Category : EDU Guest Post

Crafting a ThingLink 360 for the Breakout Challenge

Patricia Merlino, ThingLink Certified EducatorWe are pleased to feature a Friday guest post by Patricia Merlino, a longtime, talented ThingLink Certified Educator who has successfully completed the ThingLink 360 Breakout Challenge. We hope you will read Patricia’s story about her experience with the Breakout Challenge, and sign up to watch her share this activity during our upcoming webinar to Celebrate the ThingLink 360 Breakout Challenge on 3/30/17.

“Thinglink has dramatically changed and challenged my instructional practices in both delivery of projects and student engagement.”

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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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Look Around! A Learning Framework for VR

This post was originally published by Mona Voelkel on Literacy Studio. We are pleased to introduce our audience to Mona's work and excited to welcome Mona to our team of ThingLink Certified Educators.

 

I was very excited and honored that my VR lesson was included in a “Getting Smart” article, “3 Ideas for Using Virtual Reality with Place Based Ed”  by Emily Liebtag.

This article touched on the use of VR before and after trips to actual destinations but the same thinking can be applied to a completely virtual learning cycle.  Trips to grand locations are not always possible in reality but much can be learned by “visiting” these places virtually.

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It’s a Smashing Thing

This month we are celebrating AppSmashing with ThingLink. We have reached out to our wonderful community of educators to share examples of ways to use ThingLink as a platform for combining two or more apps together to create, publish and share content. 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. We are pleased to share this powerful AppSmash by Sue Fitzgerald, a librarian in Justin Texas and a ThingLink Expert Educator.

It’s a Smashing Thing, by Sue Fitzgerald

Smashing tools has become one of my favorite passions lately and using thinglink makes the process effortless.  That’s exactly what I demonstrated in this thinglink that was presented virtually for other librarians in Northern Texas.  Thinglink allows my presentations, lessons, or end-of-school-year reports to become interactive with the user. There are endless ideas for making a thinglink come to life with pictures, videos, audio, information, or feedback through smashing a variety of tools. Take the thinglink Challenge in your next interactive project.

 

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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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