Category : Creative Challenge

FEATURED PROJECT: CLASSROOM AT WINSTON PREPARATORY SCHOOL CREATES AN INTERACTIVE AUDIO POSTER TO REFLECT KINDNESS

Elisabeth Levine has been an educator for 18 years. She currently works at the Winston Preparatory School (WPS) a school for students with language-based learning challenges in grades 4-12.  As soon as WPS became a 1:1 school, Elisabeth saw new exciting ways to engage students in learning, expressing their thinking and collaborating with peers. 

“I first learned about Thinglink while reading the HyperDoc Handbook written by Lisa Highfill, Sarah Landis, and Kelly Hilton. Working as a literature teacher I really liked their idea of an interactive Book Bento Box,  which is an alternative way for students to express a response to literature that combines personal expression, visual arts, technology, creativity and hands-on compilation of the bento box contents.” 

Elisabeth realized that for a teacher, this approach would offer an alternative way to assess students’ comprehension. She tested the Book Bento approach with her classroom, and it was a success.

Image carousel: “One of us is lying”, a Book Bento project by Elisabeth Levine

Developing creativity and and self-expression using student’s actual voice 

Through a fellow educator, Teresa Ronco, Elisabeth was introduced to the book One Drop of Kindness by Jeff Kubiak

“World Kindness Day was coming up and I thought it would be nice to invite Jeff via Google Hangout into my classroom. Our literature book this year was Pay it Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde and Jeff’s book seemed like a nice complement to our current reading.”

To get the classroom excited about the visit, Elisabeth decided to invite her students to reflect about kindness in a creative project. Her lesson plan included the following steps:

  1. Assign students to create their own digital kindness badges using Google Drawing 
  2. Students download each badge as PNG and upload each badge on a collaborative Google Slide  
  3. Take a photo of the book cover and insert onto Google Drawing
  4. Copy and Paste each badge on the book cover image on Google Drawing
  5. Download as PNG and upload on ThingLink
  6. Open ThingLink editor on one computer/tablet and ask students to take turns and record an audio note on their badge about what kindness means to them.

Tip: Instead of posting the badges on the poster, students can upload them on the individual tags that contains their audio recording.

Image: Students’ badges were used to decorate the cover of Kubiak’s book, and each of the badges was annotated with an icon in the shape of a drop. 

Summary and results: “Can we do another project like this?”

The project is a great example of how a teacher working with students with language-based learning challenges can use new technology to support creative collaboration and self-expression. In this case, Jeff Kubiak’s book One Drop of Kindness inspired Elisabeth and her students to:

  • Reflect on an abstract topic in a creative and personal way
  • Document student ideas using both their design skills (badges) and individual voices (audio notes)
  • Engage in discussion by listening to and talking about individual student responses
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THINGLINK RELEASES FREE 360 IMAGES TO UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES AND INVITES TEACHERS TO CREATE LESSONS IN MULTIPLE LANGUAGES

A GLOBAL TEACHER CHALLENGE

ThingLink Teacher Challenge 2019 focuses on developing digital storytelling skills in the context of cultural heritage and sustainable development. We invite teachers from different countries and regions to include virtual field trips in lesson plans, and to create new immersive learning experiences in multiple languages.  

A FREE 360 IMAGE LIBRARY

Appreciation of different cultures and the legacy of past generations often starts from a personal experience. This is why we have put together a collection of professional 360 images of some of the most prestigious UNESCO World Heritage Sites.  Viewing these images on computers, mobile devices, or mobile VR headsets does not require a ThingLink account. In addition, all images are available for reuse and editing under the free ThingLink Teacher account.  They can be used individually for specific lessons, or combined into a virtual tour.

CULTURAL SITES

Ancient building complex in the Wudang Mountains, China

Nubian Pyramids, Meroë, Sudan

Abu Simbel, the small temple of Nefertari

Central Library (UNAM), Mexico

Monastery of Geghard and the Upper Azat Valley, Armenia

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey

Luxor Temple, Egypt

Ad Deir Monastery, Petra, Jordania

Forum of Cesar, Rome, Italy

The Leaning Tower of Pisa, Italy

Old Havana, Cuba

Acik Saray, Gulsehir, Turkey

Lavaux Vineyard Terraces, Lake Geneva, France

Monasterio del Escorial, Madrid, Spain

Vatican City

Alto Douro Wine Region, Portugal

Historic Town of Gran-Bassam, Cote D’Ivoire, Africa

Fujian Tulou buildings, China

Pre-Saharan habitat Ksar of Ait-Ben-Haddou, Morocco

Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto

The Meidan Emam, Mosque of Sheykh Lotfollah, Esfahan, Iran

Meteora Varlaam Monastery Steps, Greece

Naqsh-e Jahan Square, Isfahanm, Iran

 

NATURAL SITES

Ha Long Bay, Vietnam

Jiuzhaigou Valley, Sichuan, China

Yosemite National Park, USA

Rock Sites of Cappadocia, Turkey

Nærøyfjord, Norway

Tsingy de Bemaraha Strict Nature Reserve, Madagascar

Black Lake in Durmitor National Park, Republic of Montenegro

Sagarmathan National Park, Nepal

Stirling Waterfalls at Te Wahipounamu, New Zealand

Laguna Llanganuco, Huascarán National Park, Peru

Lagoons of New Caledonia, France

Mosi-oa-Tunya / Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Socotra Archipelago, Yemen

Canaima National Park, Venezuela, Sororo Pan Mountain

Yellowstone National Park, USA

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Giant’s Causeway, Northern Ireland

Central Amazon Conservation Complex, Brazil

Okawango Delta Botswana

 

HOW TO ADD THESE IMAGES TO YOUR OWN THINGLINK ACCOUNT

If you are new to ThingLink, here is how to get access to the images listed above:

  1. Register for a free ThingLink Teacher account at thinglink.com
  2. Go to the Explore tab.
  3. Choose any image in the featured images and click “add to my account”. Now this image is copied to your account.
  4. Create a lesson or a virtual audio tour by editing the image and adding text, photos, videos, or audio recording.
  5. Use the Tour Creator tag for creating transitions from one image to another
  6. Share your image to ThingLink Education group on Facebook or on Twitter and tag it with @unesco #worldheritage!

You are also warmly welcome to use these images in an existing educational program, course, workshop, or event. To discuss other partnership opportunities, please contact us at education@thinglink.com!

More information: A World Heritage Site is a landmark or area which is selected by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as having cultural, historical, scientific or other form of significance, and is legally protected by international treaties. ThingLink won the 2018 UNESCO ICT in Education Prize.

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Creating Digital Breakouts Using ThingLink 360/VR

This ThingLink Certifed Educator guest post, by Dan Gallagher was originally published on his own blog, A Tech Perspective… or something like that.

Last June, I wrote a post about my ‘Escape the Classroom‘ first attempt at a digital breakout. After that 360° ThingLink received some attention, I collaborated with Susan Oxnevad, Director of Education at ThingLink, to offer a webinar on utilising this feature for teachers to create their own (read the posting on the ThingLink for Education Blog). The webinar took place on Tuesday, February 28. Below is the Google Slide presentation from the webinar as well as a video recording.

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Take the ThingLink 360 Breakout Challenge

We are pleased to invite educators to take the ThingLink 360 Breakout Challenge in March. This fun and free professional learning opportunity stems from an innovative idea by Dan Gallagher, a ThingLink Certified Educator with a lot of talent. Dan has combined the power of ThingLink’s 360 image editor with Google Docs to create an interactive, media-rich version of the popular learning game Breakout EDU. This hot classroom activity is an educational adaptation of an escape room that requires students to use clues to try to break out of a room.

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Join Our Live Event: Breakout of Your ThingLink 360!

We hope you will join our webinar event featuring Dan Gallagher’s session on how to facilitate Breakout EDU type learning experiences, powered by ThingLink 360/VR. This session will take place live on February 28th @ 6:00 pm EST. Sign up to receive an archived copy of the recording.

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Create a Travel Guide and Tour

The next activity in the ThingLink Summer VR Challenge is to create a travel guide as a model for a project that encourages students to construct knowledge as they create. Explore the image above for a simple example, created using a CC licensed image found in the equirectangular group of Flicker.

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Celebrating Vocabulary and Teacher Challenge Participants

Our ThingLink Summer VR Challenge is in full-swing and we are extremely excited about introducing our participants and sharing the vocabulary lessons that have been created!

We hope you will explore the map at the top of this post to meet the Digital Selves of the talented participants leading the way through this self-paced challenge. The map will be updated again to include more participants as they make it through the activity.

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Collecting Data for the ThingLink Summer VR Challenge

One of the greatest benefits of using ThingLink EDU as a tool for learning is the ability to easily build in data collection for assessment, planning, and personalized learning. Participants in the Summer VR Challenge will discover Google Forms woven throughout the lessons. Look for the icons to access these forms on the 360 World Map as you work your way through Lesson 1: Get Started with the ThingLink Summer VR Challenge.

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3 Reasons to Take the ThingLink VR Challenge This Summer

 The ThingLink Summer VR Challenge for coaches, teachers and students will provide opportunities for participants at all levels to work together to explore and create interactive 360/VR activities for teaching and learning. This challenge is free, self-paced and designed to help teachers successfully embrace the powerful possibilities of the 360/VR Editor. We invite educators from across the globe to participate! Here are 3 reasons to take the ThingLink Summer VR Challenge.
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Dive Into ThingLink VR This Summer!

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The ThingLink Summer VR Challenge for coaches, teachers and students will provide opportunities for participants at all levels to work together to explore and create interactive 360/VR activities for teaching and learning. This challenge is free, self-paced and designed to help teachers successfully embrace the powerful possibilities of using 360/VR images in education. We invite educators from across the globe to participate! Sign up for more information about the ThingLink Summer VR Challenge.

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