Explore Place-Based Learning with Clemson

Today’s image of the week is an example of a seamless way to power place-based learning. Interactive Rocks & Minerals of the Carolinas was created by Clemson University student Benjamin Kelly as part of a story map project in Kelly Lazar’s course at the university. The project is available online in Clemson University’s Bob Campbell Geology Museum.

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Quick Tip: Help Students Inherit Pro or Premium Features

If you are an educator with a ThingLink Pro or Premium plan, you can onboard students by inviting them to your group with an Invite Code. For quick reference, here is the video we sent to all new Pro and Premium users to teach you how to get started with our new features. Didn’t get the email? Please make sure to enable email notifications to receive news and important announcements.

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Explore, Modify & Create 360 Virtual Field Trips!

When Tara Hardy and Angela Brown wanted to turn Detroit Public Tv’s December’s Online Digital Adventure into an interactive 360 field trip, they reached out to ThingLink to extend the walls of the classroom and power the learning. We’re glad they did!

This week’s ThingLink Certified Educator Guest Post takes a bit of a different twist as week take a look at using ThingLink as a tool to create interactive 360 Virtual Field trips. We are excited to extend an invitation to teachers and their students to join us in DPTV’s Digital Adventure, featuring ThingLink 360/VR. on December 13th, 14th and 15th.

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2 Quick Class Projects for Primary Students in December

Today we are featuring 2 quick and easy December class projects for primary students from Mr. Parkinson, a Primary Teacher at Trafford Borough Council. Mr. Parkinson is the author of  Mr. P’s ICT Blog, a great resource for educators that is filled with creative ideas to raise standards across the curriculum using technology.

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360 storytelling in early childhood education: a case example from the Kellarpelto preschool in Finland

The students of the Kellarpelto preschool in Eastern Finland make regular visits to a forest nearby. Inspired by another project called “Teacher’s Forest” at the University of Eastern Finland, some of the teachers at the Kellarpelto preschool had decided to try creating 360 images in a group of 13 students between ages 10 months and 2 years.


During the time we have developed the new 360 editor, I had not heard of use cases in early education, so I was thrilled to get an opportunity to connect with teacher Kati Roivio from the Kellarpelto preschool to learn more about their project. Here is a summary of our discussion:

U: What made you try 360 images instead of regular images?
K: Looking at regular images from our walks and activities is something that children can easily do on the iPad screen, but 360 images gave us a new kind of opportunity to go back in the forest, move there “with the finger” and touch the “spots” on the screen to hear sounds. Images became alive.

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Focusing the Spotlight: Creating Student Showcases With ThingLink 360/VR

by Andy Fehnel

If your experience as an educator is anything like mine, then you find yourself blown away by the creative abilities of your students on a regular basis. Their ability to create and problem solve when given the proper guidance and tools keeps me motivated to give them my very best every day. The problem I always run into is how to display student work in a meaningful way so that people outside the classroom can appreciate it as well. This problem is especially poignant with digital projects. Yes, websites or blogs can serve as a tool for displaying student work, but where is the creativity and meaning in clicking on a few dozen links to see what students have created? I wanted something more interactive and enjoyable and ThingLink 360/VR answered the call perfectly.

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News for Community Members


BIG SAVINGS FOR NEW PREMIUM OR PRO CUSTOMERS IN DECEMBER

At ThingLink, one of our most important goals is to provide a safe and engaging experience for students. For this reason, we provide educators with the ability to manage student accounts and assume responsibility for overseeing safe use, guided by school and district policies. Our Free Teacher accounts are designed for anyone to easily try ThingLink, which means Free users do not provide us with information to verify their identities as educators.

As a result, free teacher account holders will no longer be able to register or manage students starting December 15th, 2017.  To keep students safe, they will need an invitation code from a paid teacher in order to create with ThingLink.

ACT FAST FOR INCREDIBLE SAVINGS

The good news is that we are offering big discounts to make this transition a bit easier and to ensure that you can continue creating with students on ThingLink. To keep things running smoothly, we are offering two upgrade options:

  1. A 70% discount on PRO or PREMIUM teacher accounts with the coupons below through the end of 2017.
  2. A discounted school or district account for 2018-2019. To request a quote for your school, please email us at education@thinglink.com.

NEW PRO OR PREMIUM CUSTOMERS GET THINGLINK FOR 70% OFF

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EXISTING PRO OR PREMIUM CUSTOMERS SHARE THE NEWS!

There’s no better time to bring a little more ThingLink into your school, district or university so we hope you will share this news with your colleagues. Providing your students with a safe learning platform is our top priority and we thank you for working with us through what we know is a big transition. To learn more about the change, read our FAQ here

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Using ThingLink & Breakout EDU for Review – A Winning Combo!

by Venetia Ricchio

Who says reviewing has to be drudgery? I’ve always dreaded reviewing for tests because it was hard to keep my students engaged.  Not anymore!

Now, I look forward to reviewing using the digital breakouts on ThingLink. Breakout EDU and ThingLink cover the four C’s; collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and communication. ThingLink bumps it up a notch by adding stunning visuals, and music to make each activity incredibly engaging. The program is so versatile; you can embed just about anything in a ThingLink, including Google Apps, Jigsaw planet and more!

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Using ThingLink and Sutori to App Smash Your Lesson

The following is a post written by Laura Moore and published on the Sutori Blog on November 14, 2017. Laura is a K-12 Technology Integrator for North East Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas. Laura is a longtime ThingLink Certified Educator who continues to amaze us with her talents and innovative ideas for embracing technology for learning. Explore Laura's work on ThingLink and Sutori. Connect with her on Twitter at @LearnMooreStuff and follow her amazing blog, Learn Moore Stuff.

Wouldn’t it be cool if you could design a lesson any way you wanted without platform limitations?

The term App Smash was coined by Greg Kulowiec (@gregkulowiec), who shares much of his work and thinking on his website, The History 2.0 Classroom. After working with iPads for some time, he quickly realized the following,

“Most processes couldn’t be completed with just one app. While many apps slightly overlap in terms of functionality, there tends to be a few black holes in each app that require the use of another app to complete the process.”

The same can be said for web-based tools such as G Suite. In a perfect world, I would have the ability to embed content within a Google Doc. There are a few hacks you can use to embed a YouTube video, but it’s really not the same. When platforms allow you to work in conjunction with other platforms, then your “what if?” can become a reality.

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News for EDU Community Members

HOT OFF THE PRESS!

Winged Creatures… Penguins, Raptors, and Bats. Oh, My!

Join us for Detroit Public Television’s Digital Adventure 360 Interactive Experience on December 12th, 13th, and 14th featuring Virtual Field Trips to locations in Michigan with ThingLink. Stay tuned for registration information from DPTV for this free online event for teachers and students.

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