Category : New features

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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New! ThingLink & Google Docs Integration

Great news! ThingLink now supports a rich-media tag to embed a Google Doc right on an interactive graphic. Now it’s easier than ever to transform teaching and learning with just two tools, ThingLink EDU and Google Docs!

Two Flexible Tools

Keep it simple with just two tools. ThingLink and Google Docs both start as blank pages. Both tools are equipped with amazing features and capabilities to support endless possibilities. Combine the tools to design powerful learning experiences that maximize learning.  Here is a an example of a simple unit built with these two tools.

Simple Sample Unit – The Rainforest

I created this resource for driving a student centered guided learning experience  using ThingLink EDU and Google Docs. Explore this interactive image for an overview of how I an added a seamless layer of Google Docs to collect information and guide the learning.

  • Essential Questions – Document
  • Introduction – ThingLink for Video
  • Explore – ThingLink EDU
  • Exit Ticket – Google Form
  • Step-by-Step Guided Learning – Slides
  • In Box to Collect Links to Images – Form

 

Explore Simple Rainforest Unit

Quick Trick – Create an Interactive Collage

Use the built in tools in Google Slides to

  1. Find and collect images with the research tool.
  2. Annotate sources.
  3. Crop with Mask to create shapes.
  4. Create a complete collage.
  5. Take a snapshot and Save as .jpg

Use ThingLink edu to add layers of content to an image.

  1. Upload image to ThingLink _EDU
  2. Add rich media tags to present information
    1. Audio
    2. Video
    3. Images on images
    4. Google Docs

Final Thoughts

ThingLink EDU and Google Docs present powerful possibilities for redefining learning. If you are looking for more ways to become inspired, please joing members of the ThingLink EDU community as we share great uses through an Interactive Image Slam on September 14th or 16th.

Learn More and Sign Up

 

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News from ISTE: ThingLink gives educators a free early access to its new video editor

Exciting news: in the past months we have been hard at work building a new editor for annotating video content with rich media.  The new editor allows users to add notes and links to existing video content, and this way turn video into a digital discovery platform.

An early access to ThingLink for Video is announced at ISTE, one of the largest international conferences for educational technology. We at ThingLink believe that interactive images and video will become the 21st century textbook, and teachers are driving this change by being fast adopters of, not only new technology, but also a new way of thinking. As the use of video in education grows, ThingLink is empowering teachers and students to easily create interactive video content and facilitate in-video conversations.

The ability to creatively combine web content with interactive images and video opens up new possibilities for teaching and learning. With ThingLink for Video, teachers and students can enrich educational videos with facts, detailed articles, additional content and questions. They can also search and share videos created by their colleagues, and this way access a wider network of interactive video content creators.

ThingLink for Video is currently available via invitation only. Educators can request a free early access starting from today.

If you are visiting ISTE this year, please come to meet us at ThingLink’s booth no 2869 and share the news with your colleagues!

Here are two examples of videos annotated with ThingLink. Kingdom Of The Forest – Fungi (National Geographic) Mushroom The Long Way Home (Health Equity Institute Documentaries) LongWayHome

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New look for web and mobile

This week marks the release of several exciting updates including new icons and a new mobile view.

NEW ICONS

First, we have streamlined our icon selection to include new useful icons for all users.  Free users, EDU users and Paid users will all have access to different icons.  Click here to see the icons in action!

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NEW MOBILE VIEW

Our sleek, new mobile view showcases a larger image that is easier to “like”.

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ThingLink as seen on Facebook mobile

 

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ThingLink seen on mobile thinglink.com

 

INTERESTED IN THINGLINK PREMIUM?

Click here for an overview of Premium Features of click here to sign up for a Premium account today!

Contact sales@thinglink.com to hear more about:

  • Unlimited view Corporate accounts

  • One-off campaign accounts

  • Branding removal features

  • Third-party advertising

  • ThingLink White Glove

  • ThingLink Video
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