The following article is excerpted from the book, "40 Ways to Inspire Learning with Mobile Devices".
Create Interactive Images
Photos are a beautiful way to capture a moment. However, sometimes you’d like to know more about that moment. What if you could tap on a photo of world leaders to hear more about their conflicting opinions? It would be interesting to scan a map of the solar system and tap on a planet to pop up facts and photos of it. Imagine tapping around a photo of a bookcase to hear reviews of the books on the shelves? The creation of these sorts of interactive images enables students to learn by visually mapping their knowledge on a two dimensional photo.
Create these sorts of interactive images with the ThingLink app and web service. Download the app on your mobile device or go to the ThingLink website at http://www.thinglink.com. Import an image and add hotspots that pop up additional information or link to videos and websites. Of course, you can create your own media and embed them as hotspots in the image. When you’re done, you can elect to share your creations with others.
Follow the steps outlined below to create your interactive ThingLink image.
The power of interactive images lies in the way they map information using visual keys. The best approach to creating a ThingLink is to have striking background images with logical hotspots linking to related information. Add hotspots above characters in a scene to hear them talk. Hotspots could be used in a diagram of the human anatomy to give the viewer more information about the various parts. Creating obvious connections between hotspots and the resources they trigger will make the ThingLink clearer and more memorable.
You need to create a ThingLink account. Teachers and students can sign up for free accounts. You can create a ThingLink group with an invite code for your students. When students join the group you’ll have access to their work.