Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Featured App: ThingLink - FREE App for creating multimedia reports and presentations

I introduce my favorite new science fair and book report helper: Thing Link! This FREE app helps you make "touch hot spots" on a picture, so that it has links to video, music and other content. The app is FREE and easy to use! It creates an incredible multimedia experience for the audience to use to play and connect to resources to increase their depth of knowledge and experience.

Just upload a picture, place a "hot spot" on the picture and insert text, a link, video, music or other content for users to click or touch on the "hotspots".  Follow the jump for ideas on how to make a meaningful report or visual presentation using ThingLink.

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This app contains no ads or in-app purchases.  External links to attach YouTube videos to pictures and to share on social media.


For many parents of children with developmental differences, Science Fair can be a time where they feel their child is left out of the presentations and teachers may struggle with how to include a child that is non-verbal or unable to write a report. This app provides a way for nonverbal students to share their interests in a fun way. I think you will be amazed at the multimedia presentation or report a student can create. Teachers can also use ThingLink with students to make great book report presentations using the book cover as the image!

For children who may not be able to type or dictate a full report, ThingLink is a wonderful app to use for a project. First, students can make or find an appropriate picture to use. For creative students with fine motor skills, they might choose to draw a picture and photograph it or make a graphic on their digital device. Other students may find a picture online or in a book they want to use. Then, they can add touch hotspots. Students can show their research in a visual way by finding appropriate resources online to link to.

Teachers might consider requesting that students find and create hotspots using several different media as resources.  This is a wonderful opportunity to work with students on finding reliable and appropriate resources for a research project. In projects about earthquakes and The Golden Gate Bridge, students were asked to create hotspots that linked to many places. Here is some examples of items they linked to:
  • definitions of terms (ex: tremor)
  • video found online or a video the student made of a model/experiment (ex: great earthquake of San Francisco)
  • music/sound sample (ex: after shocks from earthquake)
  • website showing earthquake research results
  • pictures of fault lines and Golden Gate Bridge from Google Earth
  • recent news or research articles about a particular earthquake
  • require students to type in information or create a voice recording (if able)
  • interviews with researchers and people who reside in earthquake prone areas
  • video or written instructions on "if an earthquake occurs" safety tips
  • links to pictures of tools scientists use to measure earthquakes
  • links to historical interviews on video, radio, newspapers about earthquake sin San Francisco
  • links to interviews with building and bridge engineers
You can check out Volcano ThingLink examples that students have made by clicking here.

There are so many possibilities for using this app, but it would be a great resource for any classroom and even for home. It can give children a multimedia approach to projects for FREE.

From iTunes:
Welcome to the Future of Images.
Make your images come alive with private video, notes, or even music from YouTube.
Holiday, family, interiors, sports, and personal images can be shared privately or with your network on Facebook and Twitter.

PLEASE NOTE! ThingLink is completely free to use.

◆◆◆◆◆ “Whoa, my images become alive! ”
◆◆◆◆◆ “Family photos, music, reporting, traveling... the possibilities are endless”

Use ThingLink to instantly add video and text to images. Create unforgettable greetings, interactive travel photos, and capture best moments. Share images to your friends on Twitter or Facebook — and communicate in new ways.
ThingLink introduces a new, richer way to share the world through photos. Touch the Future of Images. Download the app now and start tagging.

√ Choose or take a picture with your phone’s camera
√ Add interactive tags on your image
- YouTube videos
- Videos from your phone’s camera
- Twitter handles
- Text
√ Share with friends on Facebook, Twitter and Email
√ Browse your own interactive image gallery
√ Join the ThingLink community at
√ Take advantage of your own channel at

Tamara has been busy with many things the past few weeks, but she is back and ready to write.

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