Category : Thinglink users

A Heritage Project Idea

We are pleased to publish this guest post by Dan Gallagher, a ThingLink Expert Educator.

For the last several weeks, I have been working with third grade teachers and their students on their heritage project with ThingLink. As part of their social studies curriculum, the students researched their family’s heritage through interview question packets.

 The students had a variety of questions to get answered. They asked about family customs or traditions, their family’s immigration to the US story, and the history of their name, just to name a few.

 Since our classes have 4 iPads in each room, sharing them with each class is a must. We started this project by setting up a class Dropbox account where every student had a folder to save their project components. Regardless of which iPad they had, their work will all be saved in one place to get to in the end. Now we started smashing apps!

  • LayerPic HD – superimposed two pictures
    • Screenshot of their family’s native country (iPad native Maps app)
    • Picture of the country’s flag (searched using Safari)
  • Tellagami – create a ‘narrator’ telling their family’s immigration story
  • Green Screen by Do Ink – combine their Tellagami video with a video showing a plane, boat, train, car, or any other mode of transportation used to arrive in the US
  • Pic Collage – hand drawn family crest with other images combined into one picture used for VRP 7 recording of their family’s custom or tradition

Once  all the components were collected in their Dropbox folder,  we could start building our ThingLinks. Below is an example ThingLink for the Heritage Project.  It also includes a ThingLink for Video screencast describing the example project as well as another ThingLink with all the apps used. Enjoy!

About the Author

 Dan Gallagher photoDan Gallagher is a ThingLink Expert Educator from the Ewing NJ area. By day, Dan assists teachers with incorporating technology into their classrooms in mostly in elementary K-3 schools in the West Windsor-Plainsboro district. He is also an Adjunct Professor with Arcadia University’s Graduate Studies Program for Instructional Technology. You can read up on other activities on his blog “A tech perspective… or something like that“. Dan also serves as our ThingLink webinar moderator. Follow Dan @Gallagher_Tech

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Quick Poll: Student Sign-Ups

ThingLink is collecting feedback from our EDU community to guide us in our product development.

We are working to improving the sign up process for student accounts. In addition to improving individual student sign-ups, we are excited to have received many requests to support the ThingLink EDU school level sign up process. Please take 30 seconds to provide us with feedback through this Wedgies poll to indicate your preference. Thank you!

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Happy Halloween from ThingLink

Halloween is here and we are excited to share the amazing resources created by ThingLink Community Member Ms. Mara and to celebrate her work!

Ms. Mara is a homeschool educator and artist who often combines her many talents to create truly amazing interactive images. The image you see below is one of many you will find in her blog post, Spice Up Your Blog for Halloween.  This is Ms. Mara’s self- portrait, spiced up for Halloween.

 

 

 

Halloween Resources on HomeSchool Towers

Ms. Mara has totally transformed her blog in the spirit of Halloween and her post provides tips and tricks for readers to learn from her expertise. The interactive image below has replaced her blog header. She drew the haunted house, created the background image, and tagged it with interactive resources for all to explore and enjoy!

 

  View HomeSchool Towers and Get Tips

 

Spice Up Your Blog for Halloween

Check out the HomeSchool Towers blog to get inspired by our talented community member,  Ms. Mara and to get tips and trips for spicing up your blog. Connect with her on Twitter @HmSchlTowers and Google+. Many thanks to Ms. Mara and Happy Halloween!

 

Spice Up Your Blog for Halloween, by Ms. Mara

Spice Up Your Blog for Halloween, by Ms. Mara

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Join Our Interactive Image Slam with EdTech SuperStars

October is Connected Educator month and ThingLink is pleased to invite you to connect with a talented panel of EdTech guest experts to explore one of their very own ThingLink Interactive Images. Join Richard Byrne and Shelly Sanchez Terrell to learn about the powerful ways these amazing educators use ThingLink to transform teaching and learning!

About Our Panelists on 10/28

 

Richard Byrne @rmbyrne

Richard Byrne is the author of Free Technology for Teachers, a very popular EdTech blog that is read by an audience of more than 58,000 daily subscribers. Richard has written more than a dozen blog posts about ThingLink in the past few years and describes ThingLink as “One of my favorite tools for playing with media.” Richard often introduces ThingLink to educators to inspire them during professional development sessions. I found some samples of ways he inspired educators in the Mississippi Bend Area in Bettendorf, IA last summer and put together some samples from a Padlet created by the group on this interactive graphic. We can’t wait to be inspired by Richard during our live webinar on October 28th!  

 

Shelly Sanchez Terrell @ShellTerrell

Shelly Sanchez Terrell helps teachers worldwide transform their online spaces into active playgrounds where students tap into the powerful potential of learning. She is the author of Teacher Reboot Camp and the 30 Goals Challenge. She supports and instructs thousands of teachers and students worldwide through the various online and face-to-face learning events she organizes and moderates. Shelly often uses ThingLink to introduce ideas and inspire educators during her professional development activities. Please explore this interactive image she created for the 30 Goals Challenge.  Shelly is sure to inspire the ThingLink Community of Educators during our webinar on October 28th.  

 

About ThingLink Interactive Image Slams

ThingLink Interactive Images Slams provide educators in our community with an opportunity to share, highlight and discuss great ThingLink interactive images or video they have created and used with students of all ages. Discover the endless creative possibilities for enriching students’ enthusiasm for learning like never before through a unique webinar highlighting the work of our users and learn about how you can have a chance to grab the spotlight by signing up for a ThingLink Interactive Image Slam today.

 

Join the Event

Join us live for this informal webinar on October 28th at 8:00 PM EDT, or sign up for the archive

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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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Kick off Fall with 5 game changing new features from ThingLink!

We are proud to announce the release of five new features, highlighted by ThingLink for Video.  Just like ThingLink images, this platform allows you to tag and share YouTube and Brightcove videos.  Tag your videos with all of our rich media tags.

Explore the video and images below to see these features in action!

Sign up for ThingLink or upgrade to ThingLink Premium or ThingLink Premium Education

1) ThingLink Video: has officially arrived. Premium users you will be able to create interactive videos.  If you already have a Premium account and want to test it out – select the “create” button on your screen and you will see an option to tag a video.  To see this in action check out this video here or below:

2) Rich text options: Premium accounts will have the ability to control the text on their images with bold, italics, and header options.  Header is a slightly larger sized text. See this in action here or below: 

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3) YouTube direct subscribe tag: allow viewers to subscribe to your YouTube channel directly from the tag, similar to our Facebook and Twitter tags.  View all rich media tags.  See this tag in action here or below: 


4) Action icon set: we wanted to provide Premium users with a new set that depicts action.  With these five icons you will be able to provide action points to viewers: watch, read, listen, explore, play.  See these icons in action here or below:  Drop us a note at sales@thinglink.com with any questions. 

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Tonight: Powerful Professional Development

A Webinar

Tonight ThingLink is hosting a webinar at 8:00 PM EDT  featuring ways to use our amazing tool for powerful professional development. Here is a sneak peak at some of the resources we will be sharing.

  • Great Ways to Use Google Drive
  • Digital Differentiation – Flexible Learning Paths
  • SAMR Through a Variety of Lenses
  • More

Explore This Channel of Resources

Join Us Live or Sign Up for the Archive

We hope you will be able to join our next ThingLink Webinar to explore a Toolkit of ThingLink Powered PD Resources, but if you can’t make the live broadcast, please  Sign up to receive the archived video.  

Tuesday, September 23rd at 8:00 PM EDT.



 

 

 

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Get Inspired by Our Community of Educators

Earlier this week seven members of our ThingLink Community of Educators shared inspirational examples of innovative ways to use ThingLink as a tool for differentiated learning through a live webinar.  The collection of resources has been archived and shared through this interactive channel to explore and enjoy.

Be sure to click on the video icon in the center of each image to view the live broadcast, then explore each author’s original image on the following slide.

Explore and Enjoy

Curating Now Easier

The new Add to Channel link found below every ThingLink image makes it a breeze to collect ThingLink content created by community members for reuse.  Learn more in an earlier post, Curate and Collect Everyone’s Images.

Handy Text Features

If you haven’t created an image recently, you will be happy to learn that there are now new  text features which allow users to edit text. Explore this image below.

 

 

 

 

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An Interactive Image Slam Tonight

Meet ThingLink EDU Community Members

Join talented members of the ThingLink EDU Community for a ThingLink Interactive Image Slam tonight at 7:00 PM EDT. Get inspired by the images of others and sign up to for a chance to slam one of your own. Collaborate with participants, ask questions and expand your PLN 

Tonight’s Panelists

Join the Conversation

Join the backchannel on TitanPad

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Create & Curate Collections of Everyone’s Images

ThingLink channels have just gotten better! Now ThingLink users can curate and create collections of anyone’s images with a new Add to Channel button available under every public ThingLink image. This feature allows users to easily add anyone’s image to their own channel.

Add Any Image to Your Channel

Now when users view any image on ThingLink EDU, the Add to Channel link appears below it. Just click on the link and add that image to any of your channels.

Add to Channel

Ways to Use Add to Channel

  • Collect and curate content of all kinds.
  • Create a collection of interactive images to build concepts or launch a project.
  • Share and reuse images created by members of your PLN.
  • Redesign curriculum by creating interactive learning guides.
  • Quickly capture links to student assignments and assemble them into organized channel.

Integrate a Google Form

I tested the usefulness of this feature when assembling a channel of interactive images for our ThingLink Interactive Image Slam yesterday. The links to images for sharing during the broadcast were collected through a Google Form. Clicking on the link in the form took me straight to the image I needed. I clicked on Add to Channel and voila, an instant  collection of images was created! Explore this example and enjoy this new ThingLink feature.

 

Interactive Image Slam Channel

Explore the images created and shared by talented members of the ThingLink EDU Community during the first interactive image slam. If you have a great image to share and would like to participate in a future image slam, please fill out the form found in the channel.

Watch this channel grow as more images are added and recorded video from the broadcast is tagged on top of the images!

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