Category : ThingLink Teacher Challenge

Learn to Create Interactive Virtual Reality Content This Summer!

We’re moving full steam ahead this summer by offering some incredible professional development opportunities for educators interested in learning to create interactive virtual reality content with 360 images. We hope you will join us in this summer of learning. Connect with educators across the globe through our online ThingLink Teacher Summer Challenge or work with us in person during one of our VR in Education Bootcamps! We hope you will join us!

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3 Reasons ThingLink Virtual Reality is the Best Tool in Education

Are you ready to take a step towards bringing Virtual Reality to your school or classroom this year? We know your students are quite eager to become engaged in virtual learning spaces where they can explore, learn and create. As educators, we should foster and develop these desires and embrace this emerging medium.

Let’s explore the use of 360 images for Virtual Reality in Education and then learn 3 reasons why ThingLink Virtual Reality is the Best Tool in Education.

  1. ThingLink is aligned with SAMR and designed to grow with you from start to finish!
  2. ThingLink Virtual Reality Content Creation Promotes Highest Levels of Learning.
  3. ThingLink works with your existing equipment and is a sustainable resource.
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Image of the Week: Celebrate New Vocabulary through a ThingLink Word Cloud

Each year, new words are added to the dictionary. This can be a great opportunity for teachers to present these words to students, gather their predicted definitions and celebrate the new vocabulary through a ThingLink Word Cloud. Our image of the week comes to us from one of our biggest edu-fans, Donna Baumbach.

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Reserve Your Spot in the ThingLink Teacher Challenge in June!

We invite educators to take the 4th Annual ThingLink Summer Teacher Challenge in June. Learn to leverage the power of ThingLink Premium tools and explore the vast possibilities of teaching and learning with 360/VR.

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Crafting a ThingLink 360 for the Breakout Challenge

Patricia Merlino, ThingLink Certified EducatorWe are pleased to feature a Friday guest post by Patricia Merlino, a longtime, talented ThingLink Certified Educator who has successfully completed the ThingLink 360 Breakout Challenge. We hope you will read Patricia’s story about her experience with the Breakout Challenge, and sign up to watch her share this activity during our upcoming webinar to Celebrate the ThingLink 360 Breakout Challenge on 3/30/17.

“Thinglink has dramatically changed and challenged my instructional practices in both delivery of projects and student engagement.”

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Celebrating Vocabulary and Teacher Challenge Participants

Our ThingLink Summer VR Challenge is in full-swing and we are extremely excited about introducing our participants and sharing the vocabulary lessons that have been created!

We hope you will explore the map at the top of this post to meet the Digital Selves of the talented participants leading the way through this self-paced challenge. The map will be updated again to include more participants as they make it through the activity.

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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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Activity 2: Vocabulary Across All Languagues

Every ThingLink starts with an image.

This week’s ThingLink Summer VR Challenge activity will help educators learn how to create a simple, yet powerful vocabulary lesson that starts with a 360 image. You will add tags to the image to introduce students to new words and concepts and build vocabulary.

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Summer VR Challenge: Mapping Our Digital Selves

Some participants in the ThingLink Summer VR Challenge have successfully completed the first activity, Design Your Digital Self. Meet the educators who are leading the way and connect with them. The map will be updated with additional Digital Selves weekly throughout the challenge.

Several participants have asked where to turn in your Digital Selves. There is a Google form built into the lesson, also accessible here:

Turn in Your Digital Self

There is still time to Take the ThingLink Summer VR Challenge to pilot the use of our new 360/VR Tag Editing tool. Sign up today and we will walk you through the steps to get started creating interactive 360/VR lessons!

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Collecting Data for the ThingLink Summer VR Challenge

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.

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