Create Interactive Images With Thinglink!
Type of technology: Web based program
SAMR Model Rating: Modification
Grade level: All
Subject area: All
Ever wanted to make photos interactive for students? Thinglink is a webpage that allows photos to be “tagged” with content, videos, music, and more. Create projects for students to interact with or have students create their own masterpieces.
Description of the lesson:
Once again I took my students to the library to receive help from Mrs. Chilton our librarian. Students worked on Chromebooks and desktops for the lesson. I placed the instructions for the lesson Thinglink Instructions on NEO for easy reference. This was my first time using this website, so just in case we did not finish in class, I wanted to make sure students had access to the instructions. I had students follow along as I modeled how to log in using the class gmail account I had previously created. From there I modeled how to create a new Thinglink. Each student searched a different image using Google, to place as their project background. After they had their image, they quickly started “tagging” away and adding content. Once the students got started, they quickly realized how easy it was to create an interactive image. Make sure students hit ‘save’ after every new tag they incorporate and to hit ‘save image’ when they are ready to logout to ensure their project is saved. I used this activity to teach hero’s journey and the students had to place the steps of the hero’s journey over an image from their favorite book or movie. They loved going to YouTube and incorporating scenes from the movie to specific steps in the hero’s journey.
How I prepared for the lesson:
This website took initial planning by the teacher, which was worth it in the end:
- First, log onto Thinglink and create a teacher account.
- Students at the jr. high level do not have email addresses, so I created three gmail accounts and labeled them period 2, 4, & 6 for students to use to log in using a student Thinglink account.
- I had to log into my teacher Thinglink account and click the upper right “students” tab. Then with my group labeled “Ms. Sanchez’s students,” I clicked the cog wheel to the right labeled “Manage Group” to receive the classroom code to register my class gmail accounts.
- After I wrote down the classroom code, I logged out of my teacher created Thinglink. I then went to Thinglink to register my student gmail accounts.
- I then logged back in as a student three different times in order to get each of my newly created gmail accounts registered as students under my class code.
- Once that was all taken care of, using the Thinglink web page is a breeze for students and teachers.
Tips to consider with Thinglink:
Why reinvent the wheel? Thinglink has plenty of already created interactive images. Scroll through the attached images to see examples from history and science. Teachers can also add discussion questions, powerpoint notes and worksheets to the Thinglink image. With Thinglink the possibilities and creativity are endless!
Check out some of the Thinglink projects my students created. Enjoy!