Teacher Review For ThingLink

Deep learning with interactive images - add dimensions to student research

Victoria R.
Media specialist/librarian
American School Foundation Of Guadalajara
Guadalajara, JAL
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My Grades 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 5
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 5
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time 5-15 minutes
Great for Creation
Further application
Small group
Student-driven work
Great with Advanced learners
Low literacy
Special needs
How I Use It
I use Thinglink in many ways from creating interactive calendars for our school library to creating collaborative spaces where we can all discuss a book. The tool allows for me to embedded various types of comments and media about a book to create an engaging book talk. This summer, we are using Thinglinks as the format for our summer reading challenge, 'Get Caught Reading.' Students are creating multimedia 'spaces' to creatively discuss the books they are reading this summer. My Favorite way to use Thinglink is to add depth to research projects. About midway through a research project, I have students create a Thinglink based on their topic to explore emotional connections to their topic along with informational connections. Students express what they know, feel, question and think in an authentic manner and find new avenues to guide the next steps in the research process. This process has been very successful and helped students to refocus in the midst of a project.
My Take
This is a robust tool with lots of potential in the classroom. It allows for creative, individualized responses and easy access for all types of learners. I like that the tool is intuitive to learn and allows for easy collaboration. Images can be easily embedded in most blogging platform allowing for variety in student journaling or reflection of learning. Thinglink classroom allows for greater control over who sees images and may 'tag' them which teachers will appreciate.