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In this activity you will
Add Rich Media Tags to your map.
Share and submit interactive to the ThingLink Challenge.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Introduction: 3 Reasons to Take the ThingLink Teacher Challenge
Week 1: Get Started
Week 2: Design Your Digital Self
Showcase: Explore channels of images submitted
Flip It with ThingLink for Video
Take the Week 5 Challenge: Flip It with ThingLink for Video
Create a Flipped Lesson
Today ThingLink is launching a new feature called “Channel”, an easy way to organize images into embeddable interactive albums. ThingLink Channel is an exciting feature that will allow for a multitude of new storytelling applications via rich media tags. Below are some examples for personal, business, and educational usages:
I. Channels for Personal Use
Interactive lifestyle magazines and and guides for travel, recipes, design, arts & crafts: Think about channel as a new way to start your own mobile magazine. If fashion or food are your passion and images are your preferred mode of expression, you can now start your own interactive magazine on ThingLink. ThingLink Channel works as a YouTube Channel: you can update it anytime and when you add new content it will be shown to your followers.
Interactive family albums: We all have our cameras full of images and videos of our pets and kids. With ThingLink you can combine the best of your gallery, adding notes, quotes, and music to images, ultimately creating albums that allow you to travel back in time and remember how your darlings looked and sounded just a couple of years ago!
Interactive slide sets and storybooks: Once you start using interactive image channels for your professional presentations, you can forget about powerpoint and keynote and problems with large file sizes. Not only will your slides be more visual, they can now play music, show video or embed any content from the web. Sharing? Just share your channel URL and people can replay your content at any time.
II. Channels for Businesses
If you run a small or large business, ThingLink Channel will be your new favorite tool for creating engaging material on social media. From now on, you can serve fans and followers interactive product catalogs and PR images.
For publishers, interactive image channels work both in display or native advertising. Contact us at sales @thinglink.com to learn more!
III. Channels for Teachers Teachers can use ThingLink Channels to organize student homework and projects. For example, a history teacher could create a channel for each course they are teaching this semester and have students add their homework to this channel. At the end of the semester, a channel will become a collection of student work that can be shared with other classes and studied for examinations.
Start using ThingLink image channels with 3 simple steps:
1. Above every image, you will see an “add to channel” link
2. Select a channel or create a new one by clicking “new channel” 3. Now click “done”. To view your images as a slideshow, click the slideshow button on the left. Some channel functionality will still improve, such as adding an option to arrange images within the channel, as well as the possibility to add other people’s images into a channel and be notified when that happens. All of this is in the works! If there is anything else you would like to see, as always, please let us know!