Create a Portfolio Channel or Image

This is the 9th 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 9: Create a Portfolio Channel or Image

Objective

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)

Overview

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. 

Rationale

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.

Example

In this example Laura Moore created a launcher by linking each week’s challenge to this one page.

Classroom Connections and Modifications

  1. 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.
  2. Create a channel to tell a digital story.
  3. Create a channel of interactive images to launch a project. Include directions and examples.
  4. Create a channel for use as a presentation, as an alternative to a traditional slideshow.

Challenge: Directions at a Glance

Important Notes:

  • 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.

Get Started

  1. Create a simple  image to be used as a cover page for your channel and  add it to your  ThingLink EDU account.
  2. Premium Users: Create a channel titled TLChallenge Portfolio. (See interactive directions below.)

Add Images to Channel (Skip this part if you are not a premium user)

  1. Open the cover page you created.
  2. Click on the words below the image, “Add to Channel”.
  3. Open the “How To” image you created and click on the words below it to “Add to Channel”
  4. Repeat to add each of the images you created to the Channel.

Add ThingLink to Padlet

You can add a ThingLink Channel to a Padlet by copying the link you find under Share Slideshow. If you are not a premium users, simply publish your interactive image on the Padlet.

  1. Go to Channels and select your portfolio channel.
  2. Click on View as Slideshow
  3. Click on Share Slideshow at the top of the screen.
  4. Copy the link.
  5. Open the Portfolios Padlet and add the link.

thingLink_to_padlet

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

Week 8: Engage Students in Informed Decision Making

Explore our Showcase

View our showcase page and watch it grow!

Final Challenge

Explore and curate content created by other participants in the ThingLink Teacher Challenge to create a collection of resources.

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Susan Oxnevad
Susan Oxnevad is the Director of Education at ThingLink. She 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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