3 Alternatives to Shopping on Black Friday

Black Friday is certainly a big day for shopping, but for teachers it can also be a day to take a breath and try something new over the long weekend. We encourage educators to consider 3 ThingLink inspired alternatives to shopping today.

Curate Content for the Holiday Season

ThingLink is a great platform for collecting and curating content. Why not create an interactive image or two to present and share some holiday ideas? Here is a simple example I created from an idea I found on Pinterest. Try it yourself!

 

Get Inspired and Explore our AppSmash Channel

In November we reached out to our wonderful community of educators to share examples of ways to use ThingLink as a platform for combining two or more apps together to create, publish and share content. Please explore and enjoy this channel of examples. Here you will find amazing interactive images created for the ThingLink AppSmash Challenge. You will also find examples created and shared by ThingLink Expert Educators during our November webinars featuring Tackk and Edmodo.

Become a ThingLink Expert Educator

Many of the AppSmash examples featured were created by ThingLink Expert Educators. We are rounding up talented educators who LOVE ThingLink and enjoy sharing to inspire others. Please view these slides to learn more and sign up to be considered.

View the slides and sign up to connect.

 

Coming in December

We will be celebrating culture and holiday traditions by kicking off the ThingLink Holiday Challenge at the start of the month.  We hope to have many participants creating images to share and highlight during December to provide the ThingLink EDU Community with a treasure trove of engaging resources to choose from during this busy season. Stay tuned to the ThingLink blog for this upcoming challenge.

 

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It’s a Smashing Thing

This month we are celebrating AppSmashing with ThingLink. We have reached out to our wonderful community of educators to share examples of ways to use ThingLink as a platform for combining two or more apps together to create, publish and share content. ThingLink is well suited for  for powering any App Smash because of the presentation possibilities for turning any image into a rich multimedia content launcher. We are pleased to share this powerful AppSmash by Sue Fitzgerald, a librarian in Justin Texas and a ThingLink Expert Educator.

It’s a Smashing Thing, by Sue Fitzgerald

Smashing tools has become one of my favorite passions lately and using thinglink makes the process effortless.  That’s exactly what I demonstrated in this thinglink that was presented virtually for other librarians in Northern Texas.  Thinglink allows my presentations, lessons, or end-of-school-year reports to become interactive with the user. There are endless ideas for making a thinglink come to life with pictures, videos, audio, information, or feedback through smashing a variety of tools. Take the thinglink Challenge in your next interactive project.

 

 

Explore the ThingLink AppSmash Challenge Channel

 

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A Heritage Project Idea

We are pleased to publish this guest post by Dan Gallagher, a ThingLink Expert Educator.

For the last several weeks, I have been working with third grade teachers and their students on their heritage project with ThingLink. As part of their social studies curriculum, the students researched their family’s heritage through interview question packets.

 The students had a variety of questions to get answered. They asked about family customs or traditions, their family’s immigration to the US story, and the history of their name, just to name a few.

 Since our classes have 4 iPads in each room, sharing them with each class is a must. We started this project by setting up a class Dropbox account where every student had a folder to save their project components. Regardless of which iPad they had, their work will all be saved in one place to get to in the end. Now we started smashing apps!

  • LayerPic HD – superimposed two pictures
    • Screenshot of their family’s native country (iPad native Maps app)
    • Picture of the country’s flag (searched using Safari)
  • Tellagami – create a ‘narrator’ telling their family’s immigration story
  • Green Screen by Do Ink – combine their Tellagami video with a video showing a plane, boat, train, car, or any other mode of transportation used to arrive in the US
  • Pic Collage – hand drawn family crest with other images combined into one picture used for VRP 7 recording of their family’s custom or tradition

Once  all the components were collected in their Dropbox folder,  we could start building our ThingLinks. Below is an example ThingLink for the Heritage Project.  It also includes a ThingLink for Video screencast describing the example project as well as another ThingLink with all the apps used. Enjoy!

About the Author

 Dan Gallagher photoDan Gallagher is a ThingLink Expert Educator from the Ewing NJ area. By day, Dan assists teachers with incorporating technology into their classrooms in mostly in elementary K-3 schools in the West Windsor-Plainsboro district. He is also an Adjunct Professor with Arcadia University’s Graduate Studies Program for Instructional Technology. You can read up on other activities on his blog “A tech perspective… or something like that“. Dan also serves as our ThingLink webinar moderator. Follow Dan @Gallagher_Tech

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Checkout the ThingLink AppSmash Challenge Channel

We are pleased to share a channel of ThingLink interactive images created by members of the ThingLink EDU Community. These amazing educators have used ThingLink as their presentation tool for smashing apps. Here you will find inspiring examples of new ways to create, share and publish content by combining the functionality and best features of  great apps.  We are reinventing learning!

We hope this growing ThingLink AppSmash Channel  will inspire you to learn and challenge you to smash some apps yourself . Take the ThingLink Apps Smash Challenge. #TLAppSmash

 

Upcoming AppSmash Webinars

Tackk a ThingLink

Tuesday, November 18th @ 8PM EST Sign up

Smashing ThingLink & Edmodo

Wednesday, November 19th @ 8PM EST Sign up

ThingLink Interactive App Smash

Tuesday, December 9th @8PM EST Sign up

 

 

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ThingLink Announces 1 Million Creators for Interactive Images

ThingLink has reached a milestone of one million content creators. One of the fastest growing verticals over the past 6 months has been education, with a monthly growth rate of 30%. Teachers and students use ThingLink creatively to transform online images and videos into “learning modules.”

In 2014, ThingLink users have created more than 1.5 million interactive units with an average engagement rate of 55% and CTR of 5%. This content can be searched, curated, shared and remixed in the ThingLink Community and embedded to other social media and learning platforms. In October, 2014 alone, ThingLink images from over 100 countries generated 85 million views, 43 million link views, and 3 million clicks.

In addition to editorial and educational use, ThingLink has become a popular tool in brand advertising. Since January, 2014, more than 25,000 businesses and brands have signed up to ThingLink, opting to create engaging rich media images for websites, campaigns, and social media updates. At the same time, digital agencies are using ThingLink to speed up creation time for interactive content and taking advantage of ThingLink’s Premium and Corporate account to create bespoke interactive campaigns for their clients.

The next step is building ThingLink towards an ecosystem where content creators, consumers, and businesses connect around curated visual experiences. The same way in which people curate Spotify playlists, they can now add a collection of links on images. We have seen how well-curated interactive images and video can be tremendously engaging, and they certainly offer an alternative to textbooks or text-based web browsing and learning,” says ThingLink’s founder and CEO Ulla Engeström.

About ThingLink

Founded in 2010, ThingLink produces a tool where users can easily annotate online images and video with rich media links, creating interactive PR images, web sites, infographics, maps, magazines, catalogs, and – most recently via an acquisition of a St. Petersburg-based video annotation platform Smartag– interactive pop-up video. Content creators can follow engagement in real-time as the interactive images or video spreads across the web. Photo and video communities can use ThingLink Connect to integrate image or video annotation capabilities to their service. ThingLink has raised 3 million in venture funding, led by Helsinki-based VC firm Inventure Oy.

Now some music please! Enjoy this interactive poster of famous composers curated by ThingLink user Roger Gunn.

 

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ThingLink AppSmash Events

To encourage the ThingLink Community of Educators to have some fun and smash some apps this month, we are pleased to announce some AppSmash events. These events are designed to inspire our community of educators to explore and create. We hope you will join us as we explore the possibilities for ThingLink powered Apps Smashes. Explore this interactive image to learn more about these AppSmash events.

Join Us for App Smashing with ThingLink 

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Take the ThingLink App Smash Challenge

Today are pleased to launch the ThingLink App Smash Challenge! #TLAppSmash. This mini version of the ThingLink Teacher Challenge #TLChallenge is designed to inspire, build excitement, share ideas and learn. Most importantly, it is designed to fit within a  busy teacher’s schedule during the month of November.

About the ThingLink App Smash Challenge

App Smashing is a popular method of combining two or more apps together to create, publish and share content. App Smashing challenges us to discover new possibilities for teaching and learning with an iPad and presents us with greater possibilities for making the device meet our goals. ThingLink is well suited for  for powering any App Smash because of the presentation possibilities for turning any image into a rich multimedia content launcher.  Join the talented members of the ThingLink EDU community and use ThingLink to smash some apps. #TLAppSmash

Objective

In this activity you will

  1. Use ThingLink as a presentation tool to demonstrate how to combine the functionality of two or more apps to create, publish and share content. #AppSmash
  2. Share and submit your interactive image through a Google Form to be added to the ThingLink App Smash Challenge Channel.

  3. Explore the ThingLink App Smash Channel and Touch the interactive images that inspire you.

  4. Promote through social media. #TLAppSmash

Overview

In this activity you will grab an iPad and explore ways to combine the best features of two or more of your favorite apps to help students create, publish and share content. You will create an original App Smash image, or poster, then upload it to ThingLink. Use Rich-Media Tags to present your ideas.

Rationale

The iPad is a popular tool in classrooms today, but many apps are limited in functionality. As teachers become more comfortable with technology use they can begin to invent new ways to use the devices for learning.  App Smashing allows us to combine the best features of our favorite apps to facilitate student driven learning experiences through creativity, sharing and publishing.

Example

This examples uses the built-in web browser and recording features  in Explain Everything to create a narrated guided tour of a ThingLink interactive image. The resulting video was published on YouTube and embedded back on the ThingLink image through a Rich Media Tag. Explore this interactive image to learn more about this ThingLink App Smash.

 

 

Create Your Own ThingLink App Smash

 

Steps at a Glance

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

    1. Create an original #AppSmash image poster.

 

 

 

  • Tag the image with Rich Media tags, text, or links to present your ideas.

 

 

  • Remember to add a tag with your name on your image.

 

 

  • Remember to add a Twitter Tag and other social media icons.

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Stay tuned to see who will be invited to share during our Interactive App Smash webinar in early December

 

 

 

Explore Channel of App Smash Examples

The examples in the channel below were created by ThingLink Expert Educators. Interactive images submitted for the App Smash Challenge will be added to this channel. Get inspired and connect!

Additional Help and Support

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Submit a ThingLink App Smash

 

Join Us for App Smashing with ThingLink 

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App Smashing with ThingLink in November

Many talented members of our ThingLink EDU community have discovered the benefits of powering an App Smash with ThingLink. You’ll find us sharing at EdTech conferences and through virtual events  everywhere. For this reason, we are excited to be celebrating App Smashing with ThingLink throughout the month of November.

What is App Smashing with ThingLink?

App Smashing is a popular method of combining two or more apps together to create, publish and share content. App Smashing challenges us to discover new possibilities for teaching and learning with an iPad and presents us with greater possibilities for making the device meet our goals. ThingLink is well suited for  for powering any App Smash because of the presentation possibilities provided by the ability to turn any image into a rich multimedia content launcher.

App Smashing in November

To encourage our community of educators to have some fun and smash some apps this month we will be featuring ThingLink powered Apps Smashes on our blog throughout the month. In addition, we are excited to announce a of series of events.

November

December 9th

Webinar: ThingLink Interactive Apps Smash, featuring images submitted to the #TLAppsSmash Challenge.

App Smash Idea – Explain Everything and ThingLink

I used the built-in web browser and recording features in Explain Everything to  publish a narrated tour of how to smash these two apps, then I  published the recording on YouTube and used a Rich-Media Tag to embed the video right on the ThingLink interactive image.

Explore this App Smash

 

 

Steps at a Glance

  1. Use thinglink to create an interactive image.
  2. Use the Explain Everything to record a guided narrated tour of the image
  3. Publish to Google Drive or YouTube

 

Join Us for App Smashing with ThingLink in November

 

 

 

 

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Quick Poll: Student Sign-Ups

ThingLink is collecting feedback from our EDU community to guide us in our product development.

We are working to improving the sign up process for student accounts. In addition to improving individual student sign-ups, we are excited to have received many requests to support the ThingLink EDU school level sign up process. Please take 30 seconds to provide us with feedback through this Wedgies poll to indicate your preference. Thank you!

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Happy Halloween from ThingLink

Halloween is here and we are excited to share the amazing resources created by ThingLink Community Member Ms. Mara and to celebrate her work!

Ms. Mara is a homeschool educator and artist who often combines her many talents to create truly amazing interactive images. The image you see below is one of many you will find in her blog post, Spice Up Your Blog for Halloween.  This is Ms. Mara’s self- portrait, spiced up for Halloween.

 

 

 

Halloween Resources on HomeSchool Towers

Ms. Mara has totally transformed her blog in the spirit of Halloween and her post provides tips and tricks for readers to learn from her expertise. The interactive image below has replaced her blog header. She drew the haunted house, created the background image, and tagged it with interactive resources for all to explore and enjoy!

 

  View HomeSchool Towers and Get Tips

 

Spice Up Your Blog for Halloween

Check out the HomeSchool Towers blog to get inspired by our talented community member,  Ms. Mara and to get tips and trips for spicing up your blog. Connect with her on Twitter @HmSchlTowers and Google+. Many thanks to Ms. Mara and Happy Halloween!

 

Spice Up Your Blog for Halloween, by Ms. Mara

Spice Up Your Blog for Halloween, by Ms. Mara

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