I read on Twitter that ThingLink had released a mobile app, so I wanted to give it a try. If you know me, you know ThingLink has become my very favorite “pre-teaching” tool this year.
Once I downloaded the app on my iPad, I searched through my camera roll for an image to link some things to. I stumbled upon some digital samples of student work from the “scratchpad” feature built in to the HMH Fuse App we used as a textbook this year in my Algebra classes. To test ThingLink Mobile, I chose a sample showing student work for solving and graphing a 1-step inequality.
As I strategically placed my first nubbin 😉 I thought, why not have students create work using a drawing app, then use these “work images” in ThingLink Mobile to explain their thinking? I have to admit… I did not plan this strategy at all… it just kind of happened! I’m excited to give it a try, and I think it has great classroom potential!
Since students will generate their own mathematical work on a specific topic by “drawing” it, the math symbol issue that rears its ugly head so often when integrating technology and mathematics becomes a non-issue. Kids can explain anything they can draw themselves! On the flip side, with students using text in ThingLink to explain their mathematical steps, they’re forced to use language to describe their work succinctly. Again, math syntax is a non-issue because we’d want kids to explain their thinking in sentences. And how cool is it that a “nubbin” can be strategically placed within work without covering it up? Imagine having many of these student-generated-and-annotated work samples for students to reference – what a cool way to study and review!
Filing this strategy away for the fall! What do you think?
Curious about other strategies for using ThingLink in the classroom? Check out this ThingLink Doc.