Harvesting A Thinglink 360/VR Lesson

-by Patricia Merlino

If you are from a region where oysters are harvested locally, then you are aware of an “r” in the month. An “r” has meant the availability of freshly harvested oysters ready for your consumption. However, the “r’s” in the words “virtual reality also means an opportunity to harvest teacher-created projects with Thinglink Virtual Reality for consumptions by your students.

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News for EDU Community Members

One of the big reasons we blog here on the ThingLink Blog for Education is to provide our community with ideas and inspiration for using ThingLink for teaching and learning. We celebrate the leadership of ThingLink Certified Educators and truly appreciate the strength that can be found within this community of learners. In case you missed it, here are some recent highlights.

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Happy Halloween! Explore Burial Rituals Across Many Different Cultures

Today’s image of the week was created by Dr. Chris Boyd from Warsaw Community Schools in the great Hoosier State. We invite you to celebrate Halloween and explore Burial Rituals Across Many Different Cultures. Congratulations to Chris for winning the opportunity to select a professional 360 image for our library. We can’t wait to see what this talented teacher and ThingLink Certified Educator creates! 

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History Comes to Life with ThingLink 360/VR Immigrant Museum

by Karalee Nakatsuka

Student Immigration Museums and the Limitations of the Presentation Board

Every year my students study immigration by conducting an oral history with an immigrant, writing up the details and, in the past, displaying their subject’s story on bulky large tri-fold foam core boards.  The lessons learned from the personal experiences of the immigrants are priceless. But the foam core boards are limiting, bulky and difficult to share.

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Using ThingLink 360/VR to Explore Wetlands

-by Jen and Brian Cauthers

Wetland protection and restoration are key factors in preventing this threatened habitat from destruction.

As more communities and developments branch out into undeveloped lands, we encounter habitats that are often overlooked as important to the stability of our ecosystems.  Unfortunately, freshwater wetland habitats typically fall into this category, as they are often simply referred to as “swamps.”  Most people do not have a positive reaction when they hear the word “swamp.” Instead, they think stagnant stinky water.  In reality, freshwater wetlands are vital to the stability of our ecosystems because they provide breeding grounds for many creatures such as frogs and turtles.  They also provide a filtration system for our water as it percolates through the soils.  

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FAMU Certified Educators Spark Thinglink 360/VR HBCU Campaign

FAMU MBA Candidate and Entrepreneur, L.Michelle Salvant says she was first introduced to Thinglink 360/VR while researching ways to effectively and easily tell stories in 360 and publish them to the web.  For her, ThingLink 360/VR was the best solution and offered an even greater advantage for those using VR for education. “I soon began to think of ways to introduce ThingLinkVR to others in the community where I serve. My alma mater, Florida A&M University, was one of those at the top of my list,” said Salvant.  

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Share your image of the week for a chance to select a professional 360 image for our library!

Every Tuesday for the past 6-months we have featured an interactive image created by a member of our education community. Our goal is to inspire educators with great ideas and illustrate connections to learning goals. We love to promote our users, so we have designed a mini-contest to encourage you to submit a 360/VR image for consideration as our featured Image of the Week and earn a chance to select a professional 360 image for our library!

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Experience Chicago with ThingLink 360/VR

Explore a Channel of  360/VR Images Created by ThingLink Certified Educators

 

ThingLink Certified Educator BadgeWe are pleased to kickoff Season II of our Friday Featured Guest Posts with a story by Andrea Poglayen, a ThingLink Certified Educator who works as a Technology Integrationist in Mundelein, IL.  We hope you enjoy learning about how she and her team transformed a  7th-grade project with ThingLink. 

“Using Thinglink has changed my curriculum.  Not only have I been able to create interactive lessons, my students and teachers have been able to use Thinglink as extensions of their learning to share with others.”

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Image of the Week: Understanding Perspective

Understanding perspectives & points of view can be challenging. Providing students a means to creatively capture the essence of perspective can unravel the meaning of it. Our image of the week comes to us from a ThingLink educator: Garth Holman.

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Shifting from Consumption to Creation at a ThingLink 360/VR Bootcamp

ThingLink 360/VR Bootcamps provide powerful professional development opportunities for educators interested in shifting student learning experiences from consumption to creation. Over the past year, we have facilitated many Bootcamps in locations across the US. The Bootcamps provide us with ongoing opportunities to connect with educators, gain valuable feedback and develop local expertise.

Registration is open for Bootcamps near St. Louis, MO and Boulder, CO this fall. We would love to meet educators in these regions to help you seamlessly integrating 360/VR into your instructional practices. Let’s take a closer look at the learning and pedagogy behind every ThingLink Bootcamp.

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