Tuesday’s Tool: ThingLink

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ThingLink is an image linking tool which allows you to add descriptions and links various points of an image. Identify a key figure in a famous photo or use the tagging feature to link students to more information on a topic. Watch the video below for details on how this tool works:

Some ways one might use ThingLink in the classroom include:

  • Labeling a map with links to further information about the locales featured
  • Identifying geometric shapes in everyday scenes
  • Creating a fun and interesting interface for a WebQuest
  • Making an interactive timeline (more on this tomorrow)
  • Identifying parts on an image of human anatomy
  • Explaining the process in a screen-capture of a math equation
  • Editing marks for a school newspaper

What other uses could you see for this image tagging tool?

Zac Early is an instructional specialist with the eMINTS National Center.

HD Link: Behold

Courtesy of Behold

Are you tired of the time it takes you and your students to find high-quality free images?
Check out Behold™! Behold™ is a search engine for high-quality Flickr images. It searches images based on visual concepts in pictures. For example, when I typed in “city” I got several pages of fabulous pictures but not all of them were quite what I was expecting. Behold™ offers a way to refine your search by choosing from a menu of filters for what the image should “look like.”
So, in addition to my original search for “city” images, I also chose three different filters: building, people, and silhouette. Each time I changed the filter, my results changed.
For more information and video tutorials, visit http://www.behold.cc/about/. To get started, go to http://www.behold.cc/. You will be amazed at the quality of the images!
Cara Wylie is an area specialist with the eMINTS National Center.

A Picture Shouldn’t Be Worth a Thousand Minutes

Worth 1000 - 3rd edition
We all know the saying A picture is worth a thousand words and good practice suggests using images to convey a message and evoke feelings when creating materials for learners. It’s another way to grab the learner’s attention and engage them at the same time speaking to different learning styles.

The problem is that copyright free images can take more than a thousand minutes to find. While we know using images is important, eMINTS teachers are challenged to find those they can legally use on published documents. It’s very difficult to find images they and their students can include in websites, WebQuests, and other online content as well as classroom materials. With student’s eyes on them daily, teachers want to model ethical practices and give credit where credit is due to pass that skill on to students.

Take this blog post for example…. I wanted to find an image to drive home my point. It could have taken me longer to find the image than it did for me to create the entire post but I used a couple of strategies and resources to help expedite the process. Some of these strategies may help you on your next search for images.

  1. Brainstorm key words to search and go beyond the obvious to identifying main themes you want to communicate.
  2. Use your own original images. Take pictures with your own camera or scan in images you or your students have created.
  3. Search for images under the Creative Commons license (Flickr offers a quick and easy explanation of that licensing)
  4. Find and use sights for finding photos as well as clip art such as those listed below. Always remember to save the link back to the original image so that you can give credit to the owner.Photos
    Flickr – use advanced search to only search within Creative Commons lisence content
    EduPic
    Pics4Learning
    Wikimedia (how to use wikimedia)
    Clip Art
    Phillip Martin Clip Art
    Microsoft Office Images – not all content is copyright free for online publication, read fine print
    Discovery Schools Clip Art Gallery – read copyright permissions

If you have additional resources or suggestions on this topic please comment and share them with us all. Happy image searching to you; may your searches be short and sweet.

Brooke Higgins is an instructional specialist with the eMINTS National Center. You can visit her site here or read her blog, Higgins’ Helpful Hints.

Image – “Worth 1000 – 3rd Edition.” Flickr – spcbrass’. Web. 21 Oct 2010. <http://www.flickr.com/photos/spcbrass/4543486633/#/>.