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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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ThingLink is a powerful tool for making connections and we are pleased to announce an exciting lineup of events to celebrate Connected Educator month. The events are designed to grow and strengthen our community of educators through the sharing of knowledge and ideas. Explore this interactive image to learn more about the events. Read more about them below.

 

ThingLink Educator Roundup

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.

View the slides and sign up to connect.

MOOC – Massive Open Online Course

Have you ever participated in a MOOC? A MOOC is free education for all, usually facilitated through a Google Hangout!  Chris Long facilitates the University of California Irvine Extension’s Advanced Instructional Strategies in the Virtual Classroom MOOC through Coursera. The participants are primarily teachers, pre-service teacher or other educational specialists in K12 and higher ed. The demographics of the course show a strong international diversity.

In the hangout, we will share some powerful strategies for increasing students’ engagement in learning using ThingLink and ThingLink for Video. With a course enrollment of over 4,700 participants, this event certainly illustrates the opportunities that exist for connected educators.

Sign up for this event on Google+.  Live @ 7:00 PM EDT. Convert to your time zone.

Transform Teaching & Learning with ThingLink & Google Drive

Educators need a flexible toolkit of resources to meet a variety of unique personal learning needs. Keep it simple with just two amazing multimedia rich tools, ThingLink and Google Docs. Use these accessible and easy to embrace tools together to transform teaching and learning in amazing ways! Explore an interactive graphic with 12 resources you can use to transform teaching and learning with ThingLink and Google Drive.

Sign up for this webinar on 10/14 . Live @ 8:00 PM EDT or sign-up to receive the archive. Convert to your time zone.

Interactive Image Slam Featuring EdTech Superstars!

Featuring Richard Byrne | Shelly S. Terrell | Sue Gorman

ThingLink is pleased and excited 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, Shelly S.Terrell and Sue Gorman and learn about the powerful ways these amazing educators use ThingLink to transform teaching and learning!

Sign up for this Webinar on 10/28. Live at 8:00 PM EDT or sign-up to receive the archive. Convert to your time zone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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We are excited to announce the acquisition of Smartag, the St. Petersburg-based interactive video company founded in 2011. As part of the acquisition, Smartag’s engineering team including founders Alexey Solomatin (CEO) and Andrey Lyuberg (CTO) will join ThingLink.


 

Working with Smartag’s highly-skilled team, we will continue in our mission to provide cutting edge publishing solutions–both image and video based–to our diverse array of content creators.

We would like to warmly welcome the Smartag team and look forward to sharing more exciting news in the coming weeks!

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A Webinar

Tonight ThingLink is hosting a webinar at 8:00 PM EDT  featuring ways to use our amazing tool for powerful professional development. Here is a sneak peak at some of the resources we will be sharing.

  • Great Ways to Use Google Drive
  • Digital Differentiation – Flexible Learning Paths
  • SAMR Through a Variety of Lenses
  • More

Explore This Channel of Resources

Join Us Live or Sign Up for the Archive

We hope you will be able to join our next ThingLink Webinar to explore a Toolkit of ThingLink Powered PD Resources, but if you can’t make the live broadcast, please  Sign up to receive the archived video.  

Tuesday, September 23rd at 8:00 PM EDT.



 

 

 

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Meet ThingLink EDU Community Members

Join talented members of the ThingLink EDU Community for a ThingLink Interactive Image Slam tonight at 7:00 PM EDT. Get inspired by the images of others and sign up to for a chance to slam one of your own. Collaborate with participants, ask questions and expand your PLN 

Tonight’s Panelists

Join the Conversation

Join the backchannel on TitanPad

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Are you looking for a user friendly and flexible tool to help you easily create engaging multimedia rich content to redefine teaching and learning? Are you interested in using technology to meet the personal learning needs of the students in your classroom? We invite you to attend our free webinar and explore the powerful possibilities that exist with ThingLink EDU. 

ThingLink EDU is a digital tool that provides users with the ability to turn any image or video into a multimedia rich interactive learning tool. Start with an image or start with a video. Annotate it with audio, video, images and links to any content on the Internet with the click of a button. 

Please join us for a free webinar on August 18th at 4:00PM CST as we explore inspiring examples and easy-to-follow instructions to help you transform teaching and redefine learning with ThingLink. 

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This is the 4th post in the ThingLink Teacher Challenge series. Participants can join the challenge at any time by signing up.  After you sign up, you will receive an email invitation from ThingLink. View a list of all posts in this series at the bottom of each weekly challenge. Please visit our showcase page.

Please Tweet and share through social media with the hashtag #TLChallenge. Feel free to repost any of the challenges on your own blog and be sure to invite your friends and colleagues to participate.

Week 4:  Create an Interactive Map

Objective

In this activity you will

  1. Create a map.

  2. Adjust the Image Size of your map image before uploading it to ThingLink, if needed.
  3. Add your map to ThingLink.

  4. Add Rich Media Tags to your  map.

  5. Share and submit interactive to the ThingLink Challenge.

Overview

In this activity you will create an interactive map image for use as a content launcher in the classroom.  Use the channel to guide you through the process. Consider using the activity with students during the school year and think of ways students can create interactive maps to demonstrate learning acquired through research.

Rationale

Using interactive maps in the classroom encourages exploration, invites curiosity and promotes spatial thinking. Interactive maps can be used to provide students with background knowledge to launch a unit, or they can be used as a starting point for digging deeper into any concept through research. Interactive maps can be used to explore a wide variety of topics in traditional ways, or they can be used creatively to help students visualize just about anything.

Example

Channel of Directions

Explore this interactive channel of resources to guide you through the process as you Create an Interactive Map

Note: Create this activity in your regular teacher account. There is no need to create it in your ThingLink Challenge Classroom this time.

Showcase of Examples

Explore this Padlet  board of interactive map  images created by participants and watch it grow! To get the best viewing experience view the full sized board on Padlet.

 

Classroom Connections and Modifications

  • Create a map of famous composers with tags containing audio clip samples of their music.

  • Create a map of famous artists with tags to samples of their work

  • Create a map of the Grand Canyon and ask students to determine the best place to cross it

  • Design a research project that requires students to create their own map, tagged with information presented through multimedia.

Additional Help and Support

ThingLink Teacher Challenge at a Glance

Next Week’s Challenge

Flip It with ThingLink for Video

Take the Week 5 Challenge: Flip It with ThingLink for Video

Create a Flipped Lesson

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Enjoy some Halloween ThingLinks that caught our eyes. A Happy Halloween to all!

 

 

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Screen Shot 2013-10-14 at 11.30.52 AMThe Interactive Image Revolution – How Top Brands are Powering Engagement,” a report presented today at the Pivot Conference, features the first independent analysis of ThingLink interactive image performance and its use by major publishers and brands.

To obtain a specific sense of ThingLink’s impact on ad fundamentals, The Pivot Conference and ThingLink worked together during the summer of 2013 to study ThingLink programs of companies across four core categories: Editorial Web, Editorial Social, Brand Web and Brand Social. In each case, actual, live ThingLink implementations were examined. In each category, 15 ThingLink enabled images were studied.

The results of the study show a dramatic impact for ThingLink images as response generators. At a time when banner ad click rates subsist between .01% and .04%, depending on source, ThingLink delivered an average click rate of between 5.7% and 16%. Not only was the overall response rate breathtakingly high, the study indicated some clear reasons why.

According to Mike Edelhart, CEO of Pivot, who authored the report, “One of the reasons ThingLink’s information-embedding approach has power is because it transforms an image from a single object, clickable or not, into a cornucopia of information choices. This produces an engagement intensification that neither standard images nor content approaches can deliver.”

ThingLink content elements generated “hover” engagement at up to nearly 4X the level of views. This means a ThingLink image can generate four interactions from a single view. At the lowest level, ThingLink produced a 50% secondary engagement per view. Any one of these intensified interactions can be the trigger for a click.

“In short, the information-enabled image appears to be a more powerful tool for generating clicks than any other we have seen before,” said Edelhart.

The ThingLink study shows clearly that the more information options in an image – shown on the table as number of Tags – the higher the engagement intensification. That doesn’t necessarily lead directly to higher click rates, but it certainly increases the potential for maximization.

Another view of ThingLink’s power can be seen by diving into the performance of Groupon’s program in the summer of 2013. Across six different products, ThingLink produced a remarkable click rate of 16% and an intensification of 96%, which means that nearly all of those who viewed the images saw the additional content that ThingLink delivered. In essence, that is a fundamental doubling of engagement; each user sees both the image itself and at least one additional piece of content on each view. We feel it is this essential intensification that drives ThingLink’s high response rates.

In addition to studying how others use ThingLink, Pivot itself used the platform to enhance promotion and information delivery for the Conference.

“We addressed the challenge of bringing a star-studded preview video about Pivot to our home page without pushing other key content below the fold by embedded the video thumbnail into our home page header with ThingLink,” noted Edelhart.  “There was a 41% increase in new traffic to Pivot’s external marketing programs after creating a Thinglink button to promote the program within Pivot’s web header.”

Pivot Conference also used ThingLink to transform the images of Pivot’s speakers into information launch pads.  “With ThingLink we were able to bring web pages, social connections, bios, videos and other speaker background right into the pictures,” added Edelhart.  There was an increase in the average time on the speaker section of Pivot’s website from 3:07 to 4:04. Conference organizers also received a gush of pleasure from Pivot’s generally hard to please speakers to this implementation, as many asked to include additional content within their pictures on the site.

For more information visit ThingLink.com. For a copy of the report visit the Pivot Conference.

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ThingLink has closed a $2 million financing round for offering interactive image solutions to publishers and brands, it was announced today. This is ThingLink’s second funding announcement since launching in August 2010, to bring total funding to $3.9 million.

The round was led by Helsinki-based VC firm Inventure Oy. Participants include social media and ad tech angels from New York and San Francisco including Terrapin Bale, led by former Tumblr president John Maloney, the CEO of Fremantle Media N.A. Thom Beers, the managing partner of Trimaran Capital Dean Kehler, SoundCloud CTO Eric Wahlforss, and TEKES, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation.

“ThingLink has proven itself as a highly engaging media solution that enables new and creative ways for brands and consumers to connect through images. The team and I are excited to have onboard investors and advisors with strong experience in media, publishing, advertising and entertainment,” said ThingLink founder and CEO Ulla Engeström, who will relocate from Helsinki, Finland to New York City to lead the company’s growth.

As part of this funding round, ThingLink also announced new appointments to its board of directors, including Entertainment Media Ventures CEO Sandy Climan and former Facebook media sales director Craig Coblenz.

Former Meredith Publishing and Newsweek/Daily Beast executive Hillary Billingsley was also appointed as chief revenue officer.

Over 220,000 publishers, including 4 of the top 10 newspapers and 10 of the top 50 global brands, use ThingLink to transform images into an interactive surface for rich media – including video players, social links and other apps – that makes content discoverable, engageable and sellable.

Hundreds of automotive, fashion, entertainment, B2B and consumer brands have used ThingLink to introduce products, educate customers, and deploy shoppable images with interactive video, music, and information links.

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About ThingLink
ThingLink is the most popular platform for creating and distributing interactive images for blogs, web pages, social channels and advertising. ThingLink is used by more than 220,000 publishers in 46 countries, including leading newspapers and magazines, brands, digital agencies, universities, schools, and long-tail bloggers. For more information visit: ThingLink.com and ThingLinkPress.com

Contact: Neil Vineberg, CMO (+1 631 377 1494)

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