Thinglink – Make a Picture Interactive


They say a picture is worth a thousand words…but what if you could make the picture interactive? What if you could click on parts of a picture to bring up a video or website where you could learn more? Thinglink allows you to do just that…and it’s easy. Create a free account. Upload a picture. Start adding “tags”, including text or links to online resources. What a great way for students to learn more from charts and diagrams!

Your “picture” doesn’t even have to be a picture. It seems I talk about our mission statement in every presentation I do and I try to share ideas of what it might look like in action. So I thought I’d try it out with Thinglink. First, I typed up the mission statement in Google Drawings, added a few details, then saved it as a jpeg (picture) file. I uploaded the image to my Thinglink account and then added a tag for each bullet point. (Hover your mouse over the image to bring up the tags.) Each tag leads to an online resource that shows one way that part of the mission can come to life. (I’d love to repeat this with resources showcasing our own MASD kids!)

Click here and then click “See some examples” at the bottom of the page to see more examples.

Sign up for the educators account and you can create classes and give students an invite code. Older students could also create their own accounts using their Google Apps logins.

How could you and your students use Thinglink?


3 thoughts on “Thinglink – Make a Picture Interactive

  1. Michelle December 19, 2014 / 1:48 pm

    Our ninth graders will be using Thinglink for a group project during our managed choice unit. We are rolling out the project after break, so hopefully they will like it as much as we have enjoyed creating the assignment and accompanying example.


  2. Heather Lutz December 19, 2014 / 2:24 pm

    This looks great, Anne! I will be looking into this over the holidays. Thanks for sharing!


  3. Tara December 19, 2014 / 2:34 pm



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