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It is a free and user–friendly digital tool that provides users with the ability to turn any image into an interactive graphic. It enables you to create multiple “hot spots” on specific parts of an image and turn that image into a multimedia launcher. You can include video, record audio or provide a link to any website with the click of a button. You can easily embed an interactive ThingLink graphic into any blog or website. ThingLink is a truly amazing tool that allows users to pack a lot of content into a small space (Susan Oxnevad, 2012). To create your own interactive images, here is a great tutorial shared by our instructors in the GE4L MOOC:
Clara Cordero’s Thinglinks (ABC Phonics, My Farm, and Solar System) inspired me to create an activity for my high school students. Two years ago, my students launched a wiki called Welcome Back Egypt to help their country after the 25th January Revolution. They wrote many articles, and created videos, PPT presentations, and Glogs about the most beautiful sites in Egypt. I think that ThingLink helps students to collect all their products in just an image enabling them to leave comments, share, and extend interaction.
- Search Engine, e.g., Google, Bing … etc.
- Autocollage Software offered free by Microsoft
- Class Wiki
- I ask the students to work into groups of three.
- I tell them to use any search engine to find some images of the most famous sites in Egypt.
- After downloading the images and saving them in a folder, they use Autocollage software to create a collage merging all the images collected.
- Using ThingLink, they upload their collage and start tagging and adding videos, audios, and links to more information.
- Once they finish, I ask them to embed their interactive images into the class wiki page created for this activity.
- Students, then, invite their friends from all over the world to view their work, ask questions, and share ideas.
Here is my first interactive image example that helps my students to get started. Please, click here to see the larger size: