INTRODUCING: NEW CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT DASHBOARD

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 The overwhelming blocks of names that used to fill the Students tab have been replaced by easy-to-use lists.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! 

Happy Tagging!

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New ThingLink T-shirts are here!

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 social@thinglink.com.

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SaaS executive Martin Frid-Nielsen joins ThingLink as COO

ThingLink is happy to announce that Martin Frid-Nielsen has joined ThingLink as its Chief Operating Officer.

Most recently Martin was the Founder and CEO of Soonr, a cloud service for file sharing and collaboration with over 175,000 paid customers. At Soonr, Martin invented early SaaS concepts relating to file access on mobile devices through the cloud, and also raised over $40M in venture funding since 2005. Prior to Soonr, Martin was VP of Products at Merant, PLC (sold to Serena for $350M in 2004), VP of Engineering at NetObjects, makers of the Fusion web-design product (IPO in 1999) and an early employee at Borland, where he worked on the flagship products Sidekick and Quattro Pro. In addition, Martin was named a Top 100 Executive by CRN magazine in 2014.

At ThingLink Martin takes over leading Thinglink’s North American and European operations focusing on developing paid services for ThingLink’s fast growing free user base.

“ThingLink has come to a point when it is time to take the company’s operations to a new level, and Martin has exactly the right kind of experience and skill set for this role. I have great expectations of working together”, says ThingLink’s founder and CEO Ulla Engeström, who got introduced to Martin, a fellow Nordic startup founder, through the Nordic Innovation House on Ramona St.

“I am thrilled to be joining Thinglink at this critical inflection point,” said Martin Frid-Nielsen. “With their innovative technology for tagging images and video, as well as a top-notch team driving considerable growth, ThingLink is primed to have a huge impact on the industry.”

About ThingLink
ThingLink (thinglink.com) empowers creative professionals to create more engaging media by adding an additional interactive layer to photos and videos. In the past 12 months ThingLink has grown to be the largest interactive image and video community with 1.5M registered content creators and a strong monthly user growth. ThingLink offers a free basic service, subscription-driven premium service tiers, and fee-based VIP services including access to the ThingLink creative community.

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Explore Our Epic Wall of Science & STEAM Resources

Are you looking for resources and inspiring ideas to engage students in standards based 21st Century Learning experiences? We’ve got some amazing resources for you!

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Science Creative Challenges Winners

We are pleased to announce the winners of our first 3 Science Creative Challenges. With many amazing images to choose from, it was very difficult to choose one winner from each category. The tie-breaking factor in each case came down to the level of student engagement. The winners of each of these challenges will be awarded 3 Premium EDU accounts to give to teachers at their school. Congratulations to Laura Moore, Christi Collins and Patricia Merlino! Many thanks to everyone who submitted an image.

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Valentine Cards with notes, pictures, music, and video

When you spend a good couple of hours crafting Valentine cards with a six-year old, and see how they come up with well-thought and apparently accurate complimens for each of their classmates (“You are funny Adam”, “You are kind Tommy”, “You are the best in school Samuel”), you suddenly remember what great Valentines greetings are all about.   Instead of just sending a card with a picture of a heart, it’s about saying something meaningful about the other person in a way that brings a big smile to their face.

We at ThingLink are doing two things for this Valentine’s Day: First, we are updating our icons selector with a red heart,  and second, we are challenging you to use it and say good things about each other!

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Here are ideas of what to add to your greeting:

1- Text: Add friendly notes why you think this person is awesome

2- Picture: Add pictures or fun things you have done together this year

3 – Music: Add a song you want to dedicate to this person

Example: Here is my Valentine’s note to our new customer support specialist Rachel who just joined our Palo Alto team on Monday. We think Rachel is so awesome and hope you will get to meet her soon too!

 

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2015 Australian Open combines images, video, audio, and social media in sports photography

The Australian Open Tennis Championship used ThingLink throughout the 2015 tournament to cover various matches with interactive image recaps. Tennis fans were able to interact with and unlock content like never before.

Turning sports images into a media rich experience

What we find especially interesting here, is the creative combination of images, video, audio, and social media in sports photography. In the images below you will find:

1.  audioBoom audio clips featuring commentator match clips and post game interviews

2. YouTube video highlights of the tournament,

3. Social media: Instagram photos and live tweets from during his match. 

Explore more from the Australian Open, ThingLink and audioBoom:

Stan into semis featuring clips from audioBoom, Instagram photos, and live tweets of Stan Wawrinka’s loss to Kei Nishikori.

Sounds of the Women’s Final featuring clips from audioBoom – Serena Williams wins her sixth Australian Open title against Maria Sharapova

Sounds of the Men’s Final featuring clips from audioBoom – Top ranked Novak Djokovic wins his fifth Australian Open title against Andy Murray

SOURCE: 2015 Australian Tennis Open Official Website

3 tips for sports journalists

1. Images are a great communication platforms for journalists and live reporters. If you are reporting about a sports event, give your images and videos a voice with audioBoom or SoundCloud playercard tags.

2. Curate multiple pieces of media content into your images and make the image a window to the whole event and related content.

3. Sports fans love the extras. Use ThingLink to deliver your readers another way to unlock content about their favorite players and teams.

Interested in learning more?  Sign up today at thinglink.com!

 

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Fast Company: ThingLink Featured In The Grammys’ Social Media Strategy

For a company that has been around for 57 years, finding new ways to grow in the social media is a continuous challenge.

“Every single year social media has changed and it’s up to us to set a new bar when it comes to social media and live events,” tells the Recording Academy CMO, Evan Greene for Fast Company. “We are at a point where text tweets aren’t enough to engage audiences anymore, there needs to be photos, GIFs, videos, and more.”

This week’s issue of Fast Company features The Grammys impressive social media strategy that creatively combines seven social media services: Shazam, Snapchat, Tumblr, ThingLink, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

We at ThingLink are very excited to help The Grammys bring a richer experience to music fans worldwide by curated media posters including pictures and interviews of the nominees,  videos of past performances, and newsworthy facts.

Learn more about the 57th Grammy Awards by exploring the three interactive posters below: The Best Rap Performance, The Best Dance/Electronic Album, and The Best Country Album.

Interested in a media partnership with ThingLink? Drop us a line at social@thinglink.com.

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Unpacking Tech & Engineering for a New Creative Challenge

In February we promised to launch our next Creative Challenge focusing on Technology and Engineering. This is part of a bigger effort to curate content related to the disciplines involved in STEAM and also to  demonstrate amazing ways to use ThingLink by sharing the work of our education community members.

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The Vancouver Canucks use ThingLink to increase fan engagement

In celebration of star player Daniel Sedin’s 1000th NHL game, the Vancouver Canucks in tandem with Tony Harris, the official artist of the NHL Player’s Association, crafted a stunning painting — “The Daniel”.

Using ThingLink, the Canucks adapted this physical piece of art into a digitally interactive guide for fans to unlock extra content, including:

1) A time lapse Vine video of the painting being created

2) Text and image annotations depicting Tony’s motivation for specific details

3) A YouTube video of Daniel receiving “The Daniel” during the pre-game ceremony

4) Links to other works by Tony Harris

The results are in the numbers: viewers engaged with at least six tags, spent an average of 25 seconds on the image, and 45% of total viewers clicked on at least one link!

SOURCE: Vancouver Canucks Official Website

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