ThingLink was a site I featured a few weeks ago. It was one that I saw another teacher demonstrate, but I had not used it with students myself yet. That tends to be difficult in my position. I don't have guinea pig students to try things on anymore, but I do have teachers that have been stepping up as my testers!
Mrs. Davis in 4th grade wanted me to do something "techy" with her kids when they finished their informational papers. The first thing that came to our minds was ThingLink.
Create an Account
I chose the free service they provide , and it has proven to be enough at this point. Hint for teachers: under the Get Started button is a link for teachers to follow. I logged in using my Google+ information (so, your school Google account works).
I made a "Davis" group and then clicked on the gear to manage my students.
You then can add students without using an email address. I did this because I wasn't clear on the class code usage. We did have some problems, although this is an option. Then they could use their Google logins. It will create an account for them, using their firstname@somerandomletters,moreletters. I believe all the students in your class will have the same extension on their address after the @ sign. Then the password is a unique one. I recommend changing this AS SOON as they log in for the first time.
From there, they can get started. Follow the link below to learn HOW to make a ThingLink!
Make a ThingLink
Here are some samples on what the student created ones look like!
Fifth grade teacher in a 1:1 iPad classroom, sharing my journey with technology in the classroom