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App Highlight: ThingLink for Assessment and Creative Learning

ThingLink, a free app in the app store, lets users create interactive images.  Add your own or web-based images, videos, links to articles / web pages, sound clips, or text.  This app is simple to use and the applications are endless!  Finished ThingLinks can be emailed and viewed in a web browser.  The site’s published ThingLinks are searchable in the app and on the website and easily copied to your personal library to be shared / uploaded.

Suggestions for using ThingLink in your classroom:

  • For teaching: Use ThingLink to explain a diagram, math problem, poetry form, concept, etc..  Link articles, instructional videos, and add text explanations.  Have students use your ThingLink to teach themselves, especially useful if they are absent from class.  Sample ThingLink on Inverse Trig Functions: https://www.thinglink.com/scene/730047756499943424 (To use: Hover your mouse over the image and click the icons to view supplemental content.)
  • For learning / assessment: Assign ThingLink as a research project or to check for understanding.  Have students research any topic and link / describe all resources in the ThingLink or have students upload diagrams, label the parts, and write explanations for each.  The features will work for any discipline!  Sample research-based ThingLink on St. Ignatius Loyola: https://www.thinglink.com/scene/773971961398165505 (To use: Hover your mouse over the image and click the icons to view added content.)

trig

Project idea: Interactive timelines for any topic

Below is an article that reviews 10 free timeline generators.  Read through the short reviews and choose the best one for your class.

“Top 10 Free Timeline Creation Tools” by eLearning Industry: http://goo.gl/ogIz3z

 

The Tiki-Toki timeline generator is already used in some Theology classes. Check out this sample timeline created by Diana Haney, “St. Iggy and the Jesuits”: http://www.tiki-toki.com/timeline/entry/492586/Saint-Iggy-and-the-Jesuits/

St Iggy

 

Six creative ways to inspire girls in science lessons

Inspire girls to pursue STEM with these creative ideas inspired by Ada Lovelace (the world’s first computer programmer!):

  • Create a timeline or a comic strip of her fascinating life (Her father was Lord Byron, the Poet) or another prominent women in STEM history: Katherine Johnson, Rachel Carson, and Sally Ride.
  • Curate a collection of curious facts for students to explore
  • Make them wonder with science “tricks” to spark interest
  • Solve mysteries with SCIENCE
  • Bake cookies using sunlight, or make a solar oven using a pizza box!

 

More resources:

Girl Friendly Physics: http://girlfriendlyphysics.co.uk/

Top 10 Tips for Engaging Girls with Physics: http://teachers.theguardian.com/teacher-resources/21200/

TED Talk: “Inspiring the Next Generation of Female Engineers”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEeTLopLkEo

Science Grrl: http://sciencegrrl.co.uk/

 

Read the article:

“Six Creative Ways to Inspire Girls in Science Lessons” from @GuardianTeach

http://goo.gl/EGDNzf