We are pleased to announce a series of September webinars designed to help educators discover the power of using ThingLink EDU for teaching and learning. We hope you will join us for one or more of these free, online learning opportunities.

Descriptions

Build Your ThingLink Classroom: Tips & Tricks for Teachers

Are you making the most of the management features available in the ThingLink Classroom?

ThingLink EDU is packed full of features to help teachers efficiently manage a safe and secure online learning environment powered by ThingLink interactive images. This webinar is designed to provide busy teachers with an overview of the newest features and offer tips and tricks for seamlessly integrating ThingLink EDU into your own classroom. Spend less time figuring things out on your own and more time leveraging the power of ThingLink as a tool for teaching and learning.

In this webinar we explore ways to

  • Create student accounts and invite them to join multiple teachers’ classrooms.
  • Create and manage students groups for collaborative groupwork.
  • Use channels to create collections of images for sharing and publishing.
  • Create and use shared custom icons for a variety of useful purposes.
  • Take advantage of the full circle of flexible options across platforms and devices to support teaching and learning with ThingLink.

Of course, we will feature inspiring examples throughout the webinar and we will save plenty of time for questions from the audience. Sign up for Build Your ThingLink Classroom: Tips & Tricks for Teachers today!

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September 9th at 8:00 PM EST

September 11th at 7:00 PM EDT

ThingLink Interactive Image Slam

ThingLink EDU is a powerful digital learning platform that provides users with the ability to turn any image or video into a multimedia-rich interactive learning tool. Members of our rapidly growing ThingLink Community of Educators have discovered ways to use the tools for a variety of innovative uses across all content areas and grade levels. To share inspiring examples, we are pleased to introduce a unique type of webinar, known as the ThingLink Interactive Image Slam.

ThingLink Interactive Images Slams provide real educators in our community with an opportunity to share, highlight and discuss great ThingLink interactive images or video they have created and used with students of all ages. Discover the endless creative possibilities for enriching students’ enthusiasm for learning like never before through a unique webinar highlighting the work of our users and learn about how you can have a chance to grab the spotlight by signing up for a ThingLink Interactive Image Slam today.

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September 16th at 8:00 PM EDT

September 18th at 7:00 PM EDT

 

ThingLink for Powerful Professional Development

Are you looking for a way to increase audience engagement, maximize instructional time and improve the professional development sessions you facilitate?

ThingLink is an interactive image and video annotation tool that allows users to pack a lot of content into one small space, making it an excellent choice for use as an engaging resource to power professional development. The flexibility of ThingLink makes it appealing to a wide range of audience participants, since it can be used across content areas, grade levels and devices. Rich-media tag embedding combined with the ability to link to any content on the web allows presenters to design and facilitate interactive PD to meet the goals of any session.

Highlights of this webinar include

  • An brief overview of the SAMR model to help work with participants who are at different stages of tech integration.
  • Use of pre and post assessment tools to fine tune and evaluate instruction.
  • Use of ThingLink Interactive Video for self-paced learning, reteaching and challenge.
  • Use of rich-media tags and 3rd party web tools to promote active engagement throughout your session.
  • Examples of interactive images used to successfully facilitate PD.

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September 23rd at 8:00 PM EDT

September 25th at 7:00 PM EDT

 

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As educators head back to school and summer comes to a close, it’s time to formally wrap up this round of the ThingLink Teacher Challenge. We realize some of you are still working your way through this self-paced challenge and we encourage you to continue to create and collaborate.  But it is time to put an end to new sign ups at this point.

Resources for Use

The challenges will remain on the ThingLink Blog for anyone who wants to go work through them. In fact, we encourage you to use the challenges yourself and encourage you to use the resources during your own professional development offerings. For this reason, you’ll find a channel of challenges to help you navigate your way through the activities and use them with others.

Thank You

The experience of bringing together our group through a common learning goal this summer has been truly amazing and I have personally enjoyed it tremendously. I’d like to thank every participant for sharing your talents, expertise and time with us this summer. Communication across the group was very strong and I truly believe that the collaboration among this diverse group of educators played a critical role in the success of the ThingLink Teacher Challenge. Personally, I learned a lot from each of you this summer! Badges and certificates to recognize your hard work are on their way to your in box.

Reflections to Expand Your Thinking

As a passionate blogger, I recognize the power of blogging as a tool for self-reflection and growth. Throughout the challenge, several participants have published  thoughtful a blog posts to share their personal experiences and illustrate powerful connections to their own learning.  Here are a few posts that are sure to inspire!

Can ThingLink Turn Bloom’s Taxonomy Upside Down?  by Azhar Youssef

What’s Your Challenge by Sue Fitzgerald

10 Weeks of Professional Development You Can “Touch”, by Dan Gallagher

ThingLink Challenge: ESL Students Research Concepts, by Ann Rooney

ThingLink Teacher Challenge 2014, by Laura Moore

ThingLink Teacher Challenge 2014, by Khalid Nafil

Playing with “V” Vocabulary Words, by Ms. Mara

ThingLink for Interactive Books, by Alexandra Duarte

Tech Adventures in a Middle School Math Class, by Caryn Trautz

More Professional Development Opportunities

As teachers, we are all well aware  that we get better over time. The first time you introduce a ThingLink powered learning activity in your classroom, you might find yourself in need of classroom management or workflow solutions you never imagined. To support our community of educators, ThingLink will be moving forward with a series of webinars in September designed to help you maximize instructional time and reach your teaching goals as you build your ThingLink classroom. And of course, we have more ideas brewing to support our Professional Learning Community. If you would like to receive email alerts to upcoming professional development, please join our mailing list.

 

 

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We are pleased to provide our audience with an archived version of our first ThingLink webinar, Transform Teaching and Learning with ThingLink. Feel free to view the webinar  yourself and share it with others who want to learn more about ThingLink.

Webinar Overview

  • What is ThingLink EDU?
  • Ways to use ThingLink in the classroom
  • Get Started with ThingLink EDU
  • New: ThingLink EDU Premium & ThingLink for Video Preview
  • Get inspired with ideas and resources from the ThingLink Teacher Challenge

Promo Code

As a special thank you to viewers, we are offering a promo code for use towards the purchase of our new ThingLink EDU Premium account.

We will be offering a full lineup of webinars over the course of the next few months to help educators leverage the power of using ThingLink as a 21st Century tool for teaching and learning. Stay tuned to this blog for announcements and please follow us on Twitter. @ThingLink_EDU.

 

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This is the 10th and final post in the ThingLink Teacher Challenge series. Please Tweet and share through social media with the hashtag #TLChallenge. Feel free to repost any of the challenges on your own blog.

Week 10: Collect, Curate and Share

Throughout the summer participants have been working hard each week to create interactive images for the ThingLink Teacher Challenge. Each week’s challenge presented new ways to use ThingLink to design student learning experiences that transform teaching and learning. After the first challenge or two, the focus shifted from the “how to” to the “why” as we explored possibilities that exist and aligned our images to support  best teaching practices.

The images create for the challenge are utterly amazing! Collectively we have created hundreds of images so far, and more images continue to be created and shared each day since this is a self-paced challenge. With so many teaching resources and ideas generated, this is a good time to collect and curate resources created by participants.

Explore Our Image Collections and Curate Content

You are encouraged to take the time to explore the images created by others, curate them and reuse them with your own students. There’s no need to reinvent the wheel with all of these examples at hand. That’s the beauty of this PLN. Here are some ideas for creating your own collection of useful images.

  • Create a channel of ThingLink images by topic and use them as launchers throughout the school year.
  • Create one or more Padlets of resources related to topics you teach.
  • Create a LiveBinder of resources.
  • Create one or more Pinterest Boards.
  • Create collections on EduClipper.

Blogging About the ThingLink Teacher Challenge

Throughout the challenge, many participants have written thoughtful blog posts about the challenge. View a collection of posts on the Padlet below, and please contribute your own.

Parting Thoughts

As the facilitator of this challenge I have been extremely impressed by the contributions of the individual teachers to the whole group. We’ve learned so much from each other and it’s been a lot of fun!  Thank you for sharing yourselves and your expertise with us. I am very excited to have added so many innovative educators to my own PLN and look forward to seeing what you do with ThingLink throughout the year.

 

 

 

 

 

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Are you looking for a user friendly and flexible tool to help you easily create engaging multimedia rich content to redefine teaching and learning? Are you interested in using technology to meet the personal learning needs of the students in your classroom? We invite you to attend our free webinar and explore the powerful possibilities that exist with ThingLink EDU. 

ThingLink EDU is a digital tool that provides users with the ability to turn any image or video into a multimedia rich interactive learning tool. Start with an image or start with a video. Annotate it with audio, video, images and links to any content on the Internet with the click of a button. 

Please join us for a free webinar on August 18th at 4:00PM CST as we explore inspiring examples and easy-to-follow instructions to help you transform teaching and redefine learning with ThingLink. 

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Week 9: Create a Portfolio Channel or Image

Objective

In this activity you will do one of the following:

  • Assemble a channel of interactive images you created for the ThingLink Teacher Challenge to serve as a portfolio of the amazing examples you created this summer. (Premium Users)
  • Create one interactive image for use as a launcher to all of the images you have created during the challenge. (Free Users)

Overview

In this activity you will explore the use of ThingLink Channels as a tool for assembling albums of content by collecting and curating the images you created for the ThingLink Teacher Challenge. If you don’t have a premium account, you can simply create one interactive image to launch all of the content created during the challenge. 

Rationale

You’ve worked hard all summer and now it’s time to assemble resources to showcase the work you have created. Using ThingLink Channels yourself will help you understand how they can be used by students to create collections, books or portfolios for assessment. There are a few tricks to working with channels and you will discover them when you create one yourself.

What’s a Channel?

Teachers and students can create collections of work with an exciting feature known as ThingLink Channels. All users can create and view channels; however, only premium users can publish them.

ThingLink Channels provide users with the ability to organize images into embeddable interactive albums with the click of a button. Teachers and students have the flexibility to build channels that are connected to learning goals and compliment classroom routines. Channels provide teachers and student with many opportunities for extending the learning.

Example: My Portfolio Channel

In this example I created a collage of the images I created for the ThingLink Teacher Challenge  for use as a cover page. I used BigHugeLabs Mosaic Maker to easily create a collage, but there are many options for creating collages. Create one from scratch or use your favorite digital tool or app.If you are creating on an iPad, you might want to try Pic Collage, one of my favorite simple apps.

If you have a free account, you can simply create a cover page and publish it.

Example

In this example Laura Moore created a launcher by linking each week’s challenge to this one page.

Classroom Connections and Modifications

  1. Ask students to create portfolios of work within your classroom throughout the year. The portfolio can include more than ThingLink images, just take a snapshot of any digital work and tag it to link to a project. Teachers can add tags to students’ images created within the classroom, which could be useful for providing feedback.
  2. Create a channel to tell a digital story.
  3. Create a channel of interactive images to launch a project. Include directions and examples.
  4. Create a channel for use as a presentation, as an alternative to a traditional slideshow.

Challenge: Directions at a Glance

Important Notes:

  • If you do not have a premium EDU account, you will not be able to publish your channel of images. For this reason, you might want to create one image with links to your content and publish that on the Padlet instead.
  • You can not reorder images in a channel at this time, so make sure to add images in the order you want them to be.
  • Channels hold up to 10 interactive images.
  • There is no option to add your ThingLink for Video to a channel at this time. If you want to include your video in your portfolio, take a snapshot of it, then upload the snapshot to ThingLink as an image and add a tag to your video. View example. You can also chose to skip this step and simply create a link to your video somewhere within your portfolio.

Get Started

  1. Create a simple  image to be used as a cover page for your channel and  add it to your  ThingLink EDU account.
  2. Premium Users: Create a channel titled TLChallenge Portfolio. (See interactive directions below.)

Add Images to Channel (Skip this part if you are not a premium user)

  1. Open the cover page you created.
  2. Click on the words below the image, “Add to Channel”.
  3. Open the “How To” image you created and click on the words below it to “Add to Channel”
  4. Repeat to add each of the images you created to the Channel.

Add ThingLink to Padlet

You can add a ThingLink Channel to a Padlet by copying the link you find under Share Slideshow. If you are not a premium users, simply publish your interactive image on the Padlet.

  1. Go to Channels and select your portfolio channel.
  2. Click on View as Slideshow
  3. Click on Share Slideshow at the top of the screen.
  4. Copy the link.
  5. Open the Portfolios Padlet and add the link.

thingLink_to_padlet

Additional Help and Support

ThingLink Teacher Challenge at a Glance

Intro: 3 Reasons to Take the ThingLink Teacher Challenge

Week 1: Get Started

Week 2: Design Your Digital Self

Week 3: Digging Deeper Into Vocabulary

Week 4: Create an Interactive Map

Week 5: Flip It with ThingLink for Video

Week 6: ThingLink UnPlugged to Extend the Classroom Walls

Week 7:  Turn It Up with Sound

Week 8: Engage Students in Informed Decision Making

Explore our Showcase

View our showcase page and watch it grow!

Final Challenge

Explore and curate content created by other participants in the ThingLink Teacher Challenge to create a collection of resources.

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Week 8: 

Objective

In this activity you will

  • Create an interactive image  to collect informed  feedback.
  • Explore the use of  Polldaddy as a tool to collect feedback.
  • Use rich media tags to enhance your image.
  • Share and self-publish your image on our Padlet.

Overview

In this activity you will explore the use of an interactive image for informing and collecting feedback from an audience.

Rationale

With access to a multitude of online resources, students can learn to become informed decision makers and stakeholders in their own learning.  Use of online polls, surveys, and digital tools for collecting feedback can turn passive observers into active participants. Perhaps John Dewey said it best…

“The essence of the demand for freedom is the need of conditions which will enable an individual to make his own special contribution to a group interest, and to partake of its activities in such ways that social guidance shall be a matter of his own mental attitude, and not a mere authoritative dictation of his acts.”

- John Dewey
Democracy and Education

Example: One School, One Book

Here is an example of using ThingLink to help a school community choose a common book for a One School, One Book project. The image uses multimedia and text to inform voters before utilizing Polldaddy to capture the vote. The image is useful for collecting input from community members of any age because it has built in multimedia supports.

Classroom Connections and Modifications

  1. Create a bookshelf of books read independently by students. Use rich-media tags to include student created book reviews and use the interactive image as a library launcher to help students find books.
  2. Create an image with choices for student group projects of any kind. Use rich-media tags to share project examples, and add a poll to organize students by group.

Challenge: Directions at a Glance

  1. Create an image and add it to your  ThingLink EDU account.
  2. Add rRich Media Tags to enhance your image using a variety of multimedia to support diverse learning needs.
  3. Sign up for a free Polldaddy account.
  4. Create a poll on Polldaddy and add a rich-media tag.
  5. Add your finished interactive image to the Padlet, (Directions below)
  6. Share and submit interactive to the ThingLink Challenge.

Add ThingLink to Padlet

Use of a Padlet is a easy way to collect ThingLink Interactive images. Anyone can add a ThingLink to a Padlet easily without logging in. Try it yourself, then think of how easy it will be to ask students to turn in their own interactive images directly to the Padlet. These illustrated directions can also be found right on the Padlet, Take a Poll.

thingLink_to_padlet

Additional Help and Support

ThingLink Teacher Challenge at a Glance

Intro: 3 Reasons to Take the ThingLink Teacher Challenge

Week 1: Get Started

Week 2: Design Your Digital Self

Week 3: Digging Deeper Into Vocabulary

Week 4: Create an Interactive Map

Week 5: Flip It with ThingLink for Video

Week 6: ThingLink UnPlugged to Extend the Classroom Walls

Week 7:  Turn It Up with Sound

Explore our Showcase

View our showcase page and watch it grow!

Next Week’s Challenge

Create a Portfolio Channel of Images from the TL Challenge.

 

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Week 7: Turn it Up a Notch with Sound from Audioboo

Objective

In this activity you will

  • Sign up for a free Audioboo account and download Audioboo mobile for iOS.
  • Create an interactive image that is enhance through the use of sound.
  • Learn about Universal Design for Learning.
  • Design a learning experience with built-in supports for all learners.
  • Share and self-publish  your ThingLink on our Padlet, Turn it Up with Sound.

Overview

In this activity you will explore the use of sound to create an interactive image enhanced by audio. You will reflect on ways to design lessons to support the unique learning needs of all students, and discover the possibilities that exist for embracing audio. Grab your iPad or iPhone and capture sound on the go with the Audioboo app, or  record something more formal from your laptop. It’s time to tap into sound.

Rationale

ThingLink is a multimedia rich and flexible tool can be used to support the diverse learning needs of all students, putting power in the hands of the facilitator of a well designed lesson. So let’s focus a bit on designing lessons from the start that are equipped with built-support and designed for success. 

Universal Design for Learning supports the idea of designing lessons from the start that are equipped with support for all learners to overcome learning barriers and to meet their diverse learning needs.

Watch Interactive Video

 

Example: Apollo 11

I used very short snippets of public domain audio from NASA for the audio on this image. It’s important to be mindful of copyright rules and stay within acceptable use guidelines.

 

Example: created by Darren from Audioboo

 

Simple Example: Spanish Vocabulary Words

Classroom Connections and Modifications

Perhaps the best thing about recording and easily tagging an image with audio is the ability to capture those beautiful student voices. Here are just a few ideas:

  1. Enrich an illustration or collage with student narrated original piece of writing.
  2. Create a comic strip and ask students to record the dialogue.
  3. Create a poster about a famous person or event  and record quotes in students’ voices.
  4. Create and record original music.
  5. Enrich images with recorded oral histories.
  6. Facilitate a group project with audio book reports, book reviews, book ttrailers, comments and more.
  7. Explore resources available in Audioboo to create your own sound enhanced interactive image.

Challenge: Directions at a Glance

  1. Add an image to your ThingLink EDU account.
  2. Add rich media tags with Audioboo sound to enhance image. (Directions below)
  3. Add multimedia supports to meet diverse learning needs. Consider including video, images, text at differentiated levels, and simulations if possible.
  4. Add your finished interactive image to the Padlet, Turn it Up with Sound.  Directions below)

Get Started with Audioboo

  1. Sign up for Audioboo with your email address or their twitter credentials.  
  2. Download the iOS app from the iTunes store if you wish.
  3. Record audio and copy the web address at the top of the page.
  4. Create a rich media tag on your interactive image and paste the URL from Audioboo into the tag editor.
  5. Remember to use proper attribution.
Audioboo

Add ThingLink to Padlet

Use of a Padlet is a easy way to collect ThingLink Interactive images. Anyone can add a ThingLink to a Padlet easily without logging in. Try it yourself, then think of how easy it will be to ask students to turn in their own interactive images directly to the Padlet. These illustrated directions can also be found right on the Padlet, Turn it Up with Sound.

thingLink_to_padlet

Additional Help and Support

ThingLink Teacher Challenge at a Glance

Intro: 3 Reasons to Take the ThingLink Teacher Challenge

Week 1: Get Started

Week 2: Design Your Digital Self

Week 3: Digging Deeper Into Vocabulary

Week 4: Create an Interactive Map

Week 5: Flip It with ThingLink for Video

Week 6: ThingLink UnPlugged to Extend the Classroom Walls

Explore our Showcase

View our showcase page and watch it grow!

Next Week’s Challenge

 

 

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This is the 6th post in the ThingLink Teacher Challenge series. Participants can join the challenge at any time by signing up.  After you sign up, you will receive an email invitation from ThingLink. View a list of all posts in this series at the bottom of each weekly challenge. Please visit our showcase page.

Please Tweet and share through social media with the hashtag #TLChallenge. Feel free to repost any of the challenges on your own blog and be sure to invite your friends and colleagues to participate.

Week 6: ThingLink Unplugged

Objective

In this activity you will

  • Download ThingLink mobile for iOS or Android and login with your teacher account.
  • Go outside and take pictures with your mobile device to create an interactive image on the go.
  • Share and publish your simple image on a Padlet yourself.

field_trip

 

Overview

In this activity you will explore the use of the ThingLink App and a mobile device to capture and share life on the go as it happens without an Internet connection. Then when you reconnect you will publish the image yourself on a Padlet wall. This week’s goal is to enjoy and experience ThingLink’s  flexible options and use whatever device is handy at the moment to embrace learning opportunities outside of  the classroom walls.

Rationale

ThingLink is an amazing tool for teaching and learning that is supported across platforms. This flexibility provides teachers and students with a variety of options to extend the learning beyond the classroom walls. The recent addition of the Android app, along with the existing iOS app and web based platform, completes the full circle of possibilities for creating and learning with interactive images.

When you get away from an Internet connection you can create content with the mobile app and store it locally on your individual device. Take a photo and tag it with another photo. Create a video interview right there, or simply annotate and record ideas through text. Think of it as an interactive notebook. 

There are many ways to engage students in  learning experiences that extends the walls of the classroom by going off the grid with ThingLink mobile and a handy device. Allow students to bring their own devices when they explore the world to encourage active participation and help them engage and connect with the learning in front of them. Students will discover new ways to mix up  their worlds and make it  personally meaningful. 

Examples

What is this tree?

created by by Ulla Engestrom and her children. Ulla is the Founder and CEO of ThingLink.

 

Allie’s Inquiry Unit

Created by Allie Herke

Interesting Plans and Animals

created by Amelia Hill

Simple Challenge: Directions at a Glance

  1. Make sure you have a ThingLink for Education account before working with the app.
  2. Download the app. fromLogin to the app on your mobile device with your ThingLink for Education login.
    1. Apps Store for iOS
    2. Google Play for Android.
  3. Go outside or away from an Internet connection and take pictures with your camera phone or tablet.
  4. Open ThingLink and choose a picture from your gallery.
  5. Tap the picture to tag image with a note or a question.
  6. Tap the picture and choose Add Media to add another image on top of  your image.Click Next to share to ThingLink.
    1. Take a closeup image of flower or leaves and add it to a picture of the whole plant.
    2. Tap the image to add a Text question

 

Add Your Interactive Image to Padlet

Use of a Padlet is a easy way to collect ThingLink Interactive images. Anyone can add a ThingLink to a Padlet easily without logging in. Try it yourself, then think of how easy it will be to ask students to turn in their own interactive images directly to the Padlet. Of course, do this part after you reconnect to the Internet, since Padlet is a free online tool.

thingLink_to_padlet

Try It on Padlet

Here is an embedded version of  the wall. To contribute your own image, go to the wall, ThingLink Uplugged . The directions pictured above are also available for handy access right on the Padlet. 

  1. Select the Share icon on your image.
  2. Copy the link that appears.
  3. Go to Padlet and double tap to get a note. Type a title.
  4. Click on the link icon and paste the link into the box.

 

Classroom Connections and Modifications

Bring ThingLink Mobile on a Field Trip

Additional Help and Support

ThingLink Teacher Challenge at a Glance

Explore our Showcase

View our showcase page and watch it grow!

Next Week’s Challenge

Creatively Use Audio to Kickit it Up a Notch

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Please Tweet and share through social media with the hashtag #TLChallenge. Feel free to repost any of the challenges on your own blog and be sure to invite your friends and colleagues to participate.

Week 5:  Create a Flipped Lesson

Objective

In this activity you will

  1. Find or create a video for independent instruction.

  2. Add your video to ThingLink For Video
  3. Tag the video with resources to enhance your independent lesson and build in accountability.

  4. Share your video by submitting the link through the Submit Link Form

Overview

In this activity you will use the new ThingLink for Video tool to create a lesson that can be used independently, outside of class, to prepare students for work that will be completed in class.

Rationale

Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams are a couple of innovative teachers who have developed an approach to teaching and learning known as The Flipped Classroom, which supports the idea of teachers as learning coaches. 

At it’s most basic level, The Flipped Classroom approach means front loading the learning and assigning the  prep work as homework in order for students to come to class prepared to use it. This means the classroom  becomes a place for collaboration, critical thinking, creativity and communication where the teacher serves as a facilitator who interacts with students, assesses them, and spontaneously pulls together groups for reteaching and challenge. The Flipped Classroom is a place where students are actively engaged in applying the learning and it is noisy and unpredictable. Worksheets as homework become obsolete and students no longer sit in the classroom listening to lectures. Essentially, The Flipped Classroom is a place where “the teachable moment” comes alive. 

While it does take a considerable amount of effort and dedication to truly facilitate a Flipped Classroom environment, teachers can test the waters by utilizing mini lessons, known as Flip Packs, to maximize instructional time. ThingLink For Video is a tool that is well-suited for the task.

Example

In this example I started with my own screencast, created with Screencast-o-Matic, a free online screen recorder. You can create your own video like I did and upload it to YouTube, or you can certainly start with an existing video from YouTube. Work at a level that you are comfortable with, and remember to keep it simple and fun the first time.

 

How To Create an Interactive Video

Note: Early access to ThingLink for video must be requested.  Get Early Access.

 

Classroom Connections and Modifications

  1. Start with an existing YouTube video and add tags with your own resources to add focus to the instruction. Add an exit ticket for accountability.
  2. Use video to introduce a task task, such as Common Core Writing, and add tags with samples for students to explore.
  3. Videotape a student performing a task, such as singing, upload it to YouTube and use ThingLink For Video to add reflections, comments or suggestions to critique the performance.

 

Additional Help and Support

ThingLink Teacher Challenge at a Glance

Showcase of Examples from Participants

Explore this channel of examples and watch it grow!

Next Week’s Challenge

Extend the Walls of the Classroom with the ThingLink App.

Take the Week 6 Challenge:  ThingLink Unpluged

 

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