An Educational Use of Thinglink

Here is a guest post by Michael Britt, Ph.D., host of The Psych Files, a Psychology podcast. The Psych Files is aimed at anyone curious about human behavior, though students taking a course in psychology, those majoring in psychology, and instructors of psychology will find the podcast particularly of interest.

B.F. Skinner in His Own Words

I just finished a fun project using thinglink. Here’s the project:

 

http://www.thinglink.com/scene/366016018553765889#tlsite

 

My goal was to better understand what psychologist B.F. Skinner actually said about educating children, learning to play an instrument, happiness, etc.   I put together a little “audio collage” that students could put together as a class project using any well known person (for whom there is video and/or audio interviews available of course).

Here’s how I created it:

  • Audio bytes were found all over the web – YouTube of course and archive.org
  • I used an audio capture tool (Audio Hijack in my case, but many such programs exist) to grab the audio as it played in my browser
  • I edited the audio down to the essential quotes using an audio editing tool (the free Audacity tool would be fine)
  • Uploaded the audio to my www.soundcloud.com account
  • Created a simple collage using Photoshop (any image editor would work) and arranging images I found from wikipedia and clipart.com
  • After uploading the collage to www.thinglink.com, I linked the audio from Soundcloud to the various spots on the collage

What’s the pedagogical goal? Well, I personally gained a deeper understanding of and appreciation for Skinner and I think students would also gain such an understanding of whoever they chose to focus on.  Also, in addition to just linking from a spot on the image to an audio sound byte, note that there is a small amount of text that can be typed next to the audio player.  Students could be required to tell the listener why the quote is important – what does it reveal about the psychologist’s theory?  What misconception does the quote clarify?  What does the quote reveal about the psychologist as a person?  Also, if the creator of the thinglink enables it, other students can leave comments on the image as well, which could result in a nice discussion and of course a good learning experience for everyone.

I really love Thinglink – such a fun tool.

Michael A. Britt, Ph.D.

http://www.ThePsychFiles.com

Twitter: @mbritt

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