Category : Virtual Reality

ThingLink Teacher Challenge June Update

The ThingLink Teacher Challenge is going strong at the end of June. If you haven’t joined us yet, this would be a great time to get started! We’ve launched 3 activities to date. Participants will find they can complete all three of them in about 2-4 hours, depending on your experience level, and the depth of the activity you design. Here is a summary of resources to help everyone stay on track during this self-paced PD opportunity in June and July.

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Using a 360 Image to Tell an Immersive Story for VR

pedagogy and ideas from the designer and facilitator of The ThingLink Teacher Challenge

The 5th Annual ThingLink Teacher Challenge is up and running! If you haven’t joined us yet, this is a great time to start. The early adopters are making their way through each of the published activities and we are excited to be collecting results to share.

We started our introduction to ThingLink’s 360 image editor with a familiar topic, telling a story. Walk into any classroom in the US, and you will find a teacher with a story map, storyboard, or planning guide, and an instructional method. We’ve learned that our students write better and they create better multimedia projects when they have a plan. For creating your first ThingLink, you will appreciate the plan to save you a lot of time, especially when recording.

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Get Ready for the 5th Annual ThingLink Teacher Challenge Webinar

ThingLink Teacher Challenge 4 Steps

We invite educators from across the globe to join us in our powerful, self-paced, online professional development designed to explore, create, and share immersive 360 stories on the go! Sign up for our kickoff webinar to learn more about how you and your team can participate in the learning. Our PD is designed to put some extra fun into your summer adventures as you engage in learning through constructive play, document your experiences, and tell your own immersive stories with ThingLink. It’s time to get ready for the 5th annual ThingLink Teacher Challenge Webinar.

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Sign Up for the 5th Annual ThingLink Teacher Summer Challenge!

We invite educators to take the 5th Annual ThingLink Summer Teacher Challenge. This highly popular, self-paced professional development opportunity provides educators with the tools and support needed to create engaging, interactive 360/VR lessons and student projects.  Learn to shift student learning from consumption to creation this summer by joining the ThingLink Teacher Challenge.

We will officially launch the learning on June 11th with a webinar. Then participants can take their time and progress through the activities at your own pace.

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May 17th celebration: A Virtual Field Trip to Norway

To celebrate the Norwegian Constitution Day, we decided to send a special greeting to our dear Scandinavian neighbors who are almost as happy as the Finns.  With love, we put together this virtual 360 degree tour to the stunningly beautiful land of fjords and fells. The tour starts from Laedal, goes through the longest road tunnel to Bergen, then takes a ferry to North, and ends up at a Constitution Day celebration party after a quick visit to Oslo.

Now, the only thing missing from this tour are the people! Do you have a story or memory from Norway? Here is what you can do:

a) Open the voice recorder on your phone and record an audio clip telling a special memory or story from Norway 

b) Open the ThingLink editor, clone any image from this tour to your own account, and make your own version of the trip! Add audio clips, notes, music, photos, videos, or anything you like –and share it onwards!

If you don’t have a ThingLink account yet, check out our new Premium Teacher plan!

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New Deals on ThingLink & Ricoh Theta


We are happy to share that ThingLink users can now purchase Ricoh Theta cameras with a partner discount code that gives 15% off any new purchase on the Ricoh US website. This means $30 off on the Ricoh Theta SC, and $60 off on the new Ricoh Theta V.  

Individual teachers and schools can use ThingLink and Ricoh Theta 360 camera to:

  • Take 360 images with students during field trips
  • Upload 360 images from computer hard drive or tablet directly to ThingLink editor
  • Easily add notes, audio, closeup photos or videos to 360 images
  • Copy and edit thousands of 360 presentations and tours created by other teachers
  • Embed interactive 360 images on any website
  • Directly record narration to 360 images on iPads

Planning for the new school year? ThingLink’s new starter account for schools ($500) lets teachers try 360 photo editing at $1/user. Sign up your school today and get started with immersive storytelling on thinglink.com/edu!

 

 

 

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Immersive learning for higher education

The challenges and opportunities for new technology integration at a large college or university are different than at an elementary school. Schools are bigger, shared facilities are crowded, students are quick to learn new technologies on their own, and research plays a bigger role. After my recent visit to Clemson University, I started putting together a list of use cases and applications for immersive learning for higher education. This list is work in progress, so feel free to email comments or additional suggestions!

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An Immersive Approach to Learning About Medieval Allegories with ThingLink 360/VR

by Licia Landi

Italian ThingLink Certified Educator Licia Landi has created a ThingLink 360 tour to help her 10th-grade students develop a new approach to Medieval allegories by actively engaging them in the learning process through immersive storytelling. Explore this interactive 360 image and be sure to click the book icon to learn more about the learning goals for this project.

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360/VR Tour of Colorado Life Zones using ThingLink

by Michelle Eckstein

Through project-based learning, students used 360 cameras, ThingLink 360/VR and a variety of multimedia tools to create virtual reality tours of Colorado. Students built knowledge by actively exploring actual ecosystems and discovering the landforms, animals, and plants that live in the -ecosystem. They then used ThingLink 360/VR to show what they had learned. ThingLink 360/VR was the perfect tool for both delivering content and having students show what they had learned.

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Join Our ThingLink 360/VR Bootcamp in MA with Kathy Schrock

We invite you to join our upcoming ThingLink 360/VR in Education Bootcamp with host Temple Mitchell and special guest, Kathy Schrock, for a powerful day of learning on May 12, 2018, at UMass Dartmouth’s Kaput Center for Research and Innovation. We hope teams of innovative educators will join us to explore the powerful possibilities of shifting learning from consumption to creation with interactive 360 images. We are thrilled to have Kathy Schrock lead us in a 360 image capture expedition and we are looking forward to working with innovative educators in the area to build expertise in using interactive 360 images in education.

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