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Tame the Tech: ThingLink


ThingLink is one of the tools I included in 14 Things to Tame, but they’ve recently added some cool new features, so I wanted to highlight it again.

ThingLink allows you to make images interactiveby adding tags that link to websites, videos, audio files, or text. It’s a great way to give some context to an image, or to have students reflect on and add context to images that they select for their work.

ThingLink recently added the ability to create even more types of tags. They explain here, and you can check out the image below:



Check out this slide show from Richard Byrne of Free Technology for Teachers for some great ideas for how to use ThingLink with students:



He’s also created a great tutorial video on how to create ThingLink images:


Aunty Tech has a Tumblr with some more great ideas and examples: Educate with ThingLInk

Here’s an example of a ThingLink recently made by a Forman student:



Think of it as a poster you can easily share with parents.

There’s a lot you can do with ThingLink. How do you think you could use it in your classes? Any project ideas come to mind? Have you tried ThingLink and have advice to offer? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!


3 thoughts on “Tame the Tech: ThingLink

  1. I like the idea of using ThingLink to introduce a new unit. I’m thinking about taking a screen shot of a unit organizer and uploading it to Thing Link. Then, students can take themselves through the organizer for a preview of what they will be learning that unit.

  2. This will be a great tool for my students to develop their visual winterim projects! In the past they have used powerpoint to cite biographical information and show pictures of a particular artist, though I think they will find this more interesting! Also, I would get a lot of use out of this for introducing new musicians to my classes, embedding song files and biographical info. This seems like a great tool!

  3. My students found it very easy to use and it was very well received by the other students in the audience. I like Justine’s idea too. I think I will use her idea and take a jpg of the Frame Routine and add post that. Then when the students are using it and they get stuck as to what to do they can go to thinglink and click on that box for more information.

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