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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Happy Holidays ThingLink Style!

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ThingLink Live & On Demand

Many years ago I began building a digital toolkit of resources for using technology as a tool for differentiated learning. Fortunately, that was also the time I was exploring the powerful possibilities of using ThingLink as a tool for teaching and learning. My toolkit quickly grew into a powerful interactive model that has remained current and useful over time. During our next session of ThingLink Live & On Demand,  I will be sharing this digital toolkit of resources and strategies to help educators design personalized learning experiences that effectively incorporate digital differentiation. Please join us at live at 7:00 PM EDT or Sign Up to receive the archived version in your in box.

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4 Ways to Tell Digital Stories with ThingLink EDU

Every image has a story – and you can help those images come to life and tell deeper stories with ThingLink EDU.

Authors of all ages can use ThingLink to tell engaging digital stories by easily adding an interactive layer to images and videos. Just add an icon to annotate an image or video with embedded rich media to provide readers with opportunities to explore information, listen to songs, watch videos, or answer polls without leaving the page. Authors can turn multiple interactive images into books that are sure to meet the diverse needs of all learners. Explore the powerful possibilities of digital storytelling with ThingLink EDU.

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Tonight’s Webinar – Digital Storytelling with ThingLink

Every image has a story – and you can help those images come to life and tell deeper stories with ThingLink. Join us as we demonstrates how authors of all ages can use ThingLink to tell engaging digital stories by easily adding an interactive layer to images and videos. When a reader moves their mouse over images or videos annotated with ThingLink, they can explore additional information, listen to songs, watch videos, or answer polls without leaving the page. We will share how to create an interactive image, as well as how to turn multiple images into interactive image books that are sure to meet the diverse needs of all learners. Come explore the powerful possibilities of digital storytelling with ThingLink.

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This webinar will be broadcast live on Monday, 11/22 at 7:00 PM EST. Can’t make it?  Sign up to receive the archive in your in box. Explore the interactive image below to find links to all of the webinars in this series

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ThingLink Launches Corporate Creative Challenges with the #StayAmazing Campaign!

ThingLink, in partnership with Fairfield Inn & Suites, is pleased to announce the launch of Corporate Challenges, where users will have the opportunity to get creative for their favorite brands!

Visit the Fairfield Inn & Suites Challenge page and annotate any (or all!) of their four #StayAmazing storyboards with your “life hacks” for a chance to win a $450 gift card! Click to participate.

Interested in hosting your own Corporate Challenge? Contact us .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Building the Ultimate Word Wall

There is a wealth of research to suggest that vocabulary knowledge is the single best predictor of student academic achievement across all curriculum areas. Experts agree, if given the opportunity to receive effective vocabulary instruction, most students can acquire vocabulary at rates that will improve their comprehension and also their chances for success in school. Even the Common Core identifies Academic Vocabulary as one of the six big shifts. It’s clear that educators need to spend some time teaching it.

Digging deeper into vocabulary means more than just sending students to a dictionary to look up the definition. Students must interact with  new vocabulary.  Opportunities to use words, explore them within different contexts, and create non-linguistic representations of words will help them do more than just memorize them. ThingLink is well-suited for the task and to illustrate this we are Building the Ultimate Word Wall!

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ThingLink Live and On Demand

Transform Teaching & Learning with ThingLink EDU

We’re in full swing with our free PD to help educators transform teaching and learning in classrooms, schools and districts. Join any or all of our sessions live, or view the archive on demand right from your in box. Share the recordings with colleagues,  teams, administrators and decision-makers.

Sessions Date Time Register OnDemand
Transform Teaching & Learning with ThingLink 10/20/2015 8:00 PM EDT  View
Create Engaging Resources w/ ThingLink EDU & Google Docs 10/27/2015 8:00 PM EDT  View
AppSmashing with ThingLink, Padlet and Explain Everything 11/2/2015 8:00 PM EDT  View
Build the Ultimate Word Wall 11/10/2015 8:00 PM EDT Register
Digital Storytelling with ThingLink EDU 11/23/2015 7:00 PM EDT Register
Digital Differentiation with ThingLink EDU 11/30/2015 7:00 PM EDT Register
Facilitate an Interactive Map Project with ThingLink EDU 12/7/2015 7:00 PM EDT Register
Embrace ThingLink as an ePortfolio Tool 12/14/2015 7:00 PM EDT Register

 

Request a Personalized Session

We’d love to give teams, schools and districts a personalized session with plenty of opportunities for Q & A. Please schedule a session via calendly.

 

 

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Transform Teaching & Learning with ThingLink EDU & Google Docs

Our next webinar is designed to help educators transform teaching and learning with ThingLink with Google Docs. Educators can use a Google Doc to collect information, automate tasks and make the  workflow progress smoothly throughout a student driven learning experience. ThingLink’s media rich platform displays published Google Docs right on top of any image or video. Better yet,  those Google Docs are live and interactive. This is a truly great combination of tools for the classroom. We hope you will join us by signing up to participate live or on demand.

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Free PD Series to Transform Teaching & Learning

In 2010 the National Education Technology Plan was released by US Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan. This was a comprehensive vision for how teachers working with technology can transform student learning in classrooms across America by the year 2015. The Center for Digital Education summed up these ideas concisely in an article published on November 10, 2010, 5 EdTech Goals for 2015. According to this article,

“Schools should change learning so that it’s engaging and individualized. Potential technology tools include wikis, blogs, digital content and visualization tools”

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