Friday, July 29, 2011

ThingLink: Make Images Interactive

Thinglink is an interactive image tool that provides users with the ability to turn any image into a multimedia launcher. Users can create multiple "hot spots" on specific parts of an image  and turn the image into a multimedia launcher. Embed video, record audio with the click of a button and a free SoundCloud account, or link to any website.  Compatible with any blog or website that has a widget to support javascript, this is a great tool for those of us who use Blogger, Wikispaces or WordPress. 

 To experience Thinglink, roll your mouse over the Apollo 11 collage I created below to see where the hot spots are, then click on any of them to enjoy the multimedia.


To use Thinglink, simply follow these steps:
  1. Go to the Thinglinwebsite and sign up for a free account.
  2. Follow the directions on the site to install the widget on your blog or wiki.
  3. Upload an image to Thinglink..
  4. Click on the paper clip icon in the upper left corner to Edit Tags.
  5. Drag your mouse across an image. You should see the crosshair tool, or plus sign.
  6. You will be prompted to add a link to a website or video OR click the orange button to record with SoundCloud. A free SoundCloud account is required.
  7. Repeat as often as needed.
  8. Click the green Save button.
  9. Click on the Embed Image icon in the upper left corner.
  10. Copy the code.
  11. Paste the code into your blog or a wiki widget.
  12. Voila!

Uses in the classroom:
  • Create a themed collage with links to multimedia resources to support all learners.
  • Create a word cloud using Wordle, then turn the largest words into hot spots with links to more information.
  • Use an image as a launcher with links leading to student-created projects.
  • Post an historical photo and use 3rd party software, such as SoundCloud, to give students the opportunity to record their voices speaking from the person's point of view.
  • Use a Thinglinked image to create a scavenger hunt or modified WebQuest. 
Of course, the possibilities are tremendous here. These are just some ideas to get you started.

Try Thinglink 

*Go to my wiki to view my favorite copyright-friendly images sources for students and teachers.
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