Innovation with ThingLink + Google Apps!

This week, passionate educators flocked to San Diego to attend the EdTechTeacher Innovation Summit. This EdTech event combined iPad PD with GAFE integration education, engaging educators across devices over the course of the exciting 3 days. 

At ThingLink EDU we believe one of the best ways to embrace EDU innovation is to combine the power of ThingLink + Google Docs, so we brought that to the EdTechTeacher Innovation SummitCombining these tools allows educators to design powerful student driven learning experiences that include assessment and differentiation. Use of interactive images can help promote visual literacy and encourage writing skills that require students to write clear and concise summaries of information. Best of all, to create a ThingLink, users construct knowledge as they create. Anyone who has ever created a ThingLink will tell you they certainly learned a lot by creating one. Simply, creating a ThingLink makes you smarter!

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ThingLink joins Active Learning Alliance to develop future learning environments

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Active Learning Alliance is a group of companies aiming to develop new kinds of holistic learning solutions for educational institutions in change. The members of the alliance work together to create customized services combining physical space, virtual space, as well as supporting technologies and materials in an environment that encourages creative problem solving and collaboration. Founders of Active Learning Alliance include Samsung Electronics, Isku Interior Oy, and Edutukku Oy. Product and service providers include Qroom Oy, Seppo.io, ThingLink, Treston, eOppi, Samsung Service and Beiz.

Key to collaboration is the concept of a “Learning Lab”, a physical space where member companies develop and test new services for active learning. In 2016 Active Learning Alliance is planning to open and operate a Learning Lab in seven cities in Finland: Espoo, Lahti, Tampere, Turku, Jyväskylä, Kuopio and Oulu. Located at the facilities of Isku Interiors, Learning Labs also work as meeting, conference and co-working spaces for the member organisations and their clients.

The same way learners in today’s schools construct knowledge for themselves, and combine different kinds of resources from different sources, developers of learning solutions also need to collaborate and learn from each other. We are inspired to be a member of the Active Learning Alliance and look forward to creating engaging demos about new digital learning environments in 2016!

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More information: education@thinglink.com

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2016 Greeting to Educators from ThingLink

The year 2016 will bring exciting new things to ThingLink users in education. At the same time as we are working to make it easier to create and share interactive images and videos among teachers and students, we will start offering new interactive resources for teaching and learning.  Here is an overview of what to expect this year!

1. Easy creation 

Creating interactive images is going to take a big leap forward with a whole new set of improvements. Teachers and students with a Premium Education account will be able to use animated icons and easily modify the layout of a tag. We are also looking into enabling suggested tags, and making it easier for students to search and link relevant content related to their images.

2. NEW: Sound recording for ThingLink iOS app

Great news for everyone who uses ThingLink for creating books and documenting projects: ThingLink iOS app will make it easy to add sounds to images using the phone microphone or the existing sound library.  This opens new possibilities for engaging projects with students from kindergarden to middle school!

3. NEW: Interactive lesson plans 

This spring we will be piloting the use of lesson plans with ready-made interactive images and video, made available to our EDU Premium users. These standards-aligned activities will be packed with multimedia and designed to engage students in learning like never before. Stay tuned to the ThingLink Blog for Education for news about this exciting journey as our pilot unfolds.

4. NEW: Interactive virtual reality tours

Virtual Reality videos offer students a unique way to explore distant locations, environments, and events without leaving the classroom. These videos can contain clickable  notes and links — just like images and videos today on thinglink.com! During the spring ThingLink will visit events and schools to showcase the possibilities of interactive virtual reality for teaching and learning.

5. Our Expert Educator program

We are always looking to connect with talented educators who are interested in joining our group of Expert Educators. This is a great opportunity to learn, share and grow within our professional learning community. It’s also very beneficial for verified educational organizations to have a ThingLink Expert Educator on staff. If you are an educator who loves to share your passion for ThingLink with others, we encourage you to view a quick slideshow  to learn more and apply to become an expert educator. You can also contact Susan@thinglink.com to start a conversation.

6. Activate ThingLink for your whole school

A ThingLink Verified Organization account makes it easy to onboard all your students and teachers, access everyone’s work, and manage accounts. The price for premium upgrade is based on the number of students in your school and is discounted from the individual rate.  Contact us for more information and a quote!


 

Do you have questions about any of the above material? Please get in touch with our team and we will get back to you right away.  Contact us.

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3 Ways to Embrace ThingLink EDU in the New Year

Happy New Year to All!

ThingLink EDU has continued to grow in 2015 to include more than 1,000,000 edu users. Along the way we’ve developed some pretty great ways to use our amazing tool to transform teaching and learning. Please explore 3 Ways to Embrace ThingLink EDU in the New Year. We hope you will get inspired to try one of these ideas in the classroom this year!

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Happy Holidays ThingLink Style!

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ThingLink Live & On Demand

Many years ago I began building a digital toolkit of resources for using technology as a tool for differentiated learning. Fortunately, that was also the time I was exploring the powerful possibilities of using ThingLink as a tool for teaching and learning. My toolkit quickly grew into a powerful interactive model that has remained current and useful over time. During our next session of ThingLink Live & On Demand,  I will be sharing this digital toolkit of resources and strategies to help educators design personalized learning experiences that effectively incorporate digital differentiation. Please join us at live at 7:00 PM EDT or Sign Up to receive the archived version in your in box.

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4 Ways to Tell Digital Stories with ThingLink EDU

Every image has a story – and you can help those images come to life and tell deeper stories with ThingLink EDU.

Authors of all ages can use ThingLink to tell engaging digital stories by easily adding an interactive layer to images and videos. Just add an icon to annotate an image or video with embedded rich media to provide readers with opportunities to explore information, listen to songs, watch videos, or answer polls without leaving the page. Authors can turn multiple interactive images into books that are sure to meet the diverse needs of all learners. Explore the powerful possibilities of digital storytelling with ThingLink EDU.

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Tonight’s Webinar – Digital Storytelling with ThingLink

Every image has a story – and you can help those images come to life and tell deeper stories with ThingLink. Join us as we demonstrates how authors of all ages can use ThingLink to tell engaging digital stories by easily adding an interactive layer to images and videos. When a reader moves their mouse over images or videos annotated with ThingLink, they can explore additional information, listen to songs, watch videos, or answer polls without leaving the page. We will share how to create an interactive image, as well as how to turn multiple images into interactive image books that are sure to meet the diverse needs of all learners. Come explore the powerful possibilities of digital storytelling with ThingLink.

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This webinar will be broadcast live on Monday, 11/22 at 7:00 PM EST. Can’t make it?  Sign up to receive the archive in your in box. Explore the interactive image below to find links to all of the webinars in this series

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ThingLink Launches Corporate Creative Challenges with the #StayAmazing Campaign!

ThingLink, in partnership with Fairfield Inn & Suites, is pleased to announce the launch of Corporate Challenges, where users will have the opportunity to get creative for their favorite brands!

Visit the Fairfield Inn & Suites Challenge page and annotate any (or all!) of their four #StayAmazing storyboards with your “life hacks” for a chance to win a $450 gift card! Click to participate.

Interested in hosting your own Corporate Challenge? Contact us .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Building the Ultimate Word Wall

There is a wealth of research to suggest that vocabulary knowledge is the single best predictor of student academic achievement across all curriculum areas. Experts agree, if given the opportunity to receive effective vocabulary instruction, most students can acquire vocabulary at rates that will improve their comprehension and also their chances for success in school. Even the Common Core identifies Academic Vocabulary as one of the six big shifts. It’s clear that educators need to spend some time teaching it.

Digging deeper into vocabulary means more than just sending students to a dictionary to look up the definition. Students must interact with  new vocabulary.  Opportunities to use words, explore them within different contexts, and create non-linguistic representations of words will help them do more than just memorize them. ThingLink is well-suited for the task and to illustrate this we are Building the Ultimate Word Wall!

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