ThingLink Custom Icon Sets are a new feature available to teachers with premium accounts. They offer a whole new layer of opportunities for using interactive images for teaching and learning. Think of Custom Icon Sets as visual labels that can be used to further define an image and provide a glimpse of the type of content to be explored behind the link. They are fun to create and have many great uses in the classroom. Here are three ideas to get you started.
Custom Icon Sets for Differentiation
Create differentiated multimedia content launchers to help students identify resources to match their personal learning needs. Teach students to self-select content at their own ability levels. Use colors to identify 3 levels of difficulty for links to text based information. Create Custom Icon Sets to represent types of resources, such as video, text, audio, images or games. Start simple and before you know it you will be adding layers of differentiation at a glance.
Custom Icon Sets to Guide the Learning
Take students on a journey through a collection of resources by using numbers as Custom Icon Sets on interactive images. Grab students’ attention and walk them through a path as they explore, learn and interact with content. Take students on a virtual fieldtrip, design a webquest type journey, guide them through a process or teach a specific skill. Add order to your interactive images with Custom Icon Sets.
Custom Icon Sets to Create Something Original
Here is an example of something original I created while engaging in constructive play to explore Custom Icon Sets
Create a Custom Icon Set
Explore this interactive image to view the illustrated steps for creating a Custom Icon Set. Be sure to watch the video for a guided walk through.
As an early adopter of ThingLink, I’ve spent quite a bit of time designing interactive images. Throughout this time I’ve had many thoughts and ideas about creating additional icons to improve the design process, but I never dreamed of having the flexibility to design my own. I believe this amazing new feature will be extremely useful for inspiring creativity and redefining learning. This is going to be fun!
ThingLink Custom Icon Sets are available with ThingLink Teacher Premium accounts. For an upgrade, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Susan Oxnevad is the ThingLink Education Community Manager as well as a Tech Coach in an elementary school in Chicagoland. She strives to build a powerful network of Expert Educators who share a passion for using ThingLink to transform teaching and learning. In addition, she also hosts ThingLink webinars for educators and blogs about thoughtful ways to leverage the power of technology for teaching and learning. Follow her on Twitter @soxnevad
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