ThingLink is a tool that allows users to create interactive images to tell a story. Users upload images from their computer, Facebook, Flickr, or a webpage and then add interactive "Tags" that can be text, videos, audio, or links to websites and places on the web.
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Creating a ThingLink Teacher Account & Getting Students Signed-Up
Now teachers can sign-up for a teacher account and also create accounts for their students in just a few simple steps. Teachers can create an account with email, Twitter, Facebook, or your Google account. Setting up an account as a teacher makes it easy for educators to collect, view, and organize students' work and also allows students to easily find their teacher's ThingLinks. When a teacher account is created, ThingLink automatically creates a classroom group. With this classroom group, teachers can add students. Check out this blog post from ThingLink that explains some of the added benefits to the teacher accounts.
Below is a great video tutorial on getting you and your students signed-up.
After reading an article by Richard Byrne, here are some of my favorite ideas on how to use ThingLink in the classroom:
- Create a Portfolio
- Have students add links to different artifacts that they have created. Students could include webpages, presentations, videos, written papers or photos.
- Create an Interactive Report
- Add audio clips, primary source documents, videos, maps, and artifacts from Google Docs to your base picture.
- Create interactive Bulletin Boards
- Take a photo of a classroom bulletin board. Have students make tags on their work and share what they learned with parents or others.
- Make Art Talk
- Ask students to record and listen to stories about their own art work.
- Create an Interactive Adventure for Learning
- Create a ThingLink that includes websites, text, videos, blogs, and other web tools to allow students to discover their own learning through the teacher's guided resources.
As always, feel free to direct any questions to an ITF. We would be more than happy to come support you or your students!