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360 Tours to Introduce Your School or Classroom

360 tours are a fantastic way to bring new students, parents, and community members into your school for a closer look. There’s no need to hire an expensive designer or photographer, just snap some pictures with your phone or an entry level 360 camera and upload to ThingLink.

Below, we’ve compiled some of the best examples of teachers, libraries, and schools that have created 360 virtual tours. Explore for inspiration and ideas!

Nelle Shean Junior High Media Center

via Nelle Shean Junior High

In this tour of the media center from Nelle Shean, students can find different reading sections and learn what the process is if they forget their iPad.

Mrs. Stumpf’s Classroom Tour

via Lisa Stumpf

New students can learn everything from what to do when they first walk into class, to where to find the week’s assignments, to the process for no-name homework. Mrs. Stumpf has done a fantastic job pointing out all the resources of note in her classroom, hopefully alleviating new class jitters for some students.

21st Century Cyber Charter School

via 21st CCCS

For an online school like 21st CCCS, a virtual tour of their offices may help students and parents feel more connected. A calendar tag is updated monthly to keep everyone up to date with what’s happening.

A. K. Smiley Public Library

via A. K. Smiley Public Library

Though we’re not in a school, this Library makes excellent use of transition tags to guide us from one room to another. We get to explore through video tours, written histories, slides showcasing the art, and a Google Maps tag to get us there. A combination of media types lets the viewer learn in as many ways as possible.


Tips and Tricks

  • Use many media types to give your viewers a rich virtual experience. A combination of videos, images, text, audio, and embeds keep them engaged and exploring.
  • Combine images from multiple rooms with transition tags. Additional spaces let your viewer getter a better sense of context and let them explore even more of your amazing space!
  • Add custom icons instead of the default transparent and image icons. Just click the blue circle in the editor to upload any image you want.
  • Click-through links in captions mean that students and parents don’t need to copy and paste to access your links. Learn how.

Ready to create your own tour? Try it out with a 14 day trial of Premium Education and start uploading.

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Celebrating a Total Solar Eclipse!

total solar eclipse will cross the United States today, starting just after 10 a.m. PT in Oregon and ending just before 3 p.m. in South Carolina. Depending on your viewing location, the eclipse will last between 1  and about 2 1/2 minutes. Those gathering outdoors to catch a glimpse of this rare occurrence need to prepare for viewing. The ThingLink above is a curated collection of information and resources for making the most of the moment. Be sure to check out directions for capturing the eclipse with the camera on your phone!

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Create an Interactive Historical Art Lesson

It can be hard to remember history and to keep track of all the different facts and events – and art history even more so! There is a lot of meaning and significance buried in art, and extracting these is key to the learning experience. What better way to do this than by making the art interactive?

Extract meaning from the art by focusing on specific parts of it and creating explanatory tags. You can make use of our different pre-made icons for different corresponding tags – or even create your own icons with one of our paid plans. 

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Take A Deep Dive Into Cell Anatomy

What better way to learn cell anatomy than to make it interactive? Take anatomy in your classroom to the next level by having your students tag diagrams with informational materials and descriptions.

Since anatomy can be incredibly complicated and detailed, students can take the time to clearly and purposefully label and tag diagrams for a deeper learning experience. ThingLink images can be tagged with a wide variety of rich media tags to make them even more engaging.

Explore Our Example

This great example of hands-on learning was created by a student, and includes text tags and video narration for a thorough learning experience.

 


Now that you’ve explored this great example, it’s time to get started!  If you want to learn more about how to use all our other features, schedule a demo with a ThingLink expert or sign up for one of our free webinars. You can also check out some other great education examples here. Happy Tagging!

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Join Us for a Bootcamp in Kansas!

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We’re excited to be headed to Blue Valley Schools near Kansas City, KS for a VR in the Classroom Bootcamp with friend and Certified Educator Jodie Johnston on March 7, 2017

Join us near Kansas City, KS for a full-day of professional development designed to help educators learn to turn any 360 image into a powerful lesson or virtual field trip for students! This workshop promises to be packed with pedagogy and built for success.

 

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Best of Education: 2016

In 2016 we released a ton of new features including audio tags, custom rich tags, and of course our 360° editor. Those features have been put to amazing use by our education community creating resources, lessons, tours, and more. So as we start 2017 let’s look back at the amazing work created in 2016.

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VR Bootcamp in North Sutton, NH is here!

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New feature: Upload Your Own Sound Recordings (or other audio files) to ThingLink Images!

Starting today, ThingLink PRO and PREMIUM users can upload MP3 and M4A audio files directly into ThingLink tags. This means you have another cool way to make your images truly engaging with narration, interviews, nature sounds, music, or sound effects. The audio files will autoplay on mouseover.


 

How to create Audio Tags

Creating Audio Tags is as easy as creating your standard image tag. Click to create your tag, then in the tag editor, click the Upload Audio button. Select an MP3 or M4A file from your computer to upload and you’re ready to listen! Audio tags will autoplay when opened, so you can also add an image and text, and let the audio play in the background.

Ways to Use Audio Tags

Audio tags are great for adding narration, nature sounds, interviews, your own music, or editorial comments that give context or create a special ambiance for your image.

Here, an audio file from NASA takes this image from purely visual to a multi-sensory experience. The audio also increases the time the viewer spends on the tag as they listen to the clip instead of just glancing at the image.

In this 360 image, the creator narrates the text in each tag. Not only does this create a more rich experience, it results in a more accessible image that can be enjoyed by those who may not be able to read the text. For teachers, this is a great way to encourage your students to create in many mediums.

Try it Out

Ready to test it out? Here’s a project to help you get started with audio tags. Make sure that you have one of our paid plans to access this feature.

Introducing Your Class

In this project, we’ll be using ThingLink and audio tags to provide a brief introduction to your class.

To start, upload a background image that represents your subject. I’d just suggest an image of your classroom or school.

Now, record a few audio clips that will help give the space context. I suggest using Sound Recorder on a PC or Quicktime on a Mac. If you have an iPhone, you can use Voice Memos, and send them to your email.  Here are some prompts to help you come up with some audio clips:

  • Why did you get started in teaching?
  • Explain the space around you. What can we see in this image?
  • Where is this space located? If someone wanted to visit your school, how can they?
  • What do you teach? Tell us all about your subject.

Back on your image, click to add a new tag. In the icon selector choose the play button, audio symbol, or microphone so viewers receive a visual prompt to what they’re unlocking. Now, use the Upload Audio button to add one of your clips. If you want, add an image and text as well to give your audio a label.

If you’d like to add a sound you can’t record yourself, try searching freesound.org. They host thousands of audio clips sourced from members that you can download and add. Find anything from the wind in the trees, to a helicopter whirring, to the sound of a barbecue being opened.


Now that you’ve learned all about audio tags it’s time to get started! If you don’t yet have the feature you can purchase a plan that includes it here. If you want to learn more about how to use this and all our other features, schedule a demo with a ThingLink expert. Happy Tagging!

 

 

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Happy Holidays ThingLink Style!

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Convert ThingLink to EDU

If you are an educator using ThingLink you want to be sure you are using the EDU version of the tool instead of the business version. This will allow you to utilize the features designed for education when you  Build Your ThingLink Classroom.  

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