How I Use It
There are endless opportunities to apply this product in the classroom. Here are just a few ways I've used it:
1) Students have searched the vast database of already completed ThingLink images for those related to our current course of study and "fact checked" the creators' information. They have evaluated the effectiveness of the image they chose and determined what revisions would be necessary to increase the effectiveness of that ThingLink image as a digital learning tool.
2) I have created my own ThingLink image and used it as a way to introduce students to information. Students responded to the Thing Link image in a Google Form.
3) Students have created their own ThingLink Images as a digital alternative to their own informational writing, or in some cases, created a ThingLink image to accompany their digital writing. Doing so allows students to provide multimedia evidence to support their thinking and research. I have also used this with persuasive writing--additional evidence in support of their positions--and with narrative writing--some kind of image that helps students explain the world of their original writing.
4) I've used ThingLink as a checking-for-understanding tool. I upload a graphic organizer, chart, diagram, etc. with blank spaces filled in (think a textbook diagram) and students add information to it in real time.
I love the endless possibilities and potential with ThingLink. Kids love creating them, and it inspires great opportunities to talk about credible sources and public information.