Thinglink is a useful app that allows students to effectively analyze an image. Students can either use a photo they take themselves, or they can use one from the Internet. Consider this image from NBC News Week in Pictures site from Nov. 27 to Dec. 5, of “Afghan schoolchildren take lessons in an open classroom at a refugee camp on the outskirts of Jalalabad, Afghanistan.” (Click image for full size)
There is a lot going on in this picture, both in terms of factual information, but also in terms of the issues it raises (education, children’s right’s, perhaps even cultural differences). Thinglink is an app to help students analyze this image on their tablets!
What’s really interesting about Thinglink is what that it allows students to do next – and that’s to add “nubbins” which, when touched, open to show text they’ve added, or a video clip, or a link, or another picture. This encourages them to label, or to show or tell more about the topic or subject of the picture.
I’ve used it in ELA to have students notice and comment on structure and features of illustrations in picture books. In ERC it could be used to discuss different points of view on an ethical issue, or to label and expand upon a family celebration, or a religious practice. (Click picture at right, from C. Bullet comment below!)
Thinglink is available for use online with a web browser, or on the iPad, and it is very easy to use. It also lets you save and export a finished product for publication or for evaluation. And it’s free! Check it out at http://www.thinglink.com and on the App Store.
This article was submitted by Wendy King – English Language Arts & former Ethics and Religious Studies consultant at Eastern Townships School Board. Thanks Wendy!
Comments and suggestions are welcome!