Category : ThingLink Mobile

3 Reasons to Take the ThingLink VR Challenge This Summer

 The ThingLink Summer VR Challenge for coaches, teachers and students will provide opportunities for participants at all levels to work together to explore and create interactive 360/VR activities for teaching and learning. This challenge is free, self-paced and designed to help teachers successfully embrace the powerful possibilities of the 360/VR Editor. We invite educators from across the globe to participate! Here are 3 reasons to take the ThingLink Summer VR Challenge.
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Dive Into ThingLink VR This Summer!

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The ThingLink Summer VR Challenge for coaches, teachers and students will provide opportunities for participants at all levels to work together to explore and create interactive 360/VR activities for teaching and learning. This challenge is free, self-paced and designed to help teachers successfully embrace the powerful possibilities of using 360/VR images in education. We invite educators from across the globe to participate! Sign up for more information about the ThingLink Summer VR Challenge.

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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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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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4 Ways to Tell Digital Stories with ThingLink EDU

Every image has a story – and you can help those images come to life and tell deeper stories with ThingLink EDU.

Authors of all ages can use ThingLink to tell engaging digital stories by easily adding an interactive layer to images and videos. Just add an icon to annotate an image or video with embedded rich media to provide readers with opportunities to explore information, listen to songs, watch videos, or answer polls without leaving the page. Authors can turn multiple interactive images into books that are sure to meet the diverse needs of all learners. Explore the powerful possibilities of digital storytelling with ThingLink EDU.

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Free PD Series to Transform Teaching & Learning

In 2010 the National Education Technology Plan was released by US Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan. This was a comprehensive vision for how teachers working with technology can transform student learning in classrooms across America by the year 2015. The Center for Digital Education summed up these ideas concisely in an article published on November 10, 2010, 5 EdTech Goals for 2015. According to this article,

“Schools should change learning so that it’s engaging and individualized. Potential technology tools include wikis, blogs, digital content and visualization tools”

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Product Deconstruction Challenge Examples to Inspire

a Rubik's Cube Deconstructed

In September, ThingLink EDU partnered with Ed Charlwood to launch the Product Deconstruction Challenge. Ed is the Head of Design and Director of Digital Learning at an Independent school in West London. His idea was to design a global creative challenge for students to learn about everyday products we use by taking them apart. Today we are pleased to share a growing collection of interactive images that have been submitted by students for the Product Deconstruction Challenge.

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Embrace ThingLink as an ePortfolio Tool

 As a longtime educator and instructional tech coach, I have embraced ePortfolios as a valuable tool for documenting learning over time, self-reflection, goal-setting and growth.

An ePortfolio is a collection of student work that is used to document student effort, progress, and achievement over time. Students become actively involved in their own learning as they engage in goal setting, decision making and self-reflection. ePortfolios are powerful tools for authentic assessment . ePortfolios can be an extremely useful tool for both formative and summative assessment at different stages of the learning process.
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