A Multimedia Canvas with Thinglink

I’m always on the lookout for cool applications that students can use for projects in my face-to-face and online classes.  I tend to steer towards applications that allow students to create things that leverage the multimedia nature of the Internet.  While Thinglink has been around for a while, it has gained a lot of support lately.  With the educational applications of the site, I figured it was time to feature the site here.

The main concept behind Thinglink is simple.  Upload an image and link to stuff.  You can link to videos, blog posts, websites or other images.  Each link shows up as a tiny circle (called a touch) that expands to a larger bubble when clicked.  Click again and the bubble will be opened in a new page.  The site is free to use and can be accessed on tablets and other mobile devices.  There’s even a free Thinglink app so users can create linked images with their iPhones, iPod Touches or iPads.

While this overview explains the functionality of Thinglink, the educational applications are numerous.   Are you having your students research an historical figure?  Check out this Thinglink on the Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.  Do you want your students to create an online portfolio showcasing their best work?  Check out this interactive resume created with Thinglink. Are your students developing timelines that show the historical nature of some event or legendary figure?  Check out this timeline on the life of Spartacus.  While these examples showcase some how the site functions, Thinglink can also be used to support collaborative projects like critiquing art or peer reviewing a paper.

If you’re still searching for ideas, be sure to visit the Thinglink for Education website.  With Thinglink, a student can create a linked picture that tells more than 1,000 words.



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