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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.)

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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/

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Vocabulary.com for learning vocabulary for any subject

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Vocabulary.com isn’t just a tool for English teachers (Though it’s quite handy for literary devices and novel vocab!).  Any teacher can create their own lists of vocabulary for students to learn, or choose pre-made lists from the vocabulary.com library on any subject!  Create lists of terms for history, math, science, or art units to help reiterate and refresh.

How vocabulary.com works:

https://www.vocabulary.com/howitworks/

 

Found Poems for Inquiry!

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This post by literacy coach Lauren Francese outlines the process for using primary sources to make found poems. This activity can easily be adapted for any discipline.  In the blog post below, students use soldiers’ journals from World War I, but I have also seen teachers use found poetry with novels and articles.

https://goo.gl/qR2Dyj