A 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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
We are happy to announce an integration with the leading cloud-based commerce platform, Shopify. ThingLink on Shopify lets retailers drive conversion with interactive images that communicate the various product details in a quick and elegant way. Shopify currently powers over 160,000 businesses in approximately 150 countries. ThingLink powers 2 million media publishers in 190 countries.
3) Add depth to their brand’s story with embedded videos and music, or
4) Collect valuable product feedback with several other call-to-action options.
ThingLink offers its users over 70 rich media tags including Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Spotify, Wikipedia, YouTube, Vimeo, MailChimp and PollDaddy. To embed content from these services to images, users only need to copy and paste a link from each website to the ThingLink image editor that is now directly available on each Shopify store that has downloaded ThingLink.
An additional bonus for Shopify users comes from ThingLink’s recent HTML5 integration with Facebook. Shopify sellers can now share interactive product images to Facebook and let shoppers explore items without leaving the Facebook News Feed.
Images and videos are most powerful assets for a successful online business; the key is to understand that they are not only illustration, but the place where consumer action happens. We are happy to help Shopify retailers drive engagement and conversion with interactive product images and video.