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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!

  • It can be used with any subject and any grade level.
  • It can be used to communicate with parents.
  • It can be used for professional development.

ThingLink playlist on Lesson Paths by Susan Oxnevad. See and learn at http://bit.ly/MKfkJF

Teacher Features

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:

  • Favorite subjects
  • Hobbies or sports
  • Ancestry
  • Map with places they've lived or visited
  • Favorite song, band or group
  • Favorite TV show, website, or game

#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:


  • Short audio clips recorded and uploaded to Soundcloud 
  • Primary source documents
  • Podcasts or speeches
  • Video about the topic
  • A Google doc or presentation they've created
  • Link a map (which may also be ThingLinked)
  • Link to a Video or Slide Show of captioned pictures

#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:



  • local attractions
  • location of historic significance
  • upcoming events
  • survey data where location might be relevant

#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 


  • place of historic significance
  • link to current temperature
  • link to local news station or newspaper
  • survey data where location might be relevant
  • regional colloquialisms   (soft drink, soda, pop)
  • regional crops or recipes


#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

Collect related images and create a photo collage using a tools like Stained Glass CollageTabblo, Photovisi or Fotonea.  Add links with descriptions, audio files, related videos, webpages.


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

  • an audio file with pronunciation
  • an audio or text file using it in a sentence
  • a video and/or photo that demonstrates the meaning
  • a quotation and/or a dictionary definition


#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.

  • Where is this?
  • Why are there so many people?
  • What would be the best way to get through this city?
  • What would it be like to breathe the air here?
  • What could people do to change things?
  • What would it take to make that happen?


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

Use ThingLink 
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

from @LibraryLadyJ

#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.

From @BethRitterGuth


#27 - Curriculum Launcher

Kickoff a unit by providing students with background knowledge and opportunities for challenge. Create a collage and use Thinglink to add multimedia.

View this image at Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners by @soxnevad  

#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

Combine an image with MentorMob playlist(s)!

See interactive graphic here:


#32 - Put it all together to create an interactive adventure for learning

Susan Oxnevad (@Soxnevad) combined many tools into this Thinglink graphic to provide an interactive adventure for students: websites, text, MentorMob playlists, wikis, videos, discussions, Twitter, blogs, Voicethread, Wallwisher...and more!!  All in one! See the original atttp://bit.ly/OGLFTM h

#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:


"Learn IT-Security"  

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

Use ThingLink to add videos, photos, links and additional text to the infographics you or your students create using Easel.ly or other infographics generator.

See this original  ThingLinked infographic by @Teacherscribe at http://bit.ly/ShsptU.  

#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.

From @PadulaJohn

#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.

From @PadulaJohn

#43 - Fact Checking

Let others know if facts are accurate...

or not! 

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.

#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.

See original post with many more ideas for using ThingLink by @trendingedtech here.

#47 Thinglink in Education

Link to instructor or student made videos uploaded to You Tube

Debate using Soundcloud

or Vacaroo

More ideas found in post

at When Tech Met Ed

#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:

  • your blog or website
  • your favorite video
  • your favorite app
  • your favorite place to go
  • something unique
  • something you created
  • a good quote
  • anything that defines 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)

* The Treaty of Versailles

By: @pontushiort

# 53 - Flipped Professional Development

with ThingLink

  • Agenda is created with Piktochart and made interactive with Thinglink. (I wanted to model the tools from the start)
  • Agenda contains all the links so staff is one

click away from everything they will be working on.

  • Agenda is sent out my email ahead of time so

staff can create any accounts that are needed and

get an idea of what to expect for the day.

  • Only 3 main topics on the agenda for the day
  • Infographic has links all over it for "take away"

tech that might also want to check out.

  • Thinglink was a big hit. Easy to learn and use.

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!

For example:


Contributed by


#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:

  • Info about the authors
  • A Prezi showcasing ivocab examples for each category in the Thinglink
  • A Task for each section of the "speed date"
  • 8 List.ly's representing 8 different app categories (Flashcards and Vocabulary Apps, Graphic Organizer Apps, Book Creation Apps, Picture and Text Apps, Video Creation Apps, Screen-Casting Apps, Fixed Template Apps, Audio Apps)
  • A List.ly of Thinglink EDU examples and resources

Mrs. Lisa Johnson - @techchef4u - Lisa's Blog - www.techchef4u.com

Interact with this ThingLink Here: http://www.techchef4u.com/?p=4381

#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 :

  • Engaging slogan or written message
  • Famous Quotes
  • Examples from a Novel, Characters or Events
  • Relevant images & colour symbolism – see colour in motion

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

  • living conditions
  • experiences
  • features
  • traits

This works particularly well with special needs students or low literacy support students.

Examples include :

Vietnam Veteran


Character from literature or film




Significant site

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

Very clever!

#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.

Stop and Learn English


#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.

-Rafranz Davis



#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.

-Rafranz Davis



#78 - Thinglink + Glogster Mashup

Use the cool layouts and design features of Glogster to create your image (take a screenshot). Then bring it into Thinglink and add your tags. A great way to create student-centered learning activities.

For more info see my blog post on this idea.

Kasey Bell



#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.

--from Four Ways to Think About Using ThingLink - Rethinking ThingLink by @rmbyrne

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.

--from Four Ways to Think About Using ThingLink - Rethinking ThingLink by @rmbyrne

Image: Sofia Schuller’s Visual Arts Portfolio

#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.”

--from Four Ways to Think About Using ThingLink - Rethinking ThingLink by @rmbyrne

#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.

--from Four Ways to Think About Using ThingLink - Rethinking ThingLink by @rmbyrne

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

Read about 9th Ward project here.

Open here for the interactive version.

See more products here.

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

Create Virtual Field Trips aligned with Social Studies standards using Thinglink. Add images, videos, websites and webquest activities for students to explore and complete. View this interactive here.

Idea submitted by: Christi Collins, Thinglink Expert Educator (@christibcollins)

#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

#92 - Your Idea HERE!!!

Have an idea to add?

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Be sure to give yourself credit and a link to the interactive version of your image if possible.

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This toolkit by Susan Oxnevad is designed to provide innovative ideas and support for using interactive graphics for teaching and learning.  In addition to tutorials, the toolkit includes many ideas for using ThingLink to support the Common Core. See the full toolkit at  http://bit.ly/XVT8nI.


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ThingLink Education Board

More examples & ideas

Lisa Johnson (@TechChef4U) has created a Pinterest board and a Listly list of ThingLink examples for education. Don’t miss these!

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/

Do you Tweet?  Follow @ThingLink_EDU and @ThingLink


  • Contribute your ideas and tips to this Google doc by going to http://bit.ly/newthinglinkideas
  • Describe how you have used the resource or 
  • Describe how you would like to use it in your classroom.
  • If you want me to add your idea or tip,  you can email me 
  • or I am @AuntyTech on Twitter



When you add an idea or tip (or even if you don't) please Tweet about it and include the URL to this Google presentation so others can participate.


A big THANK YOU to @TomBarrett for this idea.  See all of his Interesting Ideas.

Image by HikingArtist.com

Ways to Use ThingLink in the Classroom - Google Slides