Author Archives: Dan Gallagher

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.

Celebrate New Vocabulary through a ThingLink Word Cloud

Each year, new words are added to the dictionary. This can be a great opportunity for teachers to present these words to students, gather their predicted definitions and celebrate the new vocabulary through a ThingLink Word Cloud. Our image of the week comes to us from one of our biggest edu-fans, Donna Baumbach.

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Image of the Week: Collect Your Task Cards with ThingLink

The now common phrase, “There’s an app for that” can be daunting for any teacher or student. Task cards can be a great way to learn by doing. Our image of the week comes to us from Ron Burke. Ron’s interactive image embeds a variety of task cards, for various web tools/apps, providing learning opportunities through various challenges.

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Image of the Week: Annotate Sketchnotes with ThingLink

Sketchnoting is the process of visually synthesizing & summarizing information. Annotating your sketchnote with ThingLink, brings a level of interactivity for the viewer which is not possible with a ‘pen to paper’ sketchnote. Our image of the week comes to us courtesy of Marcel van Hove. His sketchnote highlights key takeaways from a podcast episode. Here he used tags with embedded Soundcloud segments and more.

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Image of the Week: Create a Classroom Virtual Tour

We all have that strange feeling when starting something new. Students experience it each school year when they arrive in their new classroom. Why not alleviate some of the concern by having your students explore and discover their new classroom virtually through an interactive classroom tour?

Mike de Leon & Erin Preder created this Virtual Tour of their school’s media center using ThingLink 360/VR  plus a Ricoh Theta S camera. We love how they included a 360 image within one of the tags to provide students with a closer look into their Bearded Dragon’s (Smaug) tank. Explore this Virtual Tour.

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Image of the Week: Take a Coral Reef Adventure!

Ever wish you could take your students on an adventure of a lifetime? Today’s school budgets limit travel, but ThingLink 360/VR has no limits. Our image of the week, courtesy of Dr. Larysa Nadolny, takes students on a deep sea dive to have a coral reef adventure.

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Image of the Week: Interactive Technology Resources

Any new technology always brings with it a learning curve; a ThingLink interactive image can be a technology resource for learning how to navigate the new tool. Our image of the week comes to us from ThingLink Certified Educator, John Sowash, author of  The Chromebook Classroom. John’s tutorial on Chromebook tips & tricks is a fantastic interactive image.

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Image of the Week: Organize Projects using ThingLink

ThingLink’s variety of media tags allow students to organize projects. Our image of the week comes to us courtesy of Cassie Nix. Her students organized their Bloxels projects by explaining the parts of a story, such as character, plot, setting, etc. The ThingLink here is used to share how they designed and created their games.

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Image of the Week: Argumentative Writing for the Courtroom

This week we are sharing an image of the week which can be used by students to showcase their argumentative writing. Using the ThingLink 360/VR image editor and Google Docs, students can be given a scenario to give the opening argument either defending or prosecuting a historical figure or literary character. Other tags could include evidence to support their writing. 

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