Audio Review # 31| Thinglink

Overview

Thinglink is a web tool that allows you to “link” any part of a page to a video, audio, website, etc. Videos can be imbedded directly onto a ThingLink page. Basically, ThingLink creates hot links over any image or webpage that you wish. The fact that ThingLink is versatile and easy learn makes it a potentially useful tool for teachers. The coolness factor is there, because the service will look and fool as “cool” as you can make it.

Concerns

The cost for “Pro” is $100 per year, which can be off putting to individual teachers, unless the teacher uses ThingLink often (too often?). The cost should be borne by the institution if it is going to be used at this level. The way that I use ThingLink easily fits with institutional-level use.

Sample Uses

ThingLink can become a lesson home page, with links to key resource sites layered over images of the sites or related objects. Or, ThingLink can be the course home page, with links to individual units and resource pages branching off of it. At he institutional level ThingLink really shines. The graphical nature of what ThingLink does make it perfectly suited for this role.Also, ThingLink can be used as a treasure map, with each link leading to a clue that takes you to another ThingLink page with another clue.

Do I plan to use it?

Yes! I am already using ThingLink to overlay maps of the seven floors of our HS building with videos that introduce the facilities to families and students considering our school, and to allow teachers to introduce themselves and their teaching philosophies to students who are considering their courses.

Commitment and Learning Curve

Low. This product is easy to learn. If I can do it, then you can do it.

Best for ES MS or HS?

There are so many potential uses for ThingLink that it merits consideration in ES, MS, and HS. ThingLink is particularly useful for schools that are tech-strong.

Cost

Free for teachers to access basic services, with costs scaling from $10/month for “Pro” to corporate accounts. Definitely something the school should pick up if you go “Pro.”

Website Link: https://www.thinglink.com/

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