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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.

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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FAMU Certified Educators Spark Thinglink 360/VR HBCU Campaign

FAMU MBA Candidate and Entrepreneur, L.Michelle Salvant says she was first introduced to Thinglink 360/VR while researching ways to effectively and easily tell stories in 360 and publish them to the web.  For her, ThingLink 360/VR was the best solution and offered an even greater advantage for those using VR for education. “I soon began to think of ways to introduce ThingLinkVR to others in the community where I serve. My alma mater, Florida A&M University, was one of those at the top of my list,” said Salvant.  

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Experience Chicago with ThingLink 360/VR

Explore a Channel of  360/VR Images Created by ThingLink Certified Educators

 

ThingLink Certified Educator BadgeWe are pleased to kickoff Season II of our Friday Featured Guest Posts with a story by Andrea Poglayen, a ThingLink Certified Educator who works as a Technology Integrationist in Mundelein, IL.  We hope you enjoy learning about how she and her team transformed a  7th-grade project with ThingLink. 

“Using Thinglink has changed my curriculum.  Not only have I been able to create interactive lessons, my students and teachers have been able to use Thinglink as extensions of their learning to share with others.”

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Using ThingLink to Explore Global Issues

Gregory Allen

We are pleased to feature a Friday guest post by Gregory Allar, a talented ThingLink Certified Educator who is a Special Lecturer for the International Studies Program at Oakland University in Rochester Michigan.  We hope you are inspired by Gergory’s post.

Be sure to follow Gregory on Twitter @gregallar

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