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Thinglink... A good thing

With so many technology tools available it is so easy to forget about some and neglect using them. This is just what happened to me until a recent communication with @HelenCaldwel reminded me of thinglink an excellent tool which certainly should have a part to play in the modern classrooms no matter what age the student.

thinglink is an online platform for creating interactive images and videos for web. I have made good use of this for my own studies and to get an idea of what can be done click on the photo below.  Although the photo describes my thoughts on my first term of my MA it gives a very good idea of what can be achieved with this fantastic tool:





http://www.thinglink.com/scene/470185805818626050

As you can see, the picture has a variety of symbols.  This is because there are a variety of things that can be done.  You can:
  1. Add text
  2. Add another photo
  3. Add a link to another URL
  4. Add a video
These options are very easy to add with a simple click or tap on the photo depending on where you are working (on the web or on your tablet). 
 

 


I am excited to use this with my classes.  Once you have got your students to log on the permutations of what can be done are endless. Here are just four ideas to use in various areas of the school curriculum (and beyond):
  1. In another language take a photo of a town map and bring it alive with audio descriptions of different places in town.

  2. Get a photo of a famous author and add links to his or her famous works and add some text about the author.

  3. Find a picture of a volcano and add some links to video footage.  Better still make your own video and add this to your picture.
  4. Take a photo of a before and after experiment in science (use photo collage for this) and add video footage to the photo and some annotations about the experiment.
I believe thinglink is an exciting tool that can really redefine the work students are producing.  Drawing a map of your local area becomes a much more interesting task requiring many more skills. 
Have you used thinglink?  What do you think of it?  Do let me know in the comments box below.

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