ThingLink Live & On Demand: Digital Differentiation

Many years ago I began building a digital toolkit of resources for using technology as a tool for differentiated learning. At that time I was lucky to discover ThingLink as well. My toolkit quickly grew into a powerful model that has remained current and useful over time.

4 Ways to Tell Digital Stories with ThingLink EDU

Every image has a story – and you can help those images come to life and tell deeper stories with ThingLink EDU.
Authors of all ages can use ThingLink to tell engaging digital stories by easily adding an interactive layer to images and videos. Just add an icon to annotate an image or video with embedded rich media to provide readers with opportunities to explore information, listen to songs, watch videos, or answer polls without leaving the page. Authors can turn multiple interactive images into books that are sure to meet the diverse needs of all learners. Explore the powerful possibilities of digital storytelling with ThingLink

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Power the ePortfolio Process with ThingLink EDU

I had an amazing time working with educators today during my iLab session at the EdTech Teacher iPad Summit! To follow up, I'm posting my interactive slideshow with links to resources and examples. To access the resources, simply use the arrows to scroll through this ThingLink Channel and tap and the icons you see.

For those interested in a bit of background knowledge, please see a post published on this blog in August of this year, Back to School with ThingLink ePortfolios.

Creating My Personal ePortfolio of Learning

As I prepare for the EdTech Teacher iPad Summit in Boston next week I've found an incredible opportunity to practice what I will be teaching. I've started a ThingLink ePortfolio to document my own learning throughout the conference. I plan to capture the learning through images, photos and tags to prepare to use and share it.

This sounds like a lot of fun and I suspect my own session will include some very practical tips and tricks learned along the way since I will be attending 9 sessions and participating in the Creation Station all before my session on Wednesday.

Building the Ultimate Word Wall

The Ultimate Word Wall began in June, 2014 as part of the ThingLink Teacher Challenge. The wall has been growing as the activity has continued to be used. Explore these examples and think about creating your own vocabulary ThingLink and adding it to the wall. We'll be demonstrating how to create and share a ThingLink that helps students dig deeper into vocabulary. -> Learn more on the ThingLink Blog

I'm Shipping Up to Boston

I'm preparing to head to Boston for the EdTech Teacher iPad Summit. I will be sharing the idea of using ThingLink as a seemless portfolio tool to encourage students to become stakeholders in their own learning.

ThingLink - a Terrific Tool for the Task

  1. Every ThingLink starts with an image.
  2. Mobile devices allow students to capture artifacts that represent learning.
  3. ThingLink rich media tags provide students with an easy way to document self-reflection and set goals.
  4. The idea of using digital papr for a portfolio is appealing because it is changeable, erasable and expandable to support and document learning. 
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Transform Teaching & Learning with ThingLink EDU

ThingLink EDU is in full swing with our free PD to help educators transform teaching and learning in classrooms, schools and districts. Join any or all of our sessions live, or view the archive on demand right from your in box. Share the recordings with colleagues, teams, administrators and decision-makers. We hope you can join our next session.

Join Our Next Session:

AppSmash with ThingLink, Explain Everything and Padlet Live on Tuesday, November 3rd 8:00 PM EST or On Demand.

App Smashing is a popular method of combining two or more apps together to create, publish and share content. App Smashing challenges us to discover new possibilities for teaching and learning with an iPad and presents us with greater possibilities for making the device meet our goals. ThingLink is well suited for powering any App Smash because of the presentation possibilities for turning any image into a rich multimedia content launcher. Join us as we demonstrate the powerful possibilities that exist for creating, publishing and presenting by AppSmashing ThingLink, Padlet and Explain Everything. Sign up to view the live session or receive the archived version in your inbox.

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Webinars at a Glance

Transform Teaching & Learning with ThingLink
8:00 PM EDT
Create Engaging Resources w/ ThingLink EDU & Google Docs
8:00 PM EDT
AppSmashing with ThingLink, Padlet and Explain Everything
8:00 PM EDT

Build the Ultimate Word Wall
8:00 PM EDT
Digital Storytelling with ThingLink EDU
7:00 PM EDT
Digital Differentiation with ThingLink EDU
7:00 PM EDT
Facilitate an Interactive Map Project with ThingLink EDU
7:00 PM EDT
Embrace ThingLink as an ePortfolio Tool
7:00 PM EDT

Request a Personalized Session

If you are a teaching team, school or district, perhaps a personalized session with plenty of opportunities for Q & A would be more helpful. Please schedule a session via calendly or send me an email. 


Great Ways to Use Google Drive to Power Student Projects

I'm excited to be hosting a Simple K12 webinar featuring one of my more popular interactive resources, Great Ways to Use Google DriveThis webinar will explore resources on the interactive image you see here. We hope you can join me and Simple K12 today.

Great Ways to Use Google Drive to Power Students Projects

Saturday, October 31, 2015 @ 10:00:00 AM EDT

Google Apps for Education provides educators with a suite of powerful tools for teaching and learning. Join me and Simple K12 as we explore many of the ideas in "12 Great Ways to Use Google Drive," a popular infographic packed with practical ideas and project ideas for leveraging the powerful features available within Google Drive. We will discuss using Slides to construct knowledge and share several popular differentiated group projects. In addition, we will share how to use the Research Tool to help students develop 21st century research and writing skills. Come discover all of these and more!

We hope you can join us as we explore Great Ways to Use Google Drive to Power Projects

Transform Teaching & Learning with ThingLink + Google Docs

Our next webinar is designed to help educators transform teaching and learning with ThingLink with Google Docs. Educators can use a Google Doc to collect information, automate tasks and make the  workflow progress smoothly throughout a student driven learning experience. ThingLink's media rich platform displays published Google Docs right on top of any image or video. Better yet,  those Google Docs are live and interactive. This is a truly great combination of tools for the classroom. We hope you will join us by signing up to participate live or on demand.

Embrace the Power of Twitter

When inspirational speaker Ken Shelton, @k_sheltongave the keynote speech at our school district's first Institute Day this fall, he challenged educators to join Twitter. Many thanks to Ken for inspiring the educators in our school district! 

We now have a more widely used hashtag and more of our teachers are beginning to use Twitter to document some of the great things happening in our classrooms, primarily through text and a photo. This is a very good start, but it's only the tip of the iceberg. This post is dedicated to educators who are just starting to step into the world of Twitter and for innovative educators and tech coaches to share as you lead the way.

Free Webinars to Transform Teaching & Learning

Join me for the first in a series of free webinars designed to Transform Teaching and Learning with ThingLink EDU. Explore the interactive image above to learn more about all of the webinars in the series and sign up to participate live or to receive the archived version in your inbox. 

Transform Teaching and Learning with ThingLink EDU

Live on Tuesday, October 20, 2015 at 8:00 PM EDT or On Demand

Are you looking for a user friendly and flexible tool to help you easily create engaging multimedia rich content to redefine teaching and learning? Are you interested in using technology to meet the personal learning needs of the students in your classroom? We invite you to attend our free webinar and explore the powerful possibilities that exist with ThingLink EDU.

Sign up to participate in the live session or receive the archived version in your inbox.

I hope you can join me for this PD series designed to help you seamlessly integrate tech into your classroom to transform learning and engage students like never before.

Great Ways to Use Google Drive to Power Your Classroom

Over the weekend I hosted a webinar for Simple K12 to share Great Ways to Use Google Drive to Power Up Your Classroom. The content included a closer look at some of the resources found on a popular interactive image I've been building and fine tuning over the course of the past 5 years. To view the infographic, click on the Google tab above.

I've received requests from many of the readers of this blog to share the slideshow, since the webinar was available for Simple K12 members only. So, here is the slideshow. I hope it sparks some ideas for leveraging the power of Google Docs in your classroom.

More Learning Opportunities

I'll be hosting a series of ThingLink EDU webinars designed to help teachers, schools and districts Transform Teaching and Learning by combining ThingLink with common digital tools. Explore the interactive image below to learn more and sign up, or read more on the Webinars tab or this blog. Sign up to participate in the live webinars or get an archived copy in your inbox.