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ThingLink Teacher Challenge Collect & Curate Incredible Content

Week 2 of the ThingLink Teacher Challenge

This week the ThingLink Teacher Challenge is designed to help participants discover and collect great content to remix and reuse. At the same time, participants will be able to connect with like-minded educators to share the workload and get inspired. Week 2 is all about working with ThingLink Channels.

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Bring the Textbook to Life! Update & Advice

As we begin the 3rd week of the our Classroom Creative Challenge, we would like to pause for a moment to highlight the school images displayed in our Book Channel at the top of the post, share a story illustrating one approach to completing the creative challenge, and collect some feedback from participants to get the most out of the learning. We also want to give busy students and teachers some time to catch up or join us. This project gets better with a lot of participation!

It is clear now that the most important task for this challenge is to share an interactive image of your school, and then build on that by participating in additional challenges as time allows.

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Classroom Creative Challenge: Living in the US!

Join us in an exciting ThingLink Classroom Creative Challenge to build interactive books about Living in the US. This is a great end of year project that’s loaded with learning and offers a high level of student interest. Help us to put your state and school on the map!

Let’s Bring the Textbook to Life as we explore Living in the US!

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3 Ways to Learn More About ThingLink EDU

We have been very busy at ThingLink over the course of the past year and we are pleased to see our community of educators growing considerably. We now offer district level verified organization accounts,  a designated classroom workspace for teachers and their students and ThingLink for Video! We have remodeled and improved our teacher management features and we’ve updated our amazing iOS app to be even better for educational use. We thought you might appreciate some resources to help you embrace our full-featured education platform.

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Crowdsourcing To Share & Create Science Resources

Many teachers are creating amazing interactive images packed with resources for teaching science. Many students are using ThingLink to demonstrate learning about science by annotating images with multimedia. Good news! We are crowdsourcing to collect resources to and share great interactive images for teaching and learning about science. We hope you will join us.

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Build Your ThingLink Classroom

The start of the New Year seems like the perfect time to review teacher management features to make it simpler for students to signup, create and collaborate with ThingLink. We hope you will find these quick video tutorials with accompanying written directions to be helpful. In addition, we invite you to attend our upcoming webinar, Build Your ThingLink Classroom, on January 13th at 8:00 PM EDT for a comprehensie overview of features with ideas for integration.

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Create Interactive Maps and Floor Plans in 5 minutes

A popular way to use ThingLink is enhancing maps and floor plans with text annotations, images, videos, and links to more detailed information.  Interactive elements can be used to highlight important details of a plan, which leads to a better overall understanding of the image. Here are three examples:

1. ADDING TEXT NOTES TO A FLOOR PLAN

Floor plans are fascinating, but sometimes hard to decipher. Berliner Morgenpost used ThingLink to explain a layered illustration of The Whitehouse with simple text notes over the image. This is a great way for architects, engineers, and designers to bring attention to the details!

How to do this? First, upload an image of a floor plan on ThingLink. Second, click “edit” to open the image in ThingLink’s editor and click the image to add notes. When you are ready, save the image.

2. INTERACTIVE VENUE MAP

Event organizers often face the challenge of helping people navigate a large space. SLUSH 2014 conference used ThingLink for creating an interactive map of the venue, embedding six images of individual rooms within an overall map of the venue.

How to do this? First, uploaded all images of the space to ThingLink. Second, choose one main image (the floor plan), click edit, and add links to images (link format www.thinglink.com/scene/123456) of the individual spaces. 

3. CREATING AN INTERACTIVE VIDEO TOUR

To provide your audience a comprehensive idea of a physical place, you may want to combine a set of media elements within an interactive video tour.

In this example, Doctors Without Borders created an interactive video tour of one of their Ebola treatment centers. The base video of the treatment center was enriched with Google maps, Youtube videos, images, text and links.

How to do this? Using ThingLink’s Pro Plus account, log in and choose to tag a video. Copy a link from a Youtube or Brightcove hosted video. In the editor, press play and click “add a tag” whenever you would like to embed content on the video. Copy paste links to your desired destination, and adjust colors and fonts from “customization”.

Sign up to ThingLink today or request a demo for your business from andrew@thinglink.com.

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How ThingLink is Transforming Real Estate Listings: A New Take on the Traditional “Brochure” Using Image and Video Annotation

92% of home buyers start their search online by scanning hundreds of listing flyers that at some point start to feel all the same. By enriching property descriptions with interactive images and video you can make your pitch stand out and radically increase the time spent with your listings.

Here are 5 tips how ThingLink’s image and video annotation service can help communicate unique features of a property:

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How to promote interactive video using Facebook Advertising

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
Next, upload your image for this ad. (Update: no fake play buttons allowed.)

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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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Transform Teaching & Learning – Archived Webinar

We are pleased to provide our audience with an archived version of our first ThingLink webinar, Transform Teaching and Learning with ThingLink. Feel free to view the webinar  yourself and share it with others who want to learn more about ThingLink.

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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