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Week 4: Create an Interactive Map
In this activity you will
Create a map.
- Adjust the Image Size of your map image before uploading it to ThingLink, if needed.
Add your map to ThingLink.
Add Rich Media Tags to your map.
Share and submit interactive to the ThingLink Challenge.
In this activity you will create an interactive map image for use as a content launcher in the classroom. Use the channel to guide you through the process. Consider using the activity with students during the school year and think of ways students can create interactive maps to demonstrate learning acquired through research.
Using interactive maps in the classroom encourages exploration, invites curiosity and promotes spatial thinking. Interactive maps can be used to provide students with background knowledge to launch a unit, or they can be used as a starting point for digging deeper into any concept through research. Interactive maps can be used to explore a wide variety of topics in traditional ways, or they can be used creatively to help students visualize just about anything.
Channel of Directions
Explore this interactive channel of resources to guide you through the process as you Create an Interactive Map
Note: Create this activity in your regular teacher account. There is no need to create it in your ThingLink Challenge Classroom this time.
Showcase of Examples
Explore this Padlet board of interactive map images created by participants and watch it grow! To get the best viewing experience view the full sized board on Padlet.
Classroom Connections and Modifications
Create a map of famous composers with tags containing audio clip samples of their music.
Create a map of famous artists with tags to samples of their work
Create a map of the Grand Canyon and ask students to determine the best place to cross it
Design a research project that requires students to create their own map, tagged with information presented through multimedia.
Additional Help and Support
ThingLink Teacher Challenge at a Glance
Next Week’s Challenge
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Enjoy some Halloween ThingLinks that caught our eyes. A Happy Halloween to all!
Britney Spears gave fans a special GIFt Wednesday morning in the form of a digital storyboard.
Spears premiered the first moving look at her new music video for “Ooh La La” by posting a digital storyboard full of gifs on her ThingLink channel.
After sharing her ThingLink post to Twitter, #OohLaLaTomorrow trended Worldwide as she chatted with fans on her Twitter account about the video’s release.
Spears’ new video featuring her sons Sean Preston and Jayden James is set to premiere on Thursday, July 11 at Noon ET on VEVO.
The first Earth Day on April 22, 1970, activated 20 million Americans from all walks of life and is widely credited with launching the modern environmental movement. More than 1 billion people now participate in Earth Day activities each year, making it the largest civic observance in the world.
ThingLink is happy to celebrate Earth Day in images.
Can you guess how many heads of state have published or appeared in ThingLink news images? Mexico, United States, Spain, The Vatican, and France, to name a few. Here is how interactive images can enrich governmental communication.
As presidential campaigns and governmental communication transitions to social media, heads of state are taking advantage of new photo sharing tools like ThingLink. The President of Mexico, Enrique Peña Nieto uses ThingLink for summarizing weekly activities in informative photo collages containing links to the government’s website, videos, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.
Mexico - President Enrique Peña Nieto
Official images of politically important figures are often planned to the smallest detail. Huffington Post tagged an image of His Majesty King Juan Carlos describing the objects in the picture.
Spain – His Majesty King Juan Carlos (from Huffington Post)
President Obama’s campaign team enriched an image of a dinner with the President giving context of the discussion and participants.
United States – President Barack Obama
Editorial images of political figures can turn into infographics that combine visual and textual information in a new way. El Observador used ThingLink to add quotes from various interviews with Pope Francis, the head of the Vatican State and the Catholic Church.
Do you represent a governmental organization interested in using ThingLink? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
How can one make perfection even more? Make your images interactive and tell a deeper story. Check out the new Sports Illustrated Swimsuit issue and model Cintia Dicker below.
Model Cintia Dicker in Africa
Whether you’re reporting sports or attending a college sports event, you can make the best moments in sports come alive with ThingLink. Here are images we love by Sports Illustrated, USA TODAY Sports, adidas, LA Times and University of Memphis Baseball.
Tag your favorite sports images at ThingLink.com.
Sports Illustrated on ThingLink
USA TODAY Sports on ThingLink
adidas on ThingLink
Los Angeles Times on ThingLink
University of Memphis Baseball on ThingLink
We had a great time at SxSW meeting so many ThingLink users among musicians, film makers, brands and agencies.