Month: November 2013

ThingLInk

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ThingLink is an App that allows you to create interactive pictures that can be shared across a range of platforms including iPad, smartphone and PC.

On the iPad, you can import pictures (for example, a piece of student’s work or an image associated with that day’s lesson). You can then add text, which could be used to explain a piece of marking or give information on an image. However, what’s really impressive is that you can add videos from your camera roll that you’ve created as well as links from YouTube. You could use this to create a museum style, guided tour in your classroom or even for homework, allowing for independent learning. For example, you (or indeed, students) could create images where each picture contains links to a YouTube with information on that image. This would be perfect for poets, historical figures, athletes, chefs reading out recipes, popular foreign celebrities speaking in their own language…the possibilities are endless.

ThingLink is a free App from the App store (click here).

Below is an example of some marking using ThingLink (click here for the interactive page)

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Click here for the interactive image of the History based interactive page above.

Praise: it’s the simple things.

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I don’t often post about the more theoretical side of pedagogy, however a colleague suggested a tip this week so simple that I hadn’t thought of it before. A particularly rowdy group of Year 10 pupils of mine often take time to settle, which often results in strikes (similar to demerits etc) for those simply not following instructions. I think this is quite a common reflex reaction from teachers who ‘just want them to get in and get on with the work’. My colleague suggested simply writing the names on the positive side of board of the children who had their books out and praising them. It’s obvious, but slowly and surely, the group settled onto the task in pretty much the same time as if I had reprimanded those not following my (at times ‘barked’) orders. The result? A board full of positive names, no strikes, a nice buzz in the room and pupils on task. Simple.