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New feature alert: Filter your search!

Did you know that there are over 6,500,000 images, videos, and 360s on ThingLink? Not only is ThingLink the place to create interactive masterpieces, it’s also the place to find inspiration from others. Now, not only can you search our database of images, videos, and 360s, you can also filter your results to find exactly what you’re looking for! Use this feature when searching for that perfect content to remix.


How to filter

#1 Enter a search term

ThingLink users have made projects on everything from art history to zoology. Enter a search term in the box at the top of ThingLink.

#2 Choose media type

Now, with the new search filter, select the type of media you’re looking for. Use the check boxes for images, videos, 360 images, and 360 videos to determine your results.



Reasons to filter

#1 Remixing

When tagging 360 images, often the hardest step is the photography, or finding images to tag. Before creating your own images, use the search to see what other ThingLink users have already created. If a user marks their image as public, you will be able to use the remix function to copy their image into your account. Delete the previous person’s tags and get started on your own creation!

#2 Get the right inspiration

While the most popular ThingLink format is standard images, there are also thousands of videos and 360s already tagged. If you’re new to tagging videos and want some guidance, searching without a filter may leave the video results lost in the crowd. Filter to get exactly what you’re looking for the first time without too much sifting.


Now that you’re acquainted with the new search features, get searching and start tagging! If you want to learn more about our advanced features for join us for an upcoming webinar.

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Image of the Week: Interactive Technology Resources

Any new technology always brings with it a learning curve; a ThingLink interactive image can be a technology resource for learning how to navigate the new tool. Our image of the week comes to us from ThingLink Certified Educator, John Sowash, author of  The Chromebook Classroom. John’s tutorial on Chromebook tips & tricks is a fantastic interactive image.

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Image of the Week: Organize Projects using ThingLink

ThingLink’s variety of media tags allow students to organize projects. Our image of the week comes to us courtesy of Cassie Nix. Her students organized their Bloxels projects by explaining the parts of a story, such as character, plot, setting, etc. The ThingLink here is used to share how they designed and created their games.

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Image of the Week: Argumentative Writing for the Courtroom

This week we are sharing an image of the week which can be used by students to showcase their argumentative writing. Using the ThingLink 360/VR image editor and Google Docs, students can be given a scenario to give the opening argument either defending or prosecuting a historical figure or literary character. Other tags could include evidence to support their writing. 

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Unpacking Google Apps for the Teacher Challenge

 The Teacher Challenge for Week 3, Create a Collaborative Student Project, is packed with resources, ideas and instructions. This is intentional and necessary because the Teacher Challenge is designed to be useful for teachers across all grade levels and content areas. It also has to work for educators with various levels of ThingLink expertise.

For this reason, it’s probably a good idea to unpack this challenge a bit and take a closer look at the use Google Docs within Create a Collaborative Student Project to help participants take advantage of using Google Docs to power a ThingLink.

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3 Reasons to Take the Next ThingLink Teacher Summer Challenge

We are pleased to announce the 2nd ThingLink Teacher Summer Challenge, back by popular demand.  Sign up now to prepare to join us when we officially launch at ISTE 2015 during the week of June 29th. We will begin with the 1st activity during the week of July 5, 2015

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Spotlight on Expert Educator Lisa Johnson

Lisa Johnson admits she’s addicted to ThingLink. Do you share Lisa’s excitement and passion for ThingLink? We would like you to get to know Expert Educator Lisa Johnson. @TechChef4u

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ThingLink Teacher Challenge: Design Your Digital Self

This is the 2nd post in the ThingLink Teacher Challenge series. Participants can join the challenge at any time by signing up.  After you sign up, you will receive an email invitation from ThingLink. View a list of all posts in this series at the bottom of each weekly challenge. Please visit our showcase page.

Please Tweet and share through social media with the hashtag #TLChallenge. Feel free to repost any of the challenges on your own blog and be sure to invite your friends and colleagues to participate.

Week 2:  Design Your Digital Self

Objective

In this activity you will

  1. Create an avatar.
  2. Add your avatar  to ThingLink
  3. Add Rich Media Tags to your avatar to Design Your Digital Self.
  4. Share and submit Your Digital Self to the ThingLink Challenge.
  5. Get to know  other participants as you explore their work.
  6. Explore the use of a ThingLink Channel for guided learning.

Overview

In this activity you will create an interactive image to  introduce Your Digital Self  to other members of the ThingLink Teacher Challenge Classroom and also to anyone who views the great work we are doing. You will define yourself through through multimedia by creating tags to to whatever it is that defines your Digital Self. Revisit and add to your Digital Self as you change and grow. Use the channel to guide you through the process. Consider using the activity with students at the start of the school year.

Rationale

To engage students in learning, it’s important to help them make connections to their own world. This classroom kick off activity sets the tone for making those personal connections . The activity can also be very useful for gauging students’ problem-solving and research skills as you serve as facilitator it in the classroom. In addition, the activity provides teachers with the opportunity to remind students about protecting their identities when publishing digital work. With access to a web full of resources and the opportunity to create, this activity is built for success.

Steps at a Glance:

Note: Create this activity in your regular teacher account. There is no need to create it in your ThingLink Challenge Classroom this time.

  1. Create an avatar.
  2. Add your avatar  to ThingLink
  3. Add Rich Media Tags to your avatar to Design Your Digital Self.
  4. Share and submit Your Digital Self to the ThingLink Challenge.
  5. Get to know  other participants as you explore their work.
  6. Explore the use of a ThingLink Channel for guided learning.

Explore this Channel of Interactive Resources to Guide Your Learning

Showcase of Examples

Explore this channel of images created by participants and watch it grow!

Classroom Connections and Modifications

  • Take advantage of the teachable moment and combine this activity with an Internet Safety lesson to help students distinguish between personal and private information when sharing on the web.
  • Introduce the activity at the start of the school year in place of a traditional getting to know you activity and encourage students to add tags as they learn, change and grow throughout the year.
  • Create a class channel of student digital selvess for use as an introduction to another classroom when collaborating.

  • Adapt the activity to fit into your curriculum and use it throughout the year as a place for students to showcase their growth and progress in a particular area.
  • Ask students to create a channel of their own to track their  progress towards specific goals, adding tags to highlight accomplishments throughout the year.

Additional Help and Support

ThingLink Teacher Challenge at a Glance

 Next Week’s Challenge

Digging Deeper Into Vocabulary

Take the Week 3 Challenge: Digging Deeper Into Vocabulary

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ThingLing Challenge Week 1: Tips, Tricks and Showcase

The ThingLink Teacher Challenge is up and running and this post is designed to share tips, tricks and showcase some of the work that has been created. Here you will also find answers to  frequently asked questions and ways to connect and collaborate.

Week 1 Feature Image

The first image, submitted by Alexandra Duarte, is a good one to showcase as an example of meeting the Week 1 Challenge to create a simple image to demonstrate “How To”.  It comes right in time for The World Cup, which starts today. Alexandra took a simple photo, introduced a concept through multimedia, and gave students a task to complete. Explore World Cup 2014- Portuguese Team Photo.

As a teacher, you have the ability to add tags to your students’ images. Notice I added the ThingLink Teacher Challenge icon to Alexandra’s work.

Remix to Contribute

You may be wondering how students can contribute their ideas to this image without sharing logins or devices. The answer is in the Remix  feature. The Remix feature acts like a virtual copy machine. Choosing this option allows anyone to add the image to their collection of images and add their own tags, keeping the original image in tact. I added a yellow tag to share what I learned through research about one of the team members. Explore my Remix.

 How to Distribute a Remix Lesson to Students

  1. Start on the original image.
  2. Click the Share button to copy the link.
  3. Post the link in a handy spot for students to access, or create a QR code for students with mobile devices to help them quickly jump to your image. Important: To view the Remix icon on an image, students should not be logged in.
  4. When students click on the Remix icon, they will be prompted to log in.
  5. After logging in, students will see the image in their own collection titled “Remix of…Title of Image”

Try it Yourself

  1. Make sure you are not logged in to ThingLink.
  2. Click on the link. World Cup 2014- Portuguese Team Photo
  3. Click on the Remix icon
  4. Log in when prompted.
  5. Add tags to the image.
  6. Submit your image to the Class Channel, World Cup, to see how this project can grow into a multimedia album of student work.

FAQs

Here are some of the answers to the most frequently asked questions this week.

Corporate Logo vs. Teacher Logo

Q:  I am seeing the ThingLink Corporate Logo instead of the ThingLink Teacher logo, do I still have a teacher account?

A: Yes! If you see the ThingLink Corporate Logo, you probably took advantage of the Free Premium Upgrade offered at the end of last year. You have all the features of the ThingLink Teacher account with the added bonus of being able to create Custom Icons. Read more here.

Move Images to ThingLink Challenge Classroom

Q: Can I move an image created in my ThingLink Teacher Account to the ThingLink Teacher Challenge Classroom?

A: No, but you can still share it through this form.
The reason for asking teachers to join the classroom is to help you experience ThingLink through a student’s view and add it to a Class Channel, but either way the images you create can be shared in a variety of ways.

Adjust Image Size

Q: My image is very large. How can I view the entire image when editing it?

A: There are a few options for resizing your image:

    1. You can resize the image on the editing screen by clicking one of the buttons you see on the right side of the screen.  
    2. You can also adjust the size of your image when you embed it into a blog, wiki or website by selecting iframe and then selecting custom size.
    3. A helpful tip is to resize your image using a 3rd party tool before uploading it to ThingLink. 

resize images

Connect and Collaborate

With nearly 300 people participating in the ThingLink Teacher Challenge right now, we have an amazing opportunity to learn from each other, share our knowledge, and collaborate. Here are some ways you can connect and collaborate:

  1. Join our Google +Group, share your images, and comment on the work of others.
  2. Share images and Tweet about the challenge using the hashtag #TLChallenge
  3. View the Pinterst Board, repin and share.
    Follow Susan’s board ThingLink Teacher Challenge on Pinterest.
  4. Connect on FaceBook

Week 1:  Showcase

View our channel of “How To” images and watch it grow.

 

 

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ThingLink Education Features Reviewed

ThingLink Education has been working hard this year to support teachers by providing the community with a safe and efficient online classroom environment. ThingLink Teacher Accounts are packed full of powerful features to help teachers transform learning and help students develop 21st century skills.

As we approach the launch of the ThingLink Teacher Challenge, we thought it would be helpful to provide educators with a handy spot to review earlier posts about features available in ThingLink Teacher Account. Of course, a great way to share all of this information is through the use of an interactive image as a content launcher.

ThingLink Education Features at a Glance

Explore this interactive image to jump to earlier posts introducing ThingLink Education teacher features with examples and directions.

ThingLink Education Features Professional Development

We understand the importance of providing professional development to help teachers explore and use ThingLink in the classroom. We realize that summer is a great time to help teachers grow professionally. To meet the needs of busy teachers, we are excited to offer the ThingLink Teacher Challenge this summer. We hope you can join us for this free, self-paced learning opportunity designed to help teachers connect, explore and learn through constructive play.

ThingLink Teacher Challenge

 

 

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