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NEW: PREMIUM UPGRADES FOR SCHOOLS AND DISTRICTS

Planning for next year? It’s time to explore the powerful possibilities of ThingLink Premium Education for your school and district.

Premium Verified Organizations not only gain access to unlimited users, but get powerful tools such as: multiple groups, published slideshows, tag customization, advanced metrics, an expanded icon set, ongoing professional development and so much more!

Book your premium upgrade before June and get 4 extra months

Now is the time to get your school or district ready to implement ThingLink in the Fall! Onboard your school before the end of May for a discounted price of just $500 and gain Premium Education access through the 2015-2016 academic year.

Upgrades made now will be extend through August 2016 so jump on board and contact us at education@thinglink.com.

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HAPPENING NOW: CREATIVE CLASSROOM CHALLENGE “LIVING IN THE US”

Join us in an exciting ThingLink Classroom Creative Challenge to build interactive books about LIVING IN THE US. This is a great end of year project that’s loaded with learning and offers a high level of student engagement. Help us to put your state and school on the map! Check out  lesson plans, examples, and everything you need to get started on our blog!

We are also creating and curating resources across all grade levels and content areas:

– We’re creating interactive educational books
Famous Women in American History
Our Solar System

– We’re embracing professional development
Digital Differentiation

– We’re Teaching Reading and Writing through Standards
Can You Read an Image?

Contact us at education@thinglink.com to set up a demo or a webinar for your school or district, and book your upgrade for 2015-2016 before June 2015!

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New PRO Feature: Customizable Pop-ups!

One of our most requested features has been the ability to customize the fonts and colors of rich media tags – aka the pop-ups!

We are happy to announce that these features are now available to ThingLink PRO, Whitelabel, and VIP users.

More customization options will allow you to match the look and feel of your tags with the graphic style of your images and videos.  Using brand colors and font styles enhances the additional layer of information on your media.

  1. Change tag pop-up color
  2. Change font color and size
  3. Four font choices: Arial, Verdana, Tahoma & Times New Roman

Here are a couple of examples of what you can do:


Here is a how the feature appears in the editor.

We hope you enjoy the new features and as always, please keep us in the loop with any cool projects you’re working on!

If you are interesting in signing up to Pro, Whitelabel or Premium Education please sign up here.

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THINGLINK INTRODUCES VERIFIED ACCOUNTS AND 9+ APP RATING FOR EDUCATIONAL ORGANIZATIONS

In the past three months over 100 school districts in the US have contacted us and expressed interest in a school or district level account on ThingLink. We have collected lots of feedback from teachers, tech coaches, and ThingLink Educators across the country, and are now proud to announce verified accounts for educational organisations and a 9+ rating for our iOS app.

A verified organization on ThingLink serves three goals. First, verification is used to establish authenticity of an organization. Once this is done, organization gets an invitation code that it can use to invite its members to ThingLink. A verified organization will also get an access for managing teacher, student, and group accounts from one dashboard. Third, a verified organization account gives schools and districts  easy access to the variety of interactive media resources that teachers and students in different groups have created.

In the past 12 months ThingLink has become one of the the most popular free web tools for educators and the most popular mobile app for creating interactive images in school or on field trips with or without wireless access. There are a multitude of uses for ThingLink in education.  Teachers can create media rich visual resources packed with content to engage students in deep learning experiences. Students can create a ThingLink to present knowledge and ideas or to document learning. A shared “Steam” enables students and teachers to collaborate on images beyond the classroom walls. Interactive images can be embedded on websites or shared with the class and accessed by inquisitive students at any time.

Interested in becoming verified organization on ThingLink?
Email us at education@thinglink.com and we will get back to you shortly!

Already requested a district account?
Rachel from our Palo Alto team will contact you and help set up your verified organisation account and invitation code.

Want to book a ThingLink webinar for your school or school district?
Please contact education@thinglink.com. Our community manager Susan has plenty of great examples to share!

For more information and press inquiries, please contact press@thinglink.com.

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INTRODUCING: NEW CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT DASHBOARD

Over the past year we have gathered loads of feedback from educators on how to improve the ThingLink classroom experience.

We have listened and taken all of your feedback into account to create a new, easy to use, Education dashboard. The overwhelming blocks of names that used to fill the Students tab have been replaced by easy-to-use lists.

 

1) Navigate between the Students and Groups sub-tabs with just a click to see an overview of all your students and groups.

 2) Click on a student’s name to reveal their account details. Keep up on their progress with easy access to their latest work and information about when they were last online. Quickly change students’ passwords for them instead ofwaiting for emailed reset links. All their information is readily available in one spot!

 

 

3) Manage groups by clicking on the Groups sub-tab and selecting a group. Add new students, delete old ones, and view all members in one spot.

How do you like the new features? Share your thoughts and new feature suggestions in the comments! For a complete tutorial on how to use all these new features, check out our Education Tutorial. We provide step by step instructions for everything from adding students, to viewing images in your classroom channel.

Upgrade to Premium Education to manage up to 30 classroom groups and 1,000 students! 

Happy Tagging!

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New ThingLink T-shirts are here!

ThingLink is attending SXSW EDU this year, and as part of getting ready for the show, we made new T-shirts featuring the rich layer of links you can embed on images and video. If you would like to get one for yourself, please come and meet us in Austin on March 10th, booth 125 (right next to Pearsons).

Company T-shirts can sometimes be pretty basic, but thanks to our awesome designer Tyler, these came out quite nice! The day after the T-shirts arrived, the whole team appeared at the office wearing matching outfits so I got a chance to do a quick photo shoot. Here are Rachel, Andrew, and Alexey modelling the new ThingLink shirts.

Special offer for March: all ThingLink Pro annual and WhiteLabel subscribers will get a white ThingLink T-shirt or a black tote bag. Just email us your user name, mailing address and size to social@thinglink.com.

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Valentine Cards with notes, pictures, music, and video

When you spend a good couple of hours crafting Valentine cards with a six-year old, and see how they come up with well-thought and apparently accurate complimens for each of their classmates (“You are funny Adam”, “You are kind Tommy”, “You are the best in school Samuel”), you suddenly remember what great Valentines greetings are all about.   Instead of just sending a card with a picture of a heart, it’s about saying something meaningful about the other person in a way that brings a big smile to their face.

We at ThingLink are doing two things for this Valentine’s Day: First, we are updating our icons selector with a red heart,  and second, we are challenging you to use it and say good things about each other!

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Here are ideas of what to add to your greeting:

1- Text: Add friendly notes why you think this person is awesome

2- Picture: Add pictures or fun things you have done together this year

3 – Music: Add a song you want to dedicate to this person

Example: Here is my Valentine’s note to our new customer support specialist Rachel who just joined our Palo Alto team on Monday. We think Rachel is so awesome and hope you will get to meet her soon too!

 

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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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Fast Company: ThingLink Featured In The Grammys’ Social Media Strategy

For a company that has been around for 57 years, finding new ways to grow in the social media is a continuous challenge.

“Every single year social media has changed and it’s up to us to set a new bar when it comes to social media and live events,” tells the Recording Academy CMO, Evan Greene for Fast Company. “We are at a point where text tweets aren’t enough to engage audiences anymore, there needs to be photos, GIFs, videos, and more.”

This week’s issue of Fast Company features The Grammys impressive social media strategy that creatively combines seven social media services: Shazam, Snapchat, Tumblr, ThingLink, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

We at ThingLink are very excited to help The Grammys bring a richer experience to music fans worldwide by curated media posters including pictures and interviews of the nominees,  videos of past performances, and newsworthy facts.

Learn more about the 57th Grammy Awards by exploring the three interactive posters below: The Best Rap Performance, The Best Dance/Electronic Album, and The Best Country Album.

Interested in a media partnership with ThingLink? Drop us a line at social@thinglink.com.

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The Vancouver Canucks use ThingLink to increase fan engagement

In celebration of star player Daniel Sedin’s 1000th NHL game, the Vancouver Canucks in tandem with Tony Harris, the official artist of the NHL Player’s Association, crafted a stunning painting — “The Daniel”.

Using ThingLink, the Canucks adapted this physical piece of art into a digitally interactive guide for fans to unlock extra content, including:

1) A time lapse Vine video of the painting being created

2) Text and image annotations depicting Tony’s motivation for specific details

3) A YouTube video of Daniel receiving “The Daniel” during the pre-game ceremony

4) Links to other works by Tony Harris

The results are in the numbers: viewers engaged with at least six tags, spent an average of 25 seconds on the image, and 45% of total viewers clicked on at least one link!

SOURCE: Vancouver Canucks Official Website

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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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