THIS IS THINGLINK!!!
Ancient Greece goes interactive
Thinglink was top of my list of apps that I wanted to spend more time wth in 2015 alongside Bai Board and Idea Flight. Sabba pointed me in it's direction over a year ago but I just couldn't find the space in the curriculum to get it in. That changed this week and I am well and truly converted. Let me try and give you some idea of how well it worked - this entire article is based on a project that hasn't happened yet (I'm potentially looking at using it in April.)
For the uninitated, Thinglink is a web-based tool and iOS app that allows you to tag multimedia content onto an image as a series of hotspots. These images can then be shared via links or embedded on other sites as you'll see in a bit. It's incerdibly easy to use; in fact the project I started with it this week is with Year 2 students! They are working on a world Explorers topic and we've used world maps as the base image to tag a range of other bits and pieces onto. I should add in here that I signed up for the free teachers account at thinglink.com to enable me to control and manage the work of all 88 students efficiently.
Anyway, the cohort of kids currently in Year 6 are very iPad savvy. These are the kids who I lead two years ago and completed the term long Book Creator project that ultimately set the ball rolling on the whole iPad Educators thing. They needed something fresh this year for the upcoming Ancient Greece project (last year's Year 6 students did ebooks.) That got me thinking about Thinglink and maps again. It seemed a logical option to use a map of Ancient Greece as the digital canvass for them to create and collate various pieces of work done in different forms and subject areas. This could include app combos from other apps like Shadow Puppet, Tellagami or Explain Everything but could just as easily take the form of a group recording a dramatic performance or a student reading a piece of writing aloud.
I also wanted to incorporate some assessment opportunities for the overall project and so I edited a small table onto the bottom corner of the map to allow space for self, peer and teacher assessment. These would also be tagged on as interactives and thus could take various forms themselves!
I've embedded my sample piece below. It features a range of interactives but no where near the volume that I expect some of the students will end up including.