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Thinglink as a Reflection Tool
Create Your First Thinglink
You need to decide between two account types: Edu or standard Thinglink. With the basicThinglink-Edu account, you can have 1 group of up to 100 student accounts. There are countless of applications for using Thinglink in the classroom, so if you are an educator, I suggest you create an Edu account.
You need to choose an image to "touch." "Touching" images means that you are putting locations on a picture for people to hover over. Generally speaking, I upload these from my computer, but as you can see below, there are many other options.
Begin tagging your uploaded picture. Click anywhere on your image and an icon will appear. The default is a white circle. You are able to customize the size of your icon, and what the icon looks like. Furthermore, the left panel will allow you to enter a url or text description. If you choose to use a YouTube url, the way I did on my example above, the YouTube will automatically load within the image.
Now it is time to save your image and share it! Be sure to give you image a title before clicking the "Save Image" button. I would assume that you will want to share your image. Thinglink will allow you to automatically share your image through different types of social media as well as give you an embed code for websites. I have also simply shared the links in my weekly newsletters with parents.
Thinglink Applications in the Classroom
- Use a class picture and have students share family traditions. Post each student's response via Thinglink and share with families!
- Test review answer keys - create a key and then embed video tutorials for solving problems.
- Have students touch images as an assessment. You could provide maps for students to label, or other diagams.
- Teach new vocabulary through rich images. Instead of only providing students with words and definitions, you can include the words and definitions on interesting pictures!
Good luck and enjoy!
If you have any other ideas regarding the use of Thinglinks, please comment below so we can all learn more! As always, if you have questions, comment and I'll get back to you!
Thanks for reading,