Cool Tools – Thinglink

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Thinglink is a very cool tool.  What makes it great is its simplicity.  Essentially, Thinglink is a powerful way to create interactive images.  Do you have an image that tells a story?  Upload it to Thinglink and annotate the image with links, audio, images, video, and text.  Voilà!  You have an interactive image that you can post to Desire2Learn, to your blog, or to your website.

Here is an example of a Thinglink interactive image that starts a conversation about the receding glaciers in Alaska’s Glacier Bay National Park.  The image shows three snapshots of the Muir Glacier at different times.  Click on the hotspots to learn more.

With Thinglink you can:

  • Highlight important features of compelling images
  • Tell the story of how an image was taken to talk about how an image is constructed
  • Critique an image with text, video, and audio annotations
  • Concretize the relationship between the image and events in history
  • Ask students to create interactive images to explain events, architectural styles, mathematical structures

The possibilities are virtually endless.

For more information on Thinklink, or other Cool Tools that solve pedagogical problems, contact the Exchange in Library South, room 106.

  • Email:  exchange@gsu.edu
  • Phone:  404.413.4700

Please join us for one of the upcoming Cool Tools sessions in Collaborate.

3/4/14 – ThingLink

With this easy to use image annotation tool, you and your students can provide contextualized audio, video, text, and links that help to explain or add to a visual representation.

3/11/14 – VoiceThread

Peer review student work, debate, discuss, or problem-solve using the VoiceThread media-centric conversation space in the cloud.

3/25/14 – MindMeister and MindNode

Organize your thoughts on an idea or project using these easy-to-use mind mapping apps.  Users can explore ideas and the relationships that exist among them.

4/1/14 – Evernote, Skitch, and Penultimate

With Evernote, you can type, create reminders, and access them anywhere. With Skitch, you can take notes directly on images or pdf files. With Penultimate, you can take notes as if you were using a pen and paper, store them, and then, thanks to the tool’s handwriting analysis capabilities, search the text of your notes.  And, by leveraging the syncing capabilities of Evernote, you can view all of these products’ notes and annotations anywhere.

4/8/14 – Padlet, Lino, and Google Drawing

Are you looking for ways to encourage collaboration and interaction at a distance?  Padlet, Lino, and Google Drawings make it possible for your students to brainstorm, plan, and draw using shared online workspaces.

4/15/14 – Lynda.com

Members of the GSU community can access Lynda.com’s entire library of software and programming training at technology.gsu.edu/lynda.  Instructors seeking to integrate technology into their teaching can build playlists and then share them with their students, making it easier than ever to try something new.

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