Create Interactive Images with ThingLink
by Susan Stephenson
How can ThingLink be used in an educational context?
* Primary students could collect the blog posts they have written on a class blog and embed those links into an image of themselves, then embed that image onto the class blog, making it easy for parents to find one child's work.
* Kids could take photos on class excursions, then add links to videos, sound, text and websites that have further information.
* Imagine the fun of taking a photo of a favourite hobby, then embedding links to explain and enrich the picture!
* ThingLink would also make an interesting way to collect favourite books and movies. To illustrate this, I made another ThingLink that I've embedded below, showing some favourite Walker books. Scroll over the reader's hat, kids' heads etc to see the books.
* Older kids could use the link-embedding feature to collect links to information when writing an essay, or demonstrate understanding of a topic.
What I like about ThingLink: it allows a user to make a ThingLink private or public. It works well, is simple and quick. It's free for 100 image uploads, but there are also paid plans. There are several types of rich media tags that can be embedded. And there are a few icons to choose from for your link e.g. circle, Twitter bird, heart etc.
For information on how to use ThingLink in detail, check out the video in this post by Richard Byrne (@rmbyrne).