ThingLink – making images interactive

There are many times when there are great images to show to pupils in class. Whether historical events, geographical locations, great works of art or images of engineering marvels. Wouldn’t it be useful to be able to quickly add related information to that information – naming individuals in a group picture, identifying details, or providing links to related videos which illustrate a point.

Well ThingLink provides a tool to do this.

Thinglink lets you add links to your images online to make the user experience more interactive. There is a free version, as well as options for additional premium features. As you hover over a ThingLink image you’ll see content which relates to the part of the image over which you hover – this can be plain text explaining what you are seeing, or a link, a related image or a video. The video below from Russell Stannard provides a quick introduction to what it can do.

ThingLink for Teaching and Learning is a series of posts by Susan Oxnevad (Cool Tools for 21st century Learners) providing an introductory guide to Thinglink, as well as a step-by-step guide to getting started with Thinglink, as well as a whole host of examples of Thinglink used in schools. Susan’s post uses the online tool MentorMob to guide you through the sequence of pages of information and resources.

Richard Byrne has written here about how to use Thinglink and how others have used it in the classroom. Click below to watch a video introduction to ThingLink by Richard Byrne:


Donna Baumbach (@AuntyTech) has created a step-by-step guide to creating your first ThinkLink image with linked resources for embedding elsewhere on a blog or website.


ThingLink and Learn is a collection of examples of Thinglink used in education contexts (collected by Salil Wilson) to provide examples where schools have used the resource.

Click below for ideas shared by many teachers for interesting ways to use ThingLink in the classroom, collated by Donna Baumbach

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