Category : Education

An Educational Use of Thinglink

Here is a guest post by Michael Britt, Ph.D., host of The Psych Files, a Psychology podcast. The Psych Files is aimed at anyone curious about human behavior, though students taking a course in psychology, those majoring in psychology, and instructors of psychology will find the podcast particularly of interest.

B.F. Skinner in His Own Words

I just finished a fun project using thinglink. Here’s the project:

 

http://www.thinglink.com/scene/366016018553765889#tlsite

 

My goal was to better understand what psychologist B.F. Skinner actually said about educating children, learning to play an instrument, happiness, etc.   I put together a little “audio collage” that students could put together as a class project using any well known person (for whom there is video and/or audio interviews available of course).

Here’s how I created it:

  • Audio bytes were found all over the web – YouTube of course and archive.org
  • I used an audio capture tool (Audio Hijack in my case, but many such programs exist) to grab the audio as it played in my browser
  • I edited the audio down to the essential quotes using an audio editing tool (the free Audacity tool would be fine)
  • Uploaded the audio to my www.soundcloud.com account
  • Created a simple collage using Photoshop (any image editor would work) and arranging images I found from wikipedia and clipart.com
  • After uploading the collage to www.thinglink.com, I linked the audio from Soundcloud to the various spots on the collage

What’s the pedagogical goal? Well, I personally gained a deeper understanding of and appreciation for Skinner and I think students would also gain such an understanding of whoever they chose to focus on.  Also, in addition to just linking from a spot on the image to an audio sound byte, note that there is a small amount of text that can be typed next to the audio player.  Students could be required to tell the listener why the quote is important – what does it reveal about the psychologist’s theory?  What misconception does the quote clarify?  What does the quote reveal about the psychologist as a person?  Also, if the creator of the thinglink enables it, other students can leave comments on the image as well, which could result in a nice discussion and of course a good learning experience for everyone.

I really love Thinglink – such a fun tool.

Michael A. Britt, Ph.D.

http://www.ThePsychFiles.com

Twitter: @mbritt

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ThingLink Launches Interactive Image Contest for K-12 with Rosen Digital

Students can create digital projects with images, music, videos, and websites to win an iPad Mini or annual subscription to one of Rosen Digital’s online databases

We have joined with Rosen Digital for the first ThingLink Interactive Image Contest. It’s our way of celebrating students, teachers and all the ways that learning can be fun.

Susan Oxnevad, Instructional Technology Facilitator and educator for 26 years said: “ThingLink is one of my favorite and most frequently used tools because it supports active student participation and requires users to construct knowledge as they create.  The tool can be very useful for designing and implementing the types of deep learning experiences required by the Common Core and it is also an effective way to help students develop digital literacy skills.”

Eligibility: All students K-12 are eligible to enter.  Teachers and parents may enter an image on a student’s behalf.

Submission Deadline: Images may be submitted through May 1, 2013. Enter images at ThingLinkContest.com.

Winners will be announced on May 15, 2013.

Categories: There are 10 categories:

  • My Favorite Books or Authors
  • Science — Think Like a Scientist!
  • Health & Well-being — You, Your Family, Your Friends
  • Environment — The World Around Us
  • Community — Volunteering & Making a Difference
  • Money Smarts — Earning, Saving, Spending
  • Art & Music — Express Yourself!
  • Sports — Game On!
  • History & Social Studies — From Yesterday to Today
  • Animals — Furry, Friendly, & Fierce

Students can enter in as many categories as they wish.  All entries are viewable at ThingLink.com.

Voting:  Friends and family can vote on their favorite images by using “touch” icon on a ThingLink image. The most “touches” counts for a portion of the score.  A team of educational advisors will review entries and determine winners.

Prizes: One iPad mini will be awarded to the top winner in each category. The winning school in each category will also receive one Rosen Database subscription for a year (Teen Health and Wellness, Digital Literacy, Financial Literacy or the Power Knowledge Science Suite).  Certificates will be awarded to second and third place winners in each category. 

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