Category : Thinglink users

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.

Interested in learning more?  Sign up today at thinglink.com!

 

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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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