Technology in the Classroom: 10 Ways to Use Thinglink

If you’re like us, the onslaught of technology in the classroom trends can be overwhelming, and it’s easy to forget about a time-honored technology in the classroom tool when bright, shiny new applications and tools are being unveiled every day.

So today on, frequent contributing writer Jacqui Murray, who is a veteran technology teacher in California, takes a look at Thinglink, which she describes thusly: “It is an interactive media platform that allows students to use multimedia content and links to share their knowledge and tell their story by tagging images or videos with hotspots that include additional information.”

Jacqui points out 10 ways that educators can use Thinglink, including:
  1. Create infographics and graphic organizers to visually explain a complex topic.
  2. Design and share interactive digital posters.
  3. Write a digital storybook with a connect-the-dots Thinglink (replace with color-coded hotspots or numbers, which may require an upgrade).
  4. Curate resources for a topic or project and share with students.
Jacqui sums up her article like this: “Thinglink makes differentiation easy, as students select the tools that work best for their communication style.”

Teaching Strategies that Use Sticky Notes
Post-it notes – those square pieces of paper that stick to many surfaces and remind us of what we need to do next – can also be used as helpful classroom devices that can help us further connect with students!
Today on, frequent contributing writer Jordan Catapano,, himself an English teacher in the suburbs of Chicago, takes a look at some alternative ways that sticky notes can enhance your classroom experience. His ideas include:

    Annotating books and articles
    And more!

Jordan sums up his ideas with this paragraph: “What I love about sticky-notes is that their size, colors, cost, and you-can-put-me-anywhere qualities provide limitless applications. Whether for myself, colleagues, or students, these sticky-notes offer a multitude of easy opportunities to improve thinking and collaboration.”

How do you use post-it notes?