Linky

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What if learners could collect images from their everyday lives and connect them to concepts learned in class?

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SENSEMAKING
Empower students to draw connections and find patterns.
CONNECTED LEARNING
Bridge different environments and interests.
SOCIAL, PEER LEARNING
Interaction with peer collected data and peer reasoning.
EDUCATOR AUTHORING
Easily create new boards and themes.
ENGAGE VISUAL LEARNERS
Articulation of understanding through both visual and textual artifacts
MULTIPLE PLATFORMS
Accessible on mobile/smart devices or laptops.


Sensemaking

Empower students to draw connections and find patterns. 

Linky challenges students to collect data from their everyday lives and connect them to concepts learned in class. Linky boards are structured around teacher-created “themes” for students to make connections to by uploading images along with short written rationale. After contributing their own data connections, a summary board encourages learners to look across all the student-generated data that was collected and pattern-find from it.


Connected Learning

Bridge different environments and interests.

Learning experiences can utilize Linky to pose questions that stretch the discovery process outside of the classroom walls.  Example use cases include individual or group field trips to collect connections at museums, parks, or local community spaces.


Social, Peer Learning

Interacting with peer collected images and peer reasoning.

Learners form insights through shared perspectives. By collecting, sharing, and comparing multiple facets and multiple manifestations of the same themes, students learn from each other.


Educator Authoring

Easily create new boards and themes

Linky has an interface for easily generating new boards with context for a new learning activity and matching themes.  Applicable across content areas, the series of Linky boards highlight how all disciplines can be better understood through the technique of finding patterns and thematic frameworks.


Engage Visual Learners

Articulation of understanding through both visual and textual artifacts.

Appealing especially to visual learners, Linky enables students to articulate their ideas visually first. Students then use their own or other classmates’ images as the basis for short essays. Critical thinking is further encouraged through the power of “forced choices.” By having to select only three summary images from a pool of dozens, learners are forced to consider images in numerous ways before choosing the best ones and then elaborating through a written response.


Multiple Platforms

App accessible on mobile/smart device and laptops

Photos can be taken and uploaded directly on mobile devices or through laptops; similarly with text input.  Enables the design of a seamless learning activity that takes place both in and out of the classroom.