This week I attended a conference and the presenter, Mario Herrera – a stunning teacher by the way, brought up the issue of introducing 21st century skills in the classroom. Keeping yourself updated is indeed a must to be competent and can help you find ways to encourage independent learning. THINGLINK is an online service that enables you to make images interactive. Choose images and then insert “hot spots” that will show multmedia or direct you to a link when the cursor is placed on them. I learned about this about 3 months ago and used it a couple of times. However, for some reason didn’t use it anymore but now I will again. I’ll show you one of my first examples below.
After examining several online articles about Thinglink I have decided to start with two activities. 1.Multimedia definitions: Create an image using a vocabulary word. Let students add links with photos, videos, text or even webpages that demonstrate the meaning. https://www.thinglink.com/scene/562066698694295552 Teachers can create groups if they have a teacher account. You create a group and register students by adding their names.They do not need a Thinglink account! After you register their names, you’ll obtain usernames and passwords for each one. Make sure you copy and distribute them since you’ll see them only once! Next students log in and create! 2.Classroom badges: Put pictures of bagdes for different types of recognition you want to award your young learners with and tag their names plus an encouraging comment 🙂 Get more inspiration: http://www.freetech4teachers.com/2013/06/65-ways-to-use-thinglink-in-your.html#.U_9bvcV5N1Y http://gettingsmart.com/2012/08/5-ways-use-thinglink-teaching-learning/ http://thinglinkblog.com/tag/education/