Teacher Review For ThingLink

Infographics with interactivity!

Andrea N.
Technology Integration Specialist
Springfield Local Schools
Akron, OH
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, English Language Learning, World Languages, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, Health & Wellness
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 3
Pedagogy 4
Support 2
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
Thinglink is great for creating interactive reference material for students, or to have students create their own. I have combined Thinglink with Wordle, linking to resources and making vocabulary a little more engaging. It would be fun to have students work together to create an interactive periodic table, linking to videos and information to explain the elements.
My Take
Overall, I think Thinglink is an extremely useful resource for the classroom. It definitely adds a certain visual appeal to the communication process. That being said, I wouldn't categorize it as transformative. In most cases where I have used it, I really see it as substituting for another form of communication. (This reflects my engagement with the product...it is quite possible someone else has used this in a revolutionary way). While it adds a dynamic to disseminating information, it comes back to how it is used. I would love to see it embedded in self-published ebooks as an interactive infographic.