Author Archives: Certified Educator

Certified Educator
ThingLink Certified Educators are a connected group of educators who are passionate about leveraging the power of ThingLink for teaching and learning. These talented educators work to explore, share, and teach others about great ways to use ThingLink in the Classroom.

Use ThingLink 360/VR to Make Connections in Your Community

by Tai Preuninger

ThingLink’s 360/VR media editor has allowed us to create virtual tours around our community. Students in grades K-3 learn about different jobs and roles of people in the community, like police and firemen. Local firemen gave us the grand tour of their station and gave us expert information to include in our tags that we embedded in the images. In this ThingLink, students can take a 360° ride in a fire engine, see actual training videos and visit places like the gear room and inside of an ambulance.

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An Immersive Approach to Learning About Medieval Allegories with ThingLink 360/VR

by Licia Landi

Italian ThingLink Certified Educator Licia Landi has created a ThingLink 360 tour to help her 10th-grade students develop a new approach to Medieval allegories by actively engaging them in the learning process through immersive storytelling. Explore this interactive 360 image and be sure to click the book icon to learn more about the learning goals for this project.

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360/VR Tour of Colorado Life Zones using ThingLink

by Michelle Eckstein

Through project-based learning, students used 360 cameras, ThingLink 360/VR and a variety of multimedia tools to create virtual reality tours of Colorado. Students built knowledge by actively exploring actual ecosystems and discovering the landforms, animals, and plants that live in the -ecosystem. They then used ThingLink 360/VR to show what they had learned. ThingLink 360/VR was the perfect tool for both delivering content and having students show what they had learned.

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Using Virtual Reality in Lessons

by Susan Gaer

Whether you teach English language learners or adult secondary education learners, you need to think about ways to integrate technology into the lesson. There are many technology integration matrixes, such as SAMR, TPACK and The Technology Integration Matrix from the Florida Center for Instructional Technology. However, all of them have in common the fact that integration is more than substitution of one technology for another. I have developed a lesson as a model of this type of integration. It creates an online model using Google Docs, Google Forms, and Thinglink along with audio and video. I hope that this model is something that other teachers can build on to make their own highly integrated lessons.

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Using ThingLink to Spark Debate

by Mona Voelkel

Thinglink allows students to explore different worlds and take on different personas as they explore that world.

Unleash the possibilities of Thinglink 360 by crafting learning experiences that allow students to gain information about important issues, filter that information through a shifted perspective and then build on that learning to bring about change.  This allows for the embodied virtual experience to lead into real-world journeys of empathy and social change.

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Using ThingLink for Figurative Language

by Amy Pietrowski

ThingLink is one of my favorite apps, and I have been using it in different capacities for several years now.  Labeling pictures and maps made so much sense to me as a social studies teacher. We downloaded Civil War images from the Library of Congress and added several media assets from sites to sounds. As a technology teacher, we labeled feet with our digital footprints and created tours of our school with ThingLink 360/VR. But now, as an English teacher, I had to do a little thinking…. What would be the best use of ThingLink in the Language Arts classroom?

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Connect YOUR Experiences with the Curriculum Using ThingLink 360/VR

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By Christine Danhoff

Building Relationships

How many times do you reference or share your personal experiences with your students? If you answered quite frequently, then you’ll find creating with ThingLink 360/VR will help your students not only connect with YOU, but also with the topics you are teaching about.

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An Innovative Idea:  Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality Come Together for a Guided Tour with ThingLink!

by Deb Norton

If you are an innovator such as myself, you might like to try new apps and experiment with virtual reality, such as ThingLink 360°/ VR and also with augmented reality such as a 3D moving and talking avatar.  The combination of virtual reality and augmented reality in one lesson makes for a really impressive and intriguing experience.

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Orientation with ThingLink 360/VR

 

by Adriane Ellis

Using ThingLink 360 to Create a Tour of our Library

We have been in the process of turning our library into a Learning Commons. This process has been 3 years in the making and we are super proud of the progress. Unfortunately, I am not always able to reach all my parents and community through open houses and parent meetings. The library often gets overlooked. I created this tour to give future and current students and parents, as well as teachers and community members, an inside look into the amazing things we have going on in our Learning Commons Space.

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Using Thinglink to Create Interactive Learning Menus that Support Student Choice

by Christi Collins

Thinglink Interactive Learning Menus

Are you looking for more engaging ways to provide your students with choice-based assignments and activities? One way to provide students with more meaningful, self-directed learning opportunities is to create an Interactive Learning Menu in Thinglink.  Interactive Learning Menus, also known as Choice Boards, provide students with a variety of options to choose from based on their individual interests.   

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