Friday, January 30, 2015
Thinglink - Tag Your Images
The last couple of weeks I have worked with a couple of our foreign language teachers on projects that use a tool called Thinglink, and so I thought it would make a good topic for a blog post here. Thinglink is a fun tool, because it lets you take an image and add different tags to it, which then link to text, videos, websites, Google docs, other images, etc. It can be a great tool for class projects and a different way for students to demonstrate how much information they know or understand about a topic or concept.
In this case, these teachers were having students research different places in a foreign country. So the students uploaded pictures of maps of the country, and then added tags for the different cities telling about them. What makes Thinglink so useful is how versatile it is when it comes to adding tags. You really can link just about anything you can think of.
Additionally, these teachers set up class groups and had the students all add their projects to the class group, which allows them to easily view and share their work with the class and the teacher. The whole process took about 20-25 minutes to get the student set up, added to the class, creating their projects and adding them to the class group, and starting their tags. It's an easy tool to use, which makes it nice for a variety of classrooms. It can be used to demonstrate knowledge of places or language, such as the case with the foreign language classrooms, to tell a story, to explain how to do something, or to inform about any number of topics. Check out the links below for examples and directions to get started!
Using Thinglink - General Directions
Learn to Use Thinglink in Under 5 Minutes - Youtube Video