Lisa Johnson is a ThingLink Addict, Are you?

Lisa Johnson admits she’s addicted to ThingLink. Do you share Lisa’s excitement and passion for ThingLink? We would like you to get to know Expert Educator Lisa Johnson. Follow Lisa @TechChef4u





Lisa  is a busy and creative ThingLink Expert Educator who has a flair for great ideas and quirky names. She is the creator of the TechChef4u app and blog, Co-host of “Appy Hours 4 U” and “iVengers Radio”, and Co-Author of the professional development hit “Hot Apps 4 HOTS” with close to 20,000 international downloads.

Lisa thoughtfully and diligently models and shares the transformational power of mobile devices and professional learning networks within the global edusphere. Her many accomplishments include

  • Recognition as an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2013
  • Recent nomination for the National Bammy Awards in Educational Technology
  • Work featured in both editions of “ Pads in Education for Dummies”

Lisa’s View On Creating with ThingLink

“Honestly, I can’t think of a better tool to curate and thoughtfully compile resources in such a creative way. Creating a thinglink with imagery that is purposeful, compelling, and layered with content offers limitless ways to collaborate, collect information, connect with a greater audience, and ignite your images with layers of strategic multimedia insight.”

What We LOVE About Lisa

We love it when Lisa powers herself up with ThingLink and shares great ideas on her blog, TechChef4You! Recently she published some amazing examples of ways to AppSmash with ThingLink and Canva. Explore this interactive image to get inspired and get ideas!


App-Smashing with ThingLink, Yes I Can…va!



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Lisa as an Expert Educators

We are glad to add Lisa to our team of experts who teach each others to leverage the power of ThingLink. We’re enjoying watching Lisa create, curate and teach with ThingLink and can’t wait to see more!

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Thinking About Visual Literacy

The other day my friend and collegue, Richard Withers, displayed a detailed image in front of our staff and asked us to read it. This conversation was about visual literacy. One of interest to me.





Try it


This image, created by Vlademer Proudnikov, introduces The Martin Jetpack. Although most of you probably have not heard of the Martin Jetpack, when you are done you will have learned a lot about it. This is Visual Literacy!

  • How does the use of headings, images, and consice text make this image easy to read and learn from?
  • What type of writing skills are required to annotate an image with ideas and information?

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Can You Read an Image?

The other day my friend and collegue, Richard Withers, displayed a detailed image in front of our staff and asked if we could read it. This conversation was about visual literacy. One of interest to me.

Try it

This image, created by Vlademer Proudnikov, introduces The Martin Jetpack. Although most of you probably have not heard of the Martin Jetpack, when you are done you will have learned a lot about it. This is Visual Literacy!

  • How does the use of headings, images, and consice text make this image easy to read and learn from?
  • What type of writing skills are required to annotate an image with ideas and information?

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Free Webinar About ThingLink for Your District

With the announcement of ThingLink Verified Organization Accounts for school districts last week we have had an outpouring of interest. We thought it would be a great idea to offer a free webinar to provide stakeholders with an overview of the features and inspiring examples of ways to use ThingLink across an organization. I am excited to be hosting this webinar and I hope you will join us.


Join Us

We hope you can join us live on March 24th at 8:00 PM EST. If you can’t make it to the live event, no worries. You can sign up for the webinar and we will email you a copy of the archive.


During the webinar you will learn how to

  • Use a single invitation code to invite all staff and students within your organization to join your district level ThingLink EDU account.
  • Easily manage teachers, students, and groups within your organization through a handy dashboard.
  • Create, curate and share resources across all content areas and grade levels within your school district.
  • Get inspired by ways to use ThingLink to power up your entire school district.


Please register for our free webinar.





Take the Arts & Design Creative Challenge

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Are you ready for another STEAM related Creative Challenge? In an ongoing effort to curate content related to the disciplines involved in STEAM, we are pleased to announce the Arts & Design Creative Challenge. This Creative Challenge helps us demonstrate amazing ways to use ThingLink by encouraging members of our EDU community to create, share and curate with ThingLink. As a bonus, the winner of this Creative Challenge will receive 3 ThingLink EDU Premium accounts for teachers at your school!

What is STEAM?

STEAM is an approach to teaching that supports arts integration across the curriculum. In a STEAM classroom teachers design learning experiences that encourage students to engage in a creative process that connects an art form to one or more core subject areas, such as Science, Engineering, Technology or Math to meet objectives in all areas.  ThingLink is the perfect tool to support STEAM powered learning because every ThingLink starts with an image.

Create a ThingLink for the Arts and Design Challenge

We encourage participants to think outside of the box when creating and sharing a ThingLink for this challenge. Here are 3 ideas to get you started.


Launch a Study of a Famous Artist or Designer


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Design a Project for STEAM and Arts Integration



Get Creative and Tell a Story About Design 




Take the Arts & Design Creative Challenge

Go to the Creative Challenges site to submit your image and get inspired by the images created by our education community members. The Creative Challenge will run for 30 days and the winner will receive 3 ThingLink EDU Premium accounts to share with teacher collaborators.


New to ThingLink?

Watch this quick tutorial to learn how to create a ThingLink.

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3 Ways to Learn More About ThingLink for Education

Interactive Image by J Kern

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We have been very busy on the education side of ThingLink over the course of the past year and we are pleased to see our community of educators growing considerably. We now offer district level verified organization accounts,  a designated classroom workspace for teachers and their students and ThingLink for Video! We have remodeled and improved our teacher management features and we’ve updated our amazing iOS app to be even better for educational use. We thought you might appreciate some resources to help you embrace our full-featured education platform.



ThingLink Classroom Management

We created this guide to help teachers get started with ThingLink for Education. Here you will learn how to signup for an education account, invite students, use the dashboard, manage students and groups, and design a ThingLink powered lesson. View the slideshow with live video tutorials built in, or print a copy of the handout for later use.



Free Webinar: ThingLink District Level Accounts

With the announcement of verified accounts for educational organizations we thought it would be a great idea to offer a free webinar to provide stakeholders with an overview of the features and inspiring examples of ways to use ThingLink within an organization. We hope you can join us live on March 24th at 8:00 PM EST. If you can’t make it, please sign up to receive a copy of the archive.

During the webinar you will learn how to

  • Use a single invitation code to invite all staff and students within your organization to join your district level ThingLink EDU account.
  • Easily manage teachers, students, and groups within your organization through a handy dashboard.
  • Create, curate and share resources across all content areas and grade levels within your school district.
  • Get inspired by ways to use ThingLink to power up your entire school district.

Please register for our free webinar.

Expert Educator Roundup


We are once again 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 and it is a great idea for verified educational organizations to have a ThingLink Expert Educator on staff.

If you are an educator who loves ThingLink and enjoys inspiring others to explore the posibilities that exist for using ThingLink to power up your pedagogy, we encourage you to view the slideshow below to learn more and apply to become a ThingLink Expert Educator.




Grab a ThingLink Account for Your School District

Today ThingLink is pleased to announce verified accounts for school districts along with the release of an updated iOS app that is well suited for educational use, making ThingLink EDU better than ever for teaching and learning!


Benefits of Verified District Accounts

A verified organization on ThingLink EDU serves three goals. First, verification is used to establish authenticity of an organization. Once this is done, the organization gets an invitation code that can be used to easily invite staff and students to ThingLink EDU. A verified organization account will be equipped with a dashboard to easily manage teachers, students, and groups. Third, a verified organization account gives schools and districts easy access to all of the ThingLink resources created by teachers and students across the district. These features make it easier than ever for teachers and students to create, share and curate multimedia rich content with ThingLink. Request a verified status for your organization by sending an email to support@thinglink.com.


ThingLink iOS app Updated for Education

More great news! The ThingLink iOS app has been updated with education in mind. When browsing for existing ThingLink content, students can only see images created by other teachers and students. Safe-search has been enabled to provide students with age appropriate content when searching for media to annotate images. The updated version of the app now includes student and teacher signup options with invitation codes, making it easy to manage students and engage them on mobile devices like never before. 
Explore this slideshow channel of interactive image to learn how ThingLink can be used on a fieldtrip on a mobile device without wireless. Be sure to click the arrow to advance to the next image to see how students can extend the learning at school and at home, using whatever device is handy at the moment.


About ThingLink for Education

Over the course of this past year, ThingLink has become one of the the most popular free web tools for educators. The ThingLink app has become the most popular mobile app for creating interactive images in school or on field trips with or without wireless access. There are truly endless possibilities for using ThingLink in education.
Teachers can create media rich visual resources packed with content to engage students in deep learning experiences. Students can create a ThingLink to present knowledge and ideas or to document learning. A shared “Steam” enables students and teachers to collaborate on images beyond the classroom walls. Interactive images can be embedded on websites or shared with the class and accessed by inquisitive students at any time.

Explore this guided, student driven learning project ,powered by ThingLink and Google Apps, to view the possibilities that exist for teaching and learning with ThingLink EDU.



ThingLink Keeps Getting Better

As an early adopter of ThingLink I immediately fell in love with the tool because of the flexible options for creating rich media images for teaching and learning. I recognized the potential for using ThingLink to create differentiated resources to support all learners and I loved the fact that I could pack a lot of content into one image. At that time, the only icon available for adding tags was one black circle, the only embeddable media I knew of was YouTube, and there were no special features for education. Since then, ThingLink has come a long way.


Over the course of the past year, ThingLink has introduced a full-featured education platform with a designated classroom workspace for teachers and their students. Here are just some of the features:
  • Signup has become simpler with the addition of the Google Appls for Education login
  • Teachers have the ability to create accounts for students without email. 
  • District and teacher level management provide teachers with the tools to efficiently manage the ThingLink Classroom.
  • Students and teachers can now create slideshow channels of related interactive images to share work, curate content or maintain interactive learning portfolios. 
  • The original black icon is now one of many colorful icons that include several icons designed for education. 
  • Teachers with premium accounts have the ability to create their own custom icon sets!
  • The app for iOS and Android makes it easier than ever to use ThingLink on a mobile device, with or without wireless.
  • ThingLink for Video provides teachers and students with the ability to annotate a video and turn it into a personalized, interactive learning tool.

Learn More About the ThingLink for Education




Request a Verified Status for Your Organization

ThingLink has the ability to transform teaching and learning, so grab your verified district account, add the updated iOS app and embrace this amazing EDU tool! 
Send an email to support@thinglink.com