Category : Thinglink users

4 Ways to Tell Digital Stories with ThingLink EDU

Every image has a story – and you can help those images come to life and tell deeper stories with ThingLink EDU.

Authors of all ages can use ThingLink to tell engaging digital stories by easily adding an interactive layer to images and videos. Just add an icon to annotate an image or video with embedded rich media to provide readers with opportunities to explore information, listen to songs, watch videos, or answer polls without leaving the page. Authors can turn multiple interactive images into books that are sure to meet the diverse needs of all learners. Explore the powerful possibilities of digital storytelling with ThingLink EDU.

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ThingLink Launches Corporate Creative Challenges with the #StayAmazing Campaign!

ThingLink, in partnership with Fairfield Inn & Suites, is pleased to announce the launch of Corporate Challenges, where users will have the opportunity to get creative for their favorite brands!

Visit the Fairfield Inn & Suites Challenge page and annotate any (or all!) of their four #StayAmazing storyboards with your “life hacks” for a chance to win a $450 gift card! Click to participate.

Interested in hosting your own Corporate Challenge? Contact us .









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Free PD Series to Transform Teaching & Learning

In 2010 the National Education Technology Plan was released by US Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan. This was a comprehensive vision for how teachers working with technology can transform student learning in classrooms across America by the year 2015. The Center for Digital Education summed up these ideas concisely in an article published on November 10, 2010, 5 EdTech Goals for 2015. According to this article,

“Schools should change learning so that it’s engaging and individualized. Potential technology tools include wikis, blogs, digital content and visualization tools”

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Embrace ThingLink as an ePortfolio Tool

 As a longtime educator and instructional tech coach, I have embraced ePortfolios as a valuable tool for documenting learning over time, self-reflection, goal-setting and growth.

An ePortfolio is a collection of student work that is used to document student effort, progress, and achievement over time. Students become actively involved in their own learning as they engage in goal setting, decision making and self-reflection. ePortfolios are powerful tools for authentic assessment . ePortfolios can be an extremely useful tool for both formative and summative assessment at different stages of the learning process.
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Replace Background Image to Easily Update Resources

ThingLink is a powerful tool for creating resources that can be reused and easily adapted to meet the changing needs of educators and their students. When users create an interactive image or video, it can be easily updated with new resources by adding new tags. Tags with outdated resources can be deleted or modified on the spot. Did you know you can transform a ThingLink by replacing the background image while keeping the tags in tact? 
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ThingLink Teacher Challenge Collect & Curate Incredible Content

Week 2 of the ThingLink Teacher Challenge

This week the ThingLink Teacher Challenge is designed to help participants discover and collect great content to remix and reuse. At the same time, participants will be able to connect with like-minded educators to share the workload and get inspired. Week 2 is all about working with ThingLink Channels.

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Show Support to Education and Female Founders!

During the month of May we will participate in a Women Who Tech fundraising campaign to support teachers and parents of K-12 students who need new resources and materials for online mobile learning.

ThingLink has nearly two million free users, and an archives of over three million interactive images and videos that can serve educational use more efficiently.

Our goal:

1. Curate and distribute a monthly series of interactive books and videos that support learning across subjects.

2. Partner with educational publishers, image, and video archives for creating high-quality, mobile friendly media library for teachers, students, and parents.

3. Build a subject and grade level specific content search on ThingLink

If you enjoy using ThingLink, please show your support by donating to our campaign. Free users: this is an excellent opportunity to get a good deal of our Premium account while supporting a good cause.

Silicon Valley is a home for many entrepreneurs. Too few of them are women. Read more on why I decided to participate in this challenge.

Support levels:

ThingLink Fan $20
Donate $20 and get our cool t-shirt or tote bag, both featuring ThingLink’s fun tag icons. Soft and comfy, the tee comes in both adult and youth sizes. The tote is durable and large, perfect for anything from groceries to school books. Support education while stocking up on cool gear!

ThingLink Individual Supporter: $50
Support our campaign with $50 and get an annual Pro or Premium EDU account with access to customizable icons and popups, interactive slideshows, and detailed statistics.  Alternatively, you can use this level to sponsor your child’s teacher with a Premium account that gives them all the special features and 100 student seats. As a bonus, we’ll also send you a t-shirt!

ThingLink Business Supporter: $350
This level of donation comes with an annual Premum licence for an entire school. Please mention in the comments which school you would like to sponsor, and an email address to the school’s tech administrator.  If you’re a business user, this level gives you an annual Whitelabel account with the ability to do interacive image and video projects for your clients. Use customization to make your images match the look and feel of your or your client’s brand, all while supporting a great cause!

ThingLink Angel $5000
Become our angel level supporter and get an incredible deal of ThingLink’s VIP account for a full year. This level gives corporate supporters all premium features including 10 hours credit for ThingLink’s Design Studio, top of the line support, multiple seats, and high level metrics that track engagement. A truly unique deal that is only avaiable through the month of May!

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2 Winners of Tech and Engineering Creative Challenge

Today we are excited to provide two inspring ways to use ThingLink by celebrating the work of the winners of our Technology and Engineering Creative Challenge. We discovered two must share interactive images and also added a chunk of science related content to our Epic Wall of Science Resources! Congratulations to Vlademer Proudnikov and Patricia Merlino and everyone who contributed to the ThingLink Tech and Engineering Creative Challenge last month!

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Science Creative Challenges Winners

We are pleased to announce the winners of our first 3 Science Creative Challenges. With many amazing images to choose from, it was very difficult to choose one winner from each category. The tie-breaking factor in each case came down to the level of student engagement. The winners of each of these challenges will be awarded 3 Premium EDU accounts to give to teachers at their school. Congratulations to Laura Moore, Christi Collins and Patricia Merlino! Many thanks to everyone who submitted an image.

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2015 Australian Open combines images, video, audio, and social media in sports photography

The Australian Open Tennis Championship used ThingLink throughout the 2015 tournament to cover various matches with interactive image recaps. Tennis fans were able to interact with and unlock content like never before.

Turning sports images into a media rich experience

What we find especially interesting here, is the creative combination of images, video, audio, and social media in sports photography. In the images below you will find:

1.  audioBoom audio clips featuring commentator match clips and post game interviews

2. YouTube video highlights of the tournament,

3. Social media: Instagram photos and live tweets from during his match. 

Explore more from the Australian Open, ThingLink and audioBoom:

Stan into semis featuring clips from audioBoom, Instagram photos, and live tweets of Stan Wawrinka’s loss to Kei Nishikori.

Sounds of the Women’s Final featuring clips from audioBoom – Serena Williams wins her sixth Australian Open title against Maria Sharapova

Sounds of the Men’s Final featuring clips from audioBoom – Top ranked Novak Djokovic wins his fifth Australian Open title against Andy Murray

SOURCE: 2015 Australian Tennis Open Official Website

3 tips for sports journalists

1. Images are a great communication platforms for journalists and live reporters. If you are reporting about a sports event, give your images and videos a voice with audioBoom or SoundCloud playercard tags.

2. Curate multiple pieces of media content into your images and make the image a window to the whole event and related content.

3. Sports fans love the extras. Use ThingLink to deliver your readers another way to unlock content about their favorite players and teams.

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