ThingLink, a tool that allows for adding content that appears on top of images, is a great tool for both blended learning and student creation. Here are three reasons this teacher loves it:
Google Forms, YouTube Videos, and Google Slides
Scroll over this French Revolution ThinkLink to reveal that students can answer Google Forms and watch YouTube videos without ever leaving a ThingLink. No new tabs to open! Imagine how this can impact blended and self-paced learning!
The “Publish to the web” version of a Google Slides presentation renders nicely on a ThingLink. For an example, have a look at the ThingLink on my Sell World War I to the American Public digital breakout.
Add Sound and Images to Text
ThingLink is a great took for adding audio reading to text. Below is a screen capture of an old research paper of mine. I have added audio and imagery using ThingLink. This can open doors for students who benefit from an audio version of a text or need more than just text to learn.
Adding sound to images is especially easy with the iTunes Store version of ThingLink on iPads. It kills me to admit the iTunes app is superior to the ThingLink Android app.
Check out how ThingLink can help students with vocabulary!
How do you use ThingLink with your students? Comment below or tweet me @TomEMullaney. Thanks for reading.
Author’s note: I originally published this is February 2016. I subsequently updated this post in April 2017 and September 2018.
That is awesome! Are we able to get the responses from the forms?
Debbie, yes you can! Please read this: https://tommullaney.com/2015/05/13/make-paperless-assessment-with-google-forms-part-2-of-2-grading-with-flubaroo/
I’m also at OCS. The last I heard/saw, something like this would not work for us because youtube is blocked on student machines? Still true?
Samantha, if you e-mail your Digital Learning Coach the URL, they can unblock YouTube videos for students.
Do you have any examples for foreign language? Spanish?
Silvia, any image on the internet can be used in ThingLink. Any YouTube video can be linked. So you can make a ThingLink relevant for any subject!
What a cool example! Thanks for showing this.
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Tank you Tia!