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Week 7: Turn it Up a Notch with Sound from Audioboo

Objective

In this activity you will

  • Sign up for a free Audioboo account and download Audioboo mobile for iOS.
  • Create an interactive image that is enhance through the use of sound.
  • Learn about Universal Design for Learning.
  • Design a learning experience with built-in supports for all learners.
  • Share and self-publish  your ThingLink on our Padlet, Turn it Up with Sound.

Overview

In this activity you will explore the use of sound to create an interactive image enhanced by audio. You will reflect on ways to design lessons to support the unique learning needs of all students, and discover the possibilities that exist for embracing audio. Grab your iPad or iPhone and capture sound on the go with the Audioboo app, or  record something more formal from your laptop. It’s time to tap into sound.

Rationale

ThingLink is a multimedia rich and flexible tool can be used to support the diverse learning needs of all students, putting power in the hands of the facilitator of a well designed lesson. So let’s focus a bit on designing lessons from the start that are equipped with built-support and designed for success. 

Universal Design for Learning supports the idea of designing lessons from the start that are equipped with support for all learners to overcome learning barriers and to meet their diverse learning needs.

Watch Interactive Video

 

Example: Apollo 11

I used very short snippets of public domain audio from NASA for the audio on this image. It’s important to be mindful of copyright rules and stay within acceptable use guidelines.

 

Example: created by Darren from Audioboo

 

Simple Example: Spanish Vocabulary Words

Classroom Connections and Modifications

Perhaps the best thing about recording and easily tagging an image with audio is the ability to capture those beautiful student voices. Here are just a few ideas:

  1. Enrich an illustration or collage with student narrated original piece of writing.
  2. Create a comic strip and ask students to record the dialogue.
  3. Create a poster about a famous person or event  and record quotes in students’ voices.
  4. Create and record original music.
  5. Enrich images with recorded oral histories.
  6. Facilitate a group project with audio book reports, book reviews, book ttrailers, comments and more.
  7. Explore resources available in Audioboo to create your own sound enhanced interactive image.

Challenge: Directions at a Glance

  1. Add an image to your ThingLink EDU account.
  2. Add rich media tags with Audioboo sound to enhance image. (Directions below)
  3. Add multimedia supports to meet diverse learning needs. Consider including video, images, text at differentiated levels, and simulations if possible.
  4. Add your finished interactive image to the Padlet, Turn it Up with Sound.  Directions below)

Get Started with Audioboo

  1. Sign up for Audioboo with your email address or their twitter credentials.  
  2. Download the iOS app from the iTunes store if you wish.
  3. Record audio and copy the web address at the top of the page.
  4. Create a rich media tag on your interactive image and paste the URL from Audioboo into the tag editor.
  5. Remember to use proper attribution.
Audioboo

Add ThingLink to Padlet

Use of a Padlet is a easy way to collect ThingLink Interactive images. Anyone can add a ThingLink to a Padlet easily without logging in. Try it yourself, then think of how easy it will be to ask students to turn in their own interactive images directly to the Padlet. These illustrated directions can also be found right on the Padlet, Turn it Up with Sound.

thingLink_to_padlet

Additional Help and Support

ThingLink Teacher Challenge at a Glance

Intro: 3 Reasons to Take the ThingLink Teacher Challenge

Week 1: Get Started

Week 2: Design Your Digital Self

Week 3: Digging Deeper Into Vocabulary

Week 4: Create an Interactive Map

Week 5: Flip It with ThingLink for Video

Week 6: ThingLink UnPlugged to Extend the Classroom Walls

Explore our Showcase

View our showcase page and watch it grow!

Next Week’s Challenge

 

 

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Week 6: ThingLink Unplugged

Objective

In this activity you will

  • Download ThingLink mobile for iOS or Android and login with your teacher account.
  • Go outside and take pictures with your mobile device to create an interactive image on the go.
  • Share and publish your simple image on a Padlet yourself.

field_trip

 

Overview

In this activity you will explore the use of the ThingLink App and a mobile device to capture and share life on the go as it happens without an Internet connection. Then when you reconnect you will publish the image yourself on a Padlet wall. This week’s goal is to enjoy and experience ThingLink’s  flexible options and use whatever device is handy at the moment to embrace learning opportunities outside of  the classroom walls.

Rationale

ThingLink is an amazing tool for teaching and learning that is supported across platforms. This flexibility provides teachers and students with a variety of options to extend the learning beyond the classroom walls. The recent addition of the Android app, along with the existing iOS app and web based platform, completes the full circle of possibilities for creating and learning with interactive images.

When you get away from an Internet connection you can create content with the mobile app and store it locally on your individual device. Take a photo and tag it with another photo. Create a video interview right there, or simply annotate and record ideas through text. Think of it as an interactive notebook. 

There are many ways to engage students in  learning experiences that extends the walls of the classroom by going off the grid with ThingLink mobile and a handy device. Allow students to bring their own devices when they explore the world to encourage active participation and help them engage and connect with the learning in front of them. Students will discover new ways to mix up  their worlds and make it  personally meaningful. 

Examples

What is this tree?

created by by Ulla Engestrom and her children. Ulla is the Founder and CEO of ThingLink.

 

Allie’s Inquiry Unit

Created by Allie Herke

Interesting Plans and Animals

created by Amelia Hill

Simple Challenge: Directions at a Glance

  1. Make sure you have a ThingLink for Education account before working with the app.
  2. Download the app. fromLogin to the app on your mobile device with your ThingLink for Education login.
    1. Apps Store for iOS
    2. Google Play for Android.
  3. Go outside or away from an Internet connection and take pictures with your camera phone or tablet.
  4. Open ThingLink and choose a picture from your gallery.
  5. Tap the picture to tag image with a note or a question.
  6. Tap the picture and choose Add Media to add another image on top of  your image.Click Next to share to ThingLink.
    1. Take a closeup image of flower or leaves and add it to a picture of the whole plant.
    2. Tap the image to add a Text question

 

Add Your Interactive Image to Padlet

Use of a Padlet is a easy way to collect ThingLink Interactive images. Anyone can add a ThingLink to a Padlet easily without logging in. Try it yourself, then think of how easy it will be to ask students to turn in their own interactive images directly to the Padlet. Of course, do this part after you reconnect to the Internet, since Padlet is a free online tool.

thingLink_to_padlet

Try It on Padlet

Here is an embedded version of  the wall. To contribute your own image, go to the wall, ThingLink Uplugged . The directions pictured above are also available for handy access right on the Padlet. 

  1. Select the Share icon on your image.
  2. Copy the link that appears.
  3. Go to Padlet Double tap to get a note. Type a title.
  4. Click on the link icon and paste the link into the box.

 

Classroom Connections and Modifications

Bring ThingLink Mobile on a Field Trip

Additional Help and Support

ThingLink Teacher Challenge at a Glance

Explore our Showcase

View our showcase page and watch it grow!

Next Week’s Challenge

Creatively Use Audio to Kickit it Up a Notch

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Week 5:  Create a Flipped Lesson

Objective

In this activity you will

  1. Find or create a video for independent instruction.

  2. Add your video to ThingLink For Video
  3. Tag the video with resources to enhance your independent lesson and build in accountability.

  4. Share your video by submitting the link through the Submit Link Form

Overview

In this activity you will use the new ThingLink for Video tool to create a lesson that can be used independently, outside of class, to prepare students for work that will be completed in class.

Rationale

Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams are a couple of innovative teachers who have developed an approach to teaching and learning known as The Flipped Classroom, which supports the idea of teachers as learning coaches. 

At it’s most basic level, The Flipped Classroom approach means front loading the learning and assigning the  prep work as homework in order for students to come to class prepared to use it. This means the classroom  becomes a place for collaboration, critical thinking, creativity and communication where the teacher serves as a facilitator who interacts with students, assesses them, and spontaneously pulls together groups for reteaching and challenge. The Flipped Classroom is a place where students are actively engaged in applying the learning and it is noisy and unpredictable. Worksheets as homework become obsolete and students no longer sit in the classroom listening to lectures. Essentially, The Flipped Classroom is a place where “the teachable moment” comes alive. 

While it does take a considerable amount of effort and dedication to truly facilitate a Flipped Classroom environment, teachers can test the waters by utilizing mini lessons, known as Flip Packs, to maximize instructional time. ThingLink For Video is a tool that is well-suited for the task.

Example

In this example I started with my own screencast, created with Screencast-o-Matic, a free online screen recorder. You can create your own video like I did and upload it to YouTube, or you can certainly start with an existing video from YouTube. Work at a level that you are comfortable with, and remember to keep it simple and fun the first time.

 

How To Create an Interactive Video

Note: Early access to ThingLink for video must be requested.  Get Early Access.

 

Classroom Connections and Modifications

  1. Start with an existing YouTube video and add tags with your own resources to add focus to the instruction. Add an exit ticket for accountability.
  2. Use video to introduce a task task, such as Common Core Writing, and add tags with samples for students to explore.
  3. Videotape a student performing a task, such as singing, upload it to YouTube and use ThingLink For Video to add reflections, comments or suggestions to critique the performance.

 

Additional Help and Support

ThingLink Teacher Challenge at a Glance

Showcase of Examples from Participants

Explore this channel of examples and watch it grow!

Next Week’s Challenge

Extend the Walls of the Classroom with the ThingLink App.

Take the Week 6 Challenge:  ThingLink Unpluged

 

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Week 4:  Create an Interactive Map

Objective

In this activity you will

  1. Create a map.

  2. Adjust the Image Size of your map image before uploading it to ThingLink, if needed.
  3. Add your map to ThingLink.

  4. Add Rich Media Tags to your  map.

  5. Share and submit interactive to the ThingLink Challenge.

Overview

In this activity you will create an interactive map image for use as a content launcher in the classroom.  Use the channel to guide you through the process. Consider using the activity with students during the school year and think of ways students can create interactive maps to demonstrate learning acquired through research.

Rationale

Using interactive maps in the classroom encourages exploration, invites curiosity and promotes spatial thinking. Interactive maps can be used to provide students with background knowledge to launch a unit, or they can be used as a starting point for digging deeper into any concept through research. Interactive maps can be used to explore a wide variety of topics in traditional ways, or they can be used creatively to help students visualize just about anything.

Example

Channel of Directions

Explore this interactive channel of resources to guide you through the process as you Create an Interactive Map

Note: Create this activity in your regular teacher account. There is no need to create it in your ThingLink Challenge Classroom this time.

Showcase of Examples

Explore this Padlet  board of interactive map  images created by participants and watch it grow! To get the best viewing experience view the full sized board on Padlet.

 

Classroom Connections and Modifications

  • Create a map of famous composers with tags containing audio clip samples of their music.

  • Create a map of famous artists with tags to samples of their work

  • Create a map of the Grand Canyon and ask students to determine the best place to cross it

  • Design a research project that requires students to create their own map, tagged with information presented through multimedia.

Additional Help and Support

ThingLink Teacher Challenge at a Glance

Next Week’s Challenge

Flip It with ThingLink for Video

Take the Week 5 Challenge: Flip It with ThingLink for Video

Create a Flipped Lesson

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Exciting news: in the past months we have been hard at work building a new editor for annotating video content with rich media.  The new editor allows users to add notes and links to existing video content, and this way turn video into a digital discovery platform.

An early access to ThingLink for Video is announced at ISTE, one of the largest international conferences for educational technology. We at ThingLink believe that interactive images and video will become the 21st century textbook, and teachers are driving this change by being fast adopters of, not only new technology, but also a new way of thinking. As the use of video in education grows, ThingLink is empowering teachers and students to easily create interactive video content and facilitate in-video conversations.

The ability to creatively combine web content with interactive images and video opens up new possibilities for teaching and learning. With ThingLink for Video, teachers and students can enrich educational videos with facts, detailed articles, additional content and questions. They can also search and share videos created by their colleagues, and this way access a wider network of interactive video content creators.

ThingLink for Video is currently available via invitation only. Educators can request a free early access starting from today.

If you are visiting ISTE this year, please come to meet us at ThingLink’s booth no 2869 and share the news with your colleagues!

Here are two examples of videos annotated with ThingLink. Kingdom Of The Forest – Fungi (National Geographic) Mushroom The Long Way Home (Health Equity Institute Documentaries) LongWayHome

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Week 3:  Dig Deep Into Vocabulary

Objective

In this activity you will

  1. Create an original digital image.

  2. Upload your image to ThingLink.
  3. Add Rich Media Tags to define vocabulary through multimedia

  4. Share and submit interactive to the ThingLink Challenge.

Overview

In this activity you will create an interactive image to to help students develop build vocabulary. Think about your image as a digital poster. You can weave together digital tools to create an activity that can be used  to introduce students to vocabulary prior to a lesson, or your interactive image could be used to help students develop meaning through research.

Rationale

There is a wealth of research to suggest that vocabulary knowledge is the single best predictor of student academic achievement across all curriculum areas. Experts agree, if given the opportunity to receive effective vocabulary instruction, most students can acquire vocabulary at rates that will improve their comprehension and also their chances for success in school. Even the Common Core identifies Academic Vocabulary as one of the six big shifts. It’s clear that educators need to spend some time teaching it.

Digging deeper into vocabulary means more than just sending students to a dictionary to look up the definition. Students must interact with  new vocabulary.  Opportunities to use words, explore them within different contexts and create non-linguistic representations of words will help them do more than just memorize words. ThingLink is well-suited for the task.

Example

This example uses video to introduce students to vocabulary words in context. Links on the right side of the image connect to instaGrok, an integrated  search engine and learning tool. After viewing the videos, students use instaGrok to  build their own understanding of the terms through research.

Here is an example of an everyday research project where students engaged in research to define the term boycott by finding examples. Then they created this image and tagged it with multimedia resources.

Create Your Own Vocabulary Image

Steps at a Glance

Explore the channel of interactive directions below for tutorials and more.

  1. Identify a vocabulary word or a set of vocabulary words.
  2. Create an original image. (See directions below)
  3. Take a snapshot of the image to save it to your desktop.
  4. Upload the image to ThingLink.
  5. Click on the image to add Rich Media tags, text, or links to the image. Remember to add tags that go beyond dictionary definitions.
  6. Remember to add a tag with your name on your image.
  7. Remember to add a Twitter Tag and other social media icons.
  8. Submit your image through the Google Form.
  9. Check back throughout the week to view the Showcase channel.

Channel of Interactive Directions

How to Create An Original Image

You can use any digital tool to create an original image. If you aren’t familiar with creating your own images, here are some tips and tricks to get you started.

  • Create a PowerPoint, Keynote or Google Docs Slide with a text and images. Take a screenshot of the slide and upload it to ThingLink.

  • Create a collage with the photo editing software on your computer.
  • Big Huge Labs - This free and user friendly site has an array of tools that are perfect for jump starting a ThingLink learning project. Students can use the tools without logging in to an account and they can choose from a variety of options. Once created, they can take a snapshot of the image and upload it to ThingLink. Here are some fun choices.
  • Art Skills - Art Skills is a nice tool for creating posters.
  • Use a free online photo editing tool, such as Photo Flexr or PicMonkey. Upload the image and use the built in tools to add text. Save the finished image to your computer and upload it to ThingLink.
  • FotoFlexer is a free and user friendly online photo editing tool  that has plenty of features to edit and spruce up a photo for use with ThingLink.  Upload a photo, add text and special effects, create a collage, and perform basic editing tasks without logging in.
  • On a tablet, try Pages, Keynote, Educreations, or any app that allows you to add text to an image. Take a snapshot of your image and then upload it to ThingLink from your Photos.

Digital Tools to Explore

ThingLink allows users to create links to any resource on the world wide web. Here are some tools to try when you are trying to incorporate deeper learning experiences into your interactive image:

  • instaGrok – An integrated search engine and learning tool
  • VocabGrabber – A word cloud generator that allows users to sort words by content area and explore relationships through visual maps.
  • Lexipedia – Create word webs and more.
  • A Maths Dictionary -  An interactive dictionary for defining math words through pictures and  simulations.
  • Lingro – A tool that turns any digital text into an interactive dictionary, useful for help with words in context and also for ESL students. The tool also translates words and allows students to build a word bank.
  • Word Sift - A word cloud generator that helps students build their own definitions through the use of video and images.
  • Shahi -  Shahi is a visual dictionary that combines Wiktionary content with Flickr images, and more.
  • Word Hipp0 - A reference tool that provides definitions, pronunciations, antonyms, synonyms, rhyming words and words in context.

Showcase of Examples

View the Ultimate Word Wall of  of amazing vocabulary images submitted and watch it grow! The wall is best when viewed full size,  Go to Padlet.

Classroom Connections and Modifications

  • Create a class channel of vocabulary words for a particular unit of study.

  • Embed interactive images into a Padlet board to build an ongoing multimedia word wall throughout the year.
  • Ask students to create a channel of vocabulary words of their own.

Additional Help and Support

ThingLink Teacher Challenge at a Glance

Next Week’s Challenge

Create an Interactive Map

Take the Week 4 Challenge: Create an Interactive Map

Create an interactive map.

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Week 2:  Design Your Digital Self

Objective

In this activity you will

  1. Create an avatar.
  2. Add your avatar  to ThingLink
  3. Add Rich Media Tags to your avatar to Design Your Digital Self.
  4. Share and submit Your Digital Self to the ThingLink Challenge.
  5. Get to know  other participants as you explore their work.
  6. Explore the use of a ThingLink Channel for guided learning.

Overview

In this activity you will create an interactive image to  introduce Your Digital Self  to other members of the ThingLink Teacher Challenge Classroom and also to anyone who views the great work we are doing. You will define yourself through through multimedia by creating tags to to whatever it is that defines your Digital Self. Revisit and add to your Digital Self as you change and grow. Use the channel to guide you through the process. Consider using the activity with students at the start of the school year.

Rationale

To engage students in learning, it’s important to help them make connections to their own world. This classroom kick off activity sets the tone for making those personal connections . The activity can also be very useful for gauging students’ problem-solving and research skills as you serve as facilitator it in the classroom. In addition, the activity provides teachers with the opportunity to remind students about protecting their identities when publishing digital work. With access to a web full of resources and the opportunity to create, this activity is built for success.

Steps at a Glance:

Note: Create this activity in your regular teacher account. There is no need to create it in your ThingLink Challenge Classroom this time.

  1. Create an avatar.
  2. Add your avatar  to ThingLink
  3. Add Rich Media Tags to your avatar to Design Your Digital Self.
  4. Share and submit Your Digital Self to the ThingLink Challenge.
  5. Get to know  other participants as you explore their work.
  6. Explore the use of a ThingLink Channel for guided learning.

Explore this Channel of Interactive Resources to Guide Your Learning

Showcase of Examples

Explore this channel of images created by participants and watch it grow!

Classroom Connections and Modifications

  • Take advantage of the teachable moment and combine this activity with an Internet Safety lesson to help students distinguish between personal and private information when sharing on the web.
  • Introduce the activity at the start of the school year in place of a traditional getting to know you activity and encourage students to add tags as they learn, change and grow throughout the year.
  • Create a class channel of student digital selvess for use as an introduction to another classroom when collaborating.

  • Adapt the activity to fit into your curriculum and use it throughout the year as a place for students to showcase their growth and progress in a particular area.
  • Ask students to create a channel of their own to track their  progress towards specific goals, adding tags to highlight accomplishments throughout the year.

Additional Help and Support

ThingLink Teacher Challenge at a Glance

 Next Week’s Challenge

Digging Deeper Into Vocabulary

Take the Week 3 Challenge: Digging Deeper Into Vocabulary

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The ThingLink Teacher Challenge is up and running and this post is designed to share tips, tricks and showcase some of the work that has been created. Here you will also find answers to  frequently asked questions and ways to connect and collaborate.

Week 1 Feature Image

The first image, submitted by Alexandra Duarte, is a good one to showcase as an example of meeting the Week 1 Challenge to create a simple image to demonstrate “How To”.  It comes right in time for The World Cup, which starts today. Alexandra took a simple photo, introduced a concept through multimedia, and gave students a task to complete. Explore World Cup 2014- Portuguese Team Photo.

As a teacher, you have the ability to add tags to your students’ images. Notice I added the ThingLink Teacher Challenge icon to Alexandra’s work.

Remix to Contribute

You may be wondering how students can contribute their ideas to this image without sharing logins or devices. The answer is in the Remix  feature. The Remix feature acts like a virtual copy machine. Choosing this option allows anyone to add the image to their collection of images and add their own tags, keeping the original image in tact. I added a yellow tag to share what I learned through research about one of the team members. Explore my Remix.

 How to Distribute a Remix Lesson to Students

  1. Start on the original image.
  2. Click the Share button to copy the link.
  3. Post the link in a handy spot for students to access, or create a QR code for students with mobile devices to help them quickly jump to your image. Important: To view the Remix icon on an image, students should not be logged in.
  4. When students click on the Remix icon, they will be prompted to log in.
  5. After logging in, students will see the image in their own collection titled “Remix of…Title of Image”

Try it Yourself

  1. Make sure you are not logged in to ThingLink.
  2. Click on the link. World Cup 2014- Portuguese Team Photo
  3. Click on the Remix icon
  4. Log in when prompted.
  5. Add tags to the image.
  6. Submit your image to the Class Channel, World Cup, to see how this project can grow into a multimedia album of student work.

FAQs

Here are some of the answers to the most frequently asked questions this week.

Corporate Logo vs. Teacher Logo

Q:  I am seeing the ThingLink Corporate Logo instead of the ThingLink Teacher logo, do I still have a teacher account?

A: Yes! If you see the ThingLink Corporate Logo, you probably took advantage of the Free Premium Upgrade offered at the end of last year. You have all the features of the ThingLink Teacher account with the added bonus of being able to create Custom Icons. Read more here.

Move Images to ThingLink Challenge Classroom

Q: Can I move an image created in my ThingLink Teacher Account to the ThingLink Teacher Challenge Classroom?

A: No, but you can still share it through this form.
The reason for asking teachers to join the classroom is to help you experience ThingLink through a student’s view and add it to a Class Channel, but either way the images you create can be shared in a variety of ways.

Adjust Image Size

Q: My image is very large. How can I view the entire image when editing it?

A: There are a few options for resizing your image:

    1. You can resize the image on the editing screen by clicking one of the buttons you see on the right side of the screen.  
    2. You can also adjust the size of your image when you embed it into a blog, wiki or website by selecting iframe and then selecting custom size.
    3. A helpful tip is to resize your image using a 3rd party tool before uploading it to ThingLink. 

resize images

Connect and Collaborate

With nearly 300 people participating in the ThingLink Teacher Challenge right now, we have an amazing opportunity to learn from each other, share our knowledge, and collaborate. Here are some ways you can connect and collaborate:

  1. Join our Google +Group, share your images, and comment on the work of others.
  2. Share images and Tweet about the challenge using the hashtag #TLChallenge
  3. View the Pinterst Board, repin and share.
    Follow Susan’s board ThingLink Teacher Challenge on Pinterest.
  4. Connect on FaceBook

Week 1:  Showcase

View our channel of “How To” images and watch it grow.

 

 

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Week 1: Get Started

Objectives

In this activity you will become familiar with some the functionality of the ThingLink Classroom. You will

  1. Join the ThingLink Challenge Classroom.
  2. Upload an image.
  3. Create a simple interactive image.
  4. Submit  your interactive image through a form for sharing.

Overview

Throughout the ThingLink Teacher Challenge we will be working within our own classroom environment. We will begin by completing some one-time setup tasks to join the ThingLink Teacher Challenge classroom.

You will start out as a member of the classroom and your experience will be very similar to what students experience when they work within a group. Later you will be creating your own ThingLink Classroom group to become familiar with the management tasks associated with being a teacher.

To get an understanding of the ease of use of the tool, we will start by creating a simple interactive image with content you are very familiar with. This will allow you to engage in constructive play without getting overwhelmed by trying to create a complex lesson right out of the gate. . If you are an experienced ThingLink user, hopefully you will find the opportunity to kick this first challenge up a notch, if you choose.

Part I: Set up tasks

  1. New Users – Sign up for a ThingLink Teacher Account at ThingLink.com/edu

     

    Sign up for a Teacher Account

  2. Confirm that you have a ThingLink Teacher account.

    Look for the Teacher stamp under the ThingLink Logo. If you do not see the Teacher stamp, return to the ThingLink for Education page and follow the steps above to sign up for a  teacher account with your existing login.  After completing the sign up step, you should  see the Teacher stamp under the logo.

     

    ThingLink Teacher Logo

  3. Join the ThingLink Teacher Challenge Classroom

    If you have already signed up for the ThingLink Teacher Challenge, you should find an invitation to join our group in your email inbox.  If you haven’t signed up for the challenge, please click on the link to sign up.Watch this video tutorial to learn how to join the ThingLink Challenge Classroom. Remember to use the pause button as you walk through the steps.

 

Part II: Create an Interactive Image

The first ThingLink Teacher Challenge will be to create a simple interactive image that explains “How To…” and taps into your own expertise. Remember, new users should keep it simple and choose a topic you are very familiar with. Here are some simple summer ideas for your first image.

  • How to Make Ice Tea
  • How to Get Fit for Summer
  • How to Grow Tomatoes
  • Anything goes, keep it simple

Example: Learn How to Play the Guitar

Create an Interactive Image 

  1. Upload your image to ThingLink
  2. Give your image a title.
  3. Tag your image with text, rich media tags and weblinks.

Watch this video to learn how to create a simple interactive image. Then experiment with different types of tags and create your own interactive graphic.

Part III:  Submit Your Image

When you are satisfied with one of your images, please submit the link through this easy form.

  1. Click on the Share icon
  2. Copy the link.
  3. Paste the link with into this form.

Submit Images

 

Optional: Add Image to our the lass channel titled
Week 1: How To…

  1. Click on the image you want to add
  2. Look at the bottom of the image for the option to Add to Channel.
  3. Select the How To channel from the drop-down menu and click done.

Add to channel

Additional Handouts for Help and Support

View the How To Channel and Watch it Grow

ThingLink Teacher Challenge at a Glance

Next Week’s Challenge: Design Your Digital Self

Take the Week 2 Challenge: Design Your Digital Self

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ThingLink Education has been working hard this year to support teachers by providing the community with a safe and efficient online classroom environment. ThingLink Teacher Accounts are packed full of powerful features to help teachers transform learning and help students develop 21st century skills.

As we approach the launch of the ThingLink Teacher Challenge, we thought it would be helpful to provide educators with a handy spot to review earlier posts about features available in ThingLink Teacher Account. Of course, a great way to share all of this information is through the use of an interactive image as a content launcher.

ThingLink Education Features at a Glance

Explore this interactive image to jump to earlier posts introducing ThingLink Education teacher features with examples and directions.

ThingLink Education Features Professional Development

We understand the importance of providing professional development to help teachers explore and use ThingLink in the classroom. We realize that summer is a great time to help teachers grow professionally. To meet the needs of busy teachers, we are excited to offer the ThingLink Teacher Challenge this summer. We hope you can join us for this free, self-paced learning opportunity designed to help teachers connect, explore and learn through constructive play.

ThingLink Teacher Challenge

 

 

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