Using Thinglink

Okay – so this is really cool. I don’t think I’ve really got to grips with everything you can do with it yet, but I thought I’d share my current work in progress.

As I’m sure many colleagues are, I’m looking to set some summer work for my A Level class – we’re going to be looking at Eliot’s ‘The Waste Land’ when they come back in September and I was keen to get them access to some material before they leave.

However, it’s hard to work out the best way to encourage them to look at the various things I’ve sourced – I don’t like the idea of a huge wodge of paper and it can be a little ‘death by email’ at this time of year. My first thought was to create an Edmodo group and invite them to it, but then I came across the website www.thinglink.com.

Once you sign up, you get the option to upload an image.

I went for Bruegel’s ‘Triumph of Death’ as I always think that’s very Wastelandy . . .

Once you have the image, you can then ‘link’ various ‘things’ to it. Hence the title, I guess.

I had collected various essays, Youtube videos, lectures and sound files I thought were a good introduction to the poem – particularly over the Summer months.

What this site lets you do is link all of the information to ‘tags’ in the picture.

You place a ‘dot’ on the base image and then connect it to a file, a website or a video. The ‘dot’ is invisible unless the student hovers over it with a mouse – so it doesn’t overwhelm them with information.

When I’d finished, I’d added about seven or eight different ‘dots’ around the image. I was then able to simply email the link to the image to my students and tell them to ‘review’ the image over the summer break.

I like this as an elegant solution to an inelegant problem – I’ll let you all know the feedback I get!

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