October is Connected Educator month and ThingLink is pleased to invite you to connect with a talented panel of EdTech guest experts to explore one of their very own ThingLink Interactive Images. Join Richard Byrne and Shelly Sanchez Terrell to learn about the powerful ways these amazing educators use ThingLink to transform teaching and learning!

About Our Panelists on 10/28

 

Richard Byrne @rmbyrne

Richard Byrne is the author of Free Technology for Teachers, a very popular EdTech blog that is read by an audience of more than 58,000 daily subscribers. Richard has written more than a dozen blog posts about ThingLink in the past few years and describes ThingLink as “One of my favorite tools for playing with media.” Richard often introduces ThingLink to educators to inspire them during professional development sessions. I found some samples of ways he inspired educators in the Mississippi Bend Area in Bettendorf, IA last summer and put together some samples from a Padlet created by the group on this interactive graphic. We can’t wait to be inspired by Richard during our live webinar on October 28th!  

 

Shelly Sanchez Terrell @ShellTerrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell helps teachers worldwide transform their online spaces into active playgrounds where students tap into the powerful potential of learning. She is the author of Teacher Reboot Camp and the 30 Goals Challenge. She supports and instructs thousands of teachers and students worldwide through the various online and face-to-face learning events she organizes and moderates. Shelly often uses ThingLink to introduce ideas and inspire educators during her professional development activities. Please explore this interactive image she created for the 30 Goals Challenge.  Shelly is sure to inspire the ThingLink Community of Educators during our webinar on October 28th.  

 

About ThingLink Interactive Image Slams

ThingLink Interactive Images Slams provide 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.

 

Join the Event

Join us live for this informal webinar on October 28th at 8:00 PM EDT, or sign up for the archive

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Meet a ThingLink Expert Educator

Today we are celebrating Jodie Johnston, a ThingLink Expert Educator. Jodie is a Curriculum Technology Specialist from Overland Park, Kansas who specializes in Web 2.0 Tools. Jodie is also the Edmodo Administrator in her school district and an Edmodo Certified Trainer. Connect with Jodie on Twitter. Please meet Jodie’s Digital self and follow her on Twitter @johnston_jodie.

 

Jodie is a member of an Education Technology Services Team that supports the Blue Valley School District by providing leadership, professional learning, and integrated technology support. These services help educators transform teaching and learning through the use of digital-age technologies and resources to increase student achievement and promote students’ abilities to learn effectively and live productively in an increasingly digital world.  ETS provides students and staff members with effective development, management, support, and implementation of instructional technology tools and resources to better manage and support student learning. Learn more about the Blue Valley School’s ETS Team and discover a wealth of teaching resources on the Educational Technology Team  site.

Community Types by Jodie Johnston

Jodie created this interactive image for the ThingLink Teacher Challenge this summer to introduce students to types of communities through  multimedia with an emphasis on vocabulary. Please explore Jodie’s interactive and find more teacher createcd ThingLink vocabulary activities on The Ultimate Word Wall.

Upcoming Presentations by Jodie Johnston

Jody loves to present and share her knowledge and expertise with other educators. She teaches workshops and provides training to educators in the Blue Valley School District and also at regional conferences.  Jodie is well-suited to being a ThingLink Expert Educator.

Thinglink and Video Thinklink are two of my favorite tools!  I always include them in any web 2.0 or app workshop I give. A must have tool for 5e and SAMR schools!

Here are some examples of the types of workshops Jodie offers.

Technology Tours (Web 2.0 Tools)

A hands on session to provide classroom instructors with experiences utilizing educational tools, digital resources and web 2.0 tools to supplement instructional activities and promote student learning.

Utilizing Audio Tools for Digital Projects 

Learn how to create QR codes with audio files, and create interactive Thinglink sites using audio. Participants will create classroom projects and learn how to personalize student work with real life examples.

iTeach Summit - App Smashing with the Thinglink App:

Think outside the box!  Learn to make interactive study tools that bring content alive.  Students can create amazing digital images to demonstrate their understanding of a topic.  We will use the following apps in this session:  Super Collage, Quizlet, Camera/Video, Educreations and Word Cloud.

Enjoy Archive of  Jodie’s Interactive Image Slam

Jodie has participated in a few ThingLink interactive Image Slams. Her use of  video and audio to annotate this image is a fantastic example of  using ThingLink to provide students with multimedia-rich content to appeal to a variety of unique learning needs. Please enjoy the archived version of  Jodie’s session.

Rounding Up ThingLink Expert Educators

Do you LOVE ThingLink? Are you a talented educator who inspires others? Are you a connected educator who teaches other educators to use Thinglink? We invite you to become a ThingLink Expert Educator. We hope many talented educators will take advantage of this opportunity to learn, share and grow within our professional learning community.

  1. View the slides to learn more.
  2. Complete the Expert Educator Interest Form
  3. Expect an email from susan@thinglinkcom after we’ve had a chance to review your information.

 

 

 

 

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Interactive video is new media that has only briefly made it’s appearance in the marketplace. In the last couple of months, top notch brands such as yoox.com have included ThingLink’s new video editor as part of their social media toolkit, and promoted cool new video content to their fans on Facebook.

This is how you can promote interactive ThingLink videos as a Facebook campaign:

*Note* ThingLink Video is only available for Premium and Corporate users.  

1. Select  “Send people to your website” (not “upload video”)
Interactive videos cannot be promoted using Facebook Premium Video Ads. This is because creating a video ad requires uploading a .mov video file, and interactive links cannot live in a .mov file.

Selecting “Send people to your website” is the right choice. Now, copy-paste a link to a ThingLink video URL (video.thinglink.com/v/1234) or a branded website that hosts the video and plays the video for your viewers.

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2. Upload an image
Next, upload your image for this ad. (Update: no fake play buttons allowed.)

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3. Complete the rest of the form and submit

After completing the rest of the form and submitting the ad, interactive video in the Facebook Newsfeed should look like this screenshot:

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When viewers click the image, they land to view the video on thinglink.com or a branded website like Yoox’s.

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Got a cool idea for a video campaign? Contact Alexey at sales@thinglink.com.

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Meet a ThingLink Expert Educator

Today we are celebrating Sue Fitzgerald, a connected educator and a member of the first group of ThingLink Expert Educators! We got to know and love Sue when she participated in the ThingLink Teacher Challenge over the summer. Meet Sue’s Digital Self.

 

Sue blogs at the Unpretentious Librarian where she publishes a wealth of useful information for educators from a Teacher Librarian lens. She is passionate about collaborating in the world of libraries and quite active on social media. Sue uses her blog to curate, create and publish resources to promote digital citizenship, reading and great ways to use technology. Sue loves ThingLink because “I’m all about student voice and choice – ThingLink offers both.”

 

Digital Research Kit by Sue Fitzgerald

Sue recently used ThingLink to create an interactive digital research kit which has received quite a bit of social media attention. Please explore this amazing interactive image and dig deeper into the story behind Digital Research Kits -21st Century Style on the Unpretentious Librarian Blog.

 

 

Upcoming Presentations by Sue Fitzgerald

Smashing ThingLinks: October 18th

Sue is excited to be Smashing ThingLinks during a virtual presentation on October 18th for the  Next Generation Librarians Online ConferenceThe audience will be librarians from East Texas. This should be an inspiring event, so mark your calendars and connect with Sue through social media for more information about this Google+ Hangout. #nextgenlib,  @sue_fitz

TCEA in Austin Texas: Feb. 2-6

Sue will co-present with the Library Academy at TCEA at the Austin Convention Center during the week of February 2-. This annual event is designed to bring together thousands of innovative educators for a unique experience that will engage teachers and administrators with the tools, techniques, and resources needed to improve teaching and learning through technology. Sue describes the event as being “all about the movers and shakers in the educational tech world in Texas and beyond.” This sounds like the perfect event for Sue! #learnanywhere

 

Enjoy Archive of Sue’s Interactive Image Slam

Sue participated in the first round of ThingLink Interactive Image Slams in September. Explore the video recording of Sue’s Google Drive segment.

 

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One of the benefits of building a flexible digital toolkit is the ability to weave tools together to fit your teaching and learning needs. If you’re looking for a simple tool to serve as a container for one or more ThingLinks, try Tackk.

Tackk is a blank canvas that allows anyone to easily publish multimedia web content on a  simple page. Tackk supports live, interactive ThingLink images, which are embedded into Tackk simply by copying and pasting the share url. A big bonus is the text editing feature in Tackk, which  provides users with a handy way  to label a ThingLink..

Explore this example

Cathy Yenca, @MathyCathy, created the ThingLink vocabulary activity pictured below to teach students about functions as part of the ThingLink Teacher Challenge last summer.  I popped the link from Cathy’s amazing ThingLink into Tackk and typed the headline you see below. Then I created a button leading to more resources. Voila!

Click on the image to visit this Tackk and explore this vocabulary activity on Tackk.

 

Tackk ThingLink Vocabulary

 

Tackk + ThingLink partner to showcase interactive images and stories.

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Learn more  and pick up some ThingLink/Tackk lessons  Tackk.

 

 

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ThingLink is a powerful tool for making connections and we are pleased to announce an exciting lineup of events to celebrate Connected Educator month. The events are designed to grow and strengthen our community of educators through the sharing of knowledge and ideas. Explore this interactive image to learn more about the events. Read more about them below.

 

ThingLink Educator Roundup

Do you LOVE ThingLink? Are you a talented educator who inspires others? Are you a connected educator who teaches other educators to use Thinglink? We invite you to become a ThingLink Expert Educator. We hope many talented educators will take advantage of this opportunity to learn, share and grow within our professional learning community.

View the slides and sign up to connect.

MOOC – Massive Open Online Course

Have you ever participated in a MOOC? A MOOC is free education for all, usually facilitated through a Google Hangout!  Chris Long facilitates the University of California Irvine Extension’s Advanced Instructional Strategies in the Virtual Classroom MOOC through Coursera. The participants are primarily teachers, pre-service teacher or other educational specialists in K12 and higher ed. The demographics of the course show a strong international diversity.

In the hangout, we will share some powerful strategies for increasing students’ engagement in learning using ThingLink and ThingLink for Video. With a course enrollment of over 4,700 participants, this event certainly illustrates the opportunities that exist for connected educators.

Sign up for this event on Google+.  Live @ 7:00 PM EDT. Convert to your time zone.

Transform Teaching & Learning with ThingLink & Google Drive

Educators need a flexible toolkit of resources to meet a variety of unique personal learning needs. Keep it simple with just two amazing multimedia rich tools, ThingLink and Google Docs. Use these accessible and easy to embrace tools together to transform teaching and learning in amazing ways! Explore an interactive graphic with 12 resources you can use to transform teaching and learning with ThingLink and Google Drive.

Sign up for this webinar on 10/14 . Live @ 8:00 PM EDT or sign-up to receive the archive. Convert to your time zone.

Interactive Image Slam Featuring EdTech Superstars!

Featuring Richard Byrne | Shelly S. Terrell | Sue Gorman

ThingLink is pleased and excited to invite you to connect with a talented panel of EdTech guest experts to explore one of their very own ThingLink Interactive Images. Join Richard Byrne, Shelly S.Terrell and Sue Gorman and learn about the powerful ways these amazing educators use ThingLink to transform teaching and learning!

Sign up for this Webinar on 10/28. Live at 8:00 PM EDT or sign-up to receive the archive. Convert to your time zone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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New York, October 7, 2014- ThingLink, the leading platform for creating integrative images and video for web, social, and advertising channels, and yoox.com, the world’s leading online lifestyle store for fashion, design and art established in 2000, have announced today an exclusive launch partnership to debut an elegant and easy way to annotate videos with notes and rich media links.

Leveraging ThingLink for Videotechnology, the online lifestyle store yoox.com has created an interactive, multidimensional (and of course shoppable) video experience to reveal the many facets of the new yoox.com website. Viewers are invited to “go deeper” into interactive visual, auditory, social media, and commerce-enabled experiences linked to various elements of the video, including:

  • Social media-enriched introductions to style icon Amber Valletta, curator of YOOXYGEN, YOOX Group’s permanent eco-friendly initiative, and Vogue contributing editor Lynn Yaeger, curator of yoox.com’s vintage area
  • Educational and shoppable slideshows of artworks from international galleries and institutions
  • A vine vignette including the exclusive multiple works created for yoox.com by Takashi Murakami, the first artist chosen by the new curator of the art section on yoox.com, Francesco Bonami
  • An interactive image introduction to yoox.com ambassador Madina Visconti di Modrone

“The ability to easily annotate video content introduces a new chapter in online publishing. Our partnership with yoox.com is a wonderful opportunity to innovate new ways for curating engaging web experiences for fashion and lifestyle marketing”, says ThingLink’s founder and CEO Ulla Engeström.

“We are excited to be collaborating with ThingLink to push the boundaries of interactive video technology and exploit new opportunities together. Through the launch of this exclusive partnership, we have sought to create a multi-dimensional experience for our audience that deepens the video’s narrative without interrupting the flow, for an eclectic and playful journey where our customers can experience a new way of shopping”, says Maia Guarnaccia, Global Brand Marketing and Communications Director at YOOX Group

ThingLink for Video offers brands and marketers game-changing enhancements to their digital PR efforts. These interactive video experiences are freely embeddable and sharable, allowing brands to syndicate digital content in a new, inclusive and participatory manor, driving viral views and interactions while deepening relationships with press, blogger, and influencer communities. Brands can now put an embeddable mobile catalog into the hands of thousands of tastemakers and enthusiastic fans. Most importantly, brands will be able to quantify the impact of their content in meaningful and actionable ways, gaining customer behavioral insights beyond clicks and views.

The ThingLink for Video platform is simple enough for a marketer to use without coding experience, yet flexible enough to enable a high degree of customization by a development team. It supports native video uploads as well as YouTube or Brightcove embeds.

yoox.com

yoox.com, established in 2000, is the world’s leading online lifestyle store for fashion, design and art. yoox.com offers a never-ending selection of products, including: an edited range of hard-to-find clothing and accessories from the world’s most prestigious designers, exclusive capsule collections, eco-friendly fashion, a unique assortment of home design objects, rare vintage finds and books and a curated selection of compelling and collectable artworks chosen by international curators and critics from the world’s leading international galleries and institutions. With an unparalleled collection of merchandise, a focus on quality control, and a strong customer focus in over 100 countries, yoox.com offers an outstanding shopping experience.

ThingLink

Founded in 2010, ThingLink (thinglink.com) is the leading platform for marketers and content creators for building interactive images for web, social, and advertising channels. Its features include an editor that allows users to annotate images and video with any content from the web. Brands can distribute interactive images and video to bloggers and other publishers, and track consumer engagement as the content spreads across the web.

ThingLink for Video (video.thinglink.com) is a disruptive new way for fast and simple video annotation. ThingLink interactive videos contain clickable hotspots such as text, images, video, music, and maps. Hotspots appear for the viewer during play giving an option to explore the embedded content while pausing the video in the background. Corporate clients can customize font types and colors to match their brand’s look & feel. More information: Ulla Engeström, CEO, ulla@thinglink.com

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- Mom, can you show me ThingLink, my 5-year-old daughter asked today. My class is going to use it next week so I need to know how it works.

- Sure. It’s like adding speech bubbles to images. What would you like to do?

- I’d like to add speech bubbles to pictures of my farm on Minecraft.

[Wow! Fascinating. A whole new use case..]

So she opened the ThingLink app, clicked the camera button at the bottom to select screenshots from the camera roll, and started adding little text snippets over the animal characters. “I’m hungry”, says the little cow. “We have grass to eat”, replies the sheep. After her second image she exclaimed: “This is fun, Mom, I can make a book!” And so she did.

Feature request: The ability to change the icons to “something more fun”. That’s a fair request. Adding that to our road map.

Have a great example of using ThingLink? ThingLink Interactive Image Slams are informal webinars designed to provide educators with opportunities to share creative ways to transform teaching and learning with ThingLink. To learn more and register, contact susan@thinglink.com.

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We are excited to announce the acquisition of Smartag, the St. Petersburg-based interactive video company founded in 2011. As part of the acquisition, Smartag’s engineering team including founders Alexey Solomatin (CEO) and Andrey Lyuberg (CTO) will join ThingLink.


 

Working with Smartag’s highly-skilled team, we will continue in our mission to provide cutting edge publishing solutions–both image and video based–to our diverse array of content creators.

We would like to warmly welcome the Smartag team and look forward to sharing more exciting news in the coming weeks!

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We are proud to announce the release of five new features, highlighted by ThingLink for Video.  Just like ThingLink images, this platform allows you to tag and share YouTube and Brightcove videos.  Tag your videos with all of our rich media tags.

Explore the video and images below to see these features in action!

Sign up for ThingLink or upgrade to ThingLink Premium or ThingLink Premium Education

1) ThingLink Video: has officially arrived. Premium users you will be able to create interactive videos.  If you already have a Premium account and want to test it out – select the “create” button on your screen and you will see an option to tag a video.  To see this in action check out this video here or below:

2) Rich text options: Premium accounts will have the ability to control the text on their images with bold, italics, and header options.  Header is a slightly larger sized text. See this in action here or below: 

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3) YouTube direct subscribe tag: allow viewers to subscribe to your YouTube channel directly from the tag, similar to our Facebook and Twitter tags.  View all rich media tags.  See this tag in action here or below: 


4) Action icon set: we wanted to provide Premium users with a new set that depicts action.  With these five icons you will be able to provide action points to viewers: watch, read, listen, explore, play.  See these icons in action here or below:  Drop us a note at sales@thinglink.com with any questions. 

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