The partnership focuses on solutions that help patients, elders and students with learning disabilities navigate everyday challenges at home, school, or residential care facility.
Greetings from Dare to Learn Festival, Helsinki! We are happy to share that ThingLink and Kuori, the Finnish manufacturer of giant YetiTablet touch screens, have agreed on a partnership. Our goals is to deliver a new plug-and-play solution to hospitals and medical centers, residential care facilities, and special education classrooms for easily creating and displaying interactive, multisensory content on a large touch screen.
YetiTablet is a large-scale tablet built on an open Android OS. This means it works like a smartphone, and does not require additional software installations or learning a new operating system. Similarly, creating interactive images with ThingLink does not require previous technical knowledge, and is suitable for content creators of any age.
At the core of the collaboration is bringing interactive multimedia experiences to large touch screens.
Example 1:Navigating in the everyday environment
Interactive experiences on large touch screens can help understand the everyday home or learning environment; where things are, what are they called, and what should one do. For example, an interactive image from inside of a fridge can help an autistic person or a patient with a memory disorder to process information and build a sensible path for action. It can also contain notes, audio clues, or videos from caregivers and teachers.
Example 2: Supporting virtual mobility
Virtual tours on large touch screens give patients with restricted physical mobility an opportunity to access the world virtually. Unlike with VR headsets, with large touch screens patients can move and touch interactive images together, discover sounds, narration, or additional photos. This way, virtual tours in rest homes, hospital lounges or waiting rooms can become a stimulating social experience.
For more information and contacts, visit YetiTablet.
We’ve created Task Cards to serve as a resource for participants in the ThingLink Teacher Challenge. We hope our interactive poster will provide educators with easy access to each of the Task Cards where you will find everything you need to complete each activity.
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.
Nearly 600 educators from locations across the globe have registered for the 4th Annual ThingLink Teacher Challenge. Many are active members of our community, some are just joining us for the first time. We are pleased to have received quite a few kickoff activities from participants. Now it’s time for our 1st ThingLink Teacher Challenge Activity, Vocabulary Across All Languages.
Sketchnoting is the process of visually synthesizing & summarizing information. Annotating your sketchnote with ThingLink, brings a level of interactivity for the viewer which is not possible with a ‘pen to paper’ sketchnote. Our image of the week comes to us courtesy of Marcel van Hove. His sketchnote highlights key takeaways from a podcast episode. Here he used tags with embedded Soundcloud segments and more.
Any new technology always brings with it a learning curve; a ThingLink interactive image can be a technology resource for learning how to navigate the new tool. Our image of the week comes to us from ThingLink Certified Educator, John Sowash, author of The Chromebook Classroom. John’s tutorial on Chromebook tips & tricks is a fantastic interactive image.
One of the greatest benefits of using ThingLink EDU as a tool for learning is the ability to easily build in data collection for assessment, planning, and personalized learning. Participants in the Summer VR Challenge will discover Google Forms woven throughout the lessons. Look for the icons to access these forms on the 360 World Map as you work your way through Lesson 1: Get Started with the ThingLink Summer VR Challenge.
We are kicking off the ThingLink Summer Challenge #TLChallenge with a fun activity designed to help educators get started using ThingLink EDU. Explore the use of rich media tags to tell your professional story and introduce yourself as you Design Your Digital Self.
Adding to our family of 70+ rich media tags, we are now excited to announce our new Instagram profile tag that allows readers to view Instagram user profiles directly within images and videos. This gives publishers and brands the opportunity to tell engaging visual stories with a rich combination of media resources.