Wednesday, 8 July 2015

Images get interactive with ThingLink

Last month I shared two tools for making interactive videos. Today I’ll show you how to make images interactive using a great tool called ThingLink.

ThingLink lets you add ‘tags’ to specific parts of images. These tags can contain text, images, videos and links to websites. Here’s a ThingLink I put together on the cities of Australia.

There are heaps of different ways ThingLink can be used by teachers and students. My example above is similar to what a student could produce as an assignment piece. Alternatively, I could turn it into an interactive task sheet, with each tag giving instructions or clues to students. If you’d like some inspiration, here are 88+ Interesting ways to use Thinglink in the classroom (ThingLink provide this link in their sign-up email). There are also some examples on their home page.

How do I get it?

To sign-up for ThingLink visit

Be sure to click on the ‘students & teachers get started here’ link to access the education edition.

ThingLink has both free and premium versions. You can see a comparison of the options here. I used the free version to create my ThingLink.

How do I use it?

Create a ThingLink

Once you’ve signed-in to ThingLink:

1. Click the Create button in the top right corner.

2. Upload or import the image you want to make interactive.

3. Enter a name for your image in the Title box.

4. Click on the section of the image you want to add a tag to.

5. Enter the information you want displayed on the tag in the Link and Text boxes. Links can be to websites, images and videos. Click Save tag when you’re done.
Note: Other features may be disabled if you are using the free version.

6. Continue adding tags until your interactive image is complete.

7. Click the Sharing settings link at the bottom of the screen to configure visibility and editing settings for your image. You can choose to have your image public or unlisted.

8. Click Save image when you’re done adding tags and configuring settings.

Share a ThingLink

After you have saved your ThingLink, you’ll be shown a preview. Select the Share button from the menu on the right.

Choose how you want to share the image. You can use social media, embed the image on a site or blog, or just share the direct link via other channels.

Learn more

The ThingLink Education Tutorial has heaps of information about using ThingLink with your students.


  1. Hi! Have you ever heard of it's another tool to make interactive and dynamic contents, but it's pretty cool too. I love it, and that's why I'd like you to give it a try. I use it almost everyday at work and the results are always outstanding. Really recommend it.
    Hope you like it!

    1. Thanks for the recommendation, I'll take a look.


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