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.

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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Change & New Perspectives at FAMU: A Look at their new 360/VR Lab

FAMU ThingLink 360/VR Lab
by L.Michelle Salvant and Dr. Kelley Bailey

Wow! What a semester! At Florida A&M University, it’s been all about change and seeing things from a whole new perspective. For starters, we have a new president, this semester Dr. Larry Robinson became the 12th president of the University. Go Rattlers! We also have a new Head Football Coach, Willie Simmons, who had been away from the city for about 20-years, and has happily returned to make an impact on a field he calls “home.” Change and new perspectives has also made a difference in how we view things at FAMU, especially when it comes to using Virtual Reality/360 technology. This semester, we established a dedicated lab inside the FAMU School of Business & Industry for producing Virtual Reality Content using Thinglink 360/VR.

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Focusing the Spotlight: Creating Student Showcases With ThingLink 360/VR

by Andy Fehnel

If your experience as an educator is anything like mine, then you find yourself blown away by the creative abilities of your students on a regular basis. Their ability to create and problem solve when given the proper guidance and tools keeps me motivated to give them my very best every day. The problem I always run into is how to display student work in a meaningful way so that people outside the classroom can appreciate it as well. This problem is especially poignant with digital projects. Yes, websites or blogs can serve as a tool for displaying student work, but where is the creativity and meaning in clicking on a few dozen links to see what students have created? I wanted something more interactive and enjoyable and ThingLink 360/VR answered the call perfectly.

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Using ThingLink & Breakout EDU for Review – A Winning Combo!

by Venetia Ricchio

Who says reviewing has to be drudgery? I’ve always dreaded reviewing for tests because it was hard to keep my students engaged.  Not anymore!

Now, I look forward to reviewing using the digital breakouts on ThingLink. Breakout EDU and ThingLink cover the four C’s; collaboration, critical thinking, creativity, and communication. ThingLink bumps it up a notch by adding stunning visuals, and music to make each activity incredibly engaging. The program is so versatile; you can embed just about anything in a ThingLink, including Google Apps, Jigsaw planet and more!

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Using ThingLink and Sutori to App Smash Your Lesson

The following is a post written by Laura Moore and published on the Sutori Blog on November 14, 2017. Laura is a K-12 Technology Integrator for North East Independent School District in San Antonio, Texas. Laura is a longtime ThingLink Certified Educator who continues to amaze us with her talents and innovative ideas for embracing technology for learning. Explore Laura's work on ThingLink and Sutori. Connect with her on Twitter at @LearnMooreStuff and follow her amazing blog, Learn Moore Stuff.

Wouldn’t it be cool if you could design a lesson any way you wanted without platform limitations?

The term App Smash was coined by Greg Kulowiec (@gregkulowiec), who shares much of his work and thinking on his website, The History 2.0 Classroom. After working with iPads for some time, he quickly realized the following,

“Most processes couldn’t be completed with just one app. While many apps slightly overlap in terms of functionality, there tends to be a few black holes in each app that require the use of another app to complete the process.”

The same can be said for web-based tools such as G Suite. In a perfect world, I would have the ability to embed content within a Google Doc. There are a few hacks you can use to embed a YouTube video, but it’s really not the same. When platforms allow you to work in conjunction with other platforms, then your “what if?” can become a reality.

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ThingLink…Accompaniment to Research?

by Cynthia Robinson-Carney

My interest in ThingLink began when I saw an advertisement about becoming a ThingLink Certified Educator.  As an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher (ITRT) for Richmond City Public Schools in Virginia, it is always important to me to find exciting and innovative tools to help teachers engage students with various content.  After exploring the program, it was clear that ThingLink is an amazing fit for an endless array of learning opportunities.  Indeed,  I am so excited to become more familiar with the tool and to be able to share it with the educators I work with.   

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Harvesting A Thinglink 360/VR Lesson

-by Patricia Merlino

If you are from a region where oysters are harvested locally, then you are aware of an “r” in the month. An “r” has meant the availability of freshly harvested oysters ready for your consumption. However, the “r’s” in the words “virtual reality also means an opportunity to harvest teacher-created projects with Thinglink Virtual Reality for consumptions by your students.

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History Comes to Life with ThingLink 360/VR Immigrant Museum

by Karalee Nakatsuka

Student Immigration Museums and the Limitations of the Presentation Board

Every year my students study immigration by conducting an oral history with an immigrant, writing up the details and, in the past, displaying their subject’s story on bulky large tri-fold foam core boards.  The lessons learned from the personal experiences of the immigrants are priceless. But the foam core boards are limiting, bulky and difficult to share.

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Using ThingLink 360/VR to Explore Wetlands

-by Jen and Brian Cauthers

Wetland protection and restoration are key factors in preventing this threatened habitat from destruction.

As more communities and developments branch out into undeveloped lands, we encounter habitats that are often overlooked as important to the stability of our ecosystems.  Unfortunately, freshwater wetland habitats typically fall into this category, as they are often simply referred to as “swamps.”  Most people do not have a positive reaction when they hear the word “swamp.” Instead, they think stagnant stinky water.  In reality, freshwater wetlands are vital to the stability of our ecosystems because they provide breeding grounds for many creatures such as frogs and turtles.  They also provide a filtration system for our water as it percolates through the soils.  

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