12 Terrific ThingLink EDU Features in 2014


ThingLink offers the education community tagging tools to bring images and video to life. It works across platforms and provides teachers and students with the ability to add rich media contents to any video or image.


In 2014 ThingLink worked hard to provide teachers and students with a powerful and flexible tool for teaching and learning that is useful across all content areas. Here are highlights of some of the amazing features available in the ThingLink Classroom, introduced this year.



Safe and Secure Browsing Environment

  • Hide related images/disable comments function on scene pages
  • Safe and secure classroom environment
  • Students can only see images created by other students, teachers and images curated by ThingLink
  • Maximum limits to Google Video search automatically applied
  • Ability to unlist images from public



Organize your classrooms with groups

  • Create groups for each class
  • View student work and tag image to provide immediate feedback and for use as an assessment tool
  • Promotes team collaboration
  • Students can add comments to images and videos created by classmates
  • Add unlimited number of students




*ThingLink for Video


  • Tag and share videos from YouTube or Brightcove
  • Copy & paste video URL and start tagging
  • You can tag your images and videos with these rich media contents
  • Access directly from your ThingLink profile




Flexible Student Login Options

Students can have an individual account without requiring email





Improved Apps Development

  • Students can work on iOS and Android apps
  • iOS and Android apps are not required to use ThingLink
  • Gives ability to view and edit images created on desktop from tablet or mobile
  • Work on projects at home or on class trips





*Icons Designed for your Classroom

  • Over 100 preloaded icons for your collection:
  • Education icons: numbers 1 to 10, letters A to E, math symbols, arrows & more
  • Action icons: read, listen, watch, play, explore
  • Social icons: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Pinterest, LinkedIn, Google+
  • Transparent icon: provides interactivity without icon


*Custom Icons 


  • Upload and use your own icons
  • Custom icons differentiate learning and support unique teaching needs
  • An unlimited number of custom icons can be uploaded
  • Teachers and students can upload custom icons




Presentations Like Never Before

  • Create a Channel of Interactive Images
  • Add multiple interactive images to one Channel
  • View as slideshow to make presentations interactive
  • Unlimited interactive images can be included in a slideshow
  • Add any image on ThingLink to a slideshow
  • Can also be used to organize student work or class projects




Google Docs Integration

  • Tag images with Google Drive
  • Functions directly within image
  • Docs, Forms, and Slides




*Background Image Replacement


  • Replace an uploaded background image with another background image
  • Tags, statistics and image URL remain unchanged





*Create Rich Text Tags

Add power to your tags with bold, italic and heading styles.


*ThingLink EDU Premium

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Coming Soon! District Invitation Codes

In the beginning of 2015 any district can request their own invitation links allowing teachers and students to use their Google ID or email to sign up to ThingLink’s Freemum EDU or Premium EDU account from desktop or mobile. A district association is free of cost and makes it easier for larger districts to manage group signups, administrators, and upgrades.





    6 Amazing App Smash Examples to Inspire Creativity

    ThingLink recently challenged members of our education community to take the ThingLink App Smash Challenge. The challenge was designed to help educators discover new ideas for teaching and learning with an iPad by combining two or more apps together to create, publish and share content. The use of ThingLink as a presentation tool provides educators with powerful possibilities for turning an image into a multimedia rich learning tool.

    Explore examples and learn more on the ThingLink Blog

    Transform Teaching & Learning with ThingLink & Google Apps – ICE 2015

    Every year I look forward to facilitating hands on workshops at the Illinois Computing Educators Conference in February. I truly enjoy working with educators who are eager to create, learn and embrace ways to leverage the power of technology for teaching and learning. I am excited about my workshop this year because it will allow me help teachers learn to combine two of my favorite tools, ThingLink and Google Drive, to transform teaching and learning.

    Registration is now open for #ICE 2015! Sign up for Transform Teaching and Learning with ThingLink and Google Apps







    Transform Teaching and Learning with ThingLink and Google Apps

    Wednesday, February 25th – Wk 39

    With an abundance of digital tools to choose from, it’s important to develop a flexible toolkit of resources to meet a variety of unique teaching and learning needs. Keep it simple with just two tools, amazing multimedia rich tools, ThingLink and Google Docs. Extend the learning beyond the classroom. ThingLink EDU is a digital learning platform that provides users with the ability to turn any image into a multimedia rich interactive learning tool. Start with an image, annotate it with audio, video, images and interactive Google Apps! Google Apps are powerful multimedia rich tools that can be used to accomplish just about any learning task with style. Organize student work and streamline communication. Help students construct knowledge with the built-in multimedia powered Research Tool. Explore inspiring examples, get your hands on some templates, and consider the endless possibilities to Transform Teaching and Learning with ThingLink and Google Apps

    Explore Workshop Resources


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    Register for ICE 2015. Sign up for this workshop by selecting Wednesday 1/2 day workshops and choosing “Transform Teaching and Learning with ThingLink and Google Apps“.

    Celebrate Holiday Traditions with ThingLink


    If you’re looking for engaging ways to include some holiday fun into your teaching before winter break, you might want to choose ThingLink as a platform for sharing resources. ThingLink allows educators to pack a lot of multimedia content into a very small space, providing opportunities for teachers to present students with a treasure trove of differentiated resources to meet diverse learning styles.




    Here is a closer look at a few excellent examples created by members of the ThingLink EDU community. You can easily embed any of the resources here into your own blog, wiki or website for use, or simply share the link with students for exploring and learning. If these images inspire you to create your own resources, we invite you to share in our December Holiday Channel. You will find more information at the bottom of this post.

    Snowball

    by Donna Baumbach

    This image features many ways to share a popular winter poem by Shel Silverstein. I used this activity recently with a group of young students with extremely diverse learning needs and it was a success for all. Students were given time to explore the poem and challenged to create a drawing to answer the question “Why did the snowball wet the bed?” They took a picture of their drawn answers with their iPads and popped it into the Book Creator App. They then recorded their answers to explain their drawings. Many thanks to Donna for creating this wonderful interactive image and for being such a highly valued member of the ThingLink EDU Community! Follow Donna on Twitter @AuntyTech.

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    Christmas Traditions Around the World

    by Cathy Maher @camaher

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    Where Do Christmas Trees Grow? An Inquiry Project

    by Meghan Zigmund @ZigZagsTech 

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    Winter Holiday Songs Around the World

    by Amy Kincaid  @amyK_librarian



    12 Days of Digital Christmas

    by Jamie Forshey @edutech20




    Share a Winter Holiday ThingLink

    We will continue to curate these amazing holiday images in our Holiday Traditions Channel. We encourage you to share your own images with our community by submitting it through our quick and easy form.

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    The Hour of Code is Here

    The Hour of Code is a week long global awareness movement that will reach tens of millions of students in more than 180 countries this year. The goal is to introduce students to the world of coding in as little as one hour. Tutorials for students are available in over 30 languages and there are activities available for all students, young and old. 



    Explore Hour of Code Resources

    Here are some of my favorite resources to introduce students and teachers to the Hour of Code. Students can get started at school and continue at home if they please. Feel free to embed this interactive image into your own web space to help students get turned on to the Hour of Code.

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    14 Resources for AppSmashing with ThingLink

    In November I launched the ThingLink AppSmash Challenge to encourage educators to share great ways to combine two or more apps together to create, publish and share content using ThingLink as a presentation tool. The goal of the challenge was to create resources to help educators discover new possibilities for teaching and learning with an iPad to better meet our teaching and learning needs.


    Why AppSmash?

    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. 

    Explore a Collection of AppSmash Resources

    Please explore this collection of AppSmash Activities created by talented members of the ThingLink EDU community to discover new ways to combine the best features of favorite apps and facilitate student driven learning experiences through creativity, sharing and publishing. We hope you will explore, learn, and try some of these AppSmashing ideas yourself.

    Get Inspired Through Our AppSmash Webinar


    We will be taking a closer look at some of the ThingLink AppSmash images you see here and learning from some of the talented educators who created them during a live webinar on December 9th at 8:00 PM EST. Sign up to participate in the live webinar or to receive the archive.