This is the 2nd 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.
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Week 1: Get Started
In this activity you will become familiar with some the functionality of the ThingLink Classroom. You will
- Join the ThingLink Challenge Classroom.
- Upload an image.
- Create a simple interactive image.
- Submit your interactive image through a form for sharing.
Throughout the ThingLink Teacher Challenge we will be working within our own classroom environment. We will begin by completing some one-time setup tasks to join the ThingLink Teacher Challenge classroom.
You will start out as a member of the classroom and your experience will be very similar to what students experience when they work within a group. Later you will be creating your own ThingLink Classroom group to become familiar with the management tasks associated with being a teacher.
To get an understanding of the ease of use of the tool, we will start by creating a simple interactive image with content you are very familiar with. This will allow you to engage in constructive play without getting overwhelmed by trying to create a complex lesson right out of the gate. . If you are an experienced ThingLink user, hopefully you will find the opportunity to kick this first challenge up a notch, if you choose.
Part I: Set up tasks
New Users – Sign up for a ThingLink Teacher Account at ThingLink.com/edu
Confirm that you have a ThingLink Teacher account.
Look for the Teacher stamp under the ThingLink Logo. If you do not see the Teacher stamp, return to the ThingLink for Education page and follow the steps above to sign up for a teacher account with your existing login. After completing the sign up step, you should see the Teacher stamp under the logo.
Join the ThingLink Teacher Challenge Classroom
If you have already signed up for the ThingLink Teacher Challenge, you should find an invitation to join our group in your email inbox. If you haven’t signed up for the challenge, please click on the link to sign up.Watch this video tutorial to learn how to join the ThingLink Challenge Classroom. Remember to use the pause button as you walk through the steps.
Part II: Create an Interactive Image
The first ThingLink Teacher Challenge will be to create a simple interactive image that explains “How To…” and taps into your own expertise. Remember, new users should keep it simple and choose a topic you are very familiar with. Here are some simple summer ideas for your first image.
- How to Make Ice Tea
- How to Get Fit for Summer
- How to Grow Tomatoes
- Anything goes, keep it simple
Example: Learn How to Play the Guitar
Create an Interactive Image
- Upload your image to ThingLink
- Give your image a title.
- Tag your image with text, rich media tags and weblinks.
Watch this video to learn how to create a simple interactive image. Then experiment with different types of tags and create your own interactive graphic.
Part III: Submit Your Image
When you are satisfied with one of your images, please submit the link through this easy form.
- Click on the Share icon
- Copy the link.
- Paste the link with into this form.
Optional: Add Image to our the lass channel titled
Week 1: How To…
- Click on the image you want to add
- Look at the bottom of the image for the option to Add to Channel.
- Select the How To channel from the drop-down menu and click done.
Additional Handouts for Help and Support
View the How To Channel and Watch it Grow
ThingLink Teacher Challenge at a Glance
Next Week’s Challenge: Design Your Digital Self
Take the Week 2 Challenge: Design Your Digital Self