Create Interactive Images for Teaching & Learning

Here is the interactive image used to launch the learning during today's Simple K-12 webinar!

Learn to Create Interactive Graphics for Teaching & Learning

Please join me and Simple K-12 on Thursday, August 18th at 4:00 pm EDT for a webinar designed to help teachers learn to Create Interactive Multimedia Graphics for Teaching & Learning.

We will take a look at some student-centered learning projects that are designed to engage all learners through the use of rich media. We'll explore ways to take advantage of integrated 3rd party tools, like Google Apps, to drive the learning and assess student learning. Learn more and sign up on Simple K-12.


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Become a ThingLink Certified Educator

An increasing number of schools are interested in including ThingLink and the new 360 photo editor for VR in their toolkits. This is an exciting time for us and we recognize the need to build a very strong and talented team of experts who can help us grow. We are excited to announce the new ThingLink Certified Educators Program. If you love ThingLink and would like to be part of this team, we invite you to complete the 3 step process.



ThingLink certified educator is an official status that gives educators

  • Recognition as a certified expert within the education community and a badge to display.
  • Access to ongoing resources and support to stay up to date with the latest news and releases as ThingLink features are added.
  • Opportunities to promote your work on our blog and through webinars.
  • Support for your training sessions and plenty of bling.
  • Permission to consult educational organizations about using ThingLink interactive images in the classroom.
  • Opportunities to include ThingLink teacher or school licenses in training packages at a discounted rate. For each teacher or school activation, the expert educator receives a commission that is paid quarterly.
  • Top consideration for special projects, including content creation, as these opportunities arise.

Become a ThingLink Certified Educator in 3 Steps

  1. Complete the application.
  2. Submit a 360/VR Lesson that meets our criteria for publication through our app and on ThingLink.com as an example of your work as a ThingLink Certified Educator.
  3. Attend a virtual meeting with other ThingLink Certified Educator candidates on August 23rd at 7:00 PM EDT or at an alternate time if you have a prior commitment. We know you are very busy! After completing the first two steps, you will receive an invitation to the meeting via email.
We know there are many dedicated and loyal ThingLink users who are waiting for the opportunities offered through our ThingLink Certified Educators Program. Applications will be reviewed daily between now and August 15th, so please grab this chance to get certified. We would like to help our first round of certified educators get certified before school starts.

Question? Please email susan@thinglink.com.



Create a 360/VR Travel Guide or Tour


The next activity in the ThingLink Summer VR Challenge is to create a travel guide as a model for a project that encourages students to construct knowledge as they create. Explore the image above for a simple example, created using a CC licensed image found in the equirectangular group of Flicker.

360/VR Vocabulary Across All Languagues



Our ThingLink Summer VR Challenge is in full-swing and we are extremely excited about introducing our participants and sharing the vocabulary lessons that have been created!

We hope you will explore the map at the top of this post to meet the Digital Selves of the talented participants leading the way through this self-paced challenge. The map will be updated again to include more participants as they make it through the activity.

Create a Map Project Resources - SK-12

As a follow up to my Simple K-12 webinar, I'm publishing the interactive slideshow used to guide the learning. Please explore these sides and tap on the tags to learn more about the slides.

Engage Students in Vocabulary Across All Languages with 360/VR Interactive Images

We are extremely pleased to share the first round of interactive 360/VR vocabulary lessons created by amazing educators participating in the ThingLink Summer VR Challenge. These 360/VR pioneers have created highly engaging lessons filled with annotations that guide the learning and provide students with flexible learning paths to ensure success for all learners. They offer opportunities to collect data to personalize instruction and they model good digital citizenship through the use of proper source crediting of images licensed for reuse.

Create an Interactive Map Project

I'm excited to be facilitating a Simple K-12 webinar designed to help educators learn to Create an Interactive Map Project. This is part of a full-day of webinars dedicated to introducing Tools for Student Projects. I hope you can join us on Tuesday, July 19th.

My session will explore the interactive map project you see below, Struggle for Justice. Participants will learn how to use Google Add-Ons to quickly create a map, then they will learn to bring the map to life by adding rich media tags with details about the events, marked by hot spots on the map. 

Imagine the powerful possibilities of using an interactive map to launch a class project!

Vocabulary Across All Languages


Every ThingLink starts with an image.

This week's ThingLink Summer VR Challenge activity will help educators learn how to create a simple, yet powerful vocabulary lesson that starts with a 360 image. You will add tags to the image to introduce students to new words and concepts and build vocabulary. 


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Using ThingLink to Collect Data for the Teacher Challenge



One of the greatest benefits of using ThingLink EDU as a tool for learning is the ability to easily build in data collection for assessment, planning, and personalized learning. Participants in the Summer VR Challenge will discover Google Forms woven throughout the lessons. Look for the icons to access these forms on the 360 World Map as you work your way through Lesson 1: Get Started with the ThingLink Summer VR Challenge.

ThingLink Summer VR Challenge: Tag it!

ThingLink at #ISTE2016



ThingLink made a big splash at ISTE2016 with interactive 360/VR lessons. Educators were excited to discover the powerful possibilities of using the sleek new tool to design learning experiences on top of breathtaking 360 images. Many thanks to Naomi Harm and Dell for inviting us to display our images on the gorgeous, new 70 inch LED touch display! Everyone loved exploring the 360/VR lesson on London, above. Explore the lesson in full-screen mode for the best experience.




Explore Resources from #ISTE2016

  • Find a link to participate in the ThingLink Summer VR Challenge, a self-paced and free pilot with pedagogy. Sign up to gain access to the 360/VR Tag Editing tool and learn to create and share interactive 360/VR images.
  • Find the coupon ISTE2016 to become a 360/VR Pioneer and lock in pioneer pricing, for life. Get the 360/VR tag editing tool plus all of the premium features of ThingLink for $100 per year for life. Take advantage of this ISTE2016 coupon today.



Take Aways from #ISTE2016

At ISTE2016 I had the opportunity to hold my first hands-on training session using ThingLink 360/VR. The room was filled with educators using a variety of devices. I'm happy to report that participants were able to work in teams to add tags to 360/VR images easily with very simple, basic directions. They were able to generate ideas for using ThingLink to meet their teaching and learning needs. It is an honor to empower educators with tools that help them transform teaching and learning, and ThingLink 360/VR is a tool that can do that!




Next Post: Get Started with the ThingLink Summer VR Challenge


Many educators at ISTE2016 stopped by the EdTech Coaches Playground to chat with  Jodie Johnston and I about the ThingLink Summer VR Challenge. Jodie and I met during the 1st ThingLink Summer Challenge 3 years ago, and it was such fun meeting face-to-face and working together to invite educators to join us this year! Teachers who recently registered for the summer VR Challenge are being given access to the 360/VR tag editing tool and the teacher challenge is about to begin!


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