News from ISTE: ThingLink gives educators free early access to its new video editor

This post was written by Ulla Engestrom and originally published on the ThingLink Blog.



Exciting news: in the past months we have been hard at work building a new editor for annotating video content with rich media. The new editor allows users to add notes and links to existing video content, and this way turn video into a digital discovery platform.

An early access to ThingLink for Video is announced at ISTE, one of the largest international conferences for educational technology. We at ThingLink believe that interactive images and video will become the 21st century textbook, and teachers are driving this change by being fast adopters of, not only new technology, but also a new way of thinking. As the use of video in education grows, ThingLink is empowering teachers and students to easily create interactive video content and facilitate in-video conversations.




The ability to creatively combine web content with interactive images and video opens up new possibilities for teaching and learning. With ThingLink for Video, teachers and students can enrich educational videos with facts, detailed articles, additional content and questions. They can also search and share videos created by their colleagues, and this way access a wider network of interactive video content creators.

ThingLink for Video is currently available via invitation only. Educators can request a free early access starting from today.

If you are visiting ISTE this year, please come to meet us at ThingLink’s booth no 2869 and share the news with your colleagues!

Here are two examples of videos annotated with ThingLink. Kingdom Of The Forest – Fungi (National Geographic) 




Mushroom 




LongWayHome

The Ultimate Word Wall with ThingLink & Padlet

I am fortunate to be working with an amazing group of educators this summer for the ThingLink Teacher Challenge. This week’s challenge to design an activity to  help students Dig Deeper Into Vocabulary, a topic I am very passionate about.

I also love Word Walls and have been using them for as long as I can remember. While I was once frustrated by trying to keep taped images up on a physical wall, I now find the process to be streamlined and slick with the help of one of my favorite tools, Padlet

Benefits of Padlet at a Glance

  • Padlet is a free, flexible and user friendly tool that is available online, 24/7
  • Users can create account and design Padlets for a variety of purposes for teaching and learning. 
  • Students can contribute to Padlets without an email address, just tap to add an image.
  • Padlet works well on a computer and also from the web browser on an iPad. 
  • There’s no tape or physical space limitations with these types of word walls.
  • Padlet is capable is displaying text, images and video.
  • Padlet can be embedded into a blog, wiki or website.
  • Padlet supports ThingLink interactive images!

Using Padlet to Create The Ultimate Word Wall of Interactive Images

As the interactive images for the challenge started rolling in, I had the idea to build a Word Wall of vocabulary activities. The word wall is embedded below, but to get a better view you might want to visit the full wall on the Padlet site. 
Click on any image to preview and explore any interactive vocabulary image created by teachers from all over the world. If you want to explore the full version of an image, click the Share icon on the ThingLink image to grab the link. If you want to embed the image into your own space, grab the embed code.

Be sure to check back as many more images are submitted. This wall will grow throughout the summer.

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For a better viewing experience go to Padlet to view this wall.

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Improve Digital Writing Skills with Google Docs

Would you like to improve your students’ writing skills and help them bridge the gap between writing in school and writing in the real world? 

Join me and Simple K-12 for a free webinar on June 24th at 3:00 PM EDT to learn how to use Google Docs to thoughtfully incorporate digital writing into the curriculum. 

Sign up for this free webinar at Simple K-12. Be sure to check out additional webinars offered during this free online event to help you  “Become a Google Tools Expert“. 





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Educators Design Your Digital Self

Join Us for the ThingLink Teacher Challenge

I have been having a lot of fun connecting with educators and expanding my PLN this summer as I facilitate the ThingLink Teacher Challenge

This challenge is a free, self-paced, online summer professional development opportunity designed to help teachers transform classroom teaching and e-learning with ThingLink, an easy-to-use interactive image and video platform. Teachers complete one activity each week and explore ways to use the tool in the classroom.



The challenge this week is Design Your Digital Self. The goal is to use ThingLink to create an interactive avatar to serve as an introduction to other members of the challenge. The activity is well-suited for a variety of student-driven learning experiences in the classroom, and it provides educators with opportunities to remind students about Internet safety and protecting their identities when online. As a bonus, the challenge uses a guided lesson, or channel of interactive images, as a teaching tool which can also be used to facilitate classroom instruction. All the directions and resources are in one place.

Showcase: Design Your Digital Self

Images submitted for each challenge are displayed in a ThingLink Channel to showcase the great work educators are doing. As more participants submit images, the channels grow. Meet the ThingLink Challenge Teachers.


View our weekly Showcase of images.

Take the ThingLink Teacher Challenge

Since the challenge is self-paced, there is still plenty of time to sign up and join us.






Free Google Docs Writing Workshop Webinar

How would you like you like to improve your students’ writing skills along with their technology skills? 


Join me and Simple K-12  for “Facilitate a Writing Workshop Using Google Docs”, a free webinar on on Wednesday, June 18th at 1:00 PM EDT. Learn how to utilize the many features available in Google Docs to maximize digital writing instruction in the 24/7 classroom.


Did you miss this webinar? Check out Upcoming Webinars in the sidebar of this blog to find the next Google Docs writing webinar.

Educators Explain with ThingLink

Teachers have been busy creating interactive images for Week 1 of the ThingLink Teacher Challenge. The first challenge was designed for teachers to create an image about something within their realm of expertise to explore the tool without trying to create a complex lesson. The task was to create a “How To” image.






View Our Channel of Interactive Images


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The ThingLink Teacher Challenge is free, self-paced, online professional development. Discover 3 Reasons to Take the ThingLink Challenge This Summer  on the ThingLink Blog.

3 Reasons to Take the ThingLink Teacher Challenge This Summer

The ThingLink Teacher Challenge is a free, self-paced, online summer professional development opportunity designed to help teachers transform classroom teaching and e-learning with ThingLink, an easy-to-use interactive image and video platform.
This challenge invites teachers to learn to use interactive images to redefine learning in the classroom. Learn how to connect audio, video, images, and text in one cohesive presentation during this self-paced professional development. 
Learn more on the ThingLink Blog