Category : Images we Love

6 Amazing App Smash Examples to Inspire Creativity

We recently challenged members of our ThingLink Education Community to take the ThingLink App Smash Challenge. The challenge was designed to help educators discover new ideas for teaching and learning with an iPad by combining two or more apps together to create, publish and share content. The use of ThingLink as a presentation tool provides educators with powerful possibilities for turning an image into a multimedia rich learning tool.

Many members of the ThingLink EDU community submitted ThingLink powered App Smashes to our App Smash Channel and several ThingLink Expert Educators shared their expertise through one of three webinars we offered. In case you missed it, here are resources from our culminating App Smash webinar. Be sure to watch the archived webinar found at the bottom of this post to listen to our Expert Educators describe their amazing AppSmashes.    

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Celebrate Holiday Traditions

If you’re looking for engaging ways to include some holiday fun into your teaching before winter break, you might want to choose ThingLink as a platform for sharing resources. ThingLink allows educators to pack a lot of multimedia content into a very small space, providing opportunities for teachers to present students with a treasure trove of differentiated resources to meet diverse learning styles.

Here is a closer look at a few excellent examples created by members of the ThingLink EDU community. You can easily embed any of the resources here into your own blog, wiki or website for use, or simply share the link with students for exploring and learning. If these images inspire you to create your own resources, we invite you to share in our December Holiday Channel. You will find more information at the bottom of this post.

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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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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!

 

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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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Get Inspired by Our Community of Educators

Earlier this week seven members of our ThingLink Community of Educators shared inspirational examples of innovative ways to use ThingLink as a tool for differentiated learning through a live webinar.  The collection of resources has been archived and shared through this interactive channel to explore and enjoy.

Be sure to click on the video icon in the center of each image to view the live broadcast, then explore each author’s original image on the following slide.

Explore and Enjoy

Curating Now Easier

The new Add to Channel link found below every ThingLink image makes it a breeze to collect ThingLink content created by community members for reuse.  Learn more in an earlier post, Curate and Collect Everyone’s Images.

Handy Text Features

If you haven’t created an image recently, you will be happy to learn that there are now new  text features which allow users to edit text. Explore this image below.

 

 

 

 

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Create & Curate Collections of Everyone’s Images

ThingLink channels have just gotten better! Now ThingLink users can curate and create collections of anyone’s images with a new Add to Channel button available under every public ThingLink image. This feature allows users to easily add anyone’s image to their own channel.

Add Any Image to Your Channel

Now when users view any image on ThingLink EDU, the Add to Channel link appears below it. Just click on the link and add that image to any of your channels.

Add to Channel

Ways to Use Add to Channel

  • Collect and curate content of all kinds.
  • Create a collection of interactive images to build concepts or launch a project.
  • Share and reuse images created by members of your PLN.
  • Redesign curriculum by creating interactive learning guides.
  • Quickly capture links to student assignments and assemble them into organized channel.

Integrate a Google Form

I tested the usefulness of this feature when assembling a channel of interactive images for our ThingLink Interactive Image Slam yesterday. The links to images for sharing during the broadcast were collected through a Google Form. Clicking on the link in the form took me straight to the image I needed. I clicked on Add to Channel and voila, an instant  collection of images was created! Explore this example and enjoy this new ThingLink feature.

 

Interactive Image Slam Channel

Explore the images created and shared by talented members of the ThingLink EDU Community during the first interactive image slam. If you have a great image to share and would like to participate in a future image slam, please fill out the form found in the channel.

Watch this channel grow as more images are added and recorded video from the broadcast is tagged on top of the images!

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GUEST POST: Thinglink: A Tool for Journalists That Journalists Should Actually Use

By Stacey Decker

It’s a premise familiar to online journalists: There’s a new tool for creating interactives. It’s sleek and it has the potential to increase reader engagement. Fast forward 6 months and you can’t even remember your login information to get on the site. (Let’s hope you know your mother’s maiden name.)

Online tools are a lot like real tools that way—some just collect dust. In modern newsrooms, where journalists are strapped for time, new forms of storytelling need to have a high impact, but a low barrier to entry. ThingLink has those elements. For us at Education Week, it’s a useful resource … and one that we actually use.

Why We Use Thinglink

There are a few complex features of ThingLink that are especially impressive. The interface is extremely user-friendly. Thinglink is integrated with other platforms we already use, like YouTube and Soundcloud. Thinglink provides publishers with a lot of useful analytics about images and viewer behavior, including hovers and clicks. And the site has an engaged community.

But the real beauty of Thinglink is its simplicity. It’s easy to conceptualize a story that works in this format. There aren’t any prerequisites to begin using the tool, other than a good idea. And that good idea gives back. Embed a Thinglink on your site and you can take create an immersive experience on any page.

How We Use Thinglink

At Education Week, we have two main uses for Thinglink:

1. Narrative Storytelling

When using Thinglink to tell a story, we let our photography take the lead. The context, links, and additional material we layer on ties everything together. In this example (now with more than 4,000 views), images, text, and audio, converge to reveal the complexities of arming educators:

2. Infographics and Resource Multimedia Thinglink can be helpful to journalists looking for interesting ways to present data, information, and tips and tricks. In our most popular Thinglink to date (with almost 20,000 views), we used the tool to show our audience of educators how to teach students to vet research materials:

Three Tips for Journalists

If I’ve convinced you to try Thinglink, here’s some helpful advice:

1. Look at what other publishers are doing.

Plenty of newspapers—international, national, and local—are using Thinglink to show off their front pages, section fronts, and $126 billion dollar magazine covers. Others have gotten more inventive. The Washington Post partnered with Thinglink on their coverage of the 2013 White House Correspondents’ Dinner. The Guardian has used Thinglink to layer videos and archival material on top of infographics. Mashable’s used it to make a holiday gift guide. And Discovery Communications has worked with Thinglink to use the tool as a way to deliver advertising.

2. Look at what everybody else is doing.

Commercial outfits like Home Depot, State Farm, and Groupon are using Thinglink to share tips and promote products and services. Thinglink’s unaffiliated users are arguably the most innovative, using the medium to enhance posters, illustrations, maps, and historical photos.

3. Experiment and Edit.

The best way to get acquainted with Thinglink is to upload an image and start tagging. (If you want to do this in private, change your image visibility to “unlisted” until you’ve got your image the way you want it.) Look for additional media (videos, audio, photos, tweets, etc.) to make your images richer. But don’t overdo it; tags shouldn’t overwhelm your image. In the same vein, keep tag descriptions short. And think about the order of your tags. In the end, your Thinglink should service your reader.

Bonus Tip: Get the browser plugin. (It’s a huge time saver.)

I look forward to seeing more of the creative and complex ways newsrooms and publishers put this tool to work for them.


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Stacey Decker is Online News Editor at Education Week (www.edweek.org), America’s source for news and opinion on K-12 education issues.

 

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Halloween ThingLink Style

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

 

 

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