I am enrolled in a course titled Using Technology for Teaching and Training. The first tool we explored was ‘ThingLink,’ a platform for creating interactive images and videos for the web. We used it as a means of introducing ourselves, but there are several other ways educators can utilize this fun (and free) tool:
- As a curriculum launcher. A ThinkLink graphic can provide background and challenges to students.
- To introduce a technology tool. An interactive graphic can contain a large amount of multimedia content and enable students to explore different areas of interest.
- To publish student work. Students or teachers can create content that reflects class work using ThinkLink.
- To create interactive reports. ThinkLink can provide an alternative to formal reports or academic writing.
- For skills development. Innovative way to package tutorials, text, podcasts, web links, etc.
I created an introduction to the class using a photograph I took on the west coast of Ireland, which is where one side of my family is from. I inserted video, text, an Instagram account, and a link to my alma mater. My ThingLink introduction can be found at https://www.thinglink.com/card/877929057331707904.