We’re headed to Santa Clara University on February 23, 2018, to bring a ThingLink Bootcamp to the San Fransisco Bay Area. We’re excited about the opportunity to explore, modify and create interactive images, 360/VR images, and video with Nancy Cutler and the faculty at SCU during our Bootcamp!
About Our Bootcamps
A Bootcamp ticket includes a 1-year subscription to ThingLink Premium for one educator plus all their students. The Bootcamp is designed to help educators learn to use our 3 image editing tools at your comfort level to embrace new media and foster student creativity.
Shift 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.
Develop a Framework for Understanding
Our 360/VR Bootcamps bring educators together a 6-hour of professional development designed to help attendees feel confident and prepared to seamlessly integrate ThingLink 360/VR into the classroom. We start with an introduction to VR in education to develop a common framework for understanding the design process. Then we take a close look at how to leverage the power of ThingLink 360/VR, starting at each attendee’s comfort level, using our SAMR-aligned approach to tech integration.
Learn to Create
Bootcamp participants are encouraged to bring all of their favorite devices for use in modifying and creating interactive images. We start by learning to add tags with text, images, audio, and video on top of stunning, preloaded 360 images. We learn to embed favorite digital tools into ThingLink, and we explore ways to share digital content and projects with students through popular LMS platforms to bring ThingLink home for use as an extension that easily integrates with educators existing toolkits.
Work with 360 Images
The biggest questions during the Bootcamps are related to finding 360 images for use, and a good part of the Bootcamp is dedicated towards empowering educators in this area. Keeping consistent with our pedagogical approach, we start by helping participants search for 360 images from our pre-loaded library of stunning images, then we help them search for 360 images that have been contributed to ThingLink by our community of users. We discuss copyright, cc-licensing, and source crediting.
Around lunchtime, we get up, go out and capturing 360 images with devices in hand. Participants are encouraged to bring a 360 camera if they have access to one, but if not we use our phones. Either way, we spend time working with images captured and bringing them into our 360 image editing tool.
Dive Deep into the Creativity Process
After everyone returns from capturing 360 images, and eating lunch, we spend the rest of the day putting everything together. Participants take their own ideas, combined with their newly acquired skills and put them to use by creating interactive images, 360 images and videos. There is plenty of time for collaboration and conversations. The learning environment is filled with sharing, processing and connecting about learning. There is an incredible opportunity for learning and professional growth through the combined talents of the educators in the room and it is a truly fabulous learning experience. During this time, we help participants learn to use ThingLink’s image editing tool and explore our video editing tool.
Commit to Continued Learning & Growth
The biggest challenge in any professional development session is in getting participants to continue the work and apply the learning in the classroom. Since Bootcamp participants have a 1-year Premium account for themselves and their students, there is a greater commitment to bringing the learning to the classroom. We offer webinars featuring Bootcamp grads as panelists to share the learning and continue to inspire participants. We also offer a leadership program for attendees who wish to become experts and help others learn to leverage the power of ThingLink in schools and universities. We want you to be successful, and we are committed to helping you succeed, learn, and grow.
Connect With Us in the San Fransisco Bay Area
We love to work with educators to help you learn to leverage the power of ThingLink for your teaching and learning needs! If you’re in the Bay Area and would like to connect, please, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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