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91+ Interesting Ways* to Use ThingLink in the Classroom
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91+ Interesting Ways* to Use ThingLink in the Classroom
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What is ThingLink?
ThingLink offers a web platform and mobile app for creating and sharing interactive images. This allows teachers or students to add content inside any image - including photos, video and audio players, web links, polls, text and more - that appear in the image when shared and viewed.
ThingLink in the Classroom
The ideas for using ThingLink in education are limitless!
ThingLink playlist on Lesson Paths by Susan Oxnevad. See and learn at http://bit.ly/MKfkJF
Teachers and students can create collections of work within the safety of their own ThingLink Teacher classroom with an exciting new feature known as Channels.ThingLink Channels provide users with the ability to organize images into embeddable interactive albums with the click of a button. Teachers and students have the flexibility to build Channels that are connected to learning goals and compliment classroom routines. Channels are a fantastic addition to ThingLink Teacher, with many opportunities for use for teaching and learning.
Check out these blog posts about the new features:
Learn more about ThingLink_EDU
Get detailed information about how to register for an education account and set up your ThingLink classroom here:
Ideas! Ideas!! Ideas!!!
On the following slides, educators have shared some of the many ways they are using ThingLink.
Please add your own!
#1 - Getting to Know You
Ask students to take photos of one another or draw self-portraits using an online drawing tool. Each student should upload his/her image and add tags to help others get to know him or her. For example, create a tag or link to a photo, video, or audio file to describe his/her:
#2 - Create an Interactive Report
Ask students to locate and download a Creative Commons image that best illustrates the general topic of the report; for example, the heart, Slovenia, a myth, a painting by an artist, a photo or illustration of a famous person, a map. They should create a tag with the citation for the image.
Then add information as appropriate:
#3 - Portfolio
Identify competencies to be documented or standards to be demonstrated (student or teacher) and create a graphic using an online chart or drawing tool.
Add links to artifacts demonstrating competency such as presentations, webpages, videos, photos, etc.
Add links to written or recorded reflections.
#4 - Mapping Data
Using an appropriate map as a base image, add data via links to photos, webpages or audio recordings such as:
#5 - Mapping Data Collaboratively
Identify other schools or classroom from whom to collect data for a project
Using an appropriate map as a base image, each school or classroom adds data with links to photos, webpages or audio recordings such as
#6 - Identify Parts of a Whole
Identify parts of a toolbar, name parts of a whole, names of equipment, etc. Students could add the tags in place of a quiz.
They could also research or "discover" them and tag them with the correct term or function.
#7 - This Week I Learned
Communicate with parents. Ask students to write one thing they learned that day or week on a sticky note. Photograph them and add tags with first name of the student and what they learned. Add to class blog or wiki for parents to view.
#8 - End of the Year US History Project
#9 - Interactive Bulletin Boards
Add information to bulletin board items or ask questions about them by adding info-links to a photo of the bulletin board.
Great for letting parents know what's happening in the classroom, too!
#10 - Make Visuals Audible
Add sound effects or oral explanations to classroom images or displays. For example: sounds of instruments to classroom images of them.
#11 - I Can Do It Better Now
Document progress on a skill.
For example, reading fluency: Record samples of a student reading at different times over the year and add those with dates and progress notes
Or use video clips of motor skills, etc. Document progress in a skill or compet
#12 - Interactive Book Talk
Photograph groups of new books or groups of books on a topic or theme. Add links to recorded booktalk.
Or ask students to create audio ads or video booktrailers for each title and link them to the book cover.
#13 - Interactive Photo Collage
Or use as an index to student projects, reports or wiki pages.
Students could also add tags with descriptive adjectives, synonyms, antonyms, etc.
#14 - Fly on the Wall
Give parents or new students a peek at your classroom, activities, learning centers, events and special features.
Or provide a virtual tour of your school through interactive images on your school blog or website with audio, video and photos.
#15 - Make Art Talk
Ask students to record and listen to stories about their artwork or work of a famous artist.
#16 - Multimedia Definitions
Create an image using a vocabulary word. Let students add links with photos, videos, text or even webpages that demonstrate the meaning.
For example this text
could link to
#17 - Listen to Interviews
Upload interviews to SoundCloud and then link to people in an image. For example, community helpers, relatives or veterans.
#18 - Internet Scavenger Hunt
Create questions related to any topic that can be answered from a specific webpage. Link to the correct webpage from a .jpg of the document.
Hint: For younger students, use a webpage highlighter to help them locate the correct information.
#19 - Generate Interest
Using a picture or photo related to an upcoming topic, ask probing questions to generate interest.
Because links can be added and/or edited, clues could be added as it gets closer to the unit of study.
#20 - Make Yourself Interactive
You can tell others about yourself by using tags in Thinglink. Use a photo of yourself, an avatar or a collage! Remember you can include videos, audio clips, text, links to webpages and more.
Students can do the same!
#21 - Interactive Authors
Students (or teachers) can create "interactive author" presentations adding tags to book lists, book trailers, biographies, bibliographies and more.
For example, see author
Laurie Halse Anderson's
interactive image at
#22 - Psychological Disorders
Create interactive images for different disorders (personality, abnormal, brain) and create hot spots with more information about the disorder. These images can then be viewed and used by students as a study guide.
For more #edtech ideas follow me @mikeoberdick or view my Tech Messages blog at bit.ly/techmessages.
#23 For Professional Development
to drive Professional
Digital Differentiation by Susan Oxnevad
Explore on Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners
#24 - Add multimedia to a Wordle
Add text, audio, weblinks, video, and more to any Wordle to make it interactive.
See (and hear!) this interactive Wordle by @mbritt at http://www.thinglink.com/scene/253611790032699392#Thinglink
#25 - Make Interactive Wordle Reading Lists
#26 - Photo Based Quizzes
Let's face it...most quizzes are boring. But, what if you could ask the same questions but attach them to a photo? ThingLink lets you do that AND you can post it on Facebook or Twitter (or send it by email). I love it! I made this little sample Dante quiz on Circle 7: Violence.
#27 - Curriculum Launcher
#28 - Teach Poetic Techniques
Let students HEAR poetry and speeches. I embedded this tagged image into my wiki to begin a unit on War Poetry. Students have links to poems, poets, techniques and discussions as well as images and music.
you can embed them onto your wiki for a whole group to use.
#29 - Use Color Nubbins as a Key
See this interactive graphic at http://bit.ly/MzjGRw --by @soxnevad
#30-Make your image say more!
View interactive image at http://bit.ly/O8fUEj
by Jamie Forshey (@edutech20)
#31- Create playlists with MentorMob
#32 - Put it all together to create an interactive adventure for learning
#33 - Take Your Syllabus to a Whole New Level
#34 - Describe your courses in ONLY 1 image
We are ALL responsible for a secure Internet!
with interactive rich-media content:
see example at
Contributed by @knolinfos
I used a FREE PowerPoint Template where I added the text + then I made a screenshot from it. I uploaded the screenshot to Thinglink and edited it...
#35 - For Language Learning
Students record audio & teacher provides audio feedback in foreclassesign language
This example by @mbritt - See and hear original at http://bit.ly/TosuS9
#36 - Use Icons as Nubbins (dots)
In addition to the colored dots or nubbins, ThingLink has added 10 graphic icons to every user account. When you're tagging images, use an icon to add expression to your links.
#37-Add more to INFO your infographics
#38 - Identify Places Visited on a Map
After studying maps and globes, our 5th grade students wrote blog posts and embedded a Thinglink about places they have been in the United States. Click here to see our posts. Feel free to leave a comments if you have time.
#39 -Listen & Learn
Listen to music of composers & read biographical information
How about listening to poets, authors, instruments, languages, vocabulary, student work?
#40 -Match - Don't Match
@PadulaJohn asked his class to observe similarities and differences between an artist's rendering of a historical event and a news story about that event--in this case Paul Revere's famous engraving of the Boston Massacre. See more at http://bit.ly/VYeuBa.
#41 -Add a sound clip
Link to a website with the speech or to the recording on SoundCloud.
See more at http://bit.ly/VYeuBa.
#42 - Encourage students to dig deeper
Identify confusing or unusual items in an image and offer extra credit to students who dig deeper and learn more.
See more at http://bit.ly/VYeuBa.
#43 - Fact Checking
Let others know if facts are accurate...
Ask student s to check the facts, document the truth in your their own words and provide a link to the source of the information.
#44 -Use the social features to share, discover, follow and more
See more ideas and this interactive image
by Jamie Forshey at
#45-Share a List & Links
This is an interactive image I created by putting links to crossword making generators.
I may have put all the links in a list and it may have spared you the time of clicking the tags, one by one. But then it would have been so boring.
From Thinglink and 15 crossword puzzle makers by Baiba Svenca
#46 - Interactive/Collaborative Image Labeler
Take a look at a sample from our class today – an interactive Excel Terms Desktop.. Click to open the Excel Interactive Desktop. Also check out the Google “Stock Chart Interactive” also available here.
Collaborating with each other online adds a social and collaborative element to an otherwise mundane task of studying/memorizing key terms and ideas.
#47 Thinglink in Education
Link to instructor or student made videos uploaded to You Tube
Debate using Soundcloud
More ideas found in post
#48 - Lead students on an interactive tech-knowledge-y journey
@dutech20 created this Thinglink'd guide which leads students through "several technology activities while addressing a variety of PA English/Language Arts standards students are expected to master in the sixth grade—narrative elements, character traits, drawing conclusions and distinguishing between facts and opinions to name a few. This project also included meeting NETS Common Core State Standards as well."
See her blog post and interactive image at http://bit.ly/VfZJmP
#49 - Link & Explain; Teach & Learn
Add information, motion, clarity and interest to an existing image. Explore the human cell by Beth Lutz at http://bit.ly/Vg9q4E
#50 - Visualize a Process
Don't tell how to do something. Show it.
#51 - Design Your Digital Self
This activity is from Susan Oxnevad. Create an avatar and then create links to describe your digital self:
See @Soxnevad's activity at http://bit.ly/TQX0WN
#52 - Use a ThingLink image as preparation for a classroom discussion
*Assign a ThingLink image to prepare students for an in-class discussion
*Instead of just reading a text, students will have to analyze various sources such as text, audio, video
*By using ThingLink, teacher can meet the needs of different types of learners (audio, visual, etc)
# 53 - Flipped Professional Development
click away from everything they will be working on.
staff can create any accounts that are needed and
get an idea of what to expect for the day.
tech that might also want to check out.
created by Laura Conley Flipped PD Model @lconley86
For more information you may want to read my guest post at www.gettingsmart.com "7 Steps to Flipped PD"
#54 - Identify Story Setting, Places and Events on a Map
Use a map from a fiction story you are reading with your class. Plot the locations from the story on the map. Have students write a short blurb about what happened at that location!
#55 - Create An Interactive Tutorial Menu
Gather the best tutorials on a tool or topic and create a graphic menu to make them accessible.
See this example from Librarians on the Fly at
#56 - Create a Visual Resume
Here's one example--using Lego figures with text and web links via ThingLink. http://bit.ly/11kO3Hx
#57 - Create Anchoring Activities
That Double As Study Guides!
Use ThingLinks as anchoring activities while students wait for their peers to finish a test. Great way to have students meaningfully explore the next unit of study using a ThingLink full of goodies!
Reference the ThingLink throughout the unit of study, and use it as an interactive study guide to prepare for the next assessment.
Rinse and repeat!
Mrs. Cathy Yenca - MathyCathy's Blog
Interact with this ThingLink here: http://bit.ly/TiCzlA
#58 - Use a ThingLink as a Table of Contents
Use ThingLink as a "home base" or "table of contents" for students to access and login to something password-protected.
Here's one that allows students from multiple class periods to easily gain access to password-protected "quizzes" as well as some practice quizzes to try.
Mrs. Cathy Yenca - MathyCathy's Blog
Interact with this ThingLink Here: http://bit.ly/10vRhI7
#59 - Use a ThingLink as a
Virtual Interactive Resume
Use Thinglink to create a virtual interactive resume. The image was actually created with the Designs for Pages app on the iPad and then uploaded as an image.
Consider linking to podcasts, blogs, Dropbox's of PDF's, Pinterest boards, and social networks.
Create a QR code to the image and place it on a card to share with others.
Mrs. Lisa Johnson - Lisa's Blog - www.techchef4u.com
Interact with this ThingLink Here: http://www.thinglink.com/scene/351455266283192321#tlsite
#60 - Use a ThingLink as a
PD Flipped Hub
Use Thinglink to create a virtual interactive PD resource. This was intended to be a "speed date your iPad" interactive to support vocabulary integration in the iClassroom.
The image includes:
#61 - Collect Books and Movies
ThingLink makes an interesting way for students to collect favourite books and movies. Embedded book links might be to the publisher's website, author's website, or illustrators website. Students could also link to a book trailer, audio or a video clip. Great way for kids to find suggestions of other books to read! See the actual ThingLink represented by the image below --and more ideas for integration--at The Book Chook blog.
#62 - Visual Literacy
Students create their own visual Representation or Mashup for an event, a novel, a theme or a character. The options are limitless.
Students can draw their own picture, use Photoshop, photo apps or pic monkey to create their visual representation.
Visual Representations can include :
Use Thinglink to make the image interactive and dig deeper with explanations, links or annotations that JUSTIFY choice of text, image & colour. --@carlaleeB
#63 - Differentiation for Learning Support or Low Literacy Students
Exploring the lives of people from the past,present, place, literature or an event .
Students can annotate an image to explore & describe
This works particularly well with special needs students or low literacy support students.
Examples include :
Character from literature or film
What else can you think of ?
#64 - Use the REMIX feature!
When you’re viewing a ThingLink image that has enabled remixing, you see a Remix icon on the right. Clicking the icon automatically creates a version of that image in your own account that you can edit. The existing tags will appear, but you can change them and add your own. Your tags will not show in the original image, but your remixed version appears in the comments of the original image.
How can Remix be used in schools?
A teacher composes a set of questions on a ThingLink image of a garden with various plants. A student can click the Remix button, and answer the questions on her own version of the image.
(from the ThingLink Blog)
#65 - Create a Collaborative eGreeting
Create and image and invite others to edit by adding photos, video, audio, weblinks, or text for birthdays, retirement and other events.
See this birthday egreeting at http://www.techchef4u.com/?p=5136
#66 - The Oscar Niemeyer International Cultural Centre
In the North of Spain we have a great Cultural Centre designed by the well-known Brazilian architect, Oscar Niemeyer. This centre has become a landmark for tourists coming into town from all over the world.
My ESL students and I decided to give the visitors an interactive taste of what to expect when reaching the centre and designed this ThingLink poster, which we embedded in our classroom blog.
#67 - Analyze an Ad or any Static Image
When studying persuasive techniques, students could select an ad and identify the various components of it. They could also link to ads that are similar or different. Heck, they could create their own interactive ads that provide viewers with way more info than any static image could.
My example (link)
Submitted by Craig Steenstra
Kent Intermediate School District
#68 - ThingLink Mobile + Mathematics: Annotating Student Work
First, students use a "drawing app" to work out a problem. Students use the "drawing" as the ThingLink background. "Nubbins" can be strategically placed within student work to explain the steps in the problem without covering up the work.
* Math syntax is not an issue when students "draw" their work
* Math syntax is not an issue when using "nubbins" to explain work (students explain work in phrases and sentences)
Mrs. Cathy Yenca - MathyCathy's Blog
#69 Highlight & Share Student Work
Let students choose examples of their best work and ThingLink them to share with peers and parents.
See the original here: http://bit.ly/17ijPVF
#70 Introduce Students and Parents to a New School
The first few days at a new school can be an overwhelming for some students. From meeting new people to simply knowing their way around a new building there is a lot to take in all at once. If you have iPads in classroom, there are a couple of apps that could help you help your students get familiar with the people and places within your school.
ThingLink's iPad app allows you to import pictures from your iPad's camera roll and or take new pictures to turn into interactive images. Use the app to take pictures of your important places in your school and put interactive labels on them through ThingLink. After creating your interactive images you can post them on your classroom blog and or share them directly to your students. (This activity can also be done by using ThingLink.com instead of the iPad app).
from FreeTech4Teachers by @rmbyrne
#71 Pack a Lot of Information into a Small Space
#72 Create Tutorials for Staff Development
Hovercam Flex tutorial by Robert Pettito. See the original and be sure to read his post Ditch the Packets...Use Thinglink as a Professional Development Tool!
#73 Create an Annotated Selfie
Selfies are popular; take a picture of yourself with your mobile phone.
Shelfie are a spin-off of that; take a picture of yourself in front of your bookshelf and/or with your favorite or current read.
Kevin Hobson suggests annotated shelfies and here is his. He describes some of this favorites and provides links to them on Amazon (but it could be to your school’s online catalog) See the original here: http://bit.ly/1djbhoj
#74 Use as an icebreaker in or to reflect on professional development
For example: In mobile technology workshop, do a 4 app challenge: Introduce yourself with the 4 apps that are you. Combine them into one image and use ThingLink to explain why you chose each.
From Amy Burvall’s post at http://bit.ly/1hdLkod : “I chose an app called “Pic Play Post” for my phone (thought I often use PicMonkey collage on the Web) and Thinglink (which is like, the best thing ever). It easily allows one to augment an image (though you have to make a collage first) with YouTube videos, Soundcloud files, or text and hyperlinks. I’d used it before for a workshop I hosted as an introduction activity. Each participant had to introduce themselves in 4 iPad apps: that is, what are the 4 apps that are the essence of you? Here’s a screenshot my 4 app challenge, and you can see I’ve clicked on one of the annotations.
#75 - Combine High & Low Tech
See how one class combined several tech tools -- both high tech and low -- to learn and share their new knowledge.
#76 - Design a Base Image & Add Interactivity from Web & ios
Use a tool like Canva to design a base image for linking content.
Use a combination of thinglink on the web and the ios app to add web links as well as digitally created products from other apps like explain everything.
#77 - The Desmos + Thinglink Combo
Use Desmos to generate graphs and questions. Kids can add background knowledge and video explanations and even generate more graphs in response using the thinglink app.
#78 - Thinglink + Glogster Mashup
#79 - ThingLink to Track Mystery Location
We started using ThingLink as an interactive way to track all of our Mystery Location (Skype) calls. We post each new location to the ThingLink and it is embedded on our class Weebly page and our website!
#80 - Augmented Board Notes
Take a picture of the day’s notes written on the board, and ThingLink it!
-Add videos of the concept
-Add additional meanings or discussion points
This works great for studying before a quiz, or for an absent student.
#81 - Virtual Tour
Travel the world without leaving the room!
Take a map, and attach YouTube videos of each particular area or point of interest - this one included a short video of each region in Spain:
#82 - Student Organizational Tool
Use ThingLink to organize class projects with multiple online components. Thinlink not only supports the student doing the organization, but also helps their classmates who can now see the creation PROCESS as well as the final product. Teachers can create customized images for the students to use as backgrounds that support the desired process and could even serve as a project check-list.
Image: Sara Staten
#83 - Digital Portfolio
Students can post links to their course work from throughout the year to a single ThingLink to connect projects, videos, artwork, essays, outlines, posters. etc. (See the example below.)
The power of using Thinglink as a portfolio is the ease with which it can combine media from varied places and then the simplicity with which it can be then be embedded in a web page or blog. Thinkglink converts lists of web links into polished and visually appealing posts. Once a Thinglink is embedded in a page, any additional changes made to it will automatically update.
#84 - Showcase Student Learning
Thinglink can make sharing a class’ work with the rest of the school and community easier. The physical class bulletin board or hallway project display has long served as a way to share the work of an entire class with the rest of the school, parents or the community. ThingLink can make student work easily available to others, allowing the learning to be extended and valued throughout the entire community. The simplicity can make sharing with classes outside of your school, with classes across the country, or even with classes from around world all possible with a single link. Parents can access the work, creating real transparency and openness to the school community. Classwork tells the story of our classrooms, and as Patrick Larkin (@patrickmlarkin) says, “If you don’t tell your story, someone else will tell it for you.”
Image: Shawn McCusker
#85 - Assignment & Task Organizer
As the complexity of classroom tasks and assignments increases, it is important to present them in an easily understandable way. ThingLink can be used as a tool for teachers to deliver various components of an assignment to students - neatly placing all of them together in one place. Additionally, ThingLink images can be embedded into web pages, or shared via LMS systems such as Schoology, Edmodo, Moodle etc., allowing it to integrate seamlessly with other systems that the teacher already has in place.
Image: Joe Maher
#86 - Document Field Trips
Students took pictures on field trip to 9th Ward in New Orleans where they visited a school and library. They had to document what they saw and learned on a digital of their choice.
Elizabeth Kahn, librarian
Patrick Taylor Sci Tech Academy
Need to add some spice to your Professional Learning? Create a graphic in Canva (or another tool), import it into Thinglink, and tag it with links to your content.
Click on the image to view our “Tech Challenges” for August and September.
Created by Chris Rogers (@chrisrogers07), Harbins Elementary School, Dacula, GA
#87 - Differentiate Your Professional
#88 - Virtual Field Trips
#89 - Review Math Vocabulary
Venetia Ricchio uses Thinglink with Glogster posters to help students with vocabulary and definitions.
Submitted by @bellagio594
#90 - Link to construction videos
Submitted by @bellagio594
#91 - Show solutions to systems word problems
Submitted by @bellagio594 https://www.thinglink.com/scene/727692816360144898
#92 - Your Idea HERE!!!
Have an idea to add?
Be sure to give yourself credit and a link to the interactive version of your image if possible.
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Share ThingLink Images
You can share any ThingLink'd interactive image with a URL, by embedding it on your webpage or blog, or with any of these social tools, Click on the "person" icon and the sharing info will pop up!
Tweet Your Image
Any user seeing your tweet can explore the live tags right on Twitter!. Click “View Media” and the interactive image opens up.
The image is also viewable by clicking the date/time stamp on the Tweet and the status update version of the Tweet will appear with the image and interactivity.
Collect Images You Like
Touch is a way to collect images that you like or find useful. Images you have touched can be found on your Touches page.To touch an image click on the Touch button next to the image on ThingLink. You can "untouch" it if you'd like, too!
Try these features:
Image Streams, Comments, Search, Responsive Design, Mobile View & Notifiche
Log into ThingLink. Click MY IMAGES to see your own image stream.
Image Streams - While viewing any image, check out other images from that user by clicking on their profile icon (top left of the image title). Hit the + sign to follow any user; their images will then appear in your NETWORK image stream.
Comment - You can comment on any image.
Search for images by keyword. ThingLink will point you to images you can discover and share, and publishers you can follow. Here's the search on "education."
Mobile View and Responsive Design - ThingLink has been optimized for iOS- and Android-powered mobile devices, so your images will look even more awesome on mobile. If you’re viewing on a desktop (or laptop), ThingLink will adapt to any size browser.
Notifiche - Click your profile image (top right) to see the latest comments on your images. That’s where you can also access GROUPS, HELP, SETTINGS (change your password) and LOGOUT. If you have not updated your profile image, you can do so in SETTINGS.
See even more ideas for ThingLink in education at http://edutl.tumblr.com/
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A big THANK YOU to @TomBarrett for this idea. See all of his Interesting Ideas.
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