Category : Professional Development

Immersive Stories for VR for the ThingLink Teacher Challenge

View channel & watch it grow!

We are pleased to begin curating our collection of immersive stories for viewing in a VR headset and happy to share this growing collection with our community.

We are happy to have received a whole batch of wonderful immersive stories at the end of this week! The goal of this challenge is to create an image that can be viewed easily in a VR headset, and to create a useful collection, we are sorting through them to make sure the tags work in the headset.

We created a handy chart to help participants understand the types of tags that work in a VR headset. View it here, or on the ThingLink Teacher Challenge page.

 

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Don’t Sweat It! Diving Into Thinglink 360

by Andrew Fehnel

I have been lucky to be a part of the Thinglink Certified Educators community for a few years now and every year I see the creativity of this group ratchet up. It can be intimidating to see what others have created and then think: how can I possibly do something like that? What I’ve found is that Thinglink 360’s ability to create engaging and immersive presentations does not take years of practice or a degree in nuclear science. In fact, the ability to create material using the editing tool is accessible to all ability levels.

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Join Us in Immersive Storytelling Across the Globe

Tell Your Story on the Go!

We invite educators from across the globe to join us in the 5th Annual ThingLink Teacher Challenge. This free, online, self-paced,  professional development will help educators learn to explore, modify and create immersive 360 stories on the go! It promises to be a tremendous learning experience, packed with the power of our and expertise from our talented community of ThingLink Certified Educators. We hope you will join us for the best PD of the summer!

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ThingLink Expands to Building Future Schools with Finnish Education Experts

ThingLink has just announced a new service for educational institutions and governments on international markets.  Leaning on the Finnish education system and school culture, the new service focuses on holistic curriculum and school planning utilizing immersive learning technologies.

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3 Reasons to Book Your ThingLink Bootcamp

A ThingLink Bootcamp ticket includes a 1-year Premium  subscription to help you naturally assume the role of invested stake-holder in your own learning throughout this powerful 6-hour session.

ThingLink 360/VR Bootcamps provide professional development opportunities for educators interested in shifting student learning experiences from consumption to creation. This day of learning is powered by pedagogy and designed to help educators learn to create interactive images, 360 images and videos to engage students in the 4c’s and capture learning. As educators prepare for end of year projects and make room for summer learning expeditions,  it’s a busy time of year for Bootcamp planning as well. We would like to remind you about 3 reasons to book your ThingLink Bootcamp.

 
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We’re Bringing a Bootcamp to TCU’s Idea Factory

We’re looking forward to working with Journalism Professor, Jean Brown, and her colleagues at Texas Christian University on Friday at our Bootcamp at TCU’s IdeaFactory! We’re on our way to Dallas/Ft. Worth to facilitate a ThingLink Bootcamp in the Idea Factory. Many thanks to Cedric James for bringing us in!

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News for Community Members


BIG SAVINGS FOR NEW PREMIUM OR PRO CUSTOMERS IN DECEMBER

At ThingLink, one of our most important goals is to provide a safe and engaging experience for students. For this reason, we provide educators with the ability to manage student accounts and assume responsibility for overseeing safe use, guided by school and district policies. Our Free Teacher accounts are designed for anyone to easily try ThingLink, which means Free users do not provide us with information to verify their identities as educators.

As a result, free teacher account holders will no longer be able to register or manage students starting December 15th, 2017.  To keep students safe, they will need an invitation code from a paid teacher in order to create with ThingLink.

ACT FAST FOR INCREDIBLE SAVINGS

The good news is that we are offering big discounts to make this transition a bit easier and to ensure that you can continue creating with students on ThingLink. To keep things running smoothly, we are offering two upgrade options:

  1. A 70% discount on PRO or PREMIUM teacher accounts with the coupons below through the end of 2017.
  2. A discounted school or district account for 2018-2019. To request a quote for your school, please email us at education@thinglink.com.

NEW PRO OR PREMIUM CUSTOMERS GET THINGLINK FOR 70% OFF

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EXISTING PRO OR PREMIUM CUSTOMERS SHARE THE NEWS!

There’s no better time to bring a little more ThingLink into your school, district or university so we hope you will share this news with your colleagues. Providing your students with a safe learning platform is our top priority and we thank you for working with us through what we know is a big transition. To learn more about the change, read our FAQ here

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Join Us for an Interactive Image Slam!

Join us Live or On Demand for an interactive image slam featuring some amazing images created by ThingLink Certified Educators!

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Shifting from Consumption to Creation at a ThingLink 360/VR Bootcamp

ThingLink 360/VR Bootcamps provide powerful professional development opportunities for educators interested in shifting student learning experiences from consumption to creation. Over the past year, we have facilitated many Bootcamps in locations across the US. The Bootcamps provide us with ongoing opportunities to connect with educators, gain valuable feedback and develop local expertise.

Registration is open for Bootcamps near St. Louis, MO and Boulder, CO this fall. We would love to meet educators in these regions to help you seamlessly integrating 360/VR into your instructional practices. Let’s take a closer look at the learning and pedagogy behind every ThingLink Bootcamp.

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Image of the Week: Tagging Video with Tasks Engaging in Content

Engaging our students through video tagged with ThingLink, can be a way to introduce a topic and have them interact with content. Our image of the week comes to us from the amazing, Certified Educator: Christi Collins.

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