Saturday, October 17, 2015

You Oughta Know for October

Hi everyone! I'm linking up with a fabulous group of bloggers again for the You Oughta Know blog hop. Thanks Mrs. McClain for hosting!

This month I'm going to share a few quick tips about ThingLink. ThingLink is my new favorite app, and the possibilities for classroom use are endless! There is an option to create web based accounts for you and your students but for now my class is just using the app to share our creations with each other.
For an example my class decided to create a "thing" about pumpkins. You can choose to use an image already saved or a new one.

There are four choices for adding media to your image.
Your image can be as interactive as you'd like. I've always called the circles pulse points or dots, not sure what the official name is! 


We discussed some pumpkin facts as a class and added them to our image. You'll notice the dots will look different based on what content you add. The writing part was fun, but what my kids loved the most was adding videos.


Before my students add a YouTube video they know I must approve it. I'm hoping the creators of ThingLink can somehow add safety features so students don't accidentally stumble upon something they shouldn't.
We were able to find a student friendly video that showed how to carve faces on a pumpkin.
How cool would this app be for a research project? You can also save a public ThingLink created by someone else if you'd like. I've discovered some amazing ones created by other teachers. I'm presenting a PD session for my district next month, and this app is at the top of the list to share.



5 comments:

  1. I'm your newest follower! Thanks for sharing. I've also just been turned on to ThingLink. Nice to meet you.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I've been loving ThingLink in my classroom lately!

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  2. I've been wanting to try ThingLink!! Thanks for the reminder!!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and reading my post!

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  3. Love this! I heard about ThingLink during a tech showcase last year. I don't have iPads in my classroom yet (waiting on Donor's Choose!) but when I do, I'd love to use this app! Thanks for sharing :-)

    Jasmine
    Buzzing With Mrs. McClain

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