Bring ThingLink Swag Sponsorship to your Conference

Though we’ve just launched virtual reality for ThingLink education we’ve already heard a huge positive response from educators across the country. If you’re excited about virtual reality and want to spread the word, we have great news!

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3 Reasons to Take the ThingLink VR Challenge This Summer

 The ThingLink Summer VR Challenge for coaches, teachers and students will provide opportunities for participants at all levels to work together to explore and create interactive 360/VR activities for teaching and learning. This challenge is free, self-paced and designed to help teachers successfully embrace the powerful possibilities of the 360/VR Editor. We invite educators from across the globe to participate! Here are 3 reasons to take the ThingLink Summer VR Challenge.
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Dive Into ThingLink VR This Summer!

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The ThingLink Summer VR Challenge for coaches, teachers and students will provide opportunities for participants at all levels to work together to explore and create interactive 360/VR activities for teaching and learning. This challenge is free, self-paced and designed to help teachers successfully embrace the powerful possibilities of using 360/VR images in education. We invite educators from across the globe to participate! Sign up for more information about the ThingLink Summer VR Challenge.

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ThingLink launches Virtual Reality Lessons App For Education

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We are excited to launch VR Lessons, our first virtual reality content app. The app is designed for elementary school students, their teachers and parents.

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What Would You Like Your Students to Explore via Virtual Reality?

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Would you like your students to explore Mars, visit historic places, or dive deep into the ocean? We have received many requests from educators with great ideas for interactive VR lessons, so we decided to invest in producing ready-made lessons ourselves. This means we will be shooting and licensing 360 images and videos for creating immersive learning experiences that will help students travel to places they can’t explore in the real world.

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ThingLink Brings Virtual Reality to the Classroom

Virtual Reality and 360 content is about to find it’s way into schools and classrooms with a new layer of interactivity! ThingLink is evolving from image and video annotation to 360 content, which gives educators a larger canvas to create virtual learning experiences.

“We want to make mobile VR an engaging platform for storytelling and learning.” says founder and CEO Ulla Engestrom.

ThingLink is planning to launch a beta version of a new VR editor with key partners in the coming weeks. The editor will be made available for schools and districts. It will allow users to add contextual layers of information like text, photos, maps, video and additional tags to 360 images and video, making it possible for schools to create an interactive learning environment.

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Innovation with ThingLink + Google Apps!

This week, passionate educators flocked to San Diego to attend the EdTechTeacher Innovation Summit. This EdTech event combined iPad PD with GAFE integration education, engaging educators across devices over the course of the exciting 3 days. 

At ThingLink EDU we believe one of the best ways to embrace EDU innovation is to combine the power of ThingLink + Google Docs, so we brought that to the EdTechTeacher Innovation SummitCombining these tools allows educators to design powerful student driven learning experiences that include assessment and differentiation. Use of interactive images can help promote visual literacy and encourage writing skills that require students to write clear and concise summaries of information. Best of all, to create a ThingLink, users construct knowledge as they create. Anyone who has ever created a ThingLink will tell you they certainly learned a lot by creating one. Simply, creating a ThingLink makes you smarter!

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ThingLink joins Active Learning Alliance to develop future learning environments

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Active Learning Alliance is a group of companies aiming to develop new kinds of holistic learning solutions for educational institutions in change. The members of the alliance work together to create customized services combining physical space, virtual space, as well as supporting technologies and materials in an environment that encourages creative problem solving and collaboration. Founders of Active Learning Alliance include Samsung Electronics, Isku Interior Oy, and Edutukku Oy. Product and service providers include Qroom Oy, Seppo.io, ThingLink, Treston, eOppi, Samsung Service and Beiz.

Key to collaboration is the concept of a “Learning Lab”, a physical space where member companies develop and test new services for active learning. In 2016 Active Learning Alliance is planning to open and operate a Learning Lab in seven cities in Finland: Espoo, Lahti, Tampere, Turku, Jyväskylä, Kuopio and Oulu. Located at the facilities of Isku Interiors, Learning Labs also work as meeting, conference and co-working spaces for the member organisations and their clients.

The same way learners in today’s schools construct knowledge for themselves, and combine different kinds of resources from different sources, developers of learning solutions also need to collaborate and learn from each other. We are inspired to be a member of the Active Learning Alliance and look forward to creating engaging demos about new digital learning environments in 2016!

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More information: education@thinglink.com

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2016 Greeting to Educators from ThingLink

The year 2016 will bring exciting new things to ThingLink users in education. At the same time as we are working to make it easier to create and share interactive images and videos among teachers and students, we will start offering new interactive resources for teaching and learning.  Here is an overview of what to expect this year!

1. Easy creation 

Creating interactive images is going to take a big leap forward with a whole new set of improvements. Teachers and students with a Premium Education account will be able to use animated icons and easily modify the layout of a tag. We are also looking into enabling suggested tags, and making it easier for students to search and link relevant content related to their images.

2. NEW: Sound recording for ThingLink iOS app

Great news for everyone who uses ThingLink for creating books and documenting projects: ThingLink iOS app will make it easy to add sounds to images using the phone microphone or the existing sound library.  This opens new possibilities for engaging projects with students from kindergarden to middle school!

3. NEW: Interactive lesson plans 

This spring we will be piloting the use of lesson plans with ready-made interactive images and video, made available to our EDU Premium users. These standards-aligned activities will be packed with multimedia and designed to engage students in learning like never before. Stay tuned to the ThingLink Blog for Education for news about this exciting journey as our pilot unfolds.

4. NEW: Interactive virtual reality tours

Virtual Reality videos offer students a unique way to explore distant locations, environments, and events without leaving the classroom. These videos can contain clickable  notes and links — just like images and videos today on thinglink.com! During the spring ThingLink will visit events and schools to showcase the possibilities of interactive virtual reality for teaching and learning.

5. Our Expert Educator program

We are always looking to connect with talented educators who are interested in joining our group of Expert Educators. This is a great opportunity to learn, share and grow within our professional learning community. It’s also very beneficial for verified educational organizations to have a ThingLink Expert Educator on staff. If you are an educator who loves to share your passion for ThingLink with others, we encourage you to view a quick slideshow  to learn more and apply to become an expert educator. You can also contact Susan@thinglink.com to start a conversation.

6. Activate ThingLink for your whole school

A ThingLink Verified Organization account makes it easy to onboard all your students and teachers, access everyone’s work, and manage accounts. The price for premium upgrade is based on the number of students in your school and is discounted from the individual rate.  Contact us for more information and a quote!


 

Do you have questions about any of the above material? Please get in touch with our team and we will get back to you right away.  Contact us.

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3 Ways to Embrace ThingLink EDU in the New Year

Happy New Year to All!

ThingLink EDU has continued to grow in 2015 to include more than 1,000,000 edu users. Along the way we’ve developed some pretty great ways to use our amazing tool to transform teaching and learning. Please explore 3 Ways to Embrace ThingLink EDU in the New Year. We hope you will get inspired to try one of these ideas in the classroom this year!

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