A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that ThingLink is an interactive image-creation tool designed to help kids present information in a different way. A username and password is required, and the developer suggests users be 13 or older. Some of the content posted to the "featured images" or search results might be too mature for younger kids. ThingLink might be especially helpful for kids who need a visual way to represent new concepts, especially those who learn best with images and symbols instead of words.
What's it about?
When opening THINGLINK, kids either upload or search the community for a static background image. Once it's loaded, kids click to add red and white targets throughout the image. ThingLink will prompt users to insert text or media (another image from the photo roll or a video). Then they can share these interactive images using email or social media. The app's community can be accessed by choosing the menu on the left, which will guide users to interactive images that others have created; some content is too mature for younger users.
Is it any good?
ThingLink provides an easy-to-use platform for creating engaging, interactive images. It gives kids the potential to create meaningful content for any subject. Example uses are available from the featured content page, which might help some kids get a better idea of how best to use the tool. Because of its focus on images rather than text, ThingLink easily supports multiple learning styles and literacy levels.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how smaller parts make up a larger whole. Help kids find images of something complex, such as a computer, the human body, or a car. Then, help kids identify the different parts and label them using ThingLink. Older kids might be able to include hyperlinks to YouTube videos explaining the smaller pieces.
Talk about how kids might use the app for school projects, especially if they often have trouble creating presentations.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: presenting to others, storytelling
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: part-whole relationships
Creativity: making new creations, producing new content
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: April 9, 2015
- Category: Education
- Size: 13.20 MB
- Publisher: Thinglink Oy
- Version: 3.2
- Minimum software requirements: 7.0 or later
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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