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Positively Smashing Part III: ThingLink and Tackk

March25

tackk logoAnd so the good news is… Stuff just got a little “tackk-y” on the edtech scene. What am I talking about? Well, according to the latest scoop, ThingLink just hooked up with a pretty nifty cool tool called Tackk, a free service that can be utilized to quickly create simple webpages similar to a digital flyer or poster to announce important events, classroom or school information and/or to highlight digital projects and media.

But that’s not all… By establishing a new partnership with ThingLink, Tackk has taken its coolness to the next level by providing users with the option to embed interactive images into a “Tackkboard”. Sounds like an app smashers dream come true, eh?

Check out an example of this wicked cool mixup of web tools shown below.

Click here to view a full screen version of this Tackk.

In addition to including web links, Tackk pages can also accommodate text, photos, videos, audio, maps, forms and there’s even an RSVP option. Users do not need to register for an account to create a Tackk; however, unregistered pages expire after seven days.

Classroom Connection:

Because images have become the new storytelling platform, both ThingLink and Tackk have a variety of uses in almost every subject in education. And now that these two edtech gems have joined forces, the possibilities for use in the classroom are seriously endless.

In addition to reviewing the image shown below highlighting a variety of ways Tackk can be incorporated into the classroom, check out the education section of Tackk which includes examples and ideas for using this cool tool with students. Personally, my most favorite way to make use of Tackk is to have students create digital portfolios to showcase photo, video and/or audio projects. How cool would a Tackkboard filled with original student generated media be!

As for ThingLink, check out previous posts I’ve written about the many ways one of my edtech favorites can be used to engage students in the learning process here, here and here.

And now just imagine how app-solutely awesome it will be to smash the two of these resources together to create one hip masterpiece!

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