Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Support Close Reading with ThingLink!

Thinglink is an amazing digital tool that can be used to support learning in many different ways.  It is used to capture visual information and add "links" or "hotspots" to deepen the meaning.    These links might take you to a website, a video, or text.  I have been experimenting with different digital tools to support close reading and tried out using Thinglink to see how it might work out.

Here is a simplistic example of an excerpt from the text, Plastic Ocean, by Captain Charles Moore.  Keep in mind, this is me just messing around- not an exemplar, you get the idea!
There are many ways you could leverage this tool:
  • Reading- ask students to create links to answer text dependent questions.
  • Vocabulary- support vocabulary by linking to images that help make meaning.
  • Discussion- use as an ongoing discussion platform (can use the comment feature below the "Thinglink") 
Get creative and make an interactive collage!  Below is a video posted by Julian Buss that explains how to use pic monkey and Thinglink to create an interactive collage!  Here is my simple example, and another. These are by no means an exemplar, but you get the point!

Another extension idea- why not link voice recordings to visualize thinking!  Using a quick tool, such as RecordMP3 would work great. 

As a teacher, you can sign up for an edu account.  When you sign up as a teacher, you can register students (no e-mail needed).  This will allow each student to actually create their own individual thinglinks.  I would recommend setting up "channels" for different classes, or even projects.  When students create their individual product, they can pin it to that channel.  This makes it easy for you as the teacher to see the final projects and assess.  Check out the tutorials for teachers, it helps!

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