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Week 9: Create a Portfolio Channel or Image
In this activity you will do one of the following:
- Assemble a channel of interactive images you created for the ThingLink Teacher Challenge to serve as a portfolio of the amazing examples you created this summer. (Premium Users)
- Create one interactive image for use as a launcher to all of the images you have created during the challenge. (Free Users)
In this activity you will explore the use of ThingLink Channels as a tool for assembling albums of content by collecting and curating the images you created for the ThingLink Teacher Challenge. If you don’t have a premium account, you can simply create one interactive image to launch all of the content created during the challenge.
You’ve worked hard all summer and now it’s time to assemble resources to showcase the work you have created. Using ThingLink Channels yourself will help you understand how they can be used by students to create collections, books or portfolios for assessment. There are a few tricks to working with channels and you will discover them when you create one yourself.
What’s a Channel?
Teachers and students can create collections of work with an exciting feature known as ThingLink Channels. All users can create and view channels; however, only premium users can publish them.
ThingLink Channels provide users with the ability to organize images into embeddable interactive albums with the click of a button. Teachers and students have the flexibility to build channels that are connected to learning goals and compliment classroom routines. Channels provide teachers and student with many opportunities for extending the learning.
Example: My Portfolio Channel
In this example I created a collage of the images I created for the ThingLink Teacher Challenge for use as a cover page. I used BigHugeLabs Mosaic Maker to easily create a collage, but there are many options for creating collages. Create one from scratch or use your favorite digital tool or app.If you are creating on an iPad, you might want to try Pic Collage, one of my favorite simple apps.
If you have a free account, you can simply create a cover page and publish it.
In this example Laura Moore created a launcher by linking each week’s challenge to this one page.
Classroom Connections and Modifications
- Ask students to create portfolios of work within your classroom throughout the year. The portfolio can include more than ThingLink images, just take a snapshot of any digital work and tag it to link to a project. Teachers can add tags to students’ images created within the classroom, which could be useful for providing feedback.
- Create a channel to tell a digital story.
- Create a channel of interactive images to launch a project. Include directions and examples.
- Create a channel for use as a presentation, as an alternative to a traditional slideshow.
Challenge: Directions at a Glance
- If you do not have a premium EDU account, you will not be able to publish your channel of images. For this reason, you might want to create one image with links to your content and publish that on the Padlet instead.
- You can not reorder images in a channel at this time, so make sure to add images in the order you want them to be.
- Channels hold up to 10 interactive images.
- There is no option to add your ThingLink for Video to a channel at this time. If you want to include your video in your portfolio, take a snapshot of it, then upload the snapshot to ThingLink as an image and add a tag to your video. View example. You can also chose to skip this step and simply create a link to your video somewhere within your portfolio.
Explore our Showcase
View our showcase page and watch it grow!
Explore and curate content created by other participants in the ThingLink Teacher Challenge to create a collection of resources.