Quick Tip: Reorder Images in a Channel

Throughout the ThingLink Teacher Challenge we have been working with Channels, more commonly known as slideshows of interactive images. Many educators have asked about reordering images within a channel so I am publishing a quick tip to demonstrate how to perform this task.

This functionality is built in to the free app for iOS or Android. You can easily drag and drop images to new locations within a channel using a mobile device and the app. Changes you make will immediately be visible when viewing channels through the web based version, allowing users to work seamlessly between devices with ThingLink EDU.

How to Reorder Images in a Channel

Explore this interactive image for guidance. Grab the ThingLink App for iOS or Android 
  1. Tap to view a list of your ThingLink content and select  your channel. 
  2. Tap to view all images in the channel, then drag them to their desired locations.
  3. Tap the “X” to remove an image from a channel without deleting it entirely from your account.

ThingLink UnPlugged: Capture Learning on the Go

The ThingLink Teacher Challenge for week 4, ThingLink UnPlugged, is the perfect compliment to any educator’s summer fun. This challenge encourages educators to grab the free mobile app for iOS or Android and capture life and learning on the go with or without wireless.

Use Whatever Device is Handy at the Moment

ThingLink is an amazing tool for teaching and learning that is supported across platforms. This flexibility provides teachers and students with a variety of options to extend the learning beyond the classroom walls. The iOS app and Android apps, combined with the web based platform complete the full circle of possibilities for creating and learning with interactive images. Explore this interactive image to learn about the flexible options..

Grab the Free App

The ThingLink apps for iOS and Android been developed with education in mind. When browsing for existing ThingLink content, students can only see images created by other teachers and students. Safe-search has been enabled to provide students with age appropriate content when searching for media to annotate images. The updated version of the app now includes student and teacher signup options with invitation codes, making it easy to manage students and engage them on mobile devices like never before. Best of all, the app works with or without wireless.

Capture Learning on the Go

//cdn.thinglink.me/jse/embed.jsWhen you get away from an Internet connection you can capture learning  with the mobile app and store it locally on your individual device. Take a photo and tag it with another photo on the spot. Capture some video right there and add it to a tag on your ThingLink image. Or start simple and use the base image like a visual notebook to  annotate and record ideas through text. Later, when you return to a wireless Internet connection, you can continue to build the ThingLink on whatever device is handy.


There are many ways to engage students in  learning experiences that extends the walls of the classroom by going off the grid with ThingLink mobile and a handy device. Allow students to bring their own devices when they explore the world to encourage active participation and help them engage and connect with the learning in front of them. Students will discover new ways to mix up their worlds and make it personally meaningful. 

Get Inspired by Amazing Examples

Explore this channel of examples created by Community Members and Expert Educators during last year’s Summer Challenge to get inspired and share some ideas. A big shout out goes to these amazing educators. These are teachers to connect with!


Steps at a Glance

Grab the App and Add an Image

  1. Make sure you have a ThingLink for Education account.
  2. Download the app.
    1. Apps Store for iOS
    2. Google Play for Android.
  3. Go outside or away from an Internet connection, open the app and take a picture for use as your base image.
  4. Tap the picture to tag an image with a note or a question.
  5. Tap the picture and choose Add Media to add another image or video on top of  your image.

Tell Deeper Stories with Premium & Custom Icons

When using the ThingLink app you will notice that there is a default icon. You can replace that icon with an icon available to you when you are in the Edit mode. Follow the steps below to learn how to use EDU Premium or Custom icons when using the app.

Rearrange Image Order in a Channel

The ThingLink App allows users to reorder images within a channel by dragging them to desired locations within the channel. Follow the directions below to rearrange any of your ThingLink channels. When using the web based version, simply refresh the page to see the changes.

Share with Our Community

When your image is complete, please make sure you have added tags with your name and links to your social media connections. Please add it to our shared channel: “Week 4: ThingLink UnPlugged”.


If you have not yet joined the ThingLink Teacher Challenge 2015 group and you would like to participate, please contact me by email or through the form to get assistance. As always, email susan@thinglink.com with questions.

9 Interactive Collaborative Projects to Explore & Reuse

Week 3 of the ThingLink Teacher Challenge asks participants to Create a Collaborative Student Project. The first of many project have landed in our group channel and it is with great pleasure that we share these 9 Collaborative Student Projects created by talented educators.

Ways to Use This Resource

This interactive image poster was created for quick access to the 9 interactive projects featured here. It also serves as a cover page for a slideshow Channel of interactive image resources. It can be explored and used in two ways described below the image.

Explore As a Channel

Find the book icon at the top of the poster to scroll through this resources as a Channel, or interactive slideshow.  Use the buttons at the top of the Channel View to explore it Full Screen. You can also Share the channel through a button here. To access any of the individual images, click on the button to View All Images in Channel. From this view,  you can click on an image to

  • Curate and collect the projects with the Post button. 
  • Remix the image by making a copy for your own modification and reuse.
  • Share the image with colleagues through email or social media. 
  • Embed the project in your blog, website, or wiki to help students find and use it.

Explore as a Poster 

Click on the icon on any image to view, explore and access the image buttons on ThingLink. This view provides users with quick access to the images. With that you get the ability to

  • Explore the interactive project.
  • Curate and collect the projects with the Post button. 
  • Remix the image by making a copy for your own modification and reuse with the Remix button.
  • Share the image with colleagues through email or social media. Find the link and social media buttons by clicking on the Share button
  • Embed the project in your blog, website, or wiki for easy access.Find the code when you click on the Share button.

Celebrate the Collaborative Student Projects

We would like to give an enormous shout out to the 9 educators who created these amazing projects! Each interactive image should include a tag with the designer’s name and social media contact information. In addition, here’s a quick list to help you connect via Twitter. These are educators to follow and connect with. You can also join in the conversations in our Google+ Community! If you find an image that inspires you, please share it through social media. #TLChallenge

More Project to Come

As new Collaborative Student Projects are submitted to our shared channel for week 3 of the Teacher Challenge, they will continued to be shared and also curated into the Channels we began to build during week 2 of the teacher challenge, Create and Curate Incredible Content. Stay tuned!

Next Challenge

Week 4 of the Teacher Challenge will be launched on July 26, 2015 for participants who are ready for the next challenge. Remember, this is a self-paced challenge so take your time and get the most of out of the learning. For questions or help email susan@thinglink.com.

Quick Tip: Click Action on Tags

ThingLink EDU Premium provides users with the ability to control the click action on tags. This is a very useful feature for educators who Create a Collaborative Student Project because you have the ability to help students successfully navigate through a lesson.

When you add a tag, the click action is set to Automatic by default, but you can select another option by selecting Click Action in the Image Editor.

Use Click Action on Tags

Explore this interactive image to learn about click actions, then experiment with them on your own to achieve the desired results to help your students successfully navigate through a ThingLink EDU powered learning experience. Happy tagging!
Visit the ThingLink Help Center for more Tips for Tagging.

More Quick Tips

Unpacking Google Apps for the Teacher Challenge

The Teacher Challenge for Week 3, Create a Collaborative Student Project, is packed with resources, ideas and instructions. This is intentional and necessary because the Teacher Challenge is designed to be useful for teachers across all grade levels and content areas. It also has to work for educators with various levels of ThingLink expertise.

For this reason, I believe it’s a good idea to unpack this challenge a bit and take a closer look at the use Google Docs within Create a Collaborative Student Project to help participants take advantage of using Google Docs to power a ThingLink.

A Closer Look at Google Docs

One of the primary goals of the challenge for week 3 is to help participants experience the power and usefulness of combining ThingLink with Google Docs. Educators can use a Google Doc to collect information, automate tasks and make the  workflow progress smoothly throughout a student driven learning experience. ThingLink’s media rich platform displays published Google Docs right on top of any image. Better yet,  those Google Docs are live and interactive. This a truly great combination of tools for the classroom.

As you Create a Collaborative Student Project for week #3 of the Teacher Challenge, you are bound to skim through the directions again. This time, pay close attention to the Google Docs and how they are used.

Ways to Put Google Docs to Work 

  • Collect information for record-keeping and organize it all in one place.
  • Collect student feedback to personalize learning.
  • Informally assess students and use the results to guide instruction.
  • Collect assignments with a link for sharing in one place, sort it to assess growth and encourage student self-reflection
  • Pre-assess knowledge and skills for use in providing resources and instructional grouping.
  • Inform and teach by including instructional videos and resources 
  • + more!

Unpacking Forms, Sheets and Add-ons

The live form below is used to collect information about Teacher Challenge Participant’s location, as well as store a handy link to each participant’s Digital Self.
The live sheet below displays results collected through the form. Like any spreadsheet, it can be sorted, filtered and filled with formulas. Best of all, Add-ons can be added to Sheets to automate many tasks and add functionality. 
Two Add-ons were used to automate tasks that lead to the creation of a Digital Self Map. First, an Add-on named Merge Cells was used to combine the three columns for city, state, and country into 1 column. Next, the Add-on Mapping Sheets was used to add the pins to the map.

Explore an Example in Progress: Create a Digital Self Map

  1. Information is collected through a form.
  2. Information collected is automatically organized in a sheet. 
  3. Information is put to use with the Mapping Sheets Add-on to automate the creation of the Digital Self Map you see in the interactive image below. 

Make the Map Interactive 

Every ThingLink starts with an image. The base image for the Digital Self Map was created following the steps above. Next, a snapshot of the map was taken and uploaded to ThingLink. Tags with links to each participant’s Digital Self are being add the map. As more participants Design Your Digital Self, a new map can be created in less than 5 minutes. Best of all, the Replace Image feature below each image allows the new map to replace the old map with the existing tags in tact! Stay tuned, this is going to be an amazing map!

Explore Google Sheets Add-ons

There are a wide variety of Add-ons available with Google Docs and there is most likely something for everyone so please do explore these handy Docs helpers. To grab an Add-On, select the Get add-ons… option from the Google Docs menu bar on any Document or Sheet. You will be taken to the Add-ons store where you will find many useful Add-Ons to choose from. Many are free.

All Teacher Challenge Activities

Get Started

3 Reasons to Take the Next ThingLink Teacher Challenge

ThingLink Teacher Challenge Launched at #ISTE2015

Week 1 

Design Your Digital Self

Meet the ThingLink Teacher Challenge Participants

Week 2 

Collect and Curate Incredible Content

Week 3 

Create a Collaborative Student Project

Unpacking Google Apps for the Teacher Challenge

Quick Tips

Create a ThingLink for EDU

Convert a ThingLink Account to EDU

Post a ThingLink to a Channel

Adjust Image Size

Create a Collaborative Student Project


ThingLink Teacher Challenge Week 3

In this week’s Teacher Challenge we will be using ThingLink EDU to introduce a student driven learning activity. Participants will begin by creating an interactive image with differentiated resources.  Next you can add a layer of accountability through the use of a Google Form. For those of you looking to kick it up a notch, you can turn your ThingLink example into a collaborative student project.

Level 1: Start Simple – Create an Interactive Resource for Students to Explore

  1. Start with an Image
    Every ThingLink starts with an image or video. The first step is to upload your image to ThingLink.
    Start with an existing image or create your own image or collage. There are many tools and apps available to help you create a background image. You can use a simple program, such as PowerPoint or Google Slides to draw, create a collage using Canva or Pics Collage or use a web tool like Big Huge Labs.
  2. Use an Essential Question to Drive the Learning This type of open question requires more than a copy and paste answer and it can provide opportunities for all students to succeed. You can pack your learning targets and instructional objectives into any Essential Question. If you are struggling with writing an essential question, you can absolutely use google to get some great ideas and resources.

    “How and why did people struggle for justice during the US Civil Rights Movement?”

  3. Create a Simple ThingLink with Differentiated Resources for Students
    Use premium icons to help students easily identify the types of resources available. Use video, audio, images and text.
  4. Add Leveled Reading Resources & Vocabulary
    Use premium icons to help students easily identify leveled resources, or create your own custom icons like I did in the image below.
  5. Add Interactivity Through the Use of a Google Form
    The example below includes one form for pre-assessment and teaching, and another form as an Exit Ticket. Explore this interactive image.

Brown vs. Board of Education

Level 2: Facilitate a Collaborative Project

If you are an experienced ThingLink user, you are probably able to create the interactive students resource and example fairly easily. Now let’s turn the image above into an example to launch a bigger project in which students work collaboratively in groups to create a ThingLink to answer the essential question in reference to one of the events included on the map below.

Explore this Interactive Map & Group Project

In this project, students work in collaborative groups based on learning styles to create a ThingLink to answer the essential question. Finished projects can be linked to the map. Students can also add their group projects to a shared channel to display all the work in one slideshow channel.


Share it

  1. Post your image or channel to the Week 3 Teacher Challenge channel.
  2. Share it in one or more of the group channels created for the Teacher Challenge.
  3. Share it on the ThingLink Teacher Challenge page in Google+
  4. Share it through social media with the hashtag #TLChallenge

Help and Support

Create a ThingLink for EDU

ThingLink & Google Apps

Quick Tips

Create a ThingLink for EDU

Convert a ThingLink Account to EDU

Post a ThingLink to a Channel

Adjust Image Size

Digital Storytelling with Interactive Images & Video, a Free Webinar

I’m excited to have the opportunity to present a new webinar on Simple K12 this Tuesday, Digital Storytelling with Interactive Images & Video. This webinar will feature some of the most recent work I have been engaged in, creating interactive image books for teaching and learning.

Digital Storytelling with Interactive Images & Video

Every image has a story – and you can help those images come to life and tell deeper stories with ThingLink EDU. Join me and Simple K12 as we demonstrate how authors of all ages can use ThingLink EDU to tell engaging digital stories by easily adding an interactive layer to images and videos. When a reader moves their mouse over images or videos annotated with ThingLink EDU, they can explore additional information, listen to songs, watch videos, or answer polls without leaving the page. We will share how to create an interactive image, as well as how to turn multiple images into interactive image books that are sure to meet the diverse needs of all learners. Come explore the powerful possibilities of digital storytelling with ThingLink EDU.

Get a Sneak Peek and Sign Up

Explore this interactive image to view some examples of ways to tell a digital story through rich media and text. Click on the pencil icon to sign up for this webinar.

Get Latest Resources

July has been a busy month for me and I have been working with many different groups of teachers in many different locations. If you are looking for resources, my interactive calendar is a good place to start. View the full calendar to access resource at anytime by clicking on the link at the very top of this blog.

Quick Tip: Convert ThingLink to EDU Account

If you are an educator using ThingLink you want to be sure you are using the EDU version of the tool instead of the business version. This will allow you to utilize the features designed for education when you  Build Your ThingLink Classroom.  

Convert to ThingLink EDU

This video was created with ThingLink for Video. You will see red tags flash across the screen as you view the demo. Click on any of the tags to pause the video for more information.


The ThingLink Classroom

Looking for more information about working with students in the ThingLink EDU Classroom? Please explore the image below and be sure to click on the book icon to read the post Build Your ThingLink Classroom.   

Extending the Classroom Walls During Virtual Learning Days in Indiana

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the eRevolution Conference in Evansville, IN. I was invited by Tim Wilhelmus, via Twitter to Bring ThingLink EDU to the teachers of Indiana!”  

Given my excitement about ThingLink EDU, my passion for teaching, and my desire to take on this challenge, I eagerly travel to the southern tip of Indiana. It wasn’t until my first ThingLink workshop that I discovered that Indiana has begun to utilize virtual learning days for inclement weather. What a fabulous idea!

Virtual Learning Days

I love the idea of virtual learning days because I teach in Chicagoland where we have had more than our share of school closings in recent years. Extending the calendar at the end of the year hardly seems beneficial, since end of year learning is not the same as continuous learning. I believe it’s a much better idea to utilize those bad weather days wisely and embrace virtual learning. 

Great news! I have the perfect tool for maximizing instructional time beyond the classroom walls, ThingLink EDU! 

ThingLink for Extending the Walls of the Classroom

ThingLink is a digital platform that empowers teachers and students to easily turn any image or video into a media rich interactive learning tool. ThingLink is available from any device, 24/7. 

Start with an image or video. Annotate it with text and rich media to provide students with differentiated resources. Use integrated Google Docs to drive instruction. Collect information, personalize learning and motivate students through feedback. 

Explore the example below which features Google Docs powered guided learning for students and a lesson plan for teachers. Turn the page in the Channel to read and explore the interactive mini book that follows. Now consider using the Remix feature to make a copy of this lesson for your own modification and reuse.


Embrace Virtual Learning with ThingLink EDU

Educators can design guided student driven learning experiences with flexible paths to help every student succeed in a virtual learning environment, as well as within the brick and mortar walls of the school. 

Here are a few ways to leverage the power of ThingLink

  1. Design learning experiences with media rich resources at a variety of levels for differentiation.
  2. Build in frequent, informal assessment to check for understanding and provide students with reteaching or challenge.
  3. Tag an image or video with your personal feedback and start a conversation. 
  4. Drive instruction with Google Docs to help students collaborate.
  5. Access ThingLink from any device, 24/7.
There are tremendous possibilities across all content areas and grade levels with the power of ThingLink EDU.

Explore more ThingLink EDU Examples

Click on the icon on any image to view a description of the activity. Click on the icon on any image to explore the resource. Keep in mind, you can ReMix any of these lessons and modify them for your own use.


Request a Demo

I am fortunate to have access to a webinar tool to facilitate live demos and conversations about the numerous ways educators can use ThingLink EDU to power a virtual learning environment and would love to offer to schedule a demo in the coming weeks before school resumes. Click on the image below to request a demo.

Quick Tip: Post a ThingLink to a Channel

This morning I received a comment from a reader requesting a brief tutorial to demonstrate how to Post a ThingLink interactive image to a Channel. Here is a resources that should help

Post an Image to a Channel

Follow the steps highlighted in this interactive image or follow the written directions below.


  1. Log in to ThingLink and view the image you would like to Post.
  2. Click the Post button on the right side of the screen.
  3. When the new box appears, you will see a list of all of your channels.
  4. Click in the box to select an existing channel, or Create a New Channel for yourself by typing in the box at the top.