ThingLink Expert Educator Roundup

As the ThingLink Education Community Manager, I am rounding up talented educators who are interested in joining our professional learning network of Expert Educators. This is a great opportunity to learn, share and grow within our professional learning community. 

Do you LOVE ThingLink? Are you a talented educator who inspires others? Are you a connected educator who is energized by the possibilities that exist for transforming teaching and learning with Thinglink? If so, we invite you to learn more about becoming a ThingLink Expert Educator. 


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Facilitate a Writing Workshop Using Google Docs

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On Saturday November 22nd, Simple K 12 is hosting a free Google Day of Learning designed to provide educators with The Best Google Tips for Your Classroom. Participants can enjoy a series of webinars throughout the day, starting at 10 AM EDT.

I will be hosting a session at 11AM EDT to help teachers Facilitate a Writing Workshop Using Google Docs. 

Checkout the ThingLink AppSmash Challenge Channel

We are pleased to share a channel of ThingLink interactive images created by members of the ThingLink EDU Community. These amazing educators have used ThingLink as their presentation tool for smashing apps. Here you will find inspiring examples of new ways to create, share and publish content by combining the functionality and best features of  great apps.  We are reinventing learning!



We hope this growing ThingLink AppSmash Channel  will inspire you to learn and challenge you to smash some apps yourself . Take the ThingLink Apps Smash Challenge. #TLAppSmash

Upcoming AppSmash Webinars

Tackk a ThingLink

Tuesday, November 18th @ 8PM EST Sign up

Smashing ThingLink & Edmodo

Wednesday, November 19th @ 8PM EST Sign up

ThingLink Interactive App Smash

Tuesday, December 9th @8PM EST Sign up

ThingLink App Smash Events

To encourage the ThingLink Community of Educators to have some fun and smash some apps this month, we are pleased to announce some AppSmash events. These events are designed to inspire our community of educators to explore and create. We hope you will join us as we explore the possibilities for ThingLink powered Apps Smashes. Explore this interactive image to learn more about these AppSmash events.




Join Us for App Smashing with ThingLink 




Take ThingLink App Smash Challenge

Today I am pleased announce the launch of the ThingLink App Smash Challenge!  #TLAppSmash. This mini version of the ThingLink Teacher Challenge #TLChallenge is designed to inspire, build excitement, share ideas and learn. Most importantly, it is designed to fit within a busy teacher’s schedule during the month of November. 

The series of posts will be published on the ThingLink Blog.




About the ThingLink App Smash Challenge

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  for powering any App Smash because of the presentation possibilities for turning any image into a rich multimedia content launcher.  Join the talented members of the ThingLink EDU community and use ThingLink to smash some apps. #TLAppSmash

Objective

In this activity you will


  1. Use ThingLink as a presentation tool to demonstrate how to combine the functionality of two or more apps to create, publish and share content. #AppSmash
  2. Share and submit your interactive image through a Google Form to be added to the ThingLink App Smash Challenge Channel.
  3. Explore the ThingLink App Smash Channel and Touch the interactive images that inspire you.
  4. Promote through social media. #TLAppSmash

Interactive images with the most Touches will be invited to share during our Interactive App Smash in early December.

Overview

In this activity you will grab an iPad and explore ways to combine the best features of two or more of your favorite apps to help students create, publish and share content. You will create an original App Smash image, or poster, then upload it to ThingLink. Use Rich-Media Tags to present your ideas.


Rationale

The iPad is a popular tool in classrooms today, but many apps are limited in functionality. As teachers become more comfortable with technology use they can begin to invent new ways to use the devices for learning. App Smashing allows us to combine the best features of our favorite apps to facilitate student driven learning experiences through creativity, sharing and publishing.


Example

This examples uses the built-in web browser and recording features  in Explain Everything to create a narrated guided tour of a ThingLink interactive image. The resulting video was published on YouTube and embedded back on the ThingLink image through a Rich Media Tag. Explore this interactive image to learn more about this ThingLink App Smash.


Create Your Own ThingLink App Smash

Steps at a Glance

Explore the channel of interactive directions below for tutorials and more.

  1. Create an original #AppSmash image poster.
  2. Upload the image to ThingLink.
  3. Tag the image with Rich Media tags, text, or links to present your ideas.
  4. Remember to add a tag with your name on your image.
  5. Remember to add a Twitter Tag and other social media icons.
  6. Submit your image to the ThingLink App Smash Challenge.
  7. Explore the ThingLink App Smash Channel and touch your favorite App Smash entries throughout the month.
  8. Stay tuned to see who will be invited to share during our Interactive App Smash webinar in early December

Explore Channel of App Smash Examples


The examples in the channel below were created by ThingLink Expert Educators. Interactive images submitted for the App Smash Challenge will be added to this channel. Get inspired and connect!

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Additional Help and Support

Submit a ThingLink App Smash


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