Category : ThingLink Mobile

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.

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Transform Teaching & Learning – Archived Webinar

We are pleased to provide our audience with an archived version of our first ThingLink webinar, Transform Teaching and Learning with ThingLink. Feel free to view the webinar  yourself and share it with others who want to learn more about ThingLink.

Webinar Overview

  • What is ThingLink EDU?
  • Ways to use ThingLink in the classroom
  • Get Started with ThingLink EDU
  • New: ThingLink EDU Premium & ThingLink for Video Preview
  • Get inspired with ideas and resources from the ThingLink Teacher Challenge

Promo Code

As a special thank you to viewers, we are offering a promo code for use towards the purchase of our new ThingLink EDU Premium account.

We will be offering a full lineup of webinars over the course of the next few months to help educators leverage the power of using ThingLink as a 21st Century tool for teaching and learning. Stay tuned to this blog for announcements and please follow us on Twitter. @ThingLink_EDU.

 

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ThingLink Unplugged to Extend Classroom Walls

This is the 6th post in the ThingLink Teacher Challenge series. Participants can join the challenge at any time by signing up.  After you sign up, you will receive an email invitation from ThingLink. View a list of all posts in this series at the bottom of each weekly challenge. Please visit our showcase page.

Please Tweet and share through social media with the hashtag #TLChallenge. Feel free to repost any of the challenges on your own blog and be sure to invite your friends and colleagues to participate.

Week 6: ThingLink Unplugged

Objective

In this activity you will

  • Download ThingLink mobile for iOS or Android and login with your teacher account.
  • Go outside and take pictures with your mobile device to create an interactive image on the go.
  • Share and publish your simple image on a Padlet yourself.

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Overview

In this activity you will explore the use of the ThingLink App and a mobile device to capture and share life on the go as it happens without an Internet connection. Then when you reconnect you will publish the image yourself on a Padlet wall. This week’s goal is to enjoy and experience ThingLink’s  flexible options and use whatever device is handy at the moment to embrace learning opportunities outside of  the classroom walls.

Rationale

ThingLink is an amazing tool for teaching and learning that is supported across platforms. This flexibility provides teachers and students with a variety of options to extend the learning beyond the classroom walls. The recent addition of the Android app, along with the existing iOS app and web based platform, completes the full circle of possibilities for creating and learning with interactive images.

When you get away from an Internet connection you can create content with the mobile app and store it locally on your individual device. Take a photo and tag it with another photo. Create a video interview right there, or simply annotate and record ideas through text. Think of it as an interactive notebook. 

There are many ways to engage students in  learning experiences that extends the walls of the classroom by going off the grid with ThingLink mobile and a handy device. Allow students to bring their own devices when they explore the world to encourage active participation and help them engage and connect with the learning in front of them. Students will discover new ways to mix up  their worlds and make it  personally meaningful. 

Examples

What is this tree?

created by by Ulla Engestrom and her children. Ulla is the Founder and CEO of ThingLink.

 

Allie’s Inquiry Unit

Created by Allie Herke

Interesting Plans and Animals

created by Amelia Hill

Simple Challenge: Directions at a Glance

  1. Make sure you have a ThingLink for Education account before working with the app.
  2. Download the app. fromLogin to the app on your mobile device with your ThingLink for Education login.
    1. Apps Store for iOS
    2. Google Play for Android.
  3. Go outside or away from an Internet connection and take pictures with your camera phone or tablet.
  4. Open ThingLink and choose a picture from your gallery.
  5. Tap the picture to tag image with a note or a question.
  6. Tap the picture and choose Add Media to add another image on top of  your image.Click Next to share to ThingLink.
    1. Take a closeup image of flower or leaves and add it to a picture of the whole plant.
    2. Tap the image to add a Text question

 

Add Your Interactive Image to Padlet

Use of a Padlet is a easy way to collect ThingLink Interactive images. Anyone can add a ThingLink to a Padlet easily without logging in. Try it yourself, then think of how easy it will be to ask students to turn in their own interactive images directly to the Padlet. Of course, do this part after you reconnect to the Internet, since Padlet is a free online tool.

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Try It on Padlet

Here is an embedded version of  the wall. To contribute your own image, go to the wall, ThingLink Uplugged . The directions pictured above are also available for handy access right on the Padlet. 

  1. Select the Share icon on your image.
  2. Copy the link that appears.
  3. Go to Padlet and double tap to get a note. Type a title.
  4. Click on the link icon and paste the link into the box.

 

Classroom Connections and Modifications

Bring ThingLink Mobile on a Field Trip

Additional Help and Support

ThingLink Teacher Challenge at a Glance

Explore our Showcase

View our showcase page and watch it grow!

Next Week’s Challenge

Creatively Use Audio to Kickit it Up a Notch

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Using ThingLink to Express Teacher Appreciation

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 5th -9th this year and ThingLink is an amazing tool for showing teachers how much their efforts are appreciated. It’s fun, it’s flexible and users have access to all the resources available on the world wide web. Anything is possible with ThingLink.

No one would would argue that a handwritten note, card or poem from an appreciative student is something to treasure, but that type of activity only appeals to the learning styles of certain types of students. It’s safe to say that some students will not be able to create a product they are proud of to truly express their appreciation if only given one option.

Why not kick it up a notch and offer students flexible choices to ensure their success? Let students choose from a variety of options including text, images, audio and video to express themselves in a way that allows them to share their talents and take pride in their gift? All you need is a ThingLink Teacher account and access to a computing device. Create it at home or at school on any device that’s available at the time.

Show your teacher you care with a teacher appreciation gift created with ThingLink!

 

 

 

Each hand in the image above is an icon with a link to an idea to express teacher appreciation. (This is also part of a Channel that I can tweet to get some attention.)

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New in iPhone & iPad ThingLink App

Have you checked the latest update of ThingLink iOS App?

 

Automatic tagging
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In order to make ThingLink fun and fast, we are adding 2 images and 1 info tag on each of your newly created ThingLink image.
Before saving, you can delete those 3 tags or add more tags if you like.

 

Visual editor

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Now you can preview, right from the editor, your  link tags, video tags, image tags and other tags.

 

Download ThingLink App NOW, it is free.

 

 

 

 

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ThingLink Mobile: Now with Image on Image

ThingLink Mobile, our iOS app, is constantly evolving and here’s a brand new feature for you. In addition to the ability to add video, text and @twitter IDs to your interactive images, we’ve added the ability to add image on image. Now you can tag a photo with images from your photo gallery.   This enables you to tell a deeper story through pictures like the one below, which was  created with an iPhone and ThingLink’s Mobile app.

Journalists, teachers, students, event bloggers and  iReporters can make full use of the new feature when creating interactive ThingLink images. Now you can tell a deeper story and capture fuller moments. Here’s my story about a Blackbird which had created a nest in an unusual place to feed her young ones.

HOW TO BUILD IT: Start out by taking or selecting the image on which you would like to overlay your other images. I had this photo with bikes on it so I started with that to tell my story.

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Tap anywhere on the image to add a tag and select which kind of tag you would like to make. We’re doing image on image so head over to your gallery by clicking on “Choose from gallery”.

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Pick the image you would like to add to the image as a tag.

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As usual you can add a text tag.

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Add a few more tags, either using text, video or images, and then you’re done.

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The image is now shareable to social channels, and browsable either in the app or online at thinglink.com.

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How are you using ThingLink Mobile?

 

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iReporting from Egypt and around your world – with ThingLink

Make ThingLink your solution for iReporting on the world around you. Whether you’re a journalist, a cause-related advocate or a student, images are an ideal way to tell a deeper, more engaging story about your world with video players, text, Twitter links, and more embedded right in your images. And you can do it with ThingLink’s web app and mobile app.

@EduardCousin and @HoqookEnglish publish daily updates in Twitter and Facebook on the situation in Egypt using ThingLink to host status links and related media coverage.

HoqookEnglish5:45am via Facebook
The news from #Egypt brought by Hoqook: Deadly clashes erupted in cities at the Suez Canal, in the Delta and in… fb.me/20riE2INm

Blogger @ryanburdick shares yummy restaurant reviews on ThingLink images.

The Press-Enterprise newspaper reported on the Perseid meteor shower with an annotated graphic that added a deeper dimension to a story that appeared in their online edition.

Adam Broitman reported on the Citibike program in NYC with a ThingLink image.

And using ThingLink’s mobile app, I filed my own report on a band performing in the Lexington Avenue/53rd Street Subway station in New York City.

Create iReporting images with ThingLink’s web and mobile app and share stories on the world around you.

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ThingLink Mobile: Tips for Adding Live Videos to Images

ThingLink Mobile is the ideal iOS App for creating interactive images with embedded video players, text links and @Twitter IDs. This post focuses on adding live videos to images.

Take a picture with your iPhone using ThingLink Mobile (or use an existing photo). I saw the band Chicago at Westbury Music Fair this weekend and used ThingLink to capture videos of my favorite songs on images shot at the show.

 Here’s how you can take family and concert photos and capture moments around you daily by adding videos into your images.

1 Open ThingLink Mobile on your iPhone.

2 Take a new photo or use any image from your gallery.

3 Touch the image and two options appear:

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      Add Text – touch and add any text including #hashtags and @Twitter handles.

   Add Video – touch and you’ll see three video options

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now lets add a video.

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  Take a Video – shoot your own 30 second videos.

  Choose from Gallery – add videos you’ve already shot with iPhone.

   Add from YouTube – touch and open up a search on YouTube – add your favorite videos from YouTube.

 

 

 

 

 

TIPS for Adding Live Video – to avoid seeing upside down or sideways videos inside the image:

Shooting video with the REAR camera, hold the iPhone with the HOME button to your right.

Shooting video with the FRONT camera, hold the iPhone with the HOME button to your left.

IMPORTANT: NEVER shoot videos with the camera held vertically.

photo 3If you see an iPhone image overlay while getting set to shoot a video, it means you’re holding the camera incorrectly.

The iPhone image overlay is an error message.  Flip the camera until that overlay disappears. When the image disappears, you’re ready to shoot.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The image below is what you see if you shoot video and have the HOME button on the wrong side.  The image overlay is an error message. Flip the camera until that overlay disappears.

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Here is what you should see when you’re holding the camera properly.  Now, you’re ready to shoot.

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Good luck shooting ThingLink Mobile videos.  Questions? Write to support@thinglink.com.

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ThingLink Launches ThingLink Mobile –Interactive Image Creation for iPhone and iPad

TL mobile logoTake picture + add videos + add text + share

ThingLink today launched its free mobile app, ThingLink Mobile, available for download via the iTunes store, ThingLink Mobile is the first iOS app to let users create interactive images with video players and text instantly embeddable into pictures taken with their camera. The free app for the iPhone and iPad creates interactive images that are shareable to Twitter and Facebook, and are designed to live within the platforms themselves.

 ThingLink’s web-based app has been used by major publishers and advertisers to increase engagement with their content. The Washington Post was the first news outlet to use a pre-release version of the ThingLink Mobile app, creating interactive images of the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

tl_iPad_screen_A “ThingLink Mobile has one goal: to give more meaning to your camera images, allowing them to instantly come alive in new ways,” said CEO and founder of ThingLink, Ulla Engeström. “As a storytelling tool, ThingLink Mobile unleashes creative ways to capture deeper moments. It also brings the ability to microblog within images to anyone with a smartphone.”

Even in the beta version, users have found interesting uses for the app including: travel images with details of exotic meals, images of newlyweds with the first dance from the wedding embedded into an image, birthdays that come to life with video, and second hand sellers using videos and notes to illustrate the details of the items they’re retailing.

When users download ThingLink Mobile and sign up, they have a free channel for their images at ThingLink.com. Within ThingLink, users can add additional apps (tags) to their images with content from: SoundCloud, Spotify, Google Maps, Amazon, eBay, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other sites. Those images are instantly shareable to Tumblr, Pinterest, Google!+, Facebook, Twitter, Edmodo and email.

ThingLink’s web-based platform has long been popular among advertisers and publishers for its ability to engage readers and encourage participation. ThingLink Mobile will bring that experience and ability to create compelling personal content to the individual user. People are invited to download the app to make their own interactive images.

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ThingLink and Washington Post partner for White House Correspondents Dinner

ThingLink partnered with The Washington Post for coverage of the 2013 White House Correspondents Dinner in Washington D.C.

Post reporters used a pre-release version of ThingLink Mobile to enhance their live coverage of the event. Images appeared in social channels and “The Grid”, The Post’s live experience platform.

Read more at Journalism.co.uk

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