ThinkLink as an Educational Tool

Facilitator:  Mark Bates - Technology Mentor (Anglophone School District - South)

Participants:  Several Grade 4 & 5 Students​

What is ThingLink?

ThingLink is a tool which falls into a similar category as Glogster and Prezi which offer users an alternative to traditional assignment and presentation formats. These types of tools utilize the mashability of the wide number of online media services to create something new.
ThingLink allows creators to upload or import static images and add to create “interactive learning modules (ILMs)” which can be navigated by the audience. Once the focus image is upload or link to via URL or Flickr, the user clicks on the area to insert an Rich Media Tags (RMT). Rich Media Tags are points added to an image, linking them to text, audio, video, social media, photos and images. On insertion, a small window prompts the user to specify a link to content and a description if warranted. The service identifies the type of media contained within the tag and creates the necessary functions to display it. Users can then choose if the product is to be made public, kept private or be a collaborative work with others on ThingLink. The creations are stored on ThingLink and, although not downloadable, can be shared in a variety of ways.

How did students use it?

Students were provided with instruction on how to access their accounts, proper use of the service and reminded of Internet safety protocols.  Students brainstormed an activity, event or issue they were interested in an identify an image which the basis of their presentation.  Over the course of four sessions, students were challenged to find ways to incorporate a variety of RMTs into their product with the expectation that it would be published at the conclusion.

"I like[d] it because you can show what you love." - student

What are the New Brunswick curricular links to this project?

English Language Arts
Writing and Other Ways of Representing
Students will:
  • GCO 2: communicate information and ideas effectively and clearly, and to respond personally and critically.
  • GCO 5: interpret, select, and combine information using a variety of strategies, resources, and technologies.
  • GCO 8: use writing and other forms of representation to explore, clarify, and reflect on their thoughts, feelings, experiences, and learnings; and to use their imaginations
  • GCO 9:  create texts collaboratively and independently, using a wide varitety of forms for range of audiences and purposes.
Personal Development and Career Planning
Students will:
  • GCO 1.1:  identify personal interests, abilities, strengths and weaknesses.
  • GCO 1.2:  explain the importance of communication skills, as well as demonstrate the effective use of these.

How was student privacy taken into account?

For this project, students accounts, user names and passwords were assigned a by the facilitator.  Attempts were made to conceal the use of real names, places or other easily identifiable information both within the accounts and the projects themselves.  All students involved had parental permission forms signed as required by policy.

Student Gallery


More information and ideas on how to use ThingLink