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What is ThingLink?
Ulla Engestrom, Founder & CEO, ThingLink
Education is shifting from reading textbooks in the classroom to active knowledge-building through any device with an internet connection. With ThingLink, students anywhere in the world can travel across distance and time to stunning 360° environments and create virtual tours of their own.
ThingLink was founded to enable hyperlinks in images, so that whenever a learner is browsing through photographs, maps, graphs or videos, they can simply click on anything they see to find out more. At its core, ThingLink is a tool to enable visual storytelling and add context to an image. This is done by using ThingLink’s image editor to link one thing (such as a person or an object in an image) to another (that provides additional information about the first thing).
Creating an interactive image with a group of students is one of the most efficient methods of building knowledge in the classroom. Students can use various forms of text, audio, video, photography and illustrations to show and share their learning. For example, students have documented plants and animals for a virtual nature path, created a culture tour to another school and documented a field trip to a historic landmark.
Students work together to produce background research, storylines and rich multimedia documentation, which increases both cognitive and emotional engagement with the subject of the study.
ThingLink users are building a web of images that make it possible for students to virtually travel across distance and time to learn anything they want.Impact
ThingLink has a variety of impacts on students, such as its ability to engage students of different ages and learning styles through the creation of digital media. It supports digital literacy, research and documentation of learning. It also develops collaboration and communication skills while engaging in real-world learning experiences.Scalability
The community is growing organically through word of mouth and there are ThingLink users in every country in the world. Today, 3 million teachers and students use ThingLink to create images and 40 million people interact with ThingLink images every month.