This may be one of my new favorite app smashes! We used ThingLink and AudioBoom to create an interactive diagram of a pumpkin patch. I love that we could add interesting facts, and thinking! It’s on display outside our room, with a QR code to the ThingLink image.
We’d read several informational texts, and learned some really cool facts, so we decided to make a diagram of an entire pumpkin patch, not just a pumpkin. I painted us a patch (turn on some music, grab the tempera paint & have fun!), but you could also let students do this part. Then we did some collaborative writing to label the parts, using our texts as resources. As we labeled each part we discussed what we had learned.
While we took turns writing, we took turns recording our thinking about each labeled part. We had wanted to add a picture to each AudioBoom recording, but there is some sort of glitch right now that wouldn’t let us. I think the final product would have been even better if we had been able to add a close up image instead of our profile picture.
AudioBoom is very user friendly, and my students loved watching their voice record. The ability to pause, and add record more thinking was great. We named each recording and published it under the category “Knowledge”.
To add the AudioBoom recording to your ThinkLink, you’ll need to visit AudioBoom.com and copy the url to each recording you want to use. When added to ThingLink it creates a pop up, and the audio file will play right from your image!
What awesome possibilities with these two tools!