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Well, it’s that time of year again, the summer is winding down and school is back in session. Students are boarding the buses and spending their days in the classroom. Before long the homework will pick up, the assignments will get a little more rigorous, and the school projects will be in full force.  But this year teachers:  STOP and think about redesigning your projects to fit the digital learner. Forget the construction paper, rubber cement, and of course different colored poster boards… instead think innovation!

Click the image to view it in ThingLink

  Today our students are living in a world where they are surrounded with new and exciting technologies, so why not incorporate these digital tools into their daily tasks?….What if there  was a way to create a project that was completely interactive, included multiple resources, and allowed your students to be the driving force behind their own learning and creation?  Let’s enable the students to become the center of their own learning… Thinglink does just that.

  This app opens up countless educational based learning possibilities and is available on all platforms. And the best part… it’s absolutely FREE! So, what makes ThingLink so great? This  app will spark up the creativity that we are all so concerned is being stifled in today’s school systems. You’ve heard every picture tells a story; with ThingLink you can make your images  come alive  by embedding music, videos and text right into any image– making it instantly interactive.

Click this image created by a high school librarian to encourage reluctant readers

 Students can create Thinglinks to show their understanding for any Common Core or Essential Standard; but today I wanted to share with you how a simple book report can come alive  via Thinglink.  It’s time to retire the old graphic organizer and create engaging projects that allow the student to tell the story. The students can develop book reports by taking a picture  of the book cover and embedding many informational resources. This can be a movie trailer created for a book, story summaries, character maps, reviews, or connections the reader  made with the story. These book reports can be created at any level, with a picture book from an elementary classroom, a favorite chapter book in middle  school, even into the high school genre project… the possibilities are limitless for all age groups.

 So pick up your device, start creating, engage your students, and share your stories!! We would love to hear how you have used Thinglink or how you want to  use it in your classroom this year. Tweet us @eTechCampus #eTechTalk #Thinglinkcreations with your creations or integration ideas.




About The Author

Tiffaney Lavoie currently serves as the Director of Instructional Media and Design at Edvergent Learning. An educator with a business background, she has served over 60 school districts in Kentucky as an instructional technology consultant where she developed and delivered professional learning opportunities and partnered with school and district technology rollouts. A former middle school teacher, Tiffaney has a passion for effective technology integration and recognizes the importance of accessible digital tools to support teaching and learning. She has presented on a state, regional, and national level, and values immersive digital learning environments that better equip students to compete in a global society.