Design A Student-Driven Learning Project for the ThingLink Teacher Challenge Part I

In the 4th week of the self-paced ThingLink Teacher Challenge we introduce using ThingLink to design student-driven learning projects around real world issues. We have broken this challenge down into parts to help make the most of the opportunity to bring students to the highest level of learning. It is our goal to simplify this important task for participants.  There are currently only a small number of teachers managing to keep up with our pace so we will take advantage of this opportunity to slow things down a bit and unpack the pieces.

Pick a Real-World Issue and a Create a Simple Sample Project for Students

This can be considered a passion project that fits within your required curriculum and it can be used to help your students meet their learning goals. Consider designing a project of local significance or take on a relevant global issue as I have done in the following example.

Explore: Save the Vaquita Dolphin!

This example of a very simple student project features a relevant, real-world issue and story that was originally created and shared with regular Thinlink a few years ago. It has been redesigned and simplified for this week’s Teacher Challenge to include important news and the latest statistics on the Vaquita Dolphin. The purpose of the activity is to model the most basic way to use ThingLink as a tool to help students construct knowledge and create something original. I learned a lot about the status of the Vaquita dolphin by creating this original 360 interactive image. Of course, with more time, I could learn more. The ability to continue to build and modify images for reuse is one of the best features of ThingLink, it can grow with you.

I learned a lot about the status of the Vaquita dolphin by creating this 360 interactive image. Of course, with more time, I could learn more. I believe the ability to continue to build and modify images for reuse is one of the best features of our tools. ThingLink can grow with you!

  1. Start with a question and place it on a tag.
  2. Challenge students to create a ThingLink to answer the question.

Please explore this quick example

Part I: Create an Example for Students

A very important step in designing any student tech project is to create an example, but far too often this is a step many teachers skip to save time. When teachers put themselves into the student creativity role, they can clearly imagine the possibilities and limitations of the project.  In addition, they can anticipate the need for extra support and personalize the learning experience for students.

We hope you will select an image, compose a big question, and answer it by creating a ThingLink. Since you’ve created at least 3 interactive 360 images for this challenge, we hope you are getting comfortable with adding multimedia rich tags, text and icons to images.  If not, please use the video tutorials created specifically for the Teacher Challenge. 360/VR. There is no Turn In form associated with this task because it is one of a series of ThingLinks you will assemble into a student project.

Note: There is no Turn In form associated with this task because it is one of a series of ThingLinks you will assemble into a student project. This activity focuses on the top section of the Task Card only.

Task Card: Create a Student-Driven Project: Step 1

Please note: There is nothing to turn in yet. After progressing through the 3 phases of this Teacher Challenge, you will be prompted to turn in your student-driven project.


Quick Check Point & Self-Assessment

We believe most of the participants who have progressed this far in the Teacher Challenge have become pretty familiar with some or many of the tasks below. If you have not yet mastered the tasks, We hope you will take the time to use our quick video tutorials if you are still trying to master some of these tasks.

  • cloning
  • uploading a 360 image to the 360 media editor
  • adding a tag with text and an image
  • Adding a tag with embedded media such as Google Maps, YouTube, or anything with an embed code
  • Embedding Published Google Docs
  • Uploading Audio
  • Uploading Video

Get Help & Support

All Teacher Challenge Support Videos can be found on each of interactive Task Cards created for the ThingLink Teacher Challenge.Additionally, these videos are continuously added to the Teacher Challenge Support Page. As users submit questions through the Turn In form, we will continue to create new videos on tasks requiring a demo.

Explore this interactive poster created with ThingLink Premium. Find quick access to Task Cards for each activity. Find resources and a channel of curated submissions on each Task Card.

Thank you for submitting questions through the Turn In Form. We will continue to answer the questions in the illustrated FAQs slideshow.

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Susan Oxnevad
Susan Oxnevad is the Director of Education at ThingLink. She strives to build a powerful network of educators who share a passion for using ThingLink to transform teaching and learning. In addition, she also hosts ThingLink webinars for educators and blogs about thoughtful ways to leverage the power of technology for teaching and learning on the ThingLink Blog for Education. Follow her on Twitter @soxnevad
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