“Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is most important.” —Bill Gates

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Interactive Images

Hello everyone!

Summer is over and a new school year has begun! I hope you are doing well and your start of the school year has been a smooth process. During the summer, I had the opportunity (and enough time) to explore different tools. At this time I want to share with you one of the great tools I came across. It's called ThingLink. Once you try it out, you are going to love it!

ThingLink is a platform that allows you to create interactive images. See the example below. Imagine the possibilities! You start with an image and add labels to any part of the picture. The great thing is that you can share your creation in a number of ways: Post directly through various social media sites, use the link provided, or use the code to embed your work as I did.

It's very easy to get started. Create a free account. Upload an image. Start adding tags. The tags can contain text and/or a link. Save and Share.

Here are some ideas on how you can integrate this to your teaching:
  • Add labels to maps. Great for learning geography.
  • New web sites or applications? Take a snapshot and label the instructions directly on the application's image.
  • Parts of a sentence. Create an example and label the parts for kids to visualize them. 
  • Important events. Make your calendar live. Take a snapshot and tag important events onto the corresponding days.
  • Class pictures. Add everyone's names to your class picture.
  • Homework help. Add more information or help tags to worksheets, pages from a book, etc.

If you have more ideas on how to integrate interactive images to your teaching, share them with us by replying to this post.


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