Category : Professional Development

Explore These 360/VR Vocabulary Lessons!

We are extremely pleased to share the first round of interactive 360/VR vocabulary lessons created by amazing educators participating in the ThingLink Summer VR Challenge. These 360/VR pioneers have created highly engaging lessons filled with annotations that guide the learning and provide students with flexible learning paths to ensure success for all learners. They offer opportunities to collect data to personalize instruction and they model good digital citizenship through the use of proper source crediting of images licensed for reuse.

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ThingLink at #ISTE2016

ThingLink made a big splash at ISTE2016 with interactive 360/VR lessons. Educators were excited to discover the powerful possibilities of using the sleek new tool to design learning experiences on top of breathtaking 360 images. Many thanks to Naomi Harm and Dell for inviting us to display our images on the gorgeous, new 70 inch LED touch display! Everyone loved exploring the 360/VR lesson on London, above. Explore the lesson in full-screen mode for the best experience.

 

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Explore Resources from #ISTE2016

  • Find a link to participate in the ThingLink Summer VR Challenge, a self-paced and free pilot with pedagogy. Sign up to gain access to the 360/VR Tag Editing tool and learn to create and share interactive 360/VR images.
  • Find the coupon ISTE2016 to become a 360/VR Pioneer and lock in pioneer pricing, for life. Get the 360/VR tag editing tool plus all of the premium features of ThingLink for $100 per year for life. Take advantage of this ISTE2016 coupon today.

 

Take Aways from #ISTE2016

At ISTE2016 I had the opportunity to hold my first hands-on training session using ThingLink 360/VR. The room was filled with educators using a variety of devices. I’m happy to report that participants were able to work in teams to add tags to 360/VR images easily with very simple, basic directions. They were able to generate ideas for using ThingLink to meet their teaching and learning needs. It is an honor to empower educators with tools that help them transform teaching and learning, and ThingLink 360/VR is a tool that can do that!

Next Post: Get Started with the ThingLink Summer VR Challenge

Many educators at ISTE2016 stopped by the EdTech Coaches Playground to chat with  Jodie Johnston and I about the ThingLink Summer VR Challenge. Jodie and I met during the 1st ThingLink Summer Challenge 3 years ago, and it was such fun meeting face-to-face and working together to invite educators to join us this year! Teachers who recently registered for the summer VR Challenge are being given access to the 360/VR tag editing tool and the teacher challenge is about to begin! 

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Innovation with ThingLink + Google Apps!

This week, passionate educators flocked to San Diego to attend the EdTechTeacher Innovation Summit. This EdTech event combined iPad PD with GAFE integration education, engaging educators across devices over the course of the exciting 3 days. 

At ThingLink EDU we believe one of the best ways to embrace EDU innovation is to combine the power of ThingLink + Google Docs, so we brought that to the EdTechTeacher Innovation SummitCombining these tools allows educators to design powerful student driven learning experiences that include assessment and differentiation. Use of interactive images can help promote visual literacy and encourage writing skills that require students to write clear and concise summaries of information. Best of all, to create a ThingLink, users construct knowledge as they create. Anyone who has ever created a ThingLink will tell you they certainly learned a lot by creating one. Simply, creating a ThingLink makes you smarter!

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ThingLink Live & On Demand

Many years ago I began building a digital toolkit of resources for using technology as a tool for differentiated learning. Fortunately, that was also the time I was exploring the powerful possibilities of using ThingLink as a tool for teaching and learning. My toolkit quickly grew into a powerful interactive model that has remained current and useful over time. During our next session of ThingLink Live & On Demand,  I will be sharing this digital toolkit of resources and strategies to help educators design personalized learning experiences that effectively incorporate digital differentiation. Please join us at live at 7:00 PM EDT or Sign Up to receive the archived version in your in box.

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Building the Ultimate Word Wall

There is a wealth of research to suggest that vocabulary knowledge is the single best predictor of student academic achievement across all curriculum areas. Experts agree, if given the opportunity to receive effective vocabulary instruction, most students can acquire vocabulary at rates that will improve their comprehension and also their chances for success in school. Even the Common Core identifies Academic Vocabulary as one of the six big shifts. It’s clear that educators need to spend some time teaching it.

Digging deeper into vocabulary means more than just sending students to a dictionary to look up the definition. Students must interact with  new vocabulary.  Opportunities to use words, explore them within different contexts, and create non-linguistic representations of words will help them do more than just memorize them. ThingLink is well-suited for the task and to illustrate this we are Building the Ultimate Word Wall!

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