Category : Thinglink users

Build Your ThingLink Classroom

The start of the New Year seems like the perfect time to review teacher management features to make it simpler for students to signup, create and collaborate with ThingLink. We hope you will find these quick video tutorials with accompanying written directions to be helpful. In addition, we invite you to attend our upcoming webinar, Build Your ThingLink Classroom, on January 13th at 8:00 PM EDT for a comprehensie overview of features with ideas for integration.

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Create Interactive Maps and Floor Plans in 5 minutes

A popular way to use ThingLink is enhancing maps and floor plans with text annotations, images, videos, and links to more detailed information.  Interactive elements can be used to highlight important details of a plan, which leads to a better overall understanding of the image. Here are three examples:

1. ADDING TEXT NOTES TO A FLOOR PLAN

Floor plans are fascinating, but sometimes hard to decipher. Berliner Morgenpost used ThingLink to explain a layered illustration of The Whitehouse with simple text notes over the image. This is a great way for architects, engineers, and designers to bring attention to the details!

How to do this? First, upload an image of a floor plan on ThingLink. Second, click “edit” to open the image in ThingLink’s editor and click the image to add notes. When you are ready, save the image.

2. INTERACTIVE VENUE MAP

Event organizers often face the challenge of helping people navigate a large space. SLUSH 2014 conference used ThingLink for creating an interactive map of the venue, embedding six images of individual rooms within an overall map of the venue.

How to do this? First, uploaded all images of the space to ThingLink. Second, choose one main image (the floor plan), click edit, and add links to images (link format www.thinglink.com/scene/123456) of the individual spaces. 

3. CREATING AN INTERACTIVE VIDEO TOUR

To provide your audience a comprehensive idea of a physical place, you may want to combine a set of media elements within an interactive video tour.

In this example, Doctors Without Borders created an interactive video tour of one of their Ebola treatment centers. The base video of the treatment center was enriched with Google maps, Youtube videos, images, text and links.

How to do this? Using ThingLink’s Pro Plus account, log in and choose to tag a video. Copy a link from a Youtube or Brightcove hosted video. In the editor, press play and click “add a tag” whenever you would like to embed content on the video. Copy paste links to your desired destination, and adjust colors and fonts from “customization”.

Sign up to ThingLink today or request a demo for your business from andrew@thinglink.com.

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Celebrating ThingLink Expert Educators

ThingLink Expert Educator Badge

As the year comes to a close we would like to take a moment to thank and recognize the ThingLink Expert Educators of 2014. These talented educators share our enthusiasm and passion for transforming teaching and learning with ThingLink. They inspire others with their innovative ideas and creative uses of the tool. We are very thankful for the opportunity to collaborate and connect with these amazing educators and we are appreciative of all the sharing they do!

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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!

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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!

 

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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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