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Welcome to Design Your Digital Classroom.
Explore interactive resources to help teachers use technology as a tool for deeper learning.
Explore this interactive ThingLink Channel of ideas and directions for using the new ThingLink Teacher features.
Be sure to read the full posts as I continue to guest blog on the ThingLink Blog in February and March.
ThingLink Custom Icon Sets are a new feature available to teachers with premium accounts. They offer a whole new layer of opportunities for using interactive images for teaching and learning. Think of Custom Icon Sets as visual labels that can be used to further define an image and provide a glimpse of the type of content to be explored behind the link.
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ThingLink is working hard to pack teacher accounts full of useful features for building and managing the ThingLink Classroom. I am excited to be guest blogging here in February and March to demonstrate great ways to use the new features. Let’s start from the beginning by taking a look at how teachers can create a ThingLink Classroom and add students.
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Now teachers and students can create collections of work within the safety of their own ThingLink EDU classroom with an exciting new feature known as Channels.
ThingLink Channels provide users with the ability to organize images into embeddable interactive albums with the click of a button. Teachers and students have the flexibility to build Channels that are connected to learning goals and compliment classroom routines. Channels are a fantastic addition to ThingLink EDU, with many opportunities for use for teaching and learning.
Ways to Use ThingLink Channels
Digital Storytelling Channel
Students can create a channel for use as an ePortfolio to organize a collection of their own work and document learning over time. Maintaining an ePortfolio requires students to take a more active role in the learning process through self-reflection, goal setting and decision making. The flexibility of ThingLink provides students with a variety of ways to demonstrate learning through flexible learning paths to meet their unique learning needs. Teachers can use ePortfolios as a tool for authentic assessment.
ThingLink is a tool that is well suited for digging deeper into vocabulary, a skill supported by the Common Core Standards. Students can start with a word, define it through rich multimedia tags and create a channel of terms to share and explore. Use a vocabulary channel as an interactive glossary available 24/7 for review, challenge and reteaching.
How to Create a ThingLink Channel
- Select an image and click the Edit icon.
- Click on the Add to channel link, just above the image.
- Select a channel or Create a New Channel, then click Done.
To view and share your images as an interactive slideshow, click View as Slideshow on the left side of the screen.
ThingLink has plans to continue to improve the functionality of Channels. One improvement in the works is an option to arrange images within a channel. They are also exploring the possibility of adding other people’s images to a channel, with notification features. All of this is in the works! Suggestions from teachers are always welcome at ThingLink, so if you have an idea please share it.
Explore a ThingLink Channel created to recap the ideas shared in this post and try Channels yourself, on ThingLink EDU.
Google Docs Presentation Slides is tool well-suited for use to fuel everyday student driven research because of the availability of efficient integrated research and writing tools right on the page.
Teachers can use the tool to design student driven learning experiences that require students to construct knowledge as they create, an idea supported by the Common Core State Standards. (CCSS)
Using Google Presentation Slides to Construct Knowledge
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