Join Us for a VR Bootcamp in your Backyard!

We are excited about bringing VR in the Classroom Bootcamps to several locations across the US this fall. We’re looking for opportunities to connect with coaches, leaders, and innovative educators throughout our travels. We invite you to come out and work with us when a VR in the Classroom Bootcamp is scheduled in your backyard, OR contact us to host a Bootcamp of your own.

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New feature: Upload Your Own Sound Recordings (or other audio files) to ThingLink Images!


Starting today, ThingLink PRO and PREMIUM users can upload MP3 and M4A audio files directly into ThingLink tags. This means you have another cool way to make your images truly engaging with narration, interviews, nature sounds, music, or sound effects. The audio files will autoplay on mouseover.


How to create Audio Tags

Creating Audio Tags is as easy as creating your standard image tag. Click to create your tag, then in the tag editor, click the Upload Audio button. Select an MP3 or M4A file from your computer to upload and you’re ready to listen! Audio tags will autoplay when opened, so you can also add an image and text, and let the audio play in the background.

Ways to Use Audio Tags

Audio tags are great for adding narration, nature sounds, interviews, your own music, or editorial comments that give context or create a special ambiance for your image.

Here, an audio file from NASA takes this image from purely visual to a multi-sensory experience. The audio also increases the time the viewer spends on the tag as they listen to the clip instead of just glancing at the image.

In this 360 image, the creator narrates the text in each tag. Not only does this create a more rich experience, it results in a more accessible image that can be enjoyed by those who may not be able to read the text. For teachers, this is a great way to encourage your students to create in many mediums.

Try it Out

Ready to test it out? Here’s a project to help you get started with audio tags. Make sure that you have one of our paid plans to access this feature.

Introducing Your Class

In this project, we’ll be using ThingLink and audio tags to provide a brief introduction to your class.

To start, upload a background image that represents your subject. I’d just suggest an image of your classroom or school.

Now, record a few audio clips that will help give the space context. I suggest using Sound Recorder on a PC or Quicktime on a Mac. If you have an iPhone, you can use Voice Memos, and send them to your email.  Here are some prompts to help you come up with some audio clips:

  • Why did you get started in teaching?
  • Explain the space around you. What can we see in this image?
  • Where is this space located? If someone wanted to visit your school, how can they?
  • What do you teach? Tell us all about your subject.

Back on your image, click to add a new tag. In the icon selector choose the play button, audio symbol, or microphone so viewers receive a visual prompt to what they’re unlocking. Now, use the Upload Audio button to add one of your clips. If you want, add an image and text as well to give your audio a label.

If you’d like to add a sound you can’t record yourself, try searching They host thousands of audio clips sourced from members that you can download and add. Find anything from the wind in the trees, to a helicopter whirring, to the sound of a barbecue being opened.

Now that you’ve learned all about audio tags it’s time to get started! If you don’t yet have the feature you can purchase a plan that includes it here. If you want to learn more about how to use this and all our other features, schedule a demo with a ThingLink expert. Happy Tagging!



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ThingLink VR Bootcamp is Coming to Hawaii!

We are pleased to offer another ThingLink VR Bootcamp at Mid-Pacific Institute in Hawaii! This event is open to all educators in the area and it will take place on December 1st, from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Many thanks to Brian Grantham at Mid-Pacific Institute for reaching out to offer the use of a training space. We look forward to being able to work with Brian and innovative educators in Hawaii.

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ThingLink Bootcamp is Coming to New Hampshire!

We are pleased to offer our second ThingLink VR Bootcamp in North Sutton, New Hampshire! This event is open to all educators in the area and it will take place on Friday, November 4th, from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Many thanks to Laurie Prewandowski at Kearsarge Middle School for reaching out to offer the use of a training space. We look forward to being able to work with Laurie and innovative educators in the area.

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ThingLink VR Bootcamp is Coming to Chino Valley!

We are pleased to offer our first ThingLink VR Bootcamp in Chino Valley, California! This event is open to all educators in the area and it will take place on Wednesday, October 26th, from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Many thanks to the forward thinking team of John Burns and Carl Hampton at Chino Valley High School for reaching out to offer the use of a training space in the district’s Adult School facility. We look forward to being able to work with innovative educators in the area.

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Look Around! A Learning Framework for VR

This post was originally published by Mona Voelkel on Literacy Studio. We are pleased to introduce our audience to Mona's work and excited to welcome Mona to our team of ThingLink Certified Educators.


I was very excited and honored that my VR lesson was included in a “Getting Smart” article, “3 Ideas for Using Virtual Reality with Place Based Ed”  by Emily Liebtag.

This article touched on the use of VR before and after trips to actual destinations but the same thinking can be applied to a completely virtual learning cycle.  Trips to grand locations are not always possible in reality but much can be learned by “visiting” these places virtually.

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ThingLink VR Bootcamp is Here!

An increasing number of educators are interested in including ThingLink and the new 360 photo editor for VR in their toolkits. We recognize the value and importance of providing busy educators with professional development to effectively incorporate new tools and teaching practices into instruction, and we are pleased to launch ThingLink 360/VR Bootcamp for Educators!

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Become a ThingLink Certified Educator in 3 Steps

An increasing number of schools are interested in including ThingLink and the new 360 photo editor for VR in their toolkits. This is an exciting time for us and we recognize the need to build a very strong and talented team of experts who can help us grow. We are excited to announce the new ThingLink Certified Educators Program. If you love ThingLink and would like to be part of this team, we invite you to complete the 3 step process.

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5 Reasons to go Back-to-School with ThingLink

Throughout the summer, teachers have been busy piloting the use of ThingLink 360/VR to explore great ways to use our newest tool in the classroom. We’re excited about the possibilities that exist for engaging students in learning like never before. To celebrate, we’re having a BACK2SCHOOL sale! Please consider 5 reasons to go back-to-school with ThingLink this fall.

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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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