Any new technology always brings with it a learning curve; a ThingLink interactive image can be a technology resource for learning how to navigate the new tool. Our image of the week comes to us from ThingLink Certified Educator, John Sowash, author of The Chromebook Classroom. John’s tutorial on Chromebook tips & tricks is a fantastic interactive image.
Learning Standards to Support Interactive Technology Resources
Determine the meaning of symbols, key terms, and other domain-specific words and phrases as they are used in a specific scientific or technical context relevant to grades 6-8 texts and topics.
ISTE Standards for Students #1
Students understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies and are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies.
Creating an Interactive Resource
John’s creation assists anyone starting out with Chromebooks. This idea can be extended to not just teachers creating, but students as well. Have a new app, extension, web tool, etc. which students will be using? Have a student create a navigation guide for their classmates. Do they have a tool which they could recommend? Create an interactive image using a screenshot of the tool, highlighting the variety of navigational options.
Dan Gallagher is a longtime ThingLink Certified Educator who is now ThingLink's Education Social Media Specialist. This position oversees @ThingLink_Edu and assists with contributions to the blog. Dan is a Teacher Resource Specialist for Technology with the West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District in NJ where he shows teachers how to integrate technology into their instruction.