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Explore the Great Barrier Reef: Google Wonders Project

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The newest addition to the Google Wonders Projectcollection takes visitors on an underwater tour of the Great Barrier Reef. Divers used the world's first tablet-operated underwater camera to capture high-definition panoramic images of the reef to create stunning content.

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View the CoolTools Blog, a regularly updated source of ideas for efficient and effective technology integration


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Explore Our Showcase of ThingLink Interactive Video Lessons | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Explore Our Showcase of ThingLink Interactive Video Lessons | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Scoop.it
We are pleased to share a showcase of ThingLink Interactive Video lessons created by participants in the ThingLink Teacher Summer Challenge. 
The challenge encouraged educators to embed a Google Form into a video to collect data and feedback from students. Participants were then encouraged to kick it up a notch by embedding their own favorite tools and apps in a video to provide more functionality to power the learning. The results are amazing and the possibilities are exciting
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The ThingLink Teacher Challenge In Box | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

The ThingLink Teacher Challenge In Box | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Scoop.it

Now that we've reached the end of the Teacher Challenge activities, it's time to demonstrate a great way to collect and organize interactive images through the use of a Google Form as a ThingLink Teacher Challenge In Box. A simple Google Forms works beautifully for collecting ThingLink images or any digital work that come with a link. It's is a handy tool to have in any educator's toolkit of resources.

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Quick Tip: Embed a Google Form in a ThingLink Video

Quick Tip: Embed a Google Form in a ThingLink Video | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Scoop.it
This week, participants in the ThingLink Teacher Challenge were encouraged to Engage Students with ThingLink for Video. The goal of this challenge is to add a layer of resources and interactivity to any video to design a customized student driven learning experience. 

A great tool for customizing an educational video is the Google Form. This handy tool can be embedded right inside of a ThingLink Video tag and displayed live within the video. 
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Engage Students with ThingLink Video | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Engage Students with ThingLink Video | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Scoop.it

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.

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Quick Tip: Reorder Images in a Channel | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Quick Tip: Reorder Images in a Channel | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Scoop.it

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.

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9 Interactive Collaborative Projects to Explore & Reuse

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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.
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Digital Storytelling with Interactive Images & Video, a Free Webinar | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Digital Storytelling with Interactive Images & Video, a Free Webinar | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Scoop.it
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.

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Quick Tip: Convert ThingLink to EDU Account

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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.  

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Quick Tip: Post a ThingLink to a Channel | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Quick Tip: Post a ThingLink to a Channel | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Scoop.it

This morning I received a comment from a reader requesting a brief tutorial to demonstrate how to Post a ThingLink interactive image to a Channel. Here is a resources that will help...

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Meet the ThingLink Teacher Challenge Participants | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

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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
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Visual Literacy Resources from #ISTE2015 | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

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'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.

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3 Reasons to Take the Next ThingLink Summer Teacher Challenge | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

3 Reasons to Take the Next ThingLink Summer Teacher Challenge | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Scoop.it

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 28th.


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Back to School with ThingLink ePortfolios | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Back to School with ThingLink ePortfolios | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Scoop.it

As a longtime educator and instructional tech coach, I have embraced ePortfolios as a valuable tool for documenting learning over time, self-reflection, goal-setting and growth.

An ePortfolio is a collection of student work that is used to document student effort, progress, and achievement over time. Students become actively involved in their own learning as they engage in goal setting, decision making and self-reflection. ePortfolios are powerful tools for authentic assessment . ePortfolios can be an extremely useful tool for both formative and summative assessment at different stages of the learning process.

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5 Interactive Tools to Embed in ThingLink Video | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

5 Interactive Tools to Embed in ThingLink Video | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Scoop.it
To illustrate the use of embedded 3rd party web tools on top of a ThingLink Video, I have used a quick SAMR model video that originated on the site of Dr. Ruben R. Puentedura at www.hippasus.com. Here are the tools embedded in this video to add my own examples of SAMR at each of the levels and more. Please explore it.

 

Substitution: Embedded Google SlidesAugmentation: Embedded Google FormModification: Embedded PadletRedefinition: Embedded Tackk with several ThingLinks More Learning: ThingLink Channel 
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Transform a ThingLink by Replacing the Background Image | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Transform a ThingLink by Replacing the Background Image | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Scoop.it
ThingLink is a powerful tool for creating resources that can be reused and easily adapted to meet the changing needs of educators and their students. When users create an interactive image, poster or video, it can be modified as needed by adding rich media resources and replacing content on the spot. Did you know you can replace the background image on a ThingLink while keeping the tags in tact?


The Replace Image feature, available with ThingLink EDU Premium, allows users to replace the base image of any ThingLink by simply uploading a new one.  This is useful for fixing errors on your base image, but it can also be an easy way to transform an outdated resource into something new and useful. 

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5 Free Photo Editing Tools to Create ThingLink Custom Icons | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

5 Free Photo Editing Tools to Create ThingLink Custom Icons | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Scoop.it

One of the best features of ThingLink EDU Premium is the ability to create and use custom icons to tell deeper stories. 

For educators, custom icons are truly useful for providing students with differentiated resources. They help students tackle a learning task through the use of these  attention grabbing visual cues. Let's learn how to create custom icons.

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7 Ways to Use ThingLink UnPlugged | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

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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!
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ThingLink UnPlugged: Capture Learning on the Go

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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.
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Quick Tip: Click Action on Tags

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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.

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Free Webinar: Digital Storytelling with Interactive Images & Video | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Free Webinar: Digital Storytelling with Interactive Images & Video | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Scoop.it

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.

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Extending the Classroom Walls During Virtual Learning Days in Indiana | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

Extending the Classroom Walls During Virtual Learning Days in Indiana | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Scoop.it

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!
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ThingLink Teacher Challenge Collect & Curate Incredible Content | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners

ThingLink Teacher Challenge Collect & Curate Incredible Content | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Scoop.it
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.
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The New Literacy Equation, Visual Literacy is Non-Negotiable

The New Literacy Equation, Visual Literacy is Non-Negotiable | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Scoop.it
By Tracy Clark - 40+ sessions at ISTE featured visual literacy, and even beyond that there was opportunities for encouraging and exploring digital mediums.
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Join Our Global ThingLink Teacher Challenge

Join Our Global ThingLink Teacher Challenge | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Scoop.it

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.

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Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: Rounding Up a Community of Learners with the ThingLink Teacher Challenge

Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners: Rounding Up a Community of Learners with the ThingLink Teacher Challenge | Cool Tools for 21st Century Learners | Scoop.it
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.
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