Share your Super Bowl Story!

Send us your Super Bowl Story by annotating a picture with all of the elements of your Super Bowl celebration; who is attending, what you are eating, where you are celebrating, and what is happening — the possibilities are endless!

Upon submitting your image, you will be automatically entered in a random drawing for a $200 Amazon gift card!

Click here to participate!

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Using ThingLink to Support STEAM

We’re excited to be hosting an online virtual booth and presentation at the STEAM & Arts Integration Winter Online Conference on February 7th. We invite you to jon us at the conference for our presentation,  I Have a ThingLink for STEAM.

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Crowdsourcing To Share & Create Science Resources

Many teachers are creating amazing interactive images packed with resources for teaching science. Many students are using ThingLink to demonstrate learning about science by annotating images with multimedia. Good news! We are crowdsourcing to collect resources to and share great interactive images for teaching and learning about science. We hope you will join us.

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Take the ThingLink Science Creative Challenge

Today we are pleased to launch the first three ThingLink Creative Challenges using a new tool that will make it easier to curate and share great science images.

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Build Your ThingLink Classroom

The start of the New Year seems like the perfect time to review teacher management features to make it simpler for students to signup, create and collaborate with ThingLink. We hope you will find these quick video tutorials with accompanying written directions to be helpful. In addition, we invite you to attend our upcoming webinar, Build Your ThingLink Classroom, on January 13th at 8:00 PM EDT for a comprehensie overview of features with ideas for integration.

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Full STEAM Ahead with ThingLink Creative Challenges in 2015

Over the course of the next few months we’ll be collecting, curating and encouraging our community to create science content to support Next Generation Science and STEAM. Many ThingLink users are creating wonderful content in the various categories of STEAM and we want to make it easier to discover and use content. We also want to engage our teacher and student community to contribute to the continuously growing database of interactive content.

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12 Ways to Embrace ThingLink in the New Year

We’ve put together 12 examples of ways to embrace ThingLink for teaching and learning in the New Year. The ideas are for those who are just starting out, or for those who already love ThingLink! We hope you will get inspired by the interactive images created by our talented community members over the course of the last 12 months. To learn how to use any of these ideas in your classroom, click the information link below each example. Happy New Year!

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Create Interactive Maps and Floor Plans in 5 minutes

A popular way to use ThingLink is enhancing maps and floor plans with text annotations, images, videos, and links to more detailed information.  Interactive elements can be used to highlight important details of a plan, which leads to a better overall understanding of the image. Here are three examples:

1. ADDING TEXT NOTES TO A FLOOR PLAN

Floor plans are fascinating, but sometimes hard to decipher. Berliner Morgenpost used ThingLink to explain a layered illustration of The Whitehouse with simple text notes over the image. This is a great way for architects, engineers, and designers to bring attention to the details!

How to do this? First, upload an image of a floor plan on ThingLink. Second, click “edit” to open the image in ThingLink’s editor and click the image to add notes. When you are ready, save the image.

2. INTERACTIVE VENUE MAP

Event organizers often face the challenge of helping people navigate a large space. SLUSH 2014 conference used ThingLink for creating an interactive map of the venue, embedding six images of individual rooms within an overall map of the venue.

How to do this? First, uploaded all images of the space to ThingLink. Second, choose one main image (the floor plan), click edit, and add links to images (link format www.thinglink.com/scene/123456) of the individual spaces. 

3. CREATING AN INTERACTIVE VIDEO TOUR

To provide your audience a comprehensive idea of a physical place, you may want to combine a set of media elements within an interactive video tour.

In this example, Doctors Without Borders created an interactive video tour of one of their Ebola treatment centers. The base video of the treatment center was enriched with Google maps, Youtube videos, images, text and links.

How to do this? Using ThingLink’s Pro Plus account, log in and choose to tag a video. Copy a link from a Youtube or Brightcove hosted video. In the editor, press play and click “add a tag” whenever you would like to embed content on the video. Copy paste links to your desired destination, and adjust colors and fonts from “customization”.

Sign up to ThingLink today or request a demo for your business from andrew@thinglink.com.

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Celebrating ThingLink Expert Educators

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As the year comes to a close we would like to take a moment to thank and recognize the ThingLink Expert Educators of 2014. These talented educators share our enthusiasm and passion for transforming teaching and learning with ThingLink. They inspire others with their innovative ideas and creative uses of the tool. We are very thankful for the opportunity to collaborate and connect with these amazing educators and we are appreciative of all the sharing they do!

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6 Amazing App Smash Examples to Inspire Creativity

We recently challenged members of our ThingLink Education Community to take the ThingLink App Smash Challenge. The challenge was designed to help educators discover new ideas for teaching and learning with an iPad by combining two or more apps together to create, publish and share content. The use of ThingLink as a presentation tool provides educators with powerful possibilities for turning an image into a multimedia rich learning tool.

Many members of the ThingLink EDU community submitted ThingLink powered App Smashes to our App Smash Channel and several ThingLink Expert Educators shared their expertise through one of three webinars we offered. In case you missed it, here are resources from our culminating App Smash webinar. Be sure to watch the archived webinar found at the bottom of this post to listen to our Expert Educators describe their amazing AppSmashes.    

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