Looking for ideas on how to app smash in the Art Classroom? Well, I love this site! The list goes on and on with student examples. Way to go Dryden Art!
This is quite possibly one of the most versatile apps/websites ever invented. Bold statement? Yes. But so true!
Two weeks ago, I had the opportunity to work with teachers on two different campuses during their planning periods to suggest ways to incorporate more student technology. ThingLink was at the top of the (short) list I shared with them because it is so visual, which appeals to so many students today, and it is easily incorporated into any subject. It’s also a great option for 1:1 situations, whether students have iPads, laptops, Chromebooks, Surface tablets, etc.
ThingLink also smashes well with other apps. The tool allows you to take an image and add a layer of interactivity and multimedia on top of it. The image can be ANYTHING – a picture you take, a collage you make, an infographic you’ve made, a drawing you’ve taken a picture of – anything. As long as you can save it as an image file on your device, you can upload it to ThingLink and start adding tags! Tags place a little icon on your image that, when clicked, pop up a window. Windows can hold plain text, images or links to websites, videos, and many web services such as Facebook, Twitter, SoundCloud, etc. Tip: Adding tags on the web app instead of the mobile app gives you more options for tags of different colors and symbols.
This is the part where my educator brain starts kicking into overdrive! Imagine be able to add explanations to any image! Imagine being able to provide visual context for any information! Teachers can start a ThingLink at the beginning of a new unit and by the end, the students will have everything they need to review for the test. Teachers can use ThingLink as a dashboard to collect all the multimedia they need for a particular lesson so they don’t have any wasted time while they’re teaching. Students can make ThingLinks too, as an amazing alternative to the traditional report or project. Imagine being able to see a student’s thinking made visible! The possibilities are endless. The key is to choose a great image.
Possible background images for ThingLink:
- Literary Infusions