Category : EDU Guest Post

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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The 24th Annual HBCU Faculty Development Network Conference: Taking ThingLink on the Road

We were so excited to have an opportunity to share our ThingLink journey with the attendees of the 24th Annual HBCU Faculty Development Network Conference, in Washington, DC.  Our workshop was titled “Case Study: Experience the Implementation of Virtual Reality at an HBCU”. The workshop participants expressed various levels of familiarity with virtual reality as a tool however very few had explored how it could be used in instruction.  This “open mindset” provided a great opportunity to share ideas of how ThingLink can be used to immerse students in several educational disciplines.

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Virtual Reality Tour of Chinese Buddhist Monastery on ThingLink

We invite you to enjoy this guest post by Jeff Snyder-Reinke, and explore the virtual tour of Zhaojue Monastery in Chengdu created by his students as a final project at College of Idaho. Please note: The front page of this project includes a description of the project and an explanation of how to navigate the tour. Please click the enter button to enter and explore the site
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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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Who Needs a Bus? Taking Interactive Field Trips with Thinglink 360/VR

ThingLink Certified Educator BadgeWe are pleased to feature a Friday guest post by Andrew Fehnel, a Social Studies Teacher and Technology Coach in Whitehall, Pennsylvania. In addition to being a  Thinglink Certified Educator, Andrew is also a Keystone Technology Innovator. We hope you enjoy learning about using Interactive Field Trips with Andrew.

“Thinglink is my go to instructional tool.  It allows me to be creative and engaging in my lesson plans and provides my students with multiple ways to engage with content.”

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Take Your Students on a Spring Break Vacation!

Deb NortonWe are pleased to feature a Friday guest post by Deb Norton, a  talented ThingLink Certified Educator who is a Tech Integration Coach in Wisconsin. Deb has been exploring the power of ThingLink 360/VR since she took the ThingLink Summer VR Challenge in June and she has created a great collection of  ThingLink 360/VR lessons  We hope you enjoy Deb’s post.

 

“ThingLink provides educators with a technology that is forward thinking and amazingly versatile.”

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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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