Certified Educator Spotlight: Experience Chicago with ThingLink 360/VR

Explore a Channel of  360/VR Images Created by ThingLink Certified Educators

 

ThingLink Certified Educator BadgeWe are pleased to kickoff Season II of our Friday Featured Guest Posts with a story by Andrea Poglayen, a ThingLink Certified Educator who works as a Technology Integrationist in Mundelein, IL.  We hope you enjoy learning about how she and her team transformed a  7th-grade project with ThingLink. 

“Using Thinglink has changed my curriculum.  Not only have I been able to create interactive lessons, my students and teachers have been able to use Thinglink as extensions of their learning to share with others.”

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Image of the Week: Understanding Perspective

Understanding perspectives & points of view can be challenging. Providing students a means to creatively capture the essence of perspective can unravel the meaning of it. Our image of the week comes to us from a ThingLink educator: Garth Holman.

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Shifting from Consumption to Creation at a ThingLink 360/VR Bootcamp

ThingLink 360/VR Bootcamps provide powerful professional development opportunities for educators interested in shifting student learning experiences from consumption to creation. Over the past year, we have facilitated many Bootcamps in locations across the US. The Bootcamps provide us with ongoing opportunities to connect with educators, gain valuable feedback and develop local expertise.

Registration is open for Bootcamps near St. Louis, MO and Boulder, CO this fall. We would love to meet educators in these regions to help you seamlessly integrating 360/VR into your instructional practices. Let’s take a closer look at the learning and pedagogy behind every ThingLink Bootcamp.

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Image of the Week: Tagging an Animated GIF

An animated GIF is a great way to show a process. Tagging the animation can enhance the learning/explaining of each step. Our image of the week comes to us from a talented ThingLink Certified Educator: Laura Moore.

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Image of the Week: Bringing Media to a Graphic Organizer

Sometimes a movie clip, an image, or an audio track can explain a point or idea better than our words. Graphic Organizers, on paper, can be limiting in this regard. Our image of the week comes to us from a great ThingLink educator: Brandi Argentar.

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360 Tours to Introduce Your School or Classroom

360 tours are a fantastic way to bring new students, parents, and community members into your school for a closer look. There’s no need to hire an expensive designer or photographer, just snap some pictures with your phone or an entry level 360 camera and upload to ThingLink.

Below, we’ve compiled some of the best examples of teachers, libraries, and schools that have created 360 virtual tours. Explore for inspiration and ideas!

Nelle Shean Junior High Media Center

via Nelle Shean Junior High

In this tour of the media center from Nelle Shean, students can find different reading sections and learn what the process is if they forget their iPad.

Mrs. Stumpf’s Classroom Tour

via Lisa Stumpf

New students can learn everything from what to do when they first walk into class, to where to find the week’s assignments, to the process for no-name homework. Mrs. Stumpf has done a fantastic job pointing out all the resources of note in her classroom, hopefully alleviating new class jitters for some students.

21st Century Cyber Charter School

via 21st CCCS

For an online school like 21st CCCS, a virtual tour of their offices may help students and parents feel more connected. A calendar tag is updated monthly to keep everyone up to date with what’s happening.

A. K. Smiley Public Library

via A. K. Smiley Public Library

Though we’re not in a school, this Library makes excellent use of transition tags to guide us from one room to another. We get to explore through video tours, written histories, slides showcasing the art, and a Google Maps tag to get us there. A combination of media types lets the viewer learn in as many ways as possible.


Tips and Tricks

  • Use many media types to give your viewers a rich virtual experience. A combination of videos, images, text, audio, and embeds keep them engaged and exploring.
  • Combine images from multiple rooms with transition tags. Additional spaces let your viewer getter a better sense of context and let them explore even more of your amazing space!
  • Add custom icons instead of the default transparent and image icons. Just click the blue circle in the editor to upload any image you want.
  • Click-through links in captions mean that students and parents don’t need to copy and paste to access your links. Learn how.

Ready to create your own tour? Try it out with a 14 day trial of Premium Education and start uploading.

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Image of the Week: Tagging Video with Tasks Engaging in Content

Engaging our students through video tagged with ThingLink, can be a way to introduce a topic and have them interact with content. Our image of the week comes to us from the amazing, Certified Educator: Christi Collins.

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Image of the Week: Celebrate Constitution Day

The Constitution of the United States was adopted on September 17, 1787, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Today, public schools incorporate celebrations of the history of the US Constitution. Our image of the week comes to us from the amazing, Certified Educator: Jodie Johnston.

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Image of the Week: Embedding 360/VR Images in a Map

Students are returning to the classrooms with the start of a new school year; some were fortunate to travel. As a teacher, part of our mission is to introduce students to a wider world view than what they may have seen.  One way to virtually introduce them to places we have traveled to is to embed 360 images into a standard ThingLink image of a map. Our image of the week comes to us from Juha Salminen.

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Image of the Week: Introduce your Classroom by having your Students Breakout

Many students are getting ready to come back to school; why not start by having them breakout of the classroom? One teacher introduces his students to their new learning environment in an engaging way! Our image of the week comes to us from Bradford Harris.

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