4 Ways to Tell Digital Stories with ThingLink EDU

Every image has a story – and you can help those images come to life and tell deeper stories with ThingLink EDU.

Authors of all ages can use ThingLink to tell engaging digital stories by easily adding an interactive layer to images and videos. Just add an icon to annotate an image or video with embedded rich media to provide readers with opportunities to explore information, listen to songs, watch videos, or answer polls without leaving the page. Authors can turn multiple interactive images into books that are sure to meet the diverse needs of all learners. Explore the powerful possibilities of digital storytelling with ThingLink EDU.

Endangered Animals

At the most basic level, this interactive image book tells the story of endangered animals. Students begin the journey with an essential question to guide the learning. As they scroll through the pages, they find answers to the question as they use critical thinking and problem solving skills . To kick it up a notch, teachers can build a project of your own, allowing students to create the interactive pages to tell the story and answer the essential question. Encourage them to construct knowledge as they create and learn through resarch. You’ll find a lesson plan and more on the final page of this interactive image book.

 

Struggle for Justice

Use a map as a launcher for a group project designed to facilitate learning experiences that dig deeper into events from Civil Rights Hotspots. Students work together in groups to maximize the use of their individual strengths as they contribute to the whole. Use text, video, audio, and images to illustrate and explain how people struggled for justice during the American Civil Rights Movement. Finshed projects are added to the interactive map for a variety of culuminating projects designed to put it all together.

 

Gettysburg

This interactive image book provides students with opportuities to learn more about the events surrounding Gettysburg through research, as well as analyze the words of Abraham Lincoln in his famous speech. The Gettysburg Address provides the text for some CCSS aligned reading and writing activities. Explore this interactive image book.

 

 

Get Started with Design Your Digital Self

To engage students in learning, it’s important to help them make connections to their own world. This classroom kick off activity sets the tone for making those personal connections . The activity provides teachers with the opportunity to address Internet safety and digital citizenship while a the interactive avatar serves as a useful reminder to protect their identies when online.

 

Steps at a Glance

  1. Create an avatar or use an existing avatar you have.
  2. Upload your avatar to ThingLink_EDU
  3. Add Rich Media Tags to your avatar to Design Your Digital Self.
  4. Add your annotated avatar to a class channel named, Design Your Digital Self , by using the Post button found on the right side of an interactive image.

Scroll through the interactive channel below to get resources to Design Your Digital Self.

Learn more ways to use ThingLink EDU

All of the Digital Storytelling content was the subject of a recent webinar. If you would like an archived version of this webinar, or any other webinars in this series, sign up.

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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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