Category : Images we Love

ThingLink at SxSW13 – Booth 511

Looking forward to seeing our friends at SxSW Interactive next week.url

Stop by at Booth 511 and chat it up with our CMO Neil Vineberg.

And if you’re into hearing great bands the place to be is SonyCity at the Hanger Lounge and the Six Lounge (318/319 Colorado at 4th) from March 13-16. Check the calendar for March 13th in the images below.

Big congrats to our friends at Wind-up Records (!!) who are hosting their 15th Anniversary party on March 14th at Empire Control Room.  And check out The Lone Bellow (see image below) performing all over Austin.

Touch and discover the images. Have fun and see you there!

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An Educational Use of Thinglink

Here is a guest post by Michael Britt, Ph.D., host of The Psych Files, a Psychology podcast. The Psych Files is aimed at anyone curious about human behavior, though students taking a course in psychology, those majoring in psychology, and instructors of psychology will find the podcast particularly of interest.

B.F. Skinner in His Own Words

I just finished a fun project using thinglink. Here’s the project:

 

http://www.thinglink.com/scene/366016018553765889#tlsite

 

My goal was to better understand what psychologist B.F. Skinner actually said about educating children, learning to play an instrument, happiness, etc.   I put together a little “audio collage” that students could put together as a class project using any well known person (for whom there is video and/or audio interviews available of course).

Here’s how I created it:

  • Audio bytes were found all over the web – YouTube of course and archive.org
  • I used an audio capture tool (Audio Hijack in my case, but many such programs exist) to grab the audio as it played in my browser
  • I edited the audio down to the essential quotes using an audio editing tool (the free Audacity tool would be fine)
  • Uploaded the audio to my www.soundcloud.com account
  • Created a simple collage using Photoshop (any image editor would work) and arranging images I found from wikipedia and clipart.com
  • After uploading the collage to www.thinglink.com, I linked the audio from Soundcloud to the various spots on the collage

What’s the pedagogical goal? Well, I personally gained a deeper understanding of and appreciation for Skinner and I think students would also gain such an understanding of whoever they chose to focus on.  Also, in addition to just linking from a spot on the image to an audio sound byte, note that there is a small amount of text that can be typed next to the audio player.  Students could be required to tell the listener why the quote is important – what does it reveal about the psychologist’s theory?  What misconception does the quote clarify?  What does the quote reveal about the psychologist as a person?  Also, if the creator of the thinglink enables it, other students can leave comments on the image as well, which could result in a nice discussion and of course a good learning experience for everyone.

I really love Thinglink – such a fun tool.

Michael A. Britt, Ph.D.

http://www.ThePsychFiles.com

Twitter: @mbritt

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ThingLink’s Jonas Forth Discusses How Web Apps Serve the Music Industry

Excerpted from HYPEBOT…An interview with Andrew Apanov of Dotted Music and Stand Above The Noise.

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ThingLink Launches Interactive Image Contest for K-12 with Rosen Digital

Students can create digital projects with images, music, videos, and websites to win an iPad Mini or annual subscription to one of Rosen Digital’s online databases

We have joined with Rosen Digital for the first ThingLink Interactive Image Contest. It’s our way of celebrating students, teachers and all the ways that learning can be fun.

Susan Oxnevad, Instructional Technology Facilitator and educator for 26 years said: “ThingLink is one of my favorite and most frequently used tools because it supports active student participation and requires users to construct knowledge as they create.  The tool can be very useful for designing and implementing the types of deep learning experiences required by the Common Core and it is also an effective way to help students develop digital literacy skills.”

Eligibility: All students K-12 are eligible to enter.  Teachers and parents may enter an image on a student’s behalf.

Submission Deadline: Images may be submitted through May 1, 2013. Enter images at ThingLinkContest.com.

Winners will be announced on May 15, 2013.

Categories: There are 10 categories:

  • My Favorite Books or Authors
  • Science — Think Like a Scientist!
  • Health & Well-being — You, Your Family, Your Friends
  • Environment — The World Around Us
  • Community — Volunteering & Making a Difference
  • Money Smarts — Earning, Saving, Spending
  • Art & Music — Express Yourself!
  • Sports — Game On!
  • History & Social Studies — From Yesterday to Today
  • Animals — Furry, Friendly, & Fierce

Students can enter in as many categories as they wish.  All entries are viewable at ThingLink.com.

Voting:  Friends and family can vote on their favorite images by using “touch” icon on a ThingLink image. The most “touches” counts for a portion of the score.  A team of educational advisors will review entries and determine winners.

Prizes: One iPad mini will be awarded to the top winner in each category. The winning school in each category will also receive one Rosen Database subscription for a year (Teen Health and Wellness, Digital Literacy, Financial Literacy or the Power Knowledge Science Suite).  Certificates will be awarded to second and third place winners in each category. 

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The Oscars on ThingLink

We’re celebrating the 85th Academy Awards and sharing great Oscars images on ThingLink!

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Grammy Fever Hits ThingLink

We wanted to share some of the incredible images that were published during the Grammys celebrating Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, Swedish House Mafia, Brittini Cole, Anita Baker, Little Big Town and all the nominees.

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How far will people go for Valentine’s Day?

A study released today by Digitas, a digitally-led, global integrated brand agency, and Brandwatch, a social media monitoring and analytics company, analyzed over 1.6 million social mentions of Valentine’s Day taking place on news and general media sites, blogs, forums, Facebook, and Twitter from November 2012 – February 2013. The findings reveal that more than 45,000 conversations mention travel for the holiday, suggesting that Americans are considering Valentine’s Day a time to vacation away from home and no longer celebrating as just a single day affair.

Couples, Families and Friends Are Taking Off to Other Places for the Holiday

Thirty percent of all travel-related mentions referenced traveling by air, while 37% mentioned traveling by car.  Of these two groups, the majority of conversations about air travel were about couples, while groups of friends dominated the conversations about road trips.

Domestic Travel Ranks #1, But Don’t Rule Out Travel Abroad
Our study shows that 70% of people discussing Valentine’s Day travel are considering visits to domestic destinations— the top five being: 1) New York, 2) San Francisco, 3) Chicago, 4) Las Vegas, and 5) Los Angeles.

While traveling within the US leads in conversations, a surprising 30% are discussing trips abroad to international destinations. The study shows that when Americans think “Valentine’s Romance,” their top five international destinations are: 1)Paris,  2) London, 3) Barcelona, 4) Sydney and 5) Vancouver.

Valentine’s Day Celebrations Will Include Plans to be Outdoors
It also appears Americans are preparing for an active Valentine’s Day. Amongst popular activities for vacationing, 42% are looking to relax at the spa as their primary Valentine’s Day activity.  Of the remaining, 33% want sun and beach destinations, 21% are hitting the slopes and 4% are wine tasting.

Despite Interest in Outdoor Activities, Hotel Spa Packages Hit It Big Online
Hotels with spas have been advertising heavily online, and our study shows that their online investments are paying off—and not just to the couples celebrating Valentine’s Day. Singles want hotels with spas as well, and for every four mentions interested in a relaxing destination, either by singles or by a couple, at least one included a reference to a coupon or deal.

This infographic was annotated using ThingLink to give you an enhanced viewing experience.

 

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Celebrating New York Fashion Week

We wanted to share some of the excitement from Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week through images. Fashion Week is New York City’s single largest media event, which provides top designers an international platform to showcase their collections to more than 100,000 industry insiders from around the world.

 

 

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The Oscars: An Interactive Guide

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Vote Your Favorite Meme of 2012

What was your favorite meme of 2012? Gangnam Style, Mitt Romney versus Big Bird, Clint Eastwood and the Obama empty chair? Touch this image and cast your vote…

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