Our 6th graders are studying Greek Mythology in Social Studies and I was trying to come up with a new idea for retelling myths. I know our students enjoy searching for images in Britannica Image Quest and learning from the information they find there so I wondered if ThingLink would be a good application to use in this project. I heard about it at the ICE Conference last week and it was all the rage, so I knew I had to at least take a look at it. Just kidding, I emailed a teacher about it the second I heard it mentioned. Interactive images? Uh… YES!!
So for this project, I anticipate having students read articles in Britannica School to get background knowledge before searching for artwork that will help them retell their assigned myth in ThingLink. The application has a free Education Basic option that would be more than enough for this one class of students to use with their teacher this year. The possibilities that I can imagine for this app are endless, though, so it might be something worth exploring a subscription for in the future.
I like to provide alternates to any project I plan and in this case, Padlet could be used in similar ways. Students could upload an image as a background and add content to the page. However, ThingLink is unique because each link or annotation pops up from a dot on the page so it is not overrun by information and the viewer can better enjoy the image they are interacting with.
Other student artifacts that could be produced with this app include:
- Annotating a photo of self
- Labeling a map
- Summarizing an event
- Demonstrating knowledge of a biome