Tried It Tuesday: ThingLink

Last week Jen at Tech With Jen wrote a post on how to use the SAMR model in the classroom (great post btw) but she included an interactive image that had me in a tizzy.  Yes, I said "tizzy" because that's better than saying "it left me all aflutter".

That image was actually used through THINGLINK.COM that allows users to take images make them interactive through adding text, video, music, and more photos all as links on the image. What I love the most--it allows images to be the basis for a story through all forms of media on the web.  One image tells a story depending on the types of links/resources a users chooses.  Plus it is very easy to use (simply copy and paste links).  Does that make sense?  No?--okay check below.

To give you an idea I created this one (below) in about 20 minutes.  First, uploaded a photo of a zoo that one of my students was creating (using my Zoo Design).  Next, I jumped on the Al Gore-created Internet and begin looking for images that could fit alongside the animals and locations on the map.  

I found an image of Central Park and a gift shop inside a Rainforest Cafe, then I grabbed a couple of fun videos on gorillas and lions.  Lastly, I moved the markers (these are the icons that are place "above" the image) to the appropriate spots and...then I realized I could add in gifs. (there are two cat gifs at the end of this post for reference)

And now I've shared it with you.  Check it out...(and be amazed?)

I'm a big fan of visual literacy plus bringing a greater understanding and exploration within images.  This is a wonderful resource that adds depth and texture to pictures because every little nook and cranny can tell a story.  

The ability to tag and connect sites, links, videos, and the ease-of-use is a definite plus.  Not to mention--this is free.  You will have to sign up, but you can use FB, Twitter, or email account.  If you were planning on using this as a class I would probably recommend the email account because students could then load their projects all on the same account.  There's also iOS apps for these and they all connect with each other (which is also free).

I'll reiterate that this is fairly new for me so if anyone has any other great tips I'd love to hear them.  Honestly, I've got a ton of ideas for how students could incorporate these into projects and in the classroom--but I've got to be patient.

That's it for Tried It Tuesday.  I suggest that you jump over 
to the rest of links at The Fourth Grade Flipper's site to 
see what other groovy things bloggers have been doing.  
Thanks Holly!

I'll leave you with cats.

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