If a picture is worth a thousand words, what happens when we make that picture interactive and clickable? Now it’s gotta be worth at least 2,000, right?
Well, that’s exactly what ThinkLink does.
According to the ThinkLink website, “ThinkLink is the leading platform for creating interactive images for web, social and advertising channels.” It says you can “make images come alive with video, text, images, shops, music and more.”
What that really means is that you can take a picture (any picture) and add links to it without cluttering it with words. You simply add clickable spots on your image that make it infinitely more informative.
Examples from the website are using it for storefront images, with purchase links layered directly onto the image, using an image of a map to “unlock narrative elements,” and using a personal photo enriched with video, audio and other online media.
You can use this as a way to flip your classroom. Rather than having your students simply read a text, you could provide an image (a real one or one you created, like a mind map or drawing, etc.) and have the students click on points on the image to learn more about the topic. The links could be other images, videos, audio, text, websites, or anything you can link to.
And good news, it works on all modern web browsers, the iPad, the iPhone and Android!
You do have to create yet another account, but you could always just create one by logging in with your Facebook, Twitter or Google+ accounts to make it easier.
You can “follow” people just like any other social media, but you don’t have to. The images you use can come from your Facebook, Flickr, anywhere on the web or even your computer.
Here’s an example of one using the college’s map and linking videos, news articles, photos and websites. Welcome to Centralia College!
The possibilities are endless!