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Winged Creatures… Penguins, Raptors, and Bats. Oh, My!

Join us for Detroit Public Television’s Digital Adventure 360 Interactive Experience on December 12th, 13th, and 14th featuring Virtual Field Trips to locations in Michigan with ThingLink. Stay tuned for registration information from DPTV for this free online event for teachers and students.

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Harvesting A Thinglink 360/VR Lesson

-by Patricia Merlino

If you are from a region where oysters are harvested locally, then you are aware of an “r” in the month. An “r” has meant the availability of freshly harvested oysters ready for your consumption. However, the “r’s” in the words “virtual reality also means an opportunity to harvest teacher-created projects with Thinglink Virtual Reality for consumptions by your students.

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Happy Halloween! Explore Burial Rituals Across Many Different Cultures

Today’s image of the week was created by Dr. Chris Boyd from Warsaw Community Schools in the great Hoosier State. We invite you to celebrate Halloween and explore Burial Rituals Across Many Different Cultures. Congratulations to Chris for winning the opportunity to select a professional 360 image for our library. We can’t wait to see what this talented teacher and ThingLink Certified Educator creates! 

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Using ThingLink 360/VR to Explore Wetlands

-by Jen and Brian Cauthers

Wetland protection and restoration are key factors in preventing this threatened habitat from destruction.

As more communities and developments branch out into undeveloped lands, we encounter habitats that are often overlooked as important to the stability of our ecosystems.  Unfortunately, freshwater wetland habitats typically fall into this category, as they are often simply referred to as “swamps.”  Most people do not have a positive reaction when they hear the word “swamp.” Instead, they think stagnant stinky water.  In reality, freshwater wetlands are vital to the stability of our ecosystems because they provide breeding grounds for many creatures such as frogs and turtles.  They also provide a filtration system for our water as it percolates through the soils.  

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FAMU Certified Educators Spark Thinglink 360/VR HBCU Campaign

FAMU MBA Candidate and Entrepreneur, L.Michelle Salvant says she was first introduced to Thinglink 360/VR while researching ways to effectively and easily tell stories in 360 and publish them to the web.  For her, ThingLink 360/VR was the best solution and offered an even greater advantage for those using VR for education. “I soon began to think of ways to introduce ThingLinkVR to others in the community where I serve. My alma mater, Florida A&M University, was one of those at the top of my list,” said Salvant.  

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Experience Chicago with ThingLink 360/VR

Explore a Channel of  360/VR Images Created by ThingLink Certified Educators

 

ThingLink Certified Educator BadgeWe are pleased to kickoff Season II of our Friday Featured Guest Posts with a story by Andrea Poglayen, a ThingLink Certified Educator who works as a Technology Integrationist in Mundelein, IL.  We hope you enjoy learning about how she and her team transformed a  7th-grade project with ThingLink. 

“Using Thinglink has changed my curriculum.  Not only have I been able to create interactive lessons, my students and teachers have been able to use Thinglink as extensions of their learning to share with others.”

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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 an Animated GIF

An animated GIF is a great way to show a process. Tagging the animation can enhance the learning/explaining of each step. Our image of the week comes to us from a talented ThingLink Certified Educator: Laura Moore.

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Create a Virtual Field Trip for the ThingLink Teacher Challenge

Explore the channel of images created for the Teacher Challenge and watch it grow!

Creating an interactive Virtual Field Trip on top of a 360 image is a natural fit! Designers can take many different approaches when creating these learning experiences. At the most basic level, we can bring our audience to a place to learn. We can learn find opportunities in a very small space, such as a summer garden, or we can bring visitors to a historical site, like Gettysburg.

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Image of the Week: Understand the Meaning of Memorial Day Through Mixed Media

In honor of yesterday being Memorial Day in the US, we are sharing an image which is designed to teach students about Memorial Day. Embedding an image with various media is an engaging way for students to explore a holiday they may be unfamiliar with. Our image of the week comes to us from Susan Gaer.

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