatest things about Thinglink is that it integrates with so many other web-based tools.

  • Students can take a photo of their own work and upload it to Thinglink, or they can go online to find an image appropriate to what they are studying (as long as they obtain permission and properly cite their sources).
  • Once the photo is uploaded, students then “tag” the image with many different types of rich media tags, including audio files, videos, other images, and more.
  • For example, students can record themselves reading a story on SoundCloud and use that recording as a tag on an image.

Using Thinglink is a great way to combine many different smaller projects related to a theme into a central, visually-appealing location. Here’s an example of a Thinglink I made to show the different apps on my iPad’s One Screen.

Common Core Connection

Thinglink is yet another web-based tool that can be used in any subject area and by any grade level. It more closely aligns with the 7 Cs, specifically Communication. Students use Thinglink to show what they know (and possibly how they know it), so they are increasing their ability to communicate effectively as well as improving their Content Understanding. It doesn’t get more Common Core than that!

What Do You Think?

How have you used Thinglink with students? Do they create the Thinglinks or do you?

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