Join Our Live Event: Breakout of Your ThingLink 360!

We hope you will join our webinar event featuring Dan Gallagher’s session on how to facilitate Breakout EDU type learning experiences, powered by ThingLink 360/VR. This session will take place live on February 28th @ 6:00 pm EST. Sign up to receive an archived copy of the recording.

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Join Our Post FETC Event!

We are pleased to have met many wonderful educators at FETC last week and excited to introduce them to the powerful features of ThingLink Premium for Educators. We wish we could have met even more of you, but we realise your school’s budget and time for PD might not support attending a live conference during the middle of the school year. That’s why we offer flexible professional development and training options at ThingLink.

Whether you were at FETC or NotAtFETC this year, we would like to invite you to a webinar to enjoy the resources we shared. You’ll get a great overview of our tools and there will be time for questions. We hope to inspire you from a comfortable spot in your home this February.

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Meet Us at FETC!

We are very excited to be headed to the Future of Education Technology Conference in Orlando, Florida next week! We hope to have a chance to meet some amazing educators on our journey. If you are heading to FETC too, please take the opportunity to connect with us at our booth, or attend one of our sessions.

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Best of Education: 2016

In 2016 we released a ton of new features including audio tags, custom rich tags, and of course our 360° editor. Those features have been put to amazing use by our education community creating resources, lessons, tours, and more. So as we start 2017 let’s look back at the amazing work created in 2016.

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Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Explore this curated collection of resources to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Be sure to click the button in the top, right corner to view full-screen.

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VR Bootcamp in North Sutton, NH is here!

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Join Us for a VR Bootcamp in your Backyard!

We are excited about bringing VR in the Classroom Bootcamps to several locations across the US this fall. We’re looking for opportunities to connect with coaches, leaders, and innovative educators throughout our travels. We invite you to come out and work with us when a VR in the Classroom Bootcamp is scheduled in your backyard, OR contact us to host a Bootcamp of your own.

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New feature: Upload Your Own Sound Recordings (or other audio files) to ThingLink Images!

Starting today, ThingLink PRO and PREMIUM users can upload MP3 and M4A audio files directly into ThingLink tags. This means you have another cool way to make your images truly engaging with narration, interviews, nature sounds, music, or sound effects. The audio files will autoplay on mouseover.


 

How to create Audio Tags

Creating Audio Tags is as easy as creating your standard image tag. Click to create your tag, then in the tag editor, click the Upload Audio button. Select an MP3 or M4A file from your computer to upload and you’re ready to listen! Audio tags will autoplay when opened, so you can also add an image and text, and let the audio play in the background.

Ways to Use Audio Tags

Audio tags are great for adding narration, nature sounds, interviews, your own music, or editorial comments that give context or create a special ambiance for your image.

Here, an audio file from NASA takes this image from purely visual to a multi-sensory experience. The audio also increases the time the viewer spends on the tag as they listen to the clip instead of just glancing at the image.

In this 360 image, the creator narrates the text in each tag. Not only does this create a more rich experience, it results in a more accessible image that can be enjoyed by those who may not be able to read the text. For teachers, this is a great way to encourage your students to create in many mediums.

Try it Out

Ready to test it out? Here’s a project to help you get started with audio tags. Make sure that you have one of our paid plans to access this feature.

Introducing Your Class

In this project, we’ll be using ThingLink and audio tags to provide a brief introduction to your class.

To start, upload a background image that represents your subject. I’d just suggest an image of your classroom or school.

Now, record a few audio clips that will help give the space context. I suggest using Sound Recorder on a PC or Quicktime on a Mac. If you have an iPhone, you can use Voice Memos, and send them to your email.  Here are some prompts to help you come up with some audio clips:

  • Why did you get started in teaching?
  • Explain the space around you. What can we see in this image?
  • Where is this space located? If someone wanted to visit your school, how can they?
  • What do you teach? Tell us all about your subject.

Back on your image, click to add a new tag. In the icon selector choose the play button, audio symbol, or microphone so viewers receive a visual prompt to what they’re unlocking. Now, use the Upload Audio button to add one of your clips. If you want, add an image and text as well to give your audio a label.

If you’d like to add a sound you can’t record yourself, try searching freesound.org. They host thousands of audio clips sourced from members that you can download and add. Find anything from the wind in the trees, to a helicopter whirring, to the sound of a barbecue being opened.


Now that you’ve learned all about audio tags it’s time to get started! If you don’t yet have the feature you can purchase a plan that includes it here. If you want to learn more about how to use this and all our other features, schedule a demo with a ThingLink expert. Happy Tagging!

 

 

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ThingLink VR Bootcamp is Coming to Hawaii!

We are pleased to offer another ThingLink VR Bootcamp at Mid-Pacific Institute in Hawaii! This event is open to all educators in the area and it will take place on December 1st, from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Many thanks to Brian Grantham at Mid-Pacific Institute for reaching out to offer the use of a training space. We look forward to being able to work with Brian and innovative educators in Hawaii.

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ThingLink Bootcamp is Coming to New Hampshire!

We are pleased to offer our second ThingLink VR Bootcamp in North Sutton, New Hampshire! This event is open to all educators in the area and it will take place on Friday, November 4th, from 8:00 am – 3:00 pm.

Many thanks to Laurie Prewandowski at Kearsarge Middle School for reaching out to offer the use of a training space. We look forward to being able to work with Laurie and innovative educators in the area.

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