Using interactive media and social tools to connect yourself to your students and to other educators is a powerful and effective way to grow and learn. Some of these same tools can be utilized by our students to work collaboratively with each other while demonstrating mastery.

Learning Outcomes

You will be able to:
  • identify resources to promote communication and collaboration
  • collaborate with colleagues and create a digital board

I. Fostering Communication and Collaboration |

Brainstorm ways you use/want to use collaborative tools with students and/or your colleagues to foster communication?

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ThingLink: A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words | ThingLink

Make your images come alive with music, video, text, and images. Teachers can use ThingLink images as interactive learning modules (ILMs) that activate and inspire students with creative and effective learning experiences, as well as offer a means of collaborating with colleagues across disciplines. Here is a simple example:

II. Enabling Smart Learning: Using ThingLink? |

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Go to ThingLink and sign up for an account if you don't already have one.

Once you have created a ThingLink account, you can UPGRADE for Free to their ThingLink Teacher.
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See what others have created using this tool. Use the SEARCH bar.
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Create your own ThingLink image, complete with research and linked 'hot spots' you create, centered around one or more of the following:

  • Choose an image of your choice
  • Add research, links and/or images to your Thinglink creation

Consider using this ThingLink Video Tutorial to help you get started.
Here is an example ThingLink about Design Learning
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Invite the other members of your group to "Follow" you and your work and/or "Touch" the images to save it to your ThingLink "Stream". IT IS OK IF IT IS A WORK IN PROGRESS:-)!
Share your ThingLink Creation
Feel free to explore other's work and comment.

Check out the NEW features available for ThingLink Educator.

III. Reflection |

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What ideas do you have for using ThingLink to foster collaboration and support your work?

References | Additional Resources

Image Copyright
http://openclipart.org/ - CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) Public Domain Dedication.