Author Archives: Susan Oxnevad

Susan Oxnevad
Susan Oxnevad is the Director of Education at ThingLink. She strives to build a powerful network of educators who share a passion for using ThingLink to transform teaching and learning. In addition, she also hosts ThingLink webinars for educators and blogs about thoughtful ways to leverage the power of technology for teaching and learning on the ThingLink Blog for Education. Follow her on Twitter @soxnevad

A Heritage Project Idea

We are pleased to publish this guest post by Dan Gallagher, a ThingLink Expert Educator.

For the last several weeks, I have been working with third grade teachers and their students on their heritage project with ThingLink. As part of their social studies curriculum, the students researched their family’s heritage through interview question packets.

 The students had a variety of questions to get answered. They asked about family customs or traditions, their family’s immigration to the US story, and the history of their name, just to name a few.

 Since our classes have 4 iPads in each room, sharing them with each class is a must. We started this project by setting up a class Dropbox account where every student had a folder to save their project components. Regardless of which iPad they had, their work will all be saved in one place to get to in the end. Now we started smashing apps!

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Checkout the ThingLink AppSmash Challenge Channel

We are pleased to share a channel of ThingLink interactive images created by members of the ThingLink EDU Community. These amazing educators have used ThingLink as their presentation tool for smashing apps. Here you will find inspiring examples of new ways to create, share and publish content by combining the functionality and best features of  great apps.  We are reinventing learning!

We hope this growing ThingLink AppSmash Channel  will inspire you to learn and challenge you to smash some apps yourself . Take the ThingLink Apps Smash Challenge. #TLAppSmash

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ThingLink AppSmash Events

To encourage the ThingLink Community of Educators to have some fun and smash some apps this month, we are pleased to announce some AppSmash events. These events are designed to inspire our community of educators to explore and create. We hope you will join us as we explore the possibilities for ThingLink powered Apps Smashes. Explore this interactive image to learn more about these AppSmash events.

Join Us for App Smashing with ThingLink 

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Take the ThingLink App Smash Challenge

Today are pleased to launch the ThingLink App Smash Challenge! #TLAppSmash. This mini version of the ThingLink Teacher Challenge #TLChallenge is designed to inspire, build excitement, share ideas and learn. Most importantly, it is designed to fit within a  busy teacher’s schedule during the month of November.

About the ThingLink App Smash Challenge

App Smashing is a popular method of combining two or more apps together to create, publish and share content. App Smashing challenges us to discover new possibilities for teaching and learning with an iPad and presents us with greater possibilities for making the device meet our goals. ThingLink is well suited for  for powering any App Smash because of the presentation possibilities for turning any image into a rich multimedia content launcher.  Join the talented members of the ThingLink EDU community and use ThingLink to smash some apps. #TLAppSmash

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App Smashing with ThingLink in November

Many talented members of our ThingLink EDU community have discovered the benefits of powering an App Smash with ThingLink. You’ll find us sharing at EdTech conferences and through virtual events  everywhere. For this reason, we are excited to be celebrating App Smashing with ThingLink throughout the month of November.

What is App Smashing with ThingLink?

App Smashing is a popular method of combining two or more apps together to create, publish and share content. App Smashing challenges us to discover new possibilities for teaching and learning with an iPad and presents us with greater possibilities for making the device meet our goals. ThingLink is well suited for  for powering any App Smash because of the presentation possibilities provided by the ability to turn any image into a rich multimedia content launcher.

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Quick Poll: Student Sign-Ups

ThingLink is collecting feedback from our EDU community to guide us in our product development.

We are working to improving the sign up process for student accounts. In addition to improving individual student sign-ups, we are excited to have received many requests to support the ThingLink EDU school level sign up process. Please take 30 seconds to provide us with feedback through this Wedgies poll to indicate your preference. Thank you!

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Happy Halloween from ThingLink

Halloween is here and we are excited to share the amazing resources created by ThingLink Community Member Ms. Mara and to celebrate her work!

Ms. Mara is a homeschool educator and artist who often combines her many talents to create truly amazing interactive images. The image you see below is one of many you will find in her blog post, Spice Up Your Blog for Halloween.  This is Ms. Mara’s self- portrait, spiced up for Halloween.

 

 

 

Halloween Resources on HomeSchool Towers

Ms. Mara has totally transformed her blog in the spirit of Halloween and her post provides tips and tricks for readers to learn from her expertise. The interactive image below has replaced her blog header. She drew the haunted house, created the background image, and tagged it with interactive resources for all to explore and enjoy!

 

  View HomeSchool Towers and Get Tips

 

Spice Up Your Blog for Halloween

Check out the HomeSchool Towers blog to get inspired by our talented community member,  Ms. Mara and to get tips and trips for spicing up your blog. Connect with her on Twitter @HmSchlTowers and Google+. Many thanks to Ms. Mara and Happy Halloween!

 

Spice Up Your Blog for Halloween, by Ms. Mara

Spice Up Your Blog for Halloween, by Ms. Mara

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Join Our Interactive Image Slam with EdTech SuperStars

October is Connected Educator month and ThingLink is pleased to invite you to connect with a talented panel of EdTech guest experts to explore one of their very own ThingLink Interactive Images. Join Richard Byrne and Shelly Sanchez Terrell to learn about the powerful ways these amazing educators use ThingLink to transform teaching and learning!

About Our Panelists on 10/28

 

Richard Byrne @rmbyrne

Richard Byrne is the author of Free Technology for Teachers, a very popular EdTech blog that is read by an audience of more than 58,000 daily subscribers. Richard has written more than a dozen blog posts about ThingLink in the past few years and describes ThingLink as “One of my favorite tools for playing with media.” Richard often introduces ThingLink to educators to inspire them during professional development sessions. I found some samples of ways he inspired educators in the Mississippi Bend Area in Bettendorf, IA last summer and put together some samples from a Padlet created by the group on this interactive graphic. We can’t wait to be inspired by Richard during our live webinar on October 28th!  

 

Shelly Sanchez Terrell @ShellTerrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell helps teachers worldwide transform their online spaces into active playgrounds where students tap into the powerful potential of learning. She is the author of Teacher Reboot Camp and the 30 Goals Challenge. She supports and instructs thousands of teachers and students worldwide through the various online and face-to-face learning events she organizes and moderates. Shelly often uses ThingLink to introduce ideas and inspire educators during her professional development activities. Please explore this interactive image she created for the 30 Goals Challenge.  Shelly is sure to inspire the ThingLink Community of Educators during our webinar on October 28th.  

 

About ThingLink Interactive Image Slams

ThingLink Interactive Images Slams provide educators in our community with an opportunity to share, highlight and discuss great ThingLink interactive images or video they have created and used with students of all ages. Discover the endless creative possibilities for enriching students’ enthusiasm for learning like never before through a unique webinar highlighting the work of our users and learn about how you can have a chance to grab the spotlight by signing up for a ThingLink Interactive Image Slam today.

 

Join the Event

Join us live for this informal webinar on October 28th at 8:00 PM EDT, or sign up for the archive

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Spotlight on Jodie Johnston

Meet a ThingLink Expert Educator

Today we are celebrating Jodie Johnston, a ThingLink Expert Educator. Jodie is a Curriculum Technology Specialist from Overland Park, Kansas who specializes in Web 2.0 Tools. Jodie is also the Edmodo Administrator in her school district and an Edmodo Certified Trainer. Connect with Jodie on Twitter. Please meet Jodie’s Digital self and follow her on Twitter @johnston_jodie.

 

Jodie is a member of an Education Technology Services Team that supports the Blue Valley School District by providing leadership, professional learning, and integrated technology support. These services help educators transform teaching and learning through the use of digital-age technologies and resources to increase student achievement and promote students’ abilities to learn effectively and live productively in an increasingly digital world.  ETS provides students and staff members with effective development, management, support, and implementation of instructional technology tools and resources to better manage and support student learning. Learn more about the Blue Valley School’s ETS Team and discover a wealth of teaching resources on the Educational Technology Team  site.

Community Types by Jodie Johnston

Jodie created this interactive image for the ThingLink Teacher Challenge this summer to introduce students to types of communities through  multimedia with an emphasis on vocabulary. Please explore Jodie’s interactive and find more teacher createcd ThingLink vocabulary activities on The Ultimate Word Wall.

Upcoming Presentations by Jodie Johnston

Jody loves to present and share her knowledge and expertise with other educators. She teaches workshops and provides training to educators in the Blue Valley School District and also at regional conferences.  Jodie is well-suited to being a ThingLink Expert Educator.

Thinglink and Video Thinklink are two of my favorite tools!  I always include them in any web 2.0 or app workshop I give. A must have tool for 5e and SAMR schools!

Here are some examples of the types of workshops Jodie offers.

Technology Tours (Web 2.0 Tools)

A hands on session to provide classroom instructors with experiences utilizing educational tools, digital resources and web 2.0 tools to supplement instructional activities and promote student learning.

Utilizing Audio Tools for Digital Projects 

Learn how to create QR codes with audio files, and create interactive Thinglink sites using audio. Participants will create classroom projects and learn how to personalize student work with real life examples.

iTeach Summit – App Smashing with the Thinglink App:

Think outside the box!  Learn to make interactive study tools that bring content alive.  Students can create amazing digital images to demonstrate their understanding of a topic.  We will use the following apps in this session:  Super Collage, Quizlet, Camera/Video, Educreations and Word Cloud.

Enjoy Archive of  Jodie’s Interactive Image Slam

Jodie has participated in a few ThingLink interactive Image Slams. Her use of  video and audio to annotate this image is a fantastic example of  using ThingLink to provide students with multimedia-rich content to appeal to a variety of unique learning needs. Please enjoy the archived version of  Jodie’s session.

Rounding Up ThingLink Expert Educators

Do you LOVE ThingLink? Are you a talented educator who inspires others? Are you a connected educator who teaches other educators to use Thinglink? We invite you to become a ThingLink Expert Educator. We hope many talented educators will take advantage of this opportunity to learn, share and grow within our professional learning community.

  1. View the slides to learn more.
  2. Complete the Expert Educator Interest Form
  3. Expect an email from susan@thinglinkcom after we’ve had a chance to review your information.

 

 

 

 

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Spotlight on Sue Fitzgerald

Meet a ThingLink Expert Educator

Today we are celebrating Sue Fitzgerald, a connected educator and a member of the first group of ThingLink Expert Educators! We got to know and love Sue when she participated in the ThingLink Teacher Challenge over the summer. Meet Sue’s Digital Self.

 

Sue blogs at the Unpretentious Librarian where she publishes a wealth of useful information for educators from a Teacher Librarian lens. She is passionate about collaborating in the world of libraries and quite active on social media. Sue uses her blog to curate, create and publish resources to promote digital citizenship, reading and great ways to use technology. Sue loves ThingLink because “I’m all about student voice and choice – ThingLink offers both.”

 

Digital Research Kit by Sue Fitzgerald

Sue recently used ThingLink to create an interactive digital research kit which has received quite a bit of social media attention. Please explore this amazing interactive image and dig deeper into the story behind Digital Research Kits -21st Century Style on the Unpretentious Librarian Blog.

 

 

Upcoming Presentations by Sue Fitzgerald

Smashing ThingLinks: October 18th

Sue is excited to be Smashing ThingLinks during a virtual presentation on October 18th for the  Next Generation Librarians Online ConferenceThe audience will be librarians from East Texas. This should be an inspiring event, so mark your calendars and connect with Sue through social media for more information about this Google+ Hangout. #nextgenlib,  @sue_fitz

TCEA in Austin Texas: Feb. 2-6

Sue will co-present with the Library Academy at TCEA at the Austin Convention Center during the week of February 2-. This annual event is designed to bring together thousands of innovative educators for a unique experience that will engage teachers and administrators with the tools, techniques, and resources needed to improve teaching and learning through technology. Sue describes the event as being “all about the movers and shakers in the educational tech world in Texas and beyond.” This sounds like the perfect event for Sue! #learnanywhere

 

Enjoy Archive of Sue’s Interactive Image Slam

Sue participated in the first round of ThingLink Interactive Image Slams in September. Explore the video recording of Sue’s Google Drive segment.

 

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