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Interactive video is new media that has only briefly made it’s appearance in the marketplace. In the last couple of months, top notch brands such as yoox.com have included ThingLink’s new video editor as part of their social media toolkit, and promoted cool new video content to their fans on Facebook.

This is how you can promote interactive ThingLink videos as a Facebook campaign:

*Note* ThingLink Video is only available for Premium and Corporate users.  

1. Select  “Send people to your website” (not “upload video”)
Interactive videos cannot be promoted using Facebook Premium Video Ads. This is because creating a video ad requires uploading a .mov video file, and interactive links cannot live in a .mov file.

Selecting “Send people to your website” is the right choice. Now, copy-paste a link to a ThingLink video URL (video.thinglink.com/v/1234) or a branded website that hosts the video and plays the video for your viewers.

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2. Upload an image (with or without a play button)
If you would like your master image to appear with a play button, add the button to your image (prior to upload). Next, upload your image for this ad:

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3. Complete the rest of the form and submit

After completing the rest of the form and submitting the ad, interactive video in the Facebook Newsfeed should look like this screenshot:

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When viewers click the image, they land to view the video on thinglink.com or a branded website like Yoox’s.

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Got a cool idea for a video campaign? Contact Alexey at sales@thinglink.com.

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Webinar Overview

  • What is ThingLink EDU?
  • Ways to use ThingLink in the classroom
  • Get Started with ThingLink EDU
  • New: ThingLink EDU Premium & ThingLink for Video Preview
  • Get inspired with ideas and resources from the ThingLink Teacher Challenge

Promo Code

As a special thank you to viewers, we are offering a promo code for use towards the purchase of our new ThingLink EDU Premium account.

We will be offering a full lineup of webinars over the course of the next few months to help educators leverage the power of using ThingLink as a 21st Century tool for teaching and learning. Stay tuned to this blog for announcements and please follow us on Twitter. @ThingLink_EDU.

 

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Week 9: Create a Portfolio Channel or Image

Objective

In this activity you will do one of the following:

  • Assemble a channel of interactive images you created for the ThingLink Teacher Challenge to serve as a portfolio of the amazing examples you created this summer. (Premium Users)
  • Create one interactive image for use as a launcher to all of the images you have created during the challenge. (Free Users)

Overview

In this activity you will explore the use of ThingLink Channels as a tool for assembling albums of content by collecting and curating the images you created for the ThingLink Teacher Challenge. If you don’t have a premium account, you can simply create one interactive image to launch all of the content created during the challenge. 

Rationale

You’ve worked hard all summer and now it’s time to assemble resources to showcase the work you have created. Using ThingLink Channels yourself will help you understand how they can be used by students to create collections, books or portfolios for assessment. There are a few tricks to working with channels and you will discover them when you create one yourself.

What’s a Channel?

Teachers and students can create collections of work with an exciting feature known as ThingLink Channels. All users can create and view channels; however, only premium users can publish them.

ThingLink Channels provide users with the ability to organize images into embeddable interactive albums with the click of a button. Teachers and students have the flexibility to build channels that are connected to learning goals and compliment classroom routines. Channels provide teachers and student with many opportunities for extending the learning.

Example: My Portfolio Channel

In this example I created a collage of the images I created for the ThingLink Teacher Challenge  for use as a cover page. I used BigHugeLabs Mosaic Maker to easily create a collage, but there are many options for creating collages. Create one from scratch or use your favorite digital tool or app.If you are creating on an iPad, you might want to try Pic Collage, one of my favorite simple apps.

If you have a free account, you can simply create a cover page and publish it.

Example

In this example Laura Moore created a launcher by linking each week’s challenge to this one page.

Classroom Connections and Modifications

  1. Ask students to create portfolios of work within your classroom throughout the year. The portfolio can include more than ThingLink images, just take a snapshot of any digital work and tag it to link to a project. Teachers can add tags to students’ images created within the classroom, which could be useful for providing feedback.
  2. Create a channel to tell a digital story.
  3. Create a channel of interactive images to launch a project. Include directions and examples.
  4. Create a channel for use as a presentation, as an alternative to a traditional slideshow.

Challenge: Directions at a Glance

Important Notes:

  • If you do not have a premium EDU account, you will not be able to publish your channel of images. For this reason, you might want to create one image with links to your content and publish that on the Padlet instead.
  • You can not reorder images in a channel at this time, so make sure to add images in the order you want them to be.
  • Channels hold up to 10 interactive images.
  • There is no option to add your ThingLink for Video to a channel at this time. If you want to include your video in your portfolio, take a snapshot of it, then upload the snapshot to ThingLink as an image and add a tag to your video. View example. You can also chose to skip this step and simply create a link to your video somewhere within your portfolio.

Get Started

  1. Create a simple  image to be used as a cover page for your channel and  add it to your  ThingLink EDU account.
  2. Premium Users: Create a channel titled TLChallenge Portfolio. (See interactive directions below.)

Add Images to Channel (Skip this part if you are not a premium user)

  1. Open the cover page you created.
  2. Click on the words below the image, “Add to Channel”.
  3. Open the “How To” image you created and click on the words below it to “Add to Channel”
  4. Repeat to add each of the images you created to the Channel.

Add ThingLink to Padlet

You can add a ThingLink Channel to a Padlet by copying the link you find under Share Slideshow. If you are not a premium users, simply publish your interactive image on the Padlet.

  1. Go to Channels and select your portfolio channel.
  2. Click on View as Slideshow
  3. Click on Share Slideshow at the top of the screen.
  4. Copy the link.
  5. Open the Portfolios Padlet and add the link.

thingLink_to_padlet

Additional Help and Support

ThingLink Teacher Challenge at a Glance

Intro: 3 Reasons to Take the ThingLink Teacher Challenge

Week 1: Get Started

Week 2: Design Your Digital Self

Week 3: Digging Deeper Into Vocabulary

Week 4: Create an Interactive Map

Week 5: Flip It with ThingLink for Video

Week 6: ThingLink UnPlugged to Extend the Classroom Walls

Week 7:  Turn It Up with Sound

Week 8: Engage Students in Informed Decision Making

Explore our Showcase

View our showcase page and watch it grow!

Final Challenge

Explore and curate content created by other participants in the ThingLink Teacher Challenge to create a collection of resources.

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Week 8: 

Objective

In this activity you will

  • Create an interactive image  to collect informed  feedback.
  • Explore the use of  Polldaddy as a tool to collect feedback.
  • Use rich media tags to enhance your image.
  • Share and self-publish your image on our Padlet.

Overview

In this activity you will explore the use of an interactive image for informing and collecting feedback from an audience.

Rationale

With access to a multitude of online resources, students can learn to become informed decision makers and stakeholders in their own learning.  Use of online polls, surveys, and digital tools for collecting feedback can turn passive observers into active participants. Perhaps John Dewey said it best…

“The essence of the demand for freedom is the need of conditions which will enable an individual to make his own special contribution to a group interest, and to partake of its activities in such ways that social guidance shall be a matter of his own mental attitude, and not a mere authoritative dictation of his acts.”

- John Dewey
Democracy and Education

Example: One School, One Book

Here is an example of using ThingLink to help a school community choose a common book for a One School, One Book project. The image uses multimedia and text to inform voters before utilizing Polldaddy to capture the vote. The image is useful for collecting input from community members of any age because it has built in multimedia supports.

Classroom Connections and Modifications

  1. Create a bookshelf of books read independently by students. Use rich-media tags to include student created book reviews and use the interactive image as a library launcher to help students find books.
  2. Create an image with choices for student group projects of any kind. Use rich-media tags to share project examples, and add a poll to organize students by group.

Challenge: Directions at a Glance

  1. Create an image and add it to your  ThingLink EDU account.
  2. Add rRich Media Tags to enhance your image using a variety of multimedia to support diverse learning needs.
  3. Sign up for a free Polldaddy account.
  4. Create a poll on Polldaddy and add a rich-media tag.
  5. Add your finished interactive image to the Padlet, (Directions below)
  6. Share and submit interactive to the ThingLink Challenge.

Add ThingLink to Padlet

Use of a Padlet is a easy way to collect ThingLink Interactive images. Anyone can add a ThingLink to a Padlet easily without logging in. Try it yourself, then think of how easy it will be to ask students to turn in their own interactive images directly to the Padlet. These illustrated directions can also be found right on the Padlet, Take a Poll.

thingLink_to_padlet

Additional Help and Support

ThingLink Teacher Challenge at a Glance

Intro: 3 Reasons to Take the ThingLink Teacher Challenge

Week 1: Get Started

Week 2: Design Your Digital Self

Week 3: Digging Deeper Into Vocabulary

Week 4: Create an Interactive Map

Week 5: Flip It with ThingLink for Video

Week 6: ThingLink UnPlugged to Extend the Classroom Walls

Week 7:  Turn It Up with Sound

Explore our Showcase

View our showcase page and watch it grow!

Next Week’s Challenge

Create a Portfolio Channel of Images from the TL Challenge.

 

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Week 7: Turn it Up a Notch with Sound from Audioboo

Objective

In this activity you will

  • Sign up for a free Audioboo account and download Audioboo mobile for iOS.
  • Create an interactive image that is enhance through the use of sound.
  • Learn about Universal Design for Learning.
  • Design a learning experience with built-in supports for all learners.
  • Share and self-publish  your ThingLink on our Padlet, Turn it Up with Sound.

Overview

In this activity you will explore the use of sound to create an interactive image enhanced by audio. You will reflect on ways to design lessons to support the unique learning needs of all students, and discover the possibilities that exist for embracing audio. Grab your iPad or iPhone and capture sound on the go with the Audioboo app, or  record something more formal from your laptop. It’s time to tap into sound.

Rationale

ThingLink is a multimedia rich and flexible tool can be used to support the diverse learning needs of all students, putting power in the hands of the facilitator of a well designed lesson. So let’s focus a bit on designing lessons from the start that are equipped with built-support and designed for success. 

Universal Design for Learning supports the idea of designing lessons from the start that are equipped with support for all learners to overcome learning barriers and to meet their diverse learning needs.

Watch Interactive Video

 

Example: Apollo 11

I used very short snippets of public domain audio from NASA for the audio on this image. It’s important to be mindful of copyright rules and stay within acceptable use guidelines.

 

Example: created by Darren from Audioboo

 

Simple Example: Spanish Vocabulary Words

Classroom Connections and Modifications

Perhaps the best thing about recording and easily tagging an image with audio is the ability to capture those beautiful student voices. Here are just a few ideas:

  1. Enrich an illustration or collage with student narrated original piece of writing.
  2. Create a comic strip and ask students to record the dialogue.
  3. Create a poster about a famous person or event  and record quotes in students’ voices.
  4. Create and record original music.
  5. Enrich images with recorded oral histories.
  6. Facilitate a group project with audio book reports, book reviews, book ttrailers, comments and more.
  7. Explore resources available in Audioboo to create your own sound enhanced interactive image.

Challenge: Directions at a Glance

  1. Add an image to your ThingLink EDU account.
  2. Add rich media tags with Audioboo sound to enhance image. (Directions below)
  3. Add multimedia supports to meet diverse learning needs. Consider including video, images, text at differentiated levels, and simulations if possible.
  4. Add your finished interactive image to the Padlet, Turn it Up with Sound.  Directions below)

Get Started with Audioboo

  1. Sign up for Audioboo with your email address or their twitter credentials.  
  2. Download the iOS app from the iTunes store if you wish.
  3. Record audio and copy the web address at the top of the page.
  4. Create a rich media tag on your interactive image and paste the URL from Audioboo into the tag editor.
  5. Remember to use proper attribution.
Audioboo

Add ThingLink to Padlet

Use of a Padlet is a easy way to collect ThingLink Interactive images. Anyone can add a ThingLink to a Padlet easily without logging in. Try it yourself, then think of how easy it will be to ask students to turn in their own interactive images directly to the Padlet. These illustrated directions can also be found right on the Padlet, Turn it Up with Sound.

thingLink_to_padlet

Additional Help and Support

ThingLink Teacher Challenge at a Glance

Intro: 3 Reasons to Take the ThingLink Teacher Challenge

Week 1: Get Started

Week 2: Design Your Digital Self

Week 3: Digging Deeper Into Vocabulary

Week 4: Create an Interactive Map

Week 5: Flip It with ThingLink for Video

Week 6: ThingLink UnPlugged to Extend the Classroom Walls

Explore our Showcase

View our showcase page and watch it grow!

Next Week’s Challenge

 

 

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Week 6: ThingLink Unplugged

Objective

In this activity you will

  • Download ThingLink mobile for iOS or Android and login with your teacher account.
  • Go outside and take pictures with your mobile device to create an interactive image on the go.
  • Share and publish your simple image on a Padlet yourself.

field_trip

 

Overview

In this activity you will explore the use of the ThingLink App and a mobile device to capture and share life on the go as it happens without an Internet connection. Then when you reconnect you will publish the image yourself on a Padlet wall. This week’s goal is to enjoy and experience ThingLink’s  flexible options and use whatever device is handy at the moment to embrace learning opportunities outside of  the classroom walls.

Rationale

ThingLink is an amazing tool for teaching and learning that is supported across platforms. This flexibility provides teachers and students with a variety of options to extend the learning beyond the classroom walls. The recent addition of the Android app, along with the existing iOS app and web based platform, completes the full circle of possibilities for creating and learning with interactive images.

When you get away from an Internet connection you can create content with the mobile app and store it locally on your individual device. Take a photo and tag it with another photo. Create a video interview right there, or simply annotate and record ideas through text. Think of it as an interactive notebook. 

There are many ways to engage students in  learning experiences that extends the walls of the classroom by going off the grid with ThingLink mobile and a handy device. Allow students to bring their own devices when they explore the world to encourage active participation and help them engage and connect with the learning in front of them. Students will discover new ways to mix up  their worlds and make it  personally meaningful. 

Examples

What is this tree?

created by by Ulla Engestrom and her children. Ulla is the Founder and CEO of ThingLink.

 

Allie’s Inquiry Unit

Created by Allie Herke

Interesting Plans and Animals

created by Amelia Hill

Simple Challenge: Directions at a Glance

  1. Make sure you have a ThingLink for Education account before working with the app.
  2. Download the app. fromLogin to the app on your mobile device with your ThingLink for Education login.
    1. Apps Store for iOS
    2. Google Play for Android.
  3. Go outside or away from an Internet connection and take pictures with your camera phone or tablet.
  4. Open ThingLink and choose a picture from your gallery.
  5. Tap the picture to tag image with a note or a question.
  6. Tap the picture and choose Add Media to add another image on top of  your image.Click Next to share to ThingLink.
    1. Take a closeup image of flower or leaves and add it to a picture of the whole plant.
    2. Tap the image to add a Text question

 

Add Your Interactive Image to Padlet

Use of a Padlet is a easy way to collect ThingLink Interactive images. Anyone can add a ThingLink to a Padlet easily without logging in. Try it yourself, then think of how easy it will be to ask students to turn in their own interactive images directly to the Padlet. Of course, do this part after you reconnect to the Internet, since Padlet is a free online tool.

thingLink_to_padlet

Try It on Padlet

Here is an embedded version of  the wall. To contribute your own image, go to the wall, ThingLink Uplugged . The directions pictured above are also available for handy access right on the Padlet. 

  1. Select the Share icon on your image.
  2. Copy the link that appears.
  3. Go to Padlet and double tap to get a note. Type a title.
  4. Click on the link icon and paste the link into the box.

 

Classroom Connections and Modifications

Bring ThingLink Mobile on a Field Trip

Additional Help and Support

ThingLink Teacher Challenge at a Glance

Explore our Showcase

View our showcase page and watch it grow!

Next Week’s Challenge

Creatively Use Audio to Kickit it Up a Notch

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Week 5:  Create a Flipped Lesson

Objective

In this activity you will

  1. Find or create a video for independent instruction.

  2. Add your video to ThingLink For Video
  3. Tag the video with resources to enhance your independent lesson and build in accountability.

  4. Share your video by submitting the link through the Submit Link Form

Overview

In this activity you will use the new ThingLink for Video tool to create a lesson that can be used independently, outside of class, to prepare students for work that will be completed in class.

Rationale

Jonathan Bergmann and Aaron Sams are a couple of innovative teachers who have developed an approach to teaching and learning known as The Flipped Classroom, which supports the idea of teachers as learning coaches. 

At it’s most basic level, The Flipped Classroom approach means front loading the learning and assigning the  prep work as homework in order for students to come to class prepared to use it. This means the classroom  becomes a place for collaboration, critical thinking, creativity and communication where the teacher serves as a facilitator who interacts with students, assesses them, and spontaneously pulls together groups for reteaching and challenge. The Flipped Classroom is a place where students are actively engaged in applying the learning and it is noisy and unpredictable. Worksheets as homework become obsolete and students no longer sit in the classroom listening to lectures. Essentially, The Flipped Classroom is a place where “the teachable moment” comes alive. 

While it does take a considerable amount of effort and dedication to truly facilitate a Flipped Classroom environment, teachers can test the waters by utilizing mini lessons, known as Flip Packs, to maximize instructional time. ThingLink For Video is a tool that is well-suited for the task.

Example

In this example I started with my own screencast, created with Screencast-o-Matic, a free online screen recorder. You can create your own video like I did and upload it to YouTube, or you can certainly start with an existing video from YouTube. Work at a level that you are comfortable with, and remember to keep it simple and fun the first time.

 

How To Create an Interactive Video

Note: Early access to ThingLink for video must be requested.  Get Early Access.

 

Classroom Connections and Modifications

  1. Start with an existing YouTube video and add tags with your own resources to add focus to the instruction. Add an exit ticket for accountability.
  2. Use video to introduce a task task, such as Common Core Writing, and add tags with samples for students to explore.
  3. Videotape a student performing a task, such as singing, upload it to YouTube and use ThingLink For Video to add reflections, comments or suggestions to critique the performance.

 

Additional Help and Support

ThingLink Teacher Challenge at a Glance

Showcase of Examples from Participants

Explore this channel of examples and watch it grow!

Next Week’s Challenge

Extend the Walls of the Classroom with the ThingLink App.

Take the Week 6 Challenge:  ThingLink Unpluged

 

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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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Week 3:  Dig Deep Into Vocabulary

Objective

In this activity you will

  1. Create an original digital image.

  2. Upload your image to ThingLink.
  3. Add Rich Media Tags to define vocabulary through multimedia

  4. Share and submit interactive to the ThingLink Challenge.

Overview

In this activity you will create an interactive image to to help students develop build vocabulary. Think about your image as a digital poster. You can weave together digital tools to create an activity that can be used  to introduce students to vocabulary prior to a lesson, or your interactive image could be used to help students develop meaning through research.

Rationale

There is a wealth of research to suggest that vocabulary knowledge is the single best predictor of student academic achievement across all curriculum areas. Experts agree, if given the opportunity to receive effective vocabulary instruction, most students can acquire vocabulary at rates that will improve their comprehension and also their chances for success in school. Even the Common Core identifies Academic Vocabulary as one of the six big shifts. It’s clear that educators need to spend some time teaching it.

Digging deeper into vocabulary means more than just sending students to a dictionary to look up the definition. Students must interact with  new vocabulary.  Opportunities to use words, explore them within different contexts and create non-linguistic representations of words will help them do more than just memorize words. ThingLink is well-suited for the task.

Example

This example uses video to introduce students to vocabulary words in context. Links on the right side of the image connect to instaGrok, an integrated  search engine and learning tool. After viewing the videos, students use instaGrok to  build their own understanding of the terms through research.

Here is an example of an everyday research project where students engaged in research to define the term boycott by finding examples. Then they created this image and tagged it with multimedia resources.

Create Your Own Vocabulary Image

Steps at a Glance

Explore the channel of interactive directions below for tutorials and more.

  1. Identify a vocabulary word or a set of vocabulary words.
  2. Create an original image. (See directions below)
  3. Take a snapshot of the image to save it to your desktop.
  4. Upload the image to ThingLink.
  5. Click on the image to add Rich Media tags, text, or links to the image. Remember to add tags that go beyond dictionary definitions.
  6. Remember to add a tag with your name on your image.
  7. Remember to add a Twitter Tag and other social media icons.
  8. Submit your image through the Google Form.
  9. Check back throughout the week to view the Showcase channel.

Channel of Interactive Directions

How to Create An Original Image

You can use any digital tool to create an original image. If you aren’t familiar with creating your own images, here are some tips and tricks to get you started.

  • Create a PowerPoint, Keynote or Google Docs Slide with a text and images. Take a screenshot of the slide and upload it to ThingLink.

  • Create a collage with the photo editing software on your computer.
  • Big Huge Labs - This free and user friendly site has an array of tools that are perfect for jump starting a ThingLink learning project. Students can use the tools without logging in to an account and they can choose from a variety of options. Once created, they can take a snapshot of the image and upload it to ThingLink. Here are some fun choices.
  • Art Skills - Art Skills is a nice tool for creating posters.
  • Use a free online photo editing tool, such as Photo Flexr or PicMonkey. Upload the image and use the built in tools to add text. Save the finished image to your computer and upload it to ThingLink.
  • FotoFlexer is a free and user friendly online photo editing tool  that has plenty of features to edit and spruce up a photo for use with ThingLink.  Upload a photo, add text and special effects, create a collage, and perform basic editing tasks without logging in.
  • On a tablet, try Pages, Keynote, Educreations, or any app that allows you to add text to an image. Take a snapshot of your image and then upload it to ThingLink from your Photos.

Digital Tools to Explore

ThingLink allows users to create links to any resource on the world wide web. Here are some tools to try when you are trying to incorporate deeper learning experiences into your interactive image:

  • instaGrok – An integrated search engine and learning tool
  • VocabGrabber – A word cloud generator that allows users to sort words by content area and explore relationships through visual maps.
  • Lexipedia – Create word webs and more.
  • A Maths Dictionary -  An interactive dictionary for defining math words through pictures and  simulations.
  • Lingro – A tool that turns any digital text into an interactive dictionary, useful for help with words in context and also for ESL students. The tool also translates words and allows students to build a word bank.
  • Word Sift - A word cloud generator that helps students build their own definitions through the use of video and images.
  • Shahi -  Shahi is a visual dictionary that combines Wiktionary content with Flickr images, and more.
  • Word Hipp0 - A reference tool that provides definitions, pronunciations, antonyms, synonyms, rhyming words and words in context.

Showcase of Examples

View the Ultimate Word Wall of  of amazing vocabulary images submitted and watch it grow! The wall is best when viewed full size,  Go to Padlet.

Classroom Connections and Modifications

  • Create a class channel of vocabulary words for a particular unit of study.

  • Embed interactive images into a Padlet board to build an ongoing multimedia word wall throughout the year.
  • Ask students to create a channel of vocabulary words of their own.

Additional Help and Support

ThingLink Teacher Challenge at a Glance

Next Week’s Challenge

Create an Interactive Map

Take the Week 4 Challenge: Create an Interactive Map

Create an interactive map.

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ThingLink Education has been working hard this year to support teachers by providing the community with a safe and efficient online classroom environment. ThingLink Teacher Accounts are packed full of powerful features to help teachers transform learning and help students develop 21st century skills.

As we approach the launch of the ThingLink Teacher Challenge, we thought it would be helpful to provide educators with a handy spot to review earlier posts about features available in ThingLink Teacher Account. Of course, a great way to share all of this information is through the use of an interactive image as a content launcher.

ThingLink Education Features at a Glance

Explore this interactive image to jump to earlier posts introducing ThingLink Education teacher features with examples and directions.

ThingLink Education Features Professional Development

We understand the importance of providing professional development to help teachers explore and use ThingLink in the classroom. We realize that summer is a great time to help teachers grow professionally. To meet the needs of busy teachers, we are excited to offer the ThingLink Teacher Challenge this summer. We hope you can join us for this free, self-paced learning opportunity designed to help teachers connect, explore and learn through constructive play.

ThingLink Teacher Challenge

 

 

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