At the end of the 4th week of ThingLink Teacher Challenge, we are excited to share an interactive poster and channel of interactive images featuring 7 Ways to Use ThingLink UnPlugged. The images were created by participants using the ThingLink App and a mobile device.
These images demonstrate ways to connect with life's everyday learning opportunities by capturing moments through text, images and rich media. We hope you will check them out and create one of your own. It's fun and a perfect summer activity for inquisitive educators!
The ThingLink Teacher Challenge for week 4, ThingLink UnPlugged, is the perfect compliment to any educator's summer fun. This challenge encourages educators to grab the free mobile app for iOS or Android and capture life and learning on the go with or without wireless.
ThingLink EDU Premium provides users with the ability to control the click action on tags. This is a very useful feature for educators who Create a Collaborative Student Project because you have the ability to help students successfully navigate through a lesson.
I'm excited to have the opportunity to present a new webinar on Simple K12 this Tuesday,Digital Storytelling with Interactive Images & Video. This webinar will feature some of the most recent work I have been engaged in, creating interactive image books for teaching and learning.
Last week I had the pleasure of attending the eRevolution Conference in Evansville, IN. I was invited by Tim Wilhelmus, via Twitter to "Bring ThingLink EDU to the teachers of Indiana!"
Given my excitement about ThingLink EDU, my passion for teaching, and my desire to take on this challenge, I eagerly travel to the southern tip of Indiana. It wasn't until my first ThingLink workshop that I discovered that Indiana has begun to utilize virtual learning days for inclement weather. What a fabulous idea!
This week the ThingLink Teacher Challenge is designed to help participants discover and collect great content to remix and reuse. At the same time, participants will be able to connect with like-minded educators to share the workload and get inspired. Week 2 is all about working with ThingLink Channels.
With just a few short days until the official launch of the 2nd ThingLink Summer Teacher Challenge, I am pleased to announce that nearly 200 educators from 18 countries have signed up to participate. This will be a great opportunity to build our personal learning networks globally and grow as educators as we create and share a useful set of resources. Use of an EDU Premium, district level organization account will streamline the collaboration as we share a full featured workspace.
Building a global community of learners is a powerful way to adapt to the changing climate facing educators today. This summer's challenge offers educators the opportunity to build global relationships that lead to trust and turn collaboration into results. Explore this interactive Wordle of participant locations so far, and please consider signing up to join us for the next ThingLink Teacher Summer Challenge. The first activity will be launched on June 28, 2015 via the ThingLink Blog.
One simple way of understanding our ed-tech pedagogical theory is that we don’t want computing devices to just become replacements for notebooks and textbooks. We want them to be objects to think with.
I am excited to be hosting a Google Docs Writing webinar next Thursday evening for Simple K12 as part of a free evening of Google. Join me and a lineup of fantastic presenters for a fun and informative evening of learning. We hope you can join us on Thursday, May 28th!
The end of the year is the perfect time to show appreciation for the educators who have worked very hard to help our children learn and grow throughout the year.
With already hundreds of thousands teachers and students using ThingLink to create interactive images and videos, parents can power up their favorite educator's or school’s digital toolkit with a ThingLink EDU Premium account for the entire year.
In Week 5 of the ThingLink Teacher Challenge participants are encouraged to design a media rich guided learning experience to engage students with ThingLink Video. These annotated video lessons work well because they allow students to progress at their own pace, providing opportunities for review and challenge. Once a ThingLink Video lesson is created and published, it can be accessed at school or at home as an extension of the classroom. Best of all, these lessons can be powered by Google Docs to provide data, student accountability, and opportunities for feedback.
This functionality is built into the free app for iOS or Android. You can easily drag and drop images to new locations within a channel using a mobile device and the app. Changes you make will immediately be visible when viewing channels through the web based version of , allowing users to work seamlessly between devices with ThingLink EDU.
Week 3 of the ThingLink Teacher Challenge asks participants to Create a Collaborative Student Project. The first of many project have landed in our group channel and it is with great pleasure that we share these 9 Collaborative Student Projects created by talented educators.
Digital Storytelling with Interactive Images & Video
Every image has a story - and you can help those images come to life and tell deeper stories withThingLink EDU. Join me and Simple K12 as we demonstrate how authors of all ages can use ThingLink EDU to tell engaging digital stories by easily adding an interactive layer to images and videos. When a reader moves their mouse over images or videos annotated with ThingLink EDU, they can explore additional information, listen to songs, watch videos, or answer polls without leaving the page. We will share how to create an interactive image, as well as how to turn multiple images into interactive image books that are sure to meet the diverse needs of all learners. Come explore the powerful possibilities of digital storytelling with ThingLink EDU.
If you are an educator using ThingLink you want to be sure you are using the EDU version of the tool instead of the business version. This will allow you to utilize the features designed for education when you Build Your ThingLink Classroom.
The Teacher Summer Challenge participants have begun to add images to our channel, Design Your Digital Self. We invite you to explore our channel and watch it grow. Connect with these educators on Twitter with the hashtag #TLChallenge. Join our Google+ community and expand your own PLN this summer and take the ThingLink Teacher Ch
've created a poster to highlight the interactive images shared during my poster and playground sessions at ISTE. I hope this poster will be helpful for helping all of the amazing educators I spoke with to quickly access the resources.
Still in school? Here's an interactive book and poster project I've assembled that could be a nice way to explore and learn about a real world topic of interest to students. I hope it will get used during these final days of the year.
I am fortunate to have the opportunity to teach a group of 1st graders for 20 minutes on most days at my school. These are students who have passed out of their phonics program and I get to work with them to use tech as a tool to build literacy skills.
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