Image of the Week: Exploring the Rhetoric of Urban Art

Cities are becoming a canvas for urban art. Travel to any major city in the United States and even abroad and you may find yourself asking is that graffiti or is that art. Going one step further does the image express any rhetoric? Our image of the week comes to us from Melody Niesen.

For the next couple of weeks, we will feature an image created during our ThingLink Summer Teacher Challenge. Our hope is two-fold: first, these posts will inspire you to incorporate ThingLink’s 360/VR editor in your classroom and allow your students a chance to create with it. Secondly, we hope these posts encourage you to join in on the fun and learning. Maybe your image will be showcased!

Melody is planning on using this 360/VR image as a launching point for her students to research urban art and creative expressions of oneself. She provides various thinking points as you explore the image. Embedded is a Today’s Meet activity where the students will respond to the prompt, “When you see graffiti, what’s your initial reaction? Do you ever think about why the graffiti might exist? Who might have put it there?”

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If you already have a ThingLink Premium Teacher account, join us in the 4th annual ThingLink Teacher Summer Challenge. This online, self-paced professional development opportunity is designed to help educators learn to create interactive virtual reality experiences on top of 360° images with students. 

If you didn’t take advantage of the SUMMER17 coupon, you can still try the tools by signing up for the 14-day Premium Trial on thinglink.com/edu. This is plenty of time to try several of the activities on the task cards. Another option is to consider bringing ThingLink Premium to your team or school to receive greatly reduced rates on purchases of 8 or more subscriptions. Contact education@thinglink.com to learn more.

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Dan Gallagher
Dan Gallagher is a longtime ThingLink Certified Educator who is now ThingLink's Education Social Media Specialist. This position oversees @ThingLink_Edu and assists with contributions to the blog. Dan is a Teacher Resource Specialist for Technology with the West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District in NJ where he shows teachers how to integrate technology into their instruction.
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