ThingLink is Celebrating #ISTE2016



To celebrate #ISTE2016, ThingLink is offering our new 360/VR Tag Editing tool to individual educators for use with students at pioneer prices! Educators can gain access to this engaging interactive tool for annotating incredible 360/VR images for $10 per month, billed annually. Take advantage of this offer now through the end of June to unlock the powerful possibilities of teaching and learning with ThingLink 360/VR.

Build an Interactive 360/VR Tour of the Smithsonian at #ISTE2016

Would you like to help us build a 360/VR interactive tour of the Smithsonian at ISTE? You're invited to stop by the Dell Learning Lounge, located near the Blogger's Cafe, to try ThingLink's newest tool.

Teachers and students are invited to join me and Naomi Harm for a 30-minute session in the Dell MakerSpace where we will work together to design an interactive 360/VR image tour of the Smithsonian. We’ll begin with breathtaking panoramic images of one of the world’s most fascinating museum and we will use the ThingLink VR tag editing tool to add interactive layers of artifacts to bring the image to life through text, images and video. Then we’ll explore ways to turn the resource into standards-based lessons that will engage students like never before! Stop by in between sessions to chat.


Build an Interactive 360/VR Tour of the Smithsonian
Dell Learning Lounge | Near the Blogger's Cafe
Teachers and students are invited to join me and Naomi Harm for a 30-minute session in the Dell MakerSpace where we will work together to design an interactive 360/VR image tour of the Smithsonian. We’ll begin with breathtaking panoramic images of one of the world’s most fascinating museum and we will use the ThingLink VR tag editing tool to add interactive layers of artifacts to bring the image to life through text, images and video. Then we’ll explore ways to turn the resource into standards-based lessons that will engage students like never before! Stop by in between sessions to chat.

30 Minute Sessions at a Glance
....Monday.......Tuesday.....Wednesday
10:00-10:30*10:00-10:3010:00-10:30
11:00-11:30*11:00-11:3011:00-11:30
2:00-2:30*2:00-2:30
3:00-3:30*3:00-3:30
*On Tuesday Naomi will be taking the lead while I present sessions elsewhere at ISTE.

Presentation: Dive Into ThingLink 360 and Virtual Reality!

Wednesday: 1:15–2:15 | Dell Learning Lounge | Near the Blogger's Cafe
Would you like your students to explore Mars, visit historic places, or dive deep into the ocean? Explore ways to use ThingLink’s virtual reality tools to immerse students in learning experiences as if they were there. Learn how you can maximize instructional time to help students develop higher order thinking skills as they collaborate, communicate and create, based on that common VR experience. Consider the opportunities to extend the walls of your classroom to bridge cultures and foster global understanding. Embrace opportunities to engage students like never before and help them connect to their learning with ThingLink VR in the classroom.


The ThingLink Summer VR Challenge is Almost Here!

Would you like your students to explore Mars, visit historic places, or dive deep into the ocean? Great news! The ThingLink Summer VR Challenge will provide educators with the tools, knowledge and support you need to create interactive 360/VR lessons that are will engage students like never before!

This online self-paced professional development opportunity is free and it's starting next week. Sign up for the ThingLink Summer VR Challenge today!



Join me at #ISTE2016 to Power Up the ePortfolio Process

Power Up the ePortfolio Process with Multimedia Rich Apps

Tues: 4:00-6:00 | Poster Session | Building/Room: CCC Lobby D, Table 40
Learn to embrace e-portfolios to empower students as stakeholders in their own learning. Explore apps that seamlessly support the three-step e-portfolio process to ensure successful implementation and management. Discover powerful ways students can create collections of artifacts to document learning as they engage in self-reflection and goal setting.


Join me at #ISTE2016 for Digital Storytelling with Interactive Images

Tues: 1:15–3:15  | Poster Session | Room: CCC Lobby D, Table 33
Every image has a story. Learn how authors of all ages can tell deeper stories with multimedia rich interactive images and 360/VR images. Explore a variety of examples and get resources to create powerful stories that engage students like never before and appeal to the diverse needs of all learners.

Please join me at ISTE to explore the powerful possibilities of digital storytelling with interactive images and 360/VR images during this poster session on Tuesday!





ST4T Session Resources

Sharing the interactive slideshow from today's presentation at Superior Tech for Teachers. Thank you to the participants who attended. 



Join Me on Friday


Imagine the Places You'll Go with Virtual Reality in the Classroom!

Friday, June 17 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Would you like your students to explore Mars, visit historic places, or dive deep into the ocean? Explore ways to use ThingLink’s virtual reality tools to immerse students in learning experiences as if they were there. Learn how you can maximize instructional time to help students develop higher order thinking skills as they collaborate, communicate and create, based on that common VR experience. Consider the opportunities to extend the walls of your classroom to bridge cultures and foster global understanding. Embrace opportunities to engage students like never before and help them connect to their learning with ThingLink VR in the classroom.

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Watch a Quick Teaser


Countdown to the ThingLink Summer VR Challenge

In less than 2 weeks we will officially be kicking off the ThingLink Summer VR Challenge! This free, online, self-paced professional development experience will provide opportunities for educators at all levels to work together to explore and create interactive 360/VR activities for teaching and learning. This Pilot with Pedagogy is designed to help educators successfully embrace the powerful possibilities of the 360/VR Editor. We invite you to participate in this online learning experience.



Sign up for the ThingLink Summer VR Challenge

Benefits of Participation

  • Get your hands on ThingLink's new 360/VR Tag Editing Tool for free during the duration of the 5-week teacher challenge.
  • Gain access to our collection of 360 images, ready for annotating with the 360/VR tag editing tool.
  • Learn, create and connect with innovative educators across the globe.
  • Embrace the powerful possibilities of designing and using interactive 360/VR in the classroom.
  • Curate a collection of ThingLink 360/VR Lessons created by colleagues participating in the challenge.
  • Learn about opportunities to become a ThingLink Certified Educator.
  • Relax, get inspired and have fun as you grow and learn to how to bring a whole new level of engagement to your teacher toolkit.N

Sign up for the ThingLink Summer VR Challenge



Kicking Off at ISTE

It has been a tradition for the past 3 years to launch the ThingLink Summer Challenges at ISTE, and I'm pleased to announce that the EdTech Coaches Network has given me a physical space to share the challenge with attendees this year. If you're going to ISTE, please stop by to learn more, explore and connect. Here are back-to-back sessions I'll be sharing on Tuesday.

Transform Teaching and Learning with an Interactive Toolkit 

Tues: 9:30 -10:30 | EdTech Coaches Playground | Station 3 
Learn to add a layer of engagement to your coaching menu by picking up a toolkit of interactive images and 360 content for modification and reuse.


Create, Connect and Collaborate: Take the ThingLink Summer VR Challenge for Coaches 

Tues: 10:45-11:45 | EdTech Coaches Playground |Station 6
Join our free, self-paced, online professional development opportunity designed to help coaches connect, collaborate and create interactive 360/VR resources across all grade levels and content areas.

If you can't stop by in person, no worries, the ThingLink Summer VR Challenge is all online! Just complete the form so we can connect with you to help you gain access to our brand new 360/VR tag editing tool and stay informed as we get closer to the kickoff!

Sign up for the ThingLink Summer VR Challenge


Get Inspired


Watch the recorded version of our ThingLink Live 360/VR Interactive Image Slam to get inspired by our some amazing ThingLink 360 pioneers, and think of the places you can go explore this summer during the ThingLink Summer VR Challenge!




Sign up for the ThingLink Summer VR Challenge

Live at Superior Tech 4 Teachers!

I'm very excited to be presenting a few sessions at the Superior Tech 4 Teachers Conference in Clearwater Beach Florida next week! I hope to connect with educators looking for ways to leverage the power of tech for learning!

My sessions will focus on great ways to combine ThingLink, multimedia, Google Apps, 360/VR and all sorts of 3rd party tools to design and facilitate learning experiences that engage students like never before. If you're planning to attend the conference, or if you live nearby, please join me for great ways to transform teaching and learning.



Transform Teaching & Learning with ThingLink + Google Apps

Thursday, June 16 • 10:15am - 11:15am
Learn to embrace the powerful possibilities that are available by combining ThingLink interactive images and video with Google Apps. Educators can use a Google Doc to collect information, automate tasks and make the workflow progress smoothly throughout any student drive learning experience. ThingLink is a media rich cross-platform tool that displays published Google Docs right on top of any image or inside of a video. Google Docs are useful for collecting data for assessment, collect feedback and even provide opportunities for reteaching and challenge. Better yet, those Google Docs are live and interactive so students don’t have to navigate to another page. Join this session to learn more about this truly great combination of tools for engaging students in personalized learning experiences with ThingLink and Google Docs.

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Watch a Quick Teaser

 

Imagine the Places You'll Go with Virtual Reality in the Classroom!

Friday, June 17 • 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Would you like your students to explore Mars, visit historic places, or dive deep into the ocean? Explore ways to use ThingLink’s virtual reality tools to immerse students in learning experiences as if they were there. Learn how you can maximize instructional time to help students develop higher order thinking skills as they collaborate, communicate and create, based on that common VR experience. Consider the opportunities to extend the walls of your classroom to bridge cultures and foster global understanding. Embrace opportunities to engage students like never before and help them connect to their learning with ThingLink VR in the classroom.

-->Sign up for this session

Watch a Quick Teaser


Creating Personalized Learning Spaces and Activities with The Brain in Mind

I'm excited to be collaborating with my dear friend Naomi Harm and the talented team at Innovative Educator's Consulting for a wonderful Professional Development experience in Lake Geneva, WI on July 26-27, 2016. This action packed event promises to be filled with innovative ideas and practical pedagogy, as well as opportunities to connect, collaborate and get inspired by educators trying to make a positive impact on teaching and learning. 

About This Event

This two-day “MAKE My Day" workshop focuses on preparing teachers and administrators on how personalized learning and makerspaces can empower all learners in the new mobile teaching and learning environment. A variety of meaningful and purposeful student-centric learning centers supported with the brain in mind, and creative instructional approaches will be infused and modeled throughout these two days of facilitated instruction. The amazing IEC team and featured speakers or Travis Lape and Susan Oxnevad will also provide a stimulating learning environment by empowering networking opportunities between attendees, sharing of collaborative ideas through small and large group interactions, and implementing effective group work strategies through dynamic duo's and transformative trios, to maximize the learning potential for each and every attendee.


Explore this interactive image to learn more




Click here to reserve your spot today!


Join Kathy Schrock in Creating a Collection of 360 Images for Schools

Kathy Schrock is excited about creating ThingLink Interactive 360/VR images for teaching and learning, and we're excited that she's bringing her knowledge, skills and expertise to our journey. To help educators embrace 360/VR in the classroom Kathy has started a Flickr group to create a collection of Creative Commons licensed 360 photos for teachers and students to download and use in the classroom! This is all made possible through Kathy’s Flickr Group, 360 Images for Schools.

3 Reasons to Take the ThingLink Summer VR Challenge


The ThingLink Summer VR Challenge for coaches, teachers and students will provide opportunities for participants at all levels to work together to explore and create interactive 360/VR activities for teaching and learning. This challenge is free, self-paced and designed to help teachers successfully embrace the powerful possibilities of the 360/VR Editor. We invite educators from across the globe to participate! 

Here are 3 reasons to take the ThingLink Summer VR Challenge.

Dive Into ThingLink VR This Summer!


Scroll around this 360 image to learn more about our upcoming ThingLink VR Webinar 

The ThingLink Summer VR Challenge for coaches, teachers and students will provide opportunities for participants at all levels to work together to explore and create interactive 360/VR activities for teaching and learning. This challenge is free, self-paced and designed to help teachers successfully embrace the powerful possibilities of using 360/VR images in education. We invite educators from across the globe to participate! Sign up for more information about the ThingLink Summer VR Challenge.

Watch our Webinar to Learn More

Join us for a free webinar as we explore the powerful possibilities of creating and using ThingLink VR and 360 image lessons for teaching and learning. We’ll take a look at the new 360/VR Editor and VR Lessons app as we demonstrate great ways to use ThingLink VR in the classroom. We will also provide you with a sneak peek at the ThingLink Summer VR Challenge. This free, self-paced professional development opportunity is designed to help educators create VR Lessons. All educators interested in creating interactive 360 image and VR lessons are invited to participate and add your own content to our gorgeous 360 images. We’ll leave plenty of time for exchanging ideas and Q&A along the way.


Webinar at a Glance

  1. Explore VR Lessons.
  2. Demonstrate how to use the ThingLink VR Editing Tool to create your own lessons.
  3. Discuss exciting ideas for lessons and use in the classroom.
  4. Learn about ways to bring ThingLink VR to your school or District

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Sign Up for our Free Webinar

Join us live Thursday, May 12th @ 8:00 PM EDT or watch On Demand.

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Sign Up for the ThingLink Summer VR Challenge

Get ready for the official kickoff during the week of June 26th at #ISTE2017 and stay tuned to the ThingLink Blog for Education for more details.

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Share the News on Social Media

Use the hashtag #TLVR16 and follow @ThingLink_EDU and @soxnevad for the latest news.





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