Tag Archives: ThingLink_EDU

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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Explore Our Showcase of ThingLink Interactive Video Lessons

We are pleased to share a showcase of ThingLink Interactive Video lessons created by participants in the ThingLink Teacher Summer Challenge
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Spotlight on Sue Fitzgerald

Meet a ThingLink Expert Educator

Today we are celebrating Sue Fitzgerald, a connected educator and a member of the first group of ThingLink Expert Educators! We got to know and love Sue when she participated in the ThingLink Teacher Challenge over the summer. Meet Sue’s Digital Self.

 

Sue blogs at the Unpretentious Librarian where she publishes a wealth of useful information for educators from a Teacher Librarian lens. She is passionate about collaborating in the world of libraries and quite active on social media. Sue uses her blog to curate, create and publish resources to promote digital citizenship, reading and great ways to use technology. Sue loves ThingLink because “I’m all about student voice and choice – ThingLink offers both.”

 

Digital Research Kit by Sue Fitzgerald

Sue recently used ThingLink to create an interactive digital research kit which has received quite a bit of social media attention. Please explore this amazing interactive image and dig deeper into the story behind Digital Research Kits -21st Century Style on the Unpretentious Librarian Blog.

 

 

Upcoming Presentations by Sue Fitzgerald

Smashing ThingLinks: October 18th

Sue is excited to be Smashing ThingLinks during a virtual presentation on October 18th for the  Next Generation Librarians Online ConferenceThe audience will be librarians from East Texas. This should be an inspiring event, so mark your calendars and connect with Sue through social media for more information about this Google+ Hangout. #nextgenlib,  @sue_fitz

TCEA in Austin Texas: Feb. 2-6

Sue will co-present with the Library Academy at TCEA at the Austin Convention Center during the week of February 2-. This annual event is designed to bring together thousands of innovative educators for a unique experience that will engage teachers and administrators with the tools, techniques, and resources needed to improve teaching and learning through technology. Sue describes the event as being “all about the movers and shakers in the educational tech world in Texas and beyond.” This sounds like the perfect event for Sue! #learnanywhere

 

Enjoy Archive of Sue’s Interactive Image Slam

Sue participated in the first round of ThingLink Interactive Image Slams in September. Explore the video recording of Sue’s Google Drive segment.

 

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4 Ways to Celebrate Connected Educator Month

ThingLink is a powerful tool for making connections and we are pleased to announce an exciting lineup of events to celebrate Connected Educator month. The events are designed to grow and strengthen our community of educators through the sharing of knowledge and ideas. Explore this interactive image to learn more about the events. Read more about them below.

 

ThingLink Educator Roundup

Do you LOVE ThingLink? Are you a talented educator who inspires others? Are you a connected educator who teaches other educators to use Thinglink? We invite you to become a ThingLink Expert Educator. We hope many talented educators will take advantage of this opportunity to learn, share and grow within our professional learning community.

View the slides and sign up to connect.

MOOC – Massive Open Online Course

Have you ever participated in a MOOC? A MOOC is free education for all, usually facilitated through a Google Hangout!  Chris Long facilitates the University of California Irvine Extension’s Advanced Instructional Strategies in the Virtual Classroom MOOC through Coursera. The participants are primarily teachers, pre-service teacher or other educational specialists in K12 and higher ed. The demographics of the course show a strong international diversity.

In the hangout, we will share some powerful strategies for increasing students’ engagement in learning using ThingLink and ThingLink for Video. With a course enrollment of over 4,700 participants, this event certainly illustrates the opportunities that exist for connected educators.

Sign up for this event on Google+.  Live @ 7:00 PM EDT. Convert to your time zone.

Transform Teaching & Learning with ThingLink & Google Drive

Educators need a flexible toolkit of resources to meet a variety of unique personal learning needs. Keep it simple with just two amazing multimedia rich tools, ThingLink and Google Docs. Use these accessible and easy to embrace tools together to transform teaching and learning in amazing ways! Explore an interactive graphic with 12 resources you can use to transform teaching and learning with ThingLink and Google Drive.

Sign up for this webinar on 10/14 . Live @ 8:00 PM EDT or sign-up to receive the archive. Convert to your time zone.

Interactive Image Slam Featuring EdTech Superstars!

Featuring Richard Byrne | Shelly S. Terrell | Sue Gorman

ThingLink is pleased and excited to invite you to connect with a talented panel of EdTech guest experts to explore one of their very own ThingLink Interactive Images. Join Richard Byrne, Shelly S.Terrell and Sue Gorman and learn about the powerful ways these amazing educators use ThingLink to transform teaching and learning!

Sign up for this Webinar on 10/28. Live at 8:00 PM EDT or sign-up to receive the archive. Convert to your time zone.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Webinar to Share Tips & Tricks

Efficient Ways to Manage ThingLink EDU in the Classroom

ThingLink EDU is has many features to help teachers efficiently manage a safe and secure ThingLink powered online learning environment. Google Drive is an  efficient tool for organizing and managing  the workflow in a ThingLink powered classroom. Together these two tools are unbeatable for managing a multi media rich learning environment.

Collect, sort and view all student work in one place!

We’re hosting a free webinar designed to provide busy teachers with an overview of the features available in ThingLink and ways to put them to use. Discover how to use Google Docs to automate tasks within this digital learning environment. Learn to seamlessly integrate ThingLink EDU into your own classroom.

 

Explore This Interactive Image

Spend less time figuring things out on your own and more time leveraging the power of ThingLink as a tool for teaching and learning. Scroll over the image to sign up for Build Your ThingLink Classroom: Tips & Tricks for Teachers today!

 

Time Restrictions?

This webinar will be archived for registered participants who are unable to attend the live session due to time restrictions. Please register to receive resources and archived webinar via email.

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ThingLink Teacher Challenge Wrap Up & Resources

As educators head back to school and summer comes to a close, it’s time to formally wrap up this round of the ThingLink Teacher Challenge. We realize some of you are still working your way through this self-paced challenge and we encourage you to continue to create and collaborate.  But it is time to put an end to new sign ups at this point.

Resources for Use

The challenges will remain on the ThingLink Blog for anyone who wants to go work through them. In fact, we encourage you to use the challenges yourself and encourage you to use the resources during your own professional development offerings. For this reason, you’ll find a channel of challenges to help you navigate your way through the activities and use them with others.

Thank You

The experience of bringing together our group through a common learning goal this summer has been truly amazing and I have personally enjoyed it tremendously. I’d like to thank every participant for sharing your talents, expertise and time with us this summer. Communication across the group was very strong and I truly believe that the collaboration among this diverse group of educators played a critical role in the success of the ThingLink Teacher Challenge. Personally, I learned a lot from each of you this summer! Badges and certificates to recognize your hard work are on their way to your in box.

Reflections to Expand Your Thinking

As a passionate blogger, I recognize the power of blogging as a tool for self-reflection and growth. Throughout the challenge, several participants have published  thoughtful a blog posts to share their personal experiences and illustrate powerful connections to their own learning.  Here are a few posts that are sure to inspire!

Can ThingLink Turn Bloom’s Taxonomy Upside Down?  by Azhar Youssef

What’s Your Challenge by Sue Fitzgerald

10 Weeks of Professional Development You Can “Touch”, by Dan Gallagher

ThingLink Challenge: ESL Students Research Concepts, by Ann Rooney

ThingLink Teacher Challenge 2014, by Laura Moore

ThingLink Teacher Challenge 2014, by Khalid Nafil

Playing with “V” Vocabulary Words, by Ms. Mara

ThingLink for Interactive Books, by Alexandra Duarte

Tech Adventures in a Middle School Math Class, by Caryn Trautz

More Professional Development Opportunities

As teachers, we are all well aware  that we get better over time. The first time you introduce a ThingLink powered learning activity in your classroom, you might find yourself in need of classroom management or workflow solutions you never imagined. To support our community of educators, ThingLink will be moving forward with a series of webinars in September designed to help you maximize instructional time and reach your teaching goals as you build your ThingLink classroom. And of course, we have more ideas brewing to support our Professional Learning Community. If you would like to receive email alerts to upcoming professional development, please join our mailing list.

 

 

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Six Ways to Use ThingLink Hashtags in education

ThingLink has just launched a new feature: hashtags. Hashtags are handy searchable smart phrases that will make it easier to search and follow interesting content on ThingLink. In this post Susan Oxnevad writes about how hashtags can be used to accomplish some important classroom tasks, and how they can provide teachers and students with a way to easily organize ThingLink content within a safe learning environment.

Use ThingLink Hashtags to Easily Organize Content

1. Create Classroom Hashtags
Create a classroom hashtag and use it to help students quickly search for interactive images created by their own group. Keep it simple and slightly unique, try something like #Oxnevad101.

2. Create School Hashtags
If you are lucky enough to have a few colleagues in your school to explorie ThingLink EDU with, consider creating a school hashtag, like #BeyeSchool, to connect and collaborate. Teach students to use multiple hashtags to organize their searchable content.

3. Create Content Specific Hashtags
Create content specific hashtags to collaborate with members of the ThingLink EDU community. If you want to extend your reach, use the hashtags in your classroom Tweets too.

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4. Use ThingLink Hashtags to Address Internet Safety

Use avatars and pen names to remind students about Internet safety every time they create an interactive image. Students can create and use their own custom avatar icon to identify and organize their images, They can pop hashtags into the image description. They can create and use their own avatar pen name hashtags to protect their identities when online while providing them with opportunities to express themselves through their own personal ThingLink identity.

5. Use ThingLink Hashtags to Teach Students to Search
With the Internet in our pockets, searching has become an extremely important and useful skill to teach our students. Using hashtags can help students understand how the Internet is organized while allowing them to participate in the organizational process. Students can use multiple hashtags on every interactive image they create, but start simple and grow your hashtag network through experience.

6. Use ThingLink Hashtags to Collaborate & Connect
Teachers can invent and use ThingLink hashtags to collaborate with others and expand your personal learning network. Use hashtags to search and find content to target current initiatives and best practices. Here are a few ideas:
– Bloom’s Higher Order Thinking Skills
– Levels of Difficulty
– Multimedia Type
– Common Core State Standards

Try ThingLink Hashtags today!

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