ThingLink

ThingLink is an online tool which allows you to annotate images with various types of rich media. It’s a really versatile tool which can be used easily and effectively, especially in an educational context.

ThingLink is very intuitive, people wishing to use the tool can usually be up and running after just one session. I made an example using a book cover as my image in only an hour.

The programme supports a range of rich media tags, meaning you can use your image to point to further resources on You Tube, Vimeo, Soundcloud, Ebay and Wikipedia, to name a few. You are also able to annotate an image with plain text, this could be especially useful within feedback and assessment.

Thinglink.com/tleducation is a great place to start if you’re looking for inspiration on how to use the software within your teaching. Maybe you are teaching geography and wish to give further information about a particular country using a map or flag as your image, or maybe you are studying an historical figure, you might then use links to video and audio for that individual. Whatever you’re subject I’m confident you could find a way to incorporate the tool into teaching material, it can easily be embedded into learning platforms such as Moodle to further students understanding of subject material. In addition you can allow others to add tags to an image you have created, this widens the possibilities for use with feedback and assessment. Either way I believe it’s a great tool which may work for certain styles of teaching.

The presentation used in my ThingLink microteach can be found below, and at the bottom of the page, if you prefer, is a link to the Google Docs version.

ThingLink Presentation via Google Docs

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