Category : ThingLink Teacher Challenge

ThingLink AppSmash Events

To encourage the ThingLink Community of Educators to have some fun and smash some apps this month, we are pleased to announce some AppSmash events. These events are designed to inspire our community of educators to explore and create. We hope you will join us as we explore the possibilities for ThingLink powered Apps Smashes. Explore this interactive image to learn more about these AppSmash events.

Join Us for App Smashing with ThingLink 

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Take the ThingLink App Smash Challenge

Today are pleased to launch the ThingLink App Smash Challenge! #TLAppSmash. This mini version of the ThingLink Teacher Challenge #TLChallenge is designed to inspire, build excitement, share ideas and learn. Most importantly, it is designed to fit within a  busy teacher’s schedule during the month of November.

About the ThingLink App Smash Challenge

App Smashing is a popular method of combining two or more apps together to create, publish and share content. App Smashing challenges us to discover new possibilities for teaching and learning with an iPad and presents us with greater possibilities for making the device meet our goals. ThingLink is well suited for  for powering any App Smash because of the presentation possibilities for turning any image into a rich multimedia content launcher.  Join the talented members of the ThingLink EDU community and use ThingLink to smash some apps. #TLAppSmash

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App Smashing with ThingLink in November

Many talented members of our ThingLink EDU community have discovered the benefits of powering an App Smash with ThingLink. You’ll find us sharing at EdTech conferences and through virtual events  everywhere. For this reason, we are excited to be celebrating App Smashing with ThingLink throughout the month of November.

What is App Smashing with ThingLink?

App Smashing is a popular method of combining two or more apps together to create, publish and share content. App Smashing challenges us to discover new possibilities for teaching and learning with an iPad and presents us with greater possibilities for making the device meet our goals. ThingLink is well suited for  for powering any App Smash because of the presentation possibilities provided by the ability to turn any image into a rich multimedia content launcher.

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Spotlight on Jodie Johnston

Meet a ThingLink Expert Educator

Today we are celebrating Jodie Johnston, a ThingLink Expert Educator. Jodie is a Curriculum Technology Specialist from Overland Park, Kansas who specializes in Web 2.0 Tools. Jodie is also the Edmodo Administrator in her school district and an Edmodo Certified Trainer. Connect with Jodie on Twitter. Please meet Jodie’s Digital self and follow her on Twitter @johnston_jodie.

 

Jodie is a member of an Education Technology Services Team that supports the Blue Valley School District by providing leadership, professional learning, and integrated technology support. These services help educators transform teaching and learning through the use of digital-age technologies and resources to increase student achievement and promote students’ abilities to learn effectively and live productively in an increasingly digital world.  ETS provides students and staff members with effective development, management, support, and implementation of instructional technology tools and resources to better manage and support student learning. Learn more about the Blue Valley School’s ETS Team and discover a wealth of teaching resources on the Educational Technology Team  site.

Community Types by Jodie Johnston

Jodie created this interactive image for the ThingLink Teacher Challenge this summer to introduce students to types of communities through  multimedia with an emphasis on vocabulary. Please explore Jodie’s interactive and find more teacher createcd ThingLink vocabulary activities on The Ultimate Word Wall.

Upcoming Presentations by Jodie Johnston

Jody loves to present and share her knowledge and expertise with other educators. She teaches workshops and provides training to educators in the Blue Valley School District and also at regional conferences.  Jodie is well-suited to being a ThingLink Expert Educator.

Thinglink and Video Thinklink are two of my favorite tools!  I always include them in any web 2.0 or app workshop I give. A must have tool for 5e and SAMR schools!

Here are some examples of the types of workshops Jodie offers.

Technology Tours (Web 2.0 Tools)

A hands on session to provide classroom instructors with experiences utilizing educational tools, digital resources and web 2.0 tools to supplement instructional activities and promote student learning.

Utilizing Audio Tools for Digital Projects 

Learn how to create QR codes with audio files, and create interactive Thinglink sites using audio. Participants will create classroom projects and learn how to personalize student work with real life examples.

iTeach Summit – App Smashing with the Thinglink App:

Think outside the box!  Learn to make interactive study tools that bring content alive.  Students can create amazing digital images to demonstrate their understanding of a topic.  We will use the following apps in this session:  Super Collage, Quizlet, Camera/Video, Educreations and Word Cloud.

Enjoy Archive of  Jodie’s Interactive Image Slam

Jodie has participated in a few ThingLink interactive Image Slams. Her use of  video and audio to annotate this image is a fantastic example of  using ThingLink to provide students with multimedia-rich content to appeal to a variety of unique learning needs. Please enjoy the archived version of  Jodie’s session.

Rounding Up ThingLink Expert Educators

Do you LOVE ThingLink? Are you a talented educator who inspires others? Are you a connected educator who teaches other educators to use Thinglink? We invite you to become a ThingLink Expert Educator. We hope many talented educators will take advantage of this opportunity to learn, share and grow within our professional learning community.

  1. View the slides to learn more.
  2. Complete the Expert Educator Interest Form
  3. Expect an email from susan@thinglinkcom after we’ve had a chance to review your information.

 

 

 

 

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Spotlight on Sue Fitzgerald

Meet a ThingLink Expert Educator

Today we are celebrating Sue Fitzgerald, a connected educator and a member of the first group of ThingLink Expert Educators! We got to know and love Sue when she participated in the ThingLink Teacher Challenge over the summer. Meet Sue’s Digital Self.

 

Sue blogs at the Unpretentious Librarian where she publishes a wealth of useful information for educators from a Teacher Librarian lens. She is passionate about collaborating in the world of libraries and quite active on social media. Sue uses her blog to curate, create and publish resources to promote digital citizenship, reading and great ways to use technology. Sue loves ThingLink because “I’m all about student voice and choice – ThingLink offers both.”

 

Digital Research Kit by Sue Fitzgerald

Sue recently used ThingLink to create an interactive digital research kit which has received quite a bit of social media attention. Please explore this amazing interactive image and dig deeper into the story behind Digital Research Kits -21st Century Style on the Unpretentious Librarian Blog.

 

 

Upcoming Presentations by Sue Fitzgerald

Smashing ThingLinks: October 18th

Sue is excited to be Smashing ThingLinks during a virtual presentation on October 18th for the  Next Generation Librarians Online ConferenceThe audience will be librarians from East Texas. This should be an inspiring event, so mark your calendars and connect with Sue through social media for more information about this Google+ Hangout. #nextgenlib,  @sue_fitz

TCEA in Austin Texas: Feb. 2-6

Sue will co-present with the Library Academy at TCEA at the Austin Convention Center during the week of February 2-. This annual event is designed to bring together thousands of innovative educators for a unique experience that will engage teachers and administrators with the tools, techniques, and resources needed to improve teaching and learning through technology. Sue describes the event as being “all about the movers and shakers in the educational tech world in Texas and beyond.” This sounds like the perfect event for Sue! #learnanywhere

 

Enjoy Archive of Sue’s Interactive Image Slam

Sue participated in the first round of ThingLink Interactive Image Slams in September. Explore the video recording of Sue’s Google Drive segment.

 

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Tackk a ThingLink

One of the benefits of building a flexible digital toolkit is the ability to weave tools together to fit your teaching and learning needs. If you’re looking for a simple tool to serve as a container for one or more ThingLinks, try Tackk.

Tackk is a blank canvas that allows anyone to easily publish multimedia web content on a  simple page. Tackk supports live, interactive ThingLink images, which are embedded into Tackk simply by copying and pasting the share url. A big bonus is the text editing feature in Tackk, which  provides users with a handy way  to label a ThingLink..

Explore this example

Cathy Yenca, @MathyCathy, created the ThingLink vocabulary activity pictured below to teach students about functions as part of the ThingLink Teacher Challenge last summer.  I popped the link from Cathy’s amazing ThingLink into Tackk and typed the headline you see below. Then I created a button leading to more resources. Voila!

Click on the image to visit this Tackk and explore this vocabulary activity on Tackk.

 

Tackk ThingLink Vocabulary

 

Tackk + ThingLink partner to showcase interactive images and stories.

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Learn more  and pick up some ThingLink/Tackk lessons  Tackk.

 

 

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ThingLink Teacher Challenge Wrap Up & Resources

As educators head back to school and summer comes to a close, it’s time to formally wrap up this round of the ThingLink Teacher Challenge. We realize some of you are still working your way through this self-paced challenge and we encourage you to continue to create and collaborate.  But it is time to put an end to new sign ups at this point.

Resources for Use

The challenges will remain on the ThingLink Blog for anyone who wants to go work through them. In fact, we encourage you to use the challenges yourself and encourage you to use the resources during your own professional development offerings. For this reason, you’ll find a channel of challenges to help you navigate your way through the activities and use them with others.

Thank You

The experience of bringing together our group through a common learning goal this summer has been truly amazing and I have personally enjoyed it tremendously. I’d like to thank every participant for sharing your talents, expertise and time with us this summer. Communication across the group was very strong and I truly believe that the collaboration among this diverse group of educators played a critical role in the success of the ThingLink Teacher Challenge. Personally, I learned a lot from each of you this summer! Badges and certificates to recognize your hard work are on their way to your in box.

Reflections to Expand Your Thinking

As a passionate blogger, I recognize the power of blogging as a tool for self-reflection and growth. Throughout the challenge, several participants have published  thoughtful a blog posts to share their personal experiences and illustrate powerful connections to their own learning.  Here are a few posts that are sure to inspire!

Can ThingLink Turn Bloom’s Taxonomy Upside Down?  by Azhar Youssef

What’s Your Challenge by Sue Fitzgerald

10 Weeks of Professional Development You Can “Touch”, by Dan Gallagher

ThingLink Challenge: ESL Students Research Concepts, by Ann Rooney

ThingLink Teacher Challenge 2014, by Laura Moore

ThingLink Teacher Challenge 2014, by Khalid Nafil

Playing with “V” Vocabulary Words, by Ms. Mara

ThingLink for Interactive Books, by Alexandra Duarte

Tech Adventures in a Middle School Math Class, by Caryn Trautz

More Professional Development Opportunities

As teachers, we are all well aware  that we get better over time. The first time you introduce a ThingLink powered learning activity in your classroom, you might find yourself in need of classroom management or workflow solutions you never imagined. To support our community of educators, ThingLink will be moving forward with a series of webinars in September designed to help you maximize instructional time and reach your teaching goals as you build your ThingLink classroom. And of course, we have more ideas brewing to support our Professional Learning Community. If you would like to receive email alerts to upcoming professional development, please join our mailing list.

 

 

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Collect, Curate and Share Interactive Images

This is the 10th and final post in the ThingLink Teacher Challenge series. Please Tweet and share through social media with the hashtag #TLChallenge. Feel free to repost any of the challenges on your own blog.

Week 10: Collect, Curate and Share

Throughout the summer participants have been working hard each week to create interactive images for the ThingLink Teacher Challenge. Each week’s challenge presented new ways to use ThingLink to design student learning experiences that transform teaching and learning. After the first challenge or two, the focus shifted from the “how to” to the “why” as we explored possibilities that exist and aligned our images to support  best teaching practices.

The images create for the challenge are utterly amazing! Collectively we have created hundreds of images so far, and more images continue to be created and shared each day since this is a self-paced challenge. With so many teaching resources and ideas generated, this is a good time to collect and curate resources created by participants.

Explore Our Image Collections and Curate Content

You are encouraged to take the time to explore the images created by others, curate them and reuse them with your own students. There’s no need to reinvent the wheel with all of these examples at hand. That’s the beauty of this PLN. Here are some ideas for creating your own collection of useful images.

  • Create a channel of ThingLink images by topic and use them as launchers throughout the school year.
  • Create one or more Padlets of resources related to topics you teach.
  • Create a LiveBinder of resources.
  • Create one or more Pinterest Boards.
  • Create collections on EduClipper.

Blogging About the ThingLink Teacher Challenge

Throughout the challenge, many participants have written thoughtful blog posts about the challenge. View a collection of posts on the Padlet below, and please contribute your own.

Parting Thoughts

As the facilitator of this challenge I have been extremely impressed by the contributions of the individual teachers to the whole group. We’ve learned so much from each other and it’s been a lot of fun!  Thank you for sharing yourselves and your expertise with us. I am very excited to have added so many innovative educators to my own PLN and look forward to seeing what you do with ThingLink throughout the year.

 

 

 

 

 

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Create a Portfolio Channel or Image

This is the 9th post in the ThingLink Teacher Challenge series. 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 9: Create a Portfolio Channel or Image

Objective

In this activity you will do one of the following:

  • Assemble a channel of interactive images you created for the ThingLink Teacher Challenge to serve as a portfolio of the amazing examples you created this summer. (Premium Users)
  • Create one interactive image for use as a launcher to all of the images you have created during the challenge. (Free Users)

Overview

In this activity you will explore the use of ThingLink Channels as a tool for assembling albums of content by collecting and curating the images you created for the ThingLink Teacher Challenge. If you don’t have a premium account, you can simply create one interactive image to launch all of the content created during the challenge. 

Rationale

You’ve worked hard all summer and now it’s time to assemble resources to showcase the work you have created. Using ThingLink Channels yourself will help you understand how they can be used by students to create collections, books or portfolios for assessment. There are a few tricks to working with channels and you will discover them when you create one yourself.

What’s a Channel?

Teachers and students can create collections of work with an exciting feature known as ThingLink Channels. All users can create and view channels; however, only premium users can publish them.

ThingLink Channels provide users with the ability to organize images into embeddable interactive albums with the click of a button. Teachers and students have the flexibility to build channels that are connected to learning goals and compliment classroom routines. Channels provide teachers and student with many opportunities for extending the learning.

Example: My Portfolio Channel

In this example I created a collage of the images I created for the ThingLink Teacher Challenge  for use as a cover page. I used BigHugeLabs Mosaic Maker to easily create a collage, but there are many options for creating collages. Create one from scratch or use your favorite digital tool or app.If you are creating on an iPad, you might want to try Pic Collage, one of my favorite simple apps.

If you have a free account, you can simply create a cover page and publish it.

Example

In this example Laura Moore created a launcher by linking each week’s challenge to this one page.

Classroom Connections and Modifications

  1. Ask students to create portfolios of work within your classroom throughout the year. The portfolio can include more than ThingLink images, just take a snapshot of any digital work and tag it to link to a project. Teachers can add tags to students’ images created within the classroom, which could be useful for providing feedback.
  2. Create a channel to tell a digital story.
  3. Create a channel of interactive images to launch a project. Include directions and examples.
  4. Create a channel for use as a presentation, as an alternative to a traditional slideshow.

Challenge: Directions at a Glance

Important Notes:

  • If you do not have a premium EDU account, you will not be able to publish your channel of images. For this reason, you might want to create one image with links to your content and publish that on the Padlet instead.
  • You can not reorder images in a channel at this time, so make sure to add images in the order you want them to be.
  • Channels hold up to 10 interactive images.
  • There is no option to add your ThingLink for Video to a channel at this time. If you want to include your video in your portfolio, take a snapshot of it, then upload the snapshot to ThingLink as an image and add a tag to your video. View example. You can also chose to skip this step and simply create a link to your video somewhere within your portfolio.

Get Started

  1. Create a simple  image to be used as a cover page for your channel and  add it to your  ThingLink EDU account.
  2. Premium Users: Create a channel titled TLChallenge Portfolio. (See interactive directions below.)

Add Images to Channel (Skip this part if you are not a premium user)

  1. Open the cover page you created.
  2. Click on the words below the image, “Add to Channel”.
  3. Open the “How To” image you created and click on the words below it to “Add to Channel”
  4. Repeat to add each of the images you created to the Channel.

Add ThingLink to Padlet

You can add a ThingLink Channel to a Padlet by copying the link you find under Share Slideshow. If you are not a premium users, simply publish your interactive image on the Padlet.

  1. Go to Channels and select your portfolio channel.
  2. Click on View as Slideshow
  3. Click on Share Slideshow at the top of the screen.
  4. Copy the link.
  5. Open the Portfolios Padlet and add the link.

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Additional Help and Support

ThingLink Teacher Challenge at a Glance

Intro: 3 Reasons to Take the ThingLink Teacher Challenge

Week 1: Get Started

Week 2: Design Your Digital Self

Week 3: Digging Deeper Into Vocabulary

Week 4: Create an Interactive Map

Week 5: Flip It with ThingLink for Video

Week 6: ThingLink UnPlugged to Extend the Classroom Walls

Week 7:  Turn It Up with Sound

Week 8: Engage Students in Informed Decision Making

Explore our Showcase

View our showcase page and watch it grow!

Final Challenge

Explore and curate content created by other participants in the ThingLink Teacher Challenge to create a collection of resources.

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Engage Students in Informed Decision Making

This is the 8th post in the ThingLink Teacher Challenge series. 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 8: 

Objective

In this activity you will

  • Create an interactive image  to collect informed  feedback.
  • Explore the use of  Polldaddy as a tool to collect feedback.
  • Use rich media tags to enhance your image.
  • Share and self-publish your image on our Padlet.

Overview

In this activity you will explore the use of an interactive image for informing and collecting feedback from an audience.

Rationale

With access to a multitude of online resources, students can learn to become informed decision makers and stakeholders in their own learning.  Use of online polls, surveys, and digital tools for collecting feedback can turn passive observers into active participants. Perhaps John Dewey said it best…

“The essence of the demand for freedom is the need of conditions which will enable an individual to make his own special contribution to a group interest, and to partake of its activities in such ways that social guidance shall be a matter of his own mental attitude, and not a mere authoritative dictation of his acts.”

– John Dewey
Democracy and Education

Example: One School, One Book

Here is an example of using ThingLink to help a school community choose a common book for a One School, One Book project. The image uses multimedia and text to inform voters before utilizing Polldaddy to capture the vote. The image is useful for collecting input from community members of any age because it has built in multimedia supports.

Classroom Connections and Modifications

  1. Create a bookshelf of books read independently by students. Use rich-media tags to include student created book reviews and use the interactive image as a library launcher to help students find books.
  2. Create an image with choices for student group projects of any kind. Use rich-media tags to share project examples, and add a poll to organize students by group.

Challenge: Directions at a Glance

  1. Create an image and add it to your  ThingLink EDU account.
  2. Add rRich Media Tags to enhance your image using a variety of multimedia to support diverse learning needs.
  3. Sign up for a free Polldaddy account.
  4. Create a poll on Polldaddy and add a rich-media tag.
  5. Add your finished interactive image to the Padlet, (Directions below)
  6. Share and submit interactive to the ThingLink Challenge.

Add ThingLink 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. These illustrated directions can also be found right on the Padlet, Take a Poll.

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Additional Help and Support

ThingLink Teacher Challenge at a Glance

Intro: 3 Reasons to Take the ThingLink Teacher Challenge

Week 1: Get Started

Week 2: Design Your Digital Self

Week 3: Digging Deeper Into Vocabulary

Week 4: Create an Interactive Map

Week 5: Flip It with ThingLink for Video

Week 6: ThingLink UnPlugged to Extend the Classroom Walls

Week 7:  Turn It Up with Sound

Explore our Showcase

View our showcase page and watch it grow!

Next Week’s Challenge

Create a Portfolio Channel of Images from the TL Challenge.

 

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