Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Thinglink: Make Learning Interactive!

If you're anything like me, you always have what feels like 100 tabs open in your web browser at the top of your screen. Thinglink is a great platform for putting lots of the tools you use, like pictures or links, in one place. Basically, it gives you a way to imbed links into a picture of your choice. Sound too easy? Well, it turns out it actually is. Here's how to do it:

1. Create a Thinglink account (obviously). They have both a free and a paid version. The free will do just fine! 

2. After you have created an account, click the red create button in the upper right corner. 

3. Upload the picture you want for the background. It could be anything! I like to choose pictures that enhance student learning experiences. For example, if we are studying a region of the United States, I may choose a popular attraction from that area like the Grand Canyon or Carlsbad Caverns for the Southwest.

4. All you have to do now? Add a tag (all this means is that you are adding links! For example, on the following picture of Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico, I would most likely add a link to their National Park website. 

5. When you touch the "Click to add a tag" button, a white screen on the left will pop up that looks like this:

Simply add the information you need. In this case, this is the URL I want students to go to and a quick description of what it is. Above is a quick example of where exactly to input this information. Simply click the picture to enlarge it! 

Here is an example of a Thinglink I made for the first day of school this year, introducing myself to my class. 

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