Teacher Review For ThingLink

Use ThingLink for new student orientation.

Caitlin M.
Academic Technology Specialist
Harpeth Hall School
Nashville, TN
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My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, World Languages
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 4
Pedagogy 3
Support 4
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Knowledge gain
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Whole class
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
We have a lot of new students entering our school in fifth and seventh grade, so those grades are required to do a new student orientation for the library. We used ThingLink as an introduction to the library physical space- what is located where- and also to introduce library basics. The image used was a blueprint of the library and the popups were images or text describing specific spaces. After viewing the ThingLink, students then took an actual tour of the library. The ThingLink worked as an introduction to the space. Students were interested in learning about the library and had a better sense of where to go. It helped as a precursor to the real-life tour.
My Take
I think there is a lot of potential for ThingLink to be a productive teaching tool- depending on what content the teacher includes. Students could also create a ThingLink as an extension activity or for additional practice on a topic. I liked being able to add images and text to a specific point on the background image- videos hosted on the web can also be added. One difficulty was that the web-based version of ThingLink requires a URL to add photos- but the app does not. Since the pictures were taken on a personal device, I had to create and add content to the ThingLink using my cell phone. This added to the amount of time it took to create the ThingLink, since creating it was a little more difficult on the small cell phone screen.