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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Learning about Thing Link

DigitLit Sunday
Thanks to MargaretGSimon for hosting!
On Thursday, I attended the meeting at the middle school with parents and the seventh grade teachers to learn about how the students will be going one to one with Chromebooks.  It was a great learning opportunity.  I learned about how the seventh grade teachers are currently using Google Classroom and tools they added to the classroom stream to allow for digital learning assignments.

One of the assignments that I learned about is called a ThingLink.  The ThingLinks allow for students to explore a group of themed links (similar to padlet) so that the images, videos, slideshows can be viewed right within the classroom stream via the thinglink website.  It allows the creator to collect links to external sites and strategically place them throughout the image chosen for the background.

Here is my first thinglink.  It's about summer reading.


I enjoyed learning how to make it as the site had helpful video tutorials that I could watch to learn more about the product and how to use it.  I also see the potential as an inquiry project that could showcase final work of an individual or collaborative group work.  I think the possibilities are endless.  Try it out and see what you think.  Here is the link to sign up for an account.


I wonder if you've used Thinglink before and for what function?  Please share in the comments below.  Thanks and happy learning!

6 comments:

  1. I did a Thinglink mooc a few years ago. They are very good about supporting teachers. I can't say I've used it much with kids, though. Do you have a way for kids to access the Thinglink? A class blog? Like Padlet, if I don't see the link somewhere, I forget to check it. Thanks for linking up today. I've written down to remember to tweet to you next week.

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    1. I saw how the seventh grade teacher included it in her google classroom stream. She shared that the kids could do one as a group project (create based on a common PBL) and use it to share or differentiate by colored links-they have complete work (2 green items, 1 red and 1 blue). I will ask her if she will share the link to hers.

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  2. This is very cool, Amy - I'm saving it to explore over the summer.

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    1. Thanks! I am so excited about it. It seems like a great tool for collaboration.

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  3. Thinglink is so much fun! I've used it a few times. However, the icons don't always show up well on Wordpress blogs. (That said, I just went premium with TWT so perhaps it'll work better now. Will have to try it again.) ENJOY!

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  4. Amy, thanks for leading me to ThingLink. I enjoyed your infographic and appreciate that you are spreading the news of Camp Wonderopolis. As a Wonder Lead Ambassador I was asked to recruit others to build a site at the Wonder Ground. If interested, you could share your ThingLink and your summer reading program. http://wg.wonderopolis.org/dashboard

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