Category : Instructions

How to Find & Cite 360 Images with Kathy Schrock

Join us for a close-up look into finding and using 360 images with expert and ThingLink Certified Educator, Kathy Schrock. We’ll learn where to find 360 images for reuse and how to license them and use them to create your own ThingLinks.

Live @7pm EDT or sign up to watch OnDemand


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How To Use Preloaded Icons in ThingLink 360/VR

At ThingLink we spend a lot of time working with educators and we collect valuable feedback about our tools along the way. One of the biggest requests about our 360/VR editor has been to add preloaded icons, similar to the feature that is available in our regular, “flat” image editor. We are pleased to introduce this new feature!

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Using Thinglink to Create Interactive Learning Menus that Support Student Choice

by Christi Collins

Thinglink Interactive Learning Menus

Are you looking for more engaging ways to provide your students with choice-based assignments and activities? One way to provide students with more meaningful, self-directed learning opportunities is to create an Interactive Learning Menu in Thinglink.  Interactive Learning Menus, also known as Choice Boards, provide students with a variety of options to choose from based on their individual interests.   

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Use Google Street View to create interactive 360° experiences on ThingLink

Have you been searching for an easy way to acquire 360° images, but don’t have a 360° camera?  In this blog post you will learn the simple steps needed to download a 360° image from Google Street View (GSV) using Pano Fetch and upload it to ThingLink.  This process only takes one minute and will provide you with a vast library of high quality 360° images covering many topics. 

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Quick Tip: Help Students Inherit Pro or Premium Features

If you are an educator with a ThingLink Pro or Premium plan, you can onboard students by inviting them to your group with an Invite Code. For quick reference, here is the video we sent to all new Pro and Premium users to teach you how to get started with our new features. Didn’t get the email? Please make sure to enable email notifications to receive news and important announcements.

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New feature alert: Filter your search!

Did you know that there are over 6,500,000 images, videos, and 360s on ThingLink? Not only is ThingLink the place to create interactive masterpieces, it’s also the place to find inspiration from others. Now, not only can you search our database of images, videos, and 360s, you can also filter your results to find exactly what you’re looking for! Use this feature when searching for that perfect content to remix.

How to filter

#1 Enter a search term

ThingLink users have made projects on everything from art history to zoology. Enter a search term in the box at the top of ThingLink.

#2 Choose media type

Now, with the new search filter, select the type of media you’re looking for. Use the check boxes for images, videos, 360 images, and 360 videos to determine your results.

Reasons to filter

#1 Remixing

When tagging 360 images, often the hardest step is the photography, or finding images to tag. Before creating your own images, use the search to see what other ThingLink users have already created. If a user marks their image as public, you will be able to use the remix function to copy their image into your account. Delete the previous person’s tags and get started on your own creation!

#2 Get the right inspiration

While the most popular ThingLink format is standard images, there are also thousands of videos and 360s already tagged. If you’re new to tagging videos and want some guidance, searching without a filter may leave the video results lost in the crowd. Filter to get exactly what you’re looking for the first time without too much sifting.

Now that you’re acquainted with the new search features, get searching and start tagging! If you want to learn more about our advanced features for join us for an upcoming webinar.

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How to Build a ThingLink 360 Breakout!

We are excited about our community’s interest in creating ThingLink 360 Breakout activities! This post is designed to help participants create their own interactive activity.

Each of the images you see below is a ThingLink with more information about the topic. Please continue to tweet questions to Dan Gallagher @gallagher_tech or send an email to We will update the images below based on FAQs!

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Get Started with the ThingLink Summer VR Challenge

Welcome to the ThingLink Summer VR Challenge! The first lesson is designed to help all participants learn to explore and create while you engage in constructive play. You will also begin to connect with others by Designing Your Digital Self with ThingLink. Those interactive images will be added to the 360 map you see at the top of the page. Let’s begin!

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Replace Background Image to Easily Update Resources

ThingLink is a powerful tool for creating resources that can be reused and easily adapted to meet the changing needs of educators and their students. When users create an interactive image or video, it can be easily updated with new resources by adding new tags. Tags with outdated resources can be deleted or modified on the spot. Did you know you can transform a ThingLink by replacing the background image while keeping the tags in tact? 
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5 Interactive Tools to Embed in ThingLink Video

In the final week of the ThingLink Teacher Challenge we asked participants to create a lesson to Engage Students with ThingLink for Video. Participants learned to Embed a Google Form in a ThingLink Video to minimize distractions and provide students with direct access to an interactive form without leaving the video. The ability to embed interactive content right inside of a video is very powerful. Let’s take a closer look at 5 interactive tools to embed in ThingLink Video.

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