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March 1 - Google Maps Gallery
I’ve been planning to talk about Thinglink for months. I had the chance to learn more about this last spring and, well . . . I just haven’t gotten to it. I’ve been busy. The dog ate my homework. The internet was down. There was football to watch. There was basketball to watch.
Basically I pushed it to a back burner, told myself that I would play with it some more, and never did.
But I was reminded today at MACE 14 about how cool Thinglink is and all of the awesome stuff you can do with it. So today a quick review and sample.
Basically Thinglink is an online tool that lets you and your students create and view multi-layered photographs. Upload an image and embed documents, links, videos, audios, other photos, writing prompts, etc on top of that first image. Share the link to that image. Users can then interact with the image with access to the documents, links, videos, audios, other photos, writing prompts, etc on their device.
How about uploading a map instead? Or an image of a primary source document? Or political cartoon. Or ask you kids to those things instead? There should be all sorts of happy things going on in your brain right now. Cause there are so many things you can do with this!
The end user simply hovers over the image and your layered content appears as clickable links.
This seems like a great way for teachers to push content and social studies historical thinking activities to students. And a perfect way for students to create evidence of learning.
There is the ability to embed the photo on lots of sites (though WordPress doesn’t like their code) and the chance to share on a wide variety of social media sites.
As a teacher, you can sign up for a free educator’s account. This provides:
Seriously. Tons of ways to use this. How would you use it?