3 Ways to Learn More About ThingLink EDU

We have been very busy at ThingLink over the course of the past year and we are pleased to see our community of educators growing considerably. We now offer district level verified organization accounts,  a designated classroom workspace for teachers and their students and ThingLink for Video! We have remodeled and improved our teacher management features and we’ve updated our amazing iOS app to be even better for educational use. We thought you might appreciate some resources to help you embrace our full-featured education platform.

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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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Easily monetize your media with ThingLink custom apps

Many major brands and publishers are using ThingLink’s intuitive interface to easily monetize their image and video media through quick to add point-of-purchase links. ThingLink custom apps allow you to replace expensive and time consuming interactive builds while at the same time maintains the unique persona of your brand and website.

Manor, an international fashion retailer, sought to link their visual emotional pictures and their online shop. In order to match the look and feel of their brand, Manor collaborated with Takondi to develop a customized retail ThingLink app that empowers viewers to shop and purchase products directly within their visual media. Explore the image above to see the tag in action. 

Lets take a deeper look into this use case and learn how it was accomplished by Manor and Takondi.

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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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SaaS executive Martin Frid-Nielsen joins ThingLink as COO

ThingLink is happy to announce that Martin Frid-Nielsen has joined ThingLink as its Chief Operating Officer.

Most recently Martin was the Founder and CEO of Soonr, a cloud service for file sharing and collaboration with over 175,000 paid customers. At Soonr, Martin invented early SaaS concepts relating to file access on mobile devices through the cloud, and also raised over $40M in venture funding since 2005. Prior to Soonr, Martin was VP of Products at Merant, PLC (sold to Serena for $350M in 2004), VP of Engineering at NetObjects, makers of the Fusion web-design product (IPO in 1999) and an early employee at Borland, where he worked on the flagship products Sidekick and Quattro Pro. In addition, Martin was named a Top 100 Executive by CRN magazine in 2014.

At ThingLink Martin takes over leading Thinglink’s North American and European operations focusing on developing paid services for ThingLink’s fast growing free user base.

“ThingLink has come to a point when it is time to take the company’s operations to a new level, and Martin has exactly the right kind of experience and skill set for this role. I have great expectations of working together”, says ThingLink’s founder and CEO Ulla Engeström, who got introduced to Martin, a fellow Nordic startup founder, through the Nordic Innovation House on Ramona St.

“I am thrilled to be joining Thinglink at this critical inflection point,” said Martin Frid-Nielsen. “With their innovative technology for tagging images and video, as well as a top-notch team driving considerable growth, ThingLink is primed to have a huge impact on the industry.”

About ThingLink
ThingLink (thinglink.com) empowers creative professionals to create more engaging media by adding an additional interactive layer to photos and videos. In the past 12 months ThingLink has grown to be the largest interactive image and video community with 1.5M registered content creators and a strong monthly user growth. ThingLink offers a free basic service, subscription-driven premium service tiers, and fee-based VIP services including access to the ThingLink creative community.

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Explore Our Epic Wall of Science & STEAM Resources

Are you looking for resources and inspiring ideas to engage students in standards based 21st Century Learning experiences? We’ve got some amazing resources for you!

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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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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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