I know I have introduce a couple of presentation tools so far, but I think it is important as a teacher to have a wide range of these tools, because it is a way to keep students attention. From my personal experience as a student I know that a good presentation tool makes all the difference between being interested versus falling asleep. This is why today I decided to introduce you to ThingLink. The concept behind ThingLink is to create interactive images. It is possible to take any image and to add links to whatever website (YouTube, Twitter, SoundCloud, etc.) When your creation is complete, it is possible to share it on the website and allow people to comment, re-share it, and even modify it!
People can modify your picture once it is share. It brings another dimension to this educational tool, because you can have your students collaborating on the same project from their home or from their own device. Collaborating skills are becoming more and more important in today’s educational curriculum. For educators and students, a special stream has been implemented so that users with a student status will only see the pictures of users with teacher or students status. This way the teacher and the students can collaborate easily.
In an article on Teaching History website, Jannelle Legg, a Ph.D student in the History department at George Mason University, mentions that what she likes the most about ThingLink is its flexibility. For example, she says that she likes to have students working together and presenting their research information to their classmates. I think it is an interesting way to create a study report. Instead of writing a boring paper, they could use a picture linked to the subject of their study and use tags and links to presents their information. Tags may be use full to break down information into smaller pieces. After the presentation, all the students as well as the teacher have access to the content of others. This is only an example of ThingLink application in an educational context.
On another website, 10 ways are proposed to integrate ThingLink in the classroom. Here are my 6 favorite just for you !
1. Have students illustrate research about a local landmark on a picture of that landmark and then link it to a ThingLink map of your community.
2. Have students illustrate the events of a story on a ThingLink map with images from Google Earth.
3. Have students create autobiographical ThingLinks using photos of themselves.
* Have them add links of websites they like, illustrations of their favorite hobbies, their favorite music and some places they would like to travel to.
4. Have students define a word or concept by linking to examples on the web.
5. Have students create a call-to-action persuasive ThingLink that links to evidence for the student’s claim.
6. Have students create a character analyses of major characters or historical figures.