We have been very busy at ThingLink over the course of the past year and we are pleased to see our community of educators growing considerably. We now offer district level verified organization accounts, a designated classroom workspace for teachers and their students and ThingLink for Video! We have remodeled and improved our teacher management features and we’ve updated our amazing iOS app to be even better for educational use. We thought you might appreciate some resources to help you embrace our full-featured education platform.
In the past three months over 100 school districts in the US have contacted us and expressed interest in a school or district level account on ThingLink. We have collected lots of feedback from teachers, tech coaches, and ThingLink Educators across the country, and are now proud to announce verified accounts for educational organisations and a 9+ rating for our iOS app.
A verified organization on ThingLink serves three goals. First, verification is used to establish authenticity of an organization. Once this is done, organization gets an invitation code that it can use to invite its members to ThingLink. A verified organization will also get an access for managing teacher, student, and group accounts from one dashboard. Third, a verified organization account gives schools and districts easy access to the variety of interactive media resources that teachers and students in different groups have created.
In the past 12 months ThingLink has become one of the the most popular free web tools for educators and the most popular mobile app for creating interactive images in school or on field trips with or without wireless access. There are a multitude of uses for ThingLink in education. Teachers can create media rich visual resources packed with content to engage students in deep learning experiences. Students can create a ThingLink to present knowledge and ideas or to document learning. A shared “Steam” enables students and teachers to collaborate on images beyond the classroom walls. Interactive images can be embedded on websites or shared with the class and accessed by inquisitive students at any time.
Interested in becoming verified organization on ThingLink?
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get back to you shortly!
Already requested a district account?
Rachel from our Palo Alto team will contact you and help set up your verified organisation account and invitation code.
Want to book a ThingLink webinar for your school or school district?
Please contact email@example.com. Our community manager Susan has plenty of great examples to share!
For more information and press inquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Over the past year we have gathered loads of feedback from educators on how to improve the ThingLink classroom experience.
We have listened and taken all of your feedback into account to create a new, easy to use, Education dashboard. The overwhelming blocks of names that used to fill the Students tab have been replaced by easy-to-use lists.
1) Navigate between the Students and Groups sub-tabs with just a click to see an overview of all your students and groups.
2) Click on a student’s name to reveal their account details. Keep up on their progress with easy access to their latest work and information about when they were last online. Quickly change students’ passwords for them instead ofwaiting for emailed reset links. All their information is readily available in one spot!
3) Manage groups by clicking on the Groups sub-tab and selecting a group. Add new students, delete old ones, and view all members in one spot.
How do you like the new features? Share your thoughts and new feature suggestions in the comments! For a complete tutorial on how to use all these new features, check out our Education Tutorial. We provide step by step instructions for everything from adding students, to viewing images in your classroom channel.
Upgrade to Premium Education to manage up to 30 classroom groups and 1,000 students!
ThingLink is attending SXSW EDU this year, and as part of getting ready for the show, we made new T-shirts featuring the rich layer of links you can embed on images and video. If you would like to get one for yourself, please come and meet us in Austin on March 10th, booth 125 (right next to Pearsons).
Company T-shirts can sometimes be pretty basic, but thanks to our awesome designer Tyler, these came out quite nice! The day after the T-shirts arrived, the whole team appeared at the office wearing matching outfits so I got a chance to do a quick photo shoot. Here are Rachel, Andrew, and Alexey modelling the new ThingLink shirts.
Special offer for March: all ThingLink Pro annual and WhiteLabel subscribers will get a white ThingLink T-shirt or a black tote bag. Just email us your user name, mailing address and size to email@example.com.