Category : New features

Use the Teleport 360 Editor App on a Chromebook

Great news! Teachers and students can use the new Teleport Editor App on a Chromebook to create interactive 360 learning experiences. Now it’s easier than ever to create engaging 360/VR lessons, field trips and student projects with access to a library of pre-loaded 360 images. The Teleport Editor App for Android is available to download for free from Google Play with a ThingLink Premium Teacher subscription.

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New feature: Upload Your Own Sound Recordings (or other audio files) to ThingLink Images!

Starting today, ThingLink PRO and PREMIUM users can upload MP3 and M4A audio files directly into ThingLink tags. This means you have another cool way to make your images truly engaging with narration, interviews, nature sounds, music, or sound effects. The audio files will autoplay on mouseover.


 

How to create Audio Tags

Creating Audio Tags is as easy as creating your standard image tag. Click to create your tag, then in the tag editor, click the Upload Audio button. Select an MP3 or M4A file from your computer to upload and you’re ready to listen! Audio tags will autoplay when opened, so you can also add an image and text, and let the audio play in the background.

Ways to Use Audio Tags

Audio tags are great for adding narration, nature sounds, interviews, your own music, or editorial comments that give context or create a special ambiance for your image.

Here, an audio file from NASA takes this image from purely visual to a multi-sensory experience. The audio also increases the time the viewer spends on the tag as they listen to the clip instead of just glancing at the image.

In this 360 image, the creator narrates the text in each tag. Not only does this create a more rich experience, it results in a more accessible image that can be enjoyed by those who may not be able to read the text. For teachers, this is a great way to encourage your students to create in many mediums.

Try it Out

Ready to test it out? Here’s a project to help you get started with audio tags. Make sure that you have one of our paid plans to access this feature.

Introducing Your Class

In this project, we’ll be using ThingLink and audio tags to provide a brief introduction to your class.

To start, upload a background image that represents your subject. I’d just suggest an image of your classroom or school.

Now, record a few audio clips that will help give the space context. I suggest using Sound Recorder on a PC or Quicktime on a Mac. If you have an iPhone, you can use Voice Memos, and send them to your email.  Here are some prompts to help you come up with some audio clips:

  • Why did you get started in teaching?
  • Explain the space around you. What can we see in this image?
  • Where is this space located? If someone wanted to visit your school, how can they?
  • What do you teach? Tell us all about your subject.

Back on your image, click to add a new tag. In the icon selector choose the play button, audio symbol, or microphone so viewers receive a visual prompt to what they’re unlocking. Now, use the Upload Audio button to add one of your clips. If you want, add an image and text as well to give your audio a label.

If you’d like to add a sound you can’t record yourself, try searching freesound.org. They host thousands of audio clips sourced from members that you can download and add. Find anything from the wind in the trees, to a helicopter whirring, to the sound of a barbecue being opened.


Now that you’ve learned all about audio tags it’s time to get started! If you don’t yet have the feature you can purchase a plan that includes it here. If you want to learn more about how to use this and all our other features, schedule a demo with a ThingLink expert. Happy Tagging!

 

 

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ThingLink launches Virtual Reality Lessons App For Education

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We are excited to launch VR Lessons, our first virtual reality content app. The app is designed for elementary school students, their teachers and parents.

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What Would You Like Your Students to Explore via Virtual Reality?

Curiosity Rover Explores Mars

Would you like your students to explore Mars, visit historic places, or dive deep into the ocean? We have received many requests from educators with great ideas for interactive VR lessons, so we decided to invest in producing ready-made lessons ourselves. This means we will be shooting and licensing 360 images and videos for creating immersive learning experiences that will help students travel to places they can’t explore in the real world.

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ThingLink Brings Virtual Reality to the Classroom

Virtual Reality and 360 content is about to find its way into schools and classrooms with a new layer of interactivity! ThingLink is evolving from image and video annotation to 360 content, which gives educators a larger canvas to create virtual learning experiences.

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Introducing Instagram Profile Tag

Most of our users have awesome Instagram profiles, and in the past months we have seen impressive visuals created by ThingLink publishers combining infographics with individual Instagram images.

Adding to our family of 70+ rich media tags, we are now excited to announce our new Instagram profile tag that allows readers to view Instagram user profiles directly within images and videos. This gives publishers and brands the opportunity to tell engaging visual stories with a rich combination of media resources.

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ThingLink Partners with Qzzr for combining quizzes and video

At Thinglink our passion is to make it super easy to create rich interactive media.  Our 70+ rich media tags bring popular applications and media live on images and video content.

Today we are are excited to announce the newest member to our tag family, Qzzr, an awesome way to create online quizzes and questionnaires.  With the QZZR tag you can easily integrate quizzes and other goodies into your media through Thinglink. This is interesting as many studies show that quizzes are an excellent way to engage your users and audience.

Join the Free Webinar!

A Match Made in Interactive Content Heaven – QZZR and ThingLink will host a webinar to show you first hand how exciting – and easy – this can be achieved within your brand, publication or classroom’s media.

When: Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 1:30pm – 2:30pm (ET)

  • If this time does not work for you, sign up anyway and QZZR will send you a video recording of the webinar.

Sign up here!

 

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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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Kick off Fall with 5 game changing new features from ThingLink!

We are proud to announce the release of five new features, highlighted by ThingLink for Video.  Just like ThingLink images, this platform allows you to tag and share YouTube and Brightcove videos.  Tag your videos with all of our rich media tags.

Explore the video and images below to see these features in action!

Sign up for ThingLink or upgrade to ThingLink Premium or ThingLink Premium Education

1) ThingLink Video: has officially arrived. Premium users you will be able to create interactive videos.  If you already have a Premium account and want to test it out – select the “create” button on your screen and you will see an option to tag a video.  To see this in action check out this video here or below:

2) Rich text options: Premium accounts will have the ability to control the text on their images with bold, italics, and header options.  Header is a slightly larger sized text. See this in action here or below: 

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3) YouTube direct subscribe tag: allow viewers to subscribe to your YouTube channel directly from the tag, similar to our Facebook and Twitter tags.  View all rich media tags.  See this tag in action here or below: 


4) Action icon set: we wanted to provide Premium users with a new set that depicts action.  With these five icons you will be able to provide action points to viewers: watch, read, listen, explore, play.  See these icons in action here or below:  Drop us a note at sales@thinglink.com with any questions. 

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Create & Curate Collections of Everyone’s Images

ThingLink channels have just gotten better! Now ThingLink users can curate and create collections of anyone’s images with a new Add to Channel button available under every public ThingLink image. This feature allows users to easily add anyone’s image to their own channel.

Add Any Image to Your Channel

Now when users view any image on ThingLink EDU, the Add to Channel link appears below it. Just click on the link and add that image to any of your channels.

Add to Channel

Ways to Use Add to Channel

  • Collect and curate content of all kinds.
  • Create a collection of interactive images to build concepts or launch a project.
  • Share and reuse images created by members of your PLN.
  • Redesign curriculum by creating interactive learning guides.
  • Quickly capture links to student assignments and assemble them into organized channel.

Integrate a Google Form

I tested the usefulness of this feature when assembling a channel of interactive images for our ThingLink Interactive Image Slam yesterday. The links to images for sharing during the broadcast were collected through a Google Form. Clicking on the link in the form took me straight to the image I needed. I clicked on Add to Channel and voila, an instant  collection of images was created! Explore this example and enjoy this new ThingLink feature.

 

Interactive Image Slam Channel

Explore the images created and shared by talented members of the ThingLink EDU Community during the first interactive image slam. If you have a great image to share and would like to participate in a future image slam, please fill out the form found in the channel.

Watch this channel grow as more images are added and recorded video from the broadcast is tagged on top of the images!

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