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Engage Students in Informed Decision Making

Engage Students in Informed Decision Making

This is the 8th post in the ThingLink Teacher Challenge series. Please Tweet and share through social media with the hashtag #TLChallenge. Feel free to repost any of the challenges on your own blog and be sure to invite your friends and colleagues to participate.

Week 8: 


In this activity you will

  • Create an interactive image  to collect informed  feedback.
  • Explore the use of  Polldaddy as a tool to collect feedback.
  • Use rich media tags to enhance your image.
  • Share and self-publish your image on our Padlet.


In this activity you will explore the use of an interactive image for informing and collecting feedback from an audience.


With access to a multitude of online resources, students can learn to become informed decision makers and stakeholders in their own learning.  Use of online polls, surveys, and digital tools for collecting feedback can turn passive observers into active participants. Perhaps John Dewey said it best…

“The essence of the demand for freedom is the need of conditions which will enable an individual to make his own special contribution to a group interest, and to partake of its activities in such ways that social guidance shall be a matter of his own mental attitude, and not a mere authoritative dictation of his acts.”

– John Dewey
Democracy and Education

Example: One School, One Book

Here is an example of using ThingLink to help a school community choose a common book for a One School, One Book project. The image uses multimedia and text to inform voters before utilizing Polldaddy to capture the vote. The image is useful for collecting input from community members of any age because it has built in multimedia supports.

Classroom Connections and Modifications

  1. Create a bookshelf of books read independently by students. Use rich-media tags to include student created book reviews and use the interactive image as a library launcher to help students find books.
  2. Create an image with choices for student group projects of any kind. Use rich-media tags to share project examples, and add a poll to organize students by group.

Challenge: Directions at a Glance

  1. Create an image and add it to your  ThingLink EDU account.
  2. Add rRich Media Tags to enhance your image using a variety of multimedia to support diverse learning needs.
  3. Sign up for a free Polldaddy account.
  4. Create a poll on Polldaddy and add a rich-media tag.
  5. Add your finished interactive image to the Padlet, (Directions below)
  6. Share and submit interactive to the ThingLink Challenge.

Add ThingLink to Padlet

Use of a Padlet is a easy way to collect ThingLink Interactive images. Anyone can add a ThingLink to a Padlet easily without logging in. Try it yourself, then think of how easy it will be to ask students to turn in their own interactive images directly to the Padlet. These illustrated directions can also be found right on the Padlet, Take a Poll.


Additional Help and Support

ThingLink Teacher Challenge at a Glance

Intro: 3 Reasons to Take the ThingLink Teacher Challenge

Week 1: Get Started

Week 2: Design Your Digital Self

Week 3: Digging Deeper Into Vocabulary

Week 4: Create an Interactive Map

Week 5: Flip It with ThingLink for Video

Week 6: ThingLink UnPlugged to Extend the Classroom Walls

Week 7:  Turn It Up with Sound

Explore our Showcase

View our showcase page and watch it grow!

Next Week’s Challenge

Create a Portfolio Channel of Images from the TL Challenge.


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Susan Oxnevad
Susan Oxnevad strives to build a powerful network of 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 on the ThingLink Blog for Education. Follow her on Twitter @soxnevad
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