Original session: Jan., 29, 2013 / Amy Burvall (@amyburvall)

Images are a powerful communication tool and there is no doubt we use and create them all the time in our lessons. But what if you could augment the impact and image has by incorporating text, voice, music, or external links to information? In this session we'll be exploring 4 tools to create enhanced images*:
*images= original or appropriated photos, replicas of artwork, graphs, infographics, timelines, collages, scanned drawings/childrens' art

or ThinglinkEDU
(plus Thinglink for Facebook)

pic monkey.jpeg
Fotobabble for iPad

Where to get Copyright-free Images (from Sue Waters)

Here’s a list of websites you can use for sourcing images:
  1. Compfight
  2. Flickr Blue Mountains
  3. Flickr Storm
  4. Simple CC Flickr Search
  5. Creative Commons Search
  6. Wikimedia Commons
  7. Findicon.com
  8. Open Clipart Library
  9. Morguefile
  10. StockVaul.net
Check out Joyce Valenza’s Comprehensive list of Copyright Friendly Image websites.

Video TUTORIAL (all the how-to's for Thinglink)

Other Resources

Interesting Ways to Use Thinglink in the Classroom (crowdsourced Google doc)
Thinglink Toolkit for Educators (Wikispaces)
What Thinglink can do (augmented image)
Thinglink Education on Pinterest
Thinglink on Flipboard for iPad
Rethink Thinglink- blog post on practical uses
10 Innovative Ways to use Thinglink in the Classroom

Thinglink and SoundCloud

Basic Soundcloud

French teacher example

Making Collages

I use Picmonkey

iPad- try PicCollage App

Sharing your Augmented Images

1. Embed on a blog (see video tutorial above)
2. Share to social media (Twitter, Facebook)
3. Email or post the link
4. Change the link into a QR code which can be posted digitally or printed and posted


Fotobabble in the Math classroom - great ideas!
Fotobabble in HS Spanish using iPad
Getting to know the class (2nd graders learning English)
1st and 3rd graders using iPads and Fotobabble


a resume or get-to-know-me

iPad apps for Multiple Intelligences

My Vox Visio Project with the Seniors

VOX VISIO: Your Story in 3 Images – Thinglinked. Part of LJA’s goal with the Schools of the Future grant is to encourage student and faculty “VOICES”. While checking out the new tech tool Thinglink, which allows you to annotate images with hypermedia (making them “come alive”), I thought it would be interesting to see if we could distill our life, our story, our “us – ness” into 3 images, and then add media-based annotations (which could be vlogs, text, audio, etc.). And wouldn’t it be interesting to change them into QR codes and place them around campus so everyone could check out your story?

a. brainstorm with yourself or a partner what the 3 parts of your story are
- where you come from, or what makes you who you are
- where you are right now (perhaps something about your summer?)
- where you are headed (immediate or long-term visions of your future)

b. decide what 3 images you will use. (e.g. original or appropriated photography, hand-drawn or digital images that can be uploaded; paintings)

c. decide if you want to make 3 separate Thinglinks or merge the 3 images together in a photocollage program first (like photovisi , shapecollage , or picmonkey). *Max size is 25MB!

d. Check out these resources on Thinglink
- http://thinglinkblog.com/2012/06/04/thinglink-rich-media-tags-an-overview/
- blog with samples and discussion of the QR code

e. Sign up – recommended: The EDU VERSION with your Twitter account…and start creating. Try to have AT LEAST ONE AUDIO / VIDEO- like a voiceover perhaps)
For an example check this out http://www.thinglink.com/scene/269449954164998146

f. A really cool QR generator** is http://www.qrhacker.com/, which allows you to customize your QR codes like this, then use something like Qrafter on the ipad or iPhone to read it.


YOUNGER GRADES: Scan or photograph students' original artwork to make a digital version, then record students talking about their art or telling a story.

VISUAL ARTS: Present a lesson (or have students present research!) on a particular art piece. They can add video, text, maps, and voiceovers, as well as link to other works by the artist. They can even describe certain elements of the piece by positioning the "nubbins" appropriately.

HISTORY: Teachers or students could annotate a map or graph - even a battle plan! Include music of the period and links to the wikis of the people involved.

LANGUAGE A: Have students record themselves reciting a famous poem (or original one!). Upload to Soundcloud. Then students take a series of images related to the poem with their camera phones or the iPad. Make a collage. Embed the Soundfile on to the collage. For added value, have them include a text reflection of their poem, or call out the use of figurative language.

OR... choose an image that represents a character in a novel. The pop ups provided will discuss character traits, motives, etc. Include voice clips of certain lines from the book.

LANGUAGE B: Choose a relevant image (such as a city map) - have students record in the target language and upload to appropriate parts of the map. (also great for teacher-created lessons)

MATH: Have students take a photo of a structure (looking for geometric elements). In Picmonkey, lay over the drawing tool to illustrate the "math" involved. Use a voiceover or text to describe further, then link out to relevant websites.

SCIENCES:Students present research on a particular animal, for example. Include relevant websites, other images, audio of that animal, and video. *FOR THE WORLD"S LARGEST ARCHIVE OF ANIMAL SOUNDS:
(actually, for younger students it might be fun to create a game with the images and sounds)

MUSIC:** DP music students can sing or compose a piece and find an appropriate image. They can include a reflection as well - maybe even link out out video of them practicing.