Create a Travel Guide and Tour

The next activity in the ThingLink Summer VR Challenge is to create a travel guide as a model for a project that encourages students to construct knowledge as they create. Explore the image above for a simple example, created using a CC licensed image found in the equirectangular group of Flicker.

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Celebrating Vocabulary and Teacher Challenge Participants

Our ThingLink Summer VR Challenge is in full-swing and we are extremely excited about introducing our participants and sharing the vocabulary lessons that have been created!

We hope you will explore the map at the top of this post to meet the Digital Selves of the talented participants leading the way through this self-paced challenge. The map will be updated again to include more participants as they make it through the activity.

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Explore These 360/VR Vocabulary Lessons!

We are extremely pleased to share the first round of interactive 360/VR vocabulary lessons created by amazing educators participating in the ThingLink Summer VR Challenge. These 360/VR pioneers have created highly engaging lessons filled with annotations that guide the learning and provide students with flexible learning paths to ensure success for all learners. They offer opportunities to collect data to personalize instruction and they model good digital citizenship through the use of proper source crediting of images licensed for reuse.

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Activity 2: Vocabulary Across All Languagues

Every ThingLink starts with an image.

This week’s ThingLink Summer VR Challenge activity will help educators learn how to create a simple, yet powerful vocabulary lesson that starts with a 360 image. You will add tags to the image to introduce students to new words and concepts and build vocabulary.

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Summer VR Challenge: Mapping Our Digital Selves

Some participants in the ThingLink Summer VR Challenge have successfully completed the first activity, Design Your Digital Self. Meet the educators who are leading the way and connect with them. The map will be updated with additional Digital Selves weekly throughout the challenge.

Several participants have asked where to turn in your Digital Selves. There is a Google form built into the lesson, also accessible here:

Turn in Your Digital Self

There is still time to Take the ThingLink Summer VR Challenge to pilot the use of our new 360/VR Tag Editing tool. Sign up today and we will walk you through the steps to get started creating interactive 360/VR lessons!

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Collecting Data for the ThingLink Summer VR Challenge

One of the greatest benefits of using ThingLink EDU as a tool for learning is the ability to easily build in data collection for assessment, planning, and personalized learning. Participants in the Summer VR Challenge will discover Google Forms woven throughout the lessons. Look for the icons to access these forms on the 360 World Map as you work your way through Lesson 1: Get Started with the ThingLink Summer VR Challenge.

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Get Started with the ThingLink Summer VR Challenge

Welcome to the ThingLink Summer VR Challenge! The first lesson is designed to help all participants learn to explore and create while you engage in constructive play. You will also begin to connect with others by Designing Your Digital Self with ThingLink. Those interactive images will be added to the 360 map you see at the top of the page. Let’s begin!

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ThingLink at #ISTE2016

ThingLink made a big splash at ISTE2016 with interactive 360/VR lessons. Educators were excited to discover the powerful possibilities of using the sleek new tool to design learning experiences on top of breathtaking 360 images. Many thanks to Naomi Harm and Dell for inviting us to display our images on the gorgeous, new 70 inch LED touch display! Everyone loved exploring the 360/VR lesson on London, above. Explore the lesson in full-screen mode for the best experience.

 

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Explore Resources from #ISTE2016

  • Find a link to participate in the ThingLink Summer VR Challenge, a self-paced and free pilot with pedagogy. Sign up to gain access to the 360/VR Tag Editing tool and learn to create and share interactive 360/VR images.
  • Find the coupon ISTE2016 to become a 360/VR Pioneer and lock in pioneer pricing, for life. Get the 360/VR tag editing tool plus all of the premium features of ThingLink for $100 per year for life. Take advantage of this ISTE2016 coupon today.

 

Take Aways from #ISTE2016

At ISTE2016 I had the opportunity to hold my first hands-on training session using ThingLink 360/VR. The room was filled with educators using a variety of devices. I’m happy to report that participants were able to work in teams to add tags to 360/VR images easily with very simple, basic directions. They were able to generate ideas for using ThingLink to meet their teaching and learning needs. It is an honor to empower educators with tools that help them transform teaching and learning, and ThingLink 360/VR is a tool that can do that!

Next Post: Get Started with the ThingLink Summer VR Challenge

Many educators at ISTE2016 stopped by the EdTech Coaches Playground to chat with  Jodie Johnston and I about the ThingLink Summer VR Challenge. Jodie and I met during the 1st ThingLink Summer Challenge 3 years ago, and it was such fun meeting face-to-face and working together to invite educators to join us this year! Teachers who recently registered for the summer VR Challenge are being given access to the 360/VR tag editing tool and the teacher challenge is about to begin! 

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Celebrating #ISTE2016

To celebrate #ISTE2016, ThingLink is offering our new 360/VR Tag Editing tool to individual educators for use with students at pioneer prices! Educators can gain access to this engaging interactive tool for annotating incredible 360/VR images for $10 per month, billed annually. Take advantage of this offer now through the end of June to unlock the powerful possibilities of teaching and learning with ThingLink 360/VR.

Enter the Coupon ISTE2016 at Checkout 

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Join Our 360/VR Interactive Image Slam

We are pleased to announce our first 360/VR Interactive Image Slam on June 2, 2016, featuring Kathy Schrock and a fabulous lineup of amazing education community members. During this informal webinar, our panelists will spend 5-10 minutes in the spotlight as they demonstrate great ways to use 360/VR interactive lessons in the classroom.

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