3 Ways to Embrace ThingLink EDU in the New Year

Happy New Year to All!

ThingLink EDU has continued to grow in 2015 to include more than 1,000,000 edu users. Along the way we’ve developed some pretty great ways to use our amazing tool to transform teaching and learning. Please explore 3 Ways to Embrace ThingLink EDU in the New Year. We hope you will get inspired to try one of these ideas in the classroom this year!

As a Digital Storytelling Tool

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.

As a Summative Assessment Tool

Demonstrate Learning through Screencasts

Students can narrate and record guided tours of an interactive image to explain their learning through the use of screencasting tools. This provides students with the opportunity to show what they know while utilizing an efficient and effective method of sharing student presentations to maximize instructional time.

In classrooms, we often dedicate a good chunk of class time to sharing student work that requires students to stand in front of the class and explain the learning. While this experience is beneficial to the student who is “on the stage”,  students sitting and listening are passive participants who may or may not be paying attention. By giving students the opportunity to record their thinking through screencasts, all students can actively engage in the sharing process. Be sure to click lightbulb icon to watch the screencast explaining the learning.

 

As an ePortfolio Tool

An ePortfolio is a collection of student work that is used to document student effort, progress, and achievement over time. Students become actively involved in their own learning as they engage in goal setting, decision making and self-reflection. ePortfolios are powerful tools for authentic assessment . ePortfolios can be an extremely useful tool for both formative and summative assessment at different stages of the learning process. Dr. Helen Barrett identifies a 3 step process for successful and sustained digital portfolio management to help students and teachers develop skills and introduce the process into the classroom workflow. 

ThingLink is a tool that can seamlessly support the ePortfolio process. Here is how Dr. Barrett’s process aligns with ThingLink as an ePortfolio tool.

 

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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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