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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#ISTE2016 Resources




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.


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