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App Review: ThingLink

Compiled by: Dr C.J. Henley-Smith

Have you got one of those lessons you know your students are going to lose interest or nod off in? Consider revamping the lesson with the use of ThingLink. ThingLink can add different levels of activity to an image. Augment the image with text, audio, links, videos or even close up photos. The website has exciting project ideas for English, Science, interactive maps, virtual field trips and even a school tour.

How it works: Sign up  at https://www.thinglink.com or download the ThingLink app for free on both Google Play and the App Store.

To create an interactive image, upload the photo, infographic, video etc., then you can easily add a Tag. Tags can be text and/or an image, link or link button or audio. You can even change the icon to better suite the tag info. You can also add a video link tag. Another feature is to connect various augmented images together in the ‘Tour tag’.

The embed code option may require some ‘how to’ training if you are not familiar with or know of web services that provide embed code. But some suggestions from the website are to embed quizzes and surveys, maps or even webpages.

Once you’ve augmented your image you can publish the image on your Learning Management System or share the link which directs students to the content (no ThingLink account or login necessary). You could even share to social media. Please note that your ability to publish will depend on the account you created. Note that a teacher account allows you free access to the basics mentioned in this review.

Let the learning fun begin!

Requirements:

  • Internet connectivity for the website and app.
  • Smartphone or device for the facilitator and student.

Tips:

  • Let your students share their knowledge on topics with ThingLink or you can make it an assignment.
  • Go to the Explore tab on the website to get the full impact of possibilities using ThingLink.

Star rating and why:

This website and app gets a 3.5/5 star rating for allowing us to create an interactive way of sharing information and get creative in its application. 

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