Mystery School

Every school has a story to tell. This ThingLink was submitted to Bring the Textbook to Life without a location tag. Let’s see if we can learn more about the Mystery School.

“This school was just built after our old one was destroyed by an EF5 Tornado. The picture was taken a year after our entire town was destroyed.”   

-Cory Goetsch 


I’ve put the ThingLink on a Padlet and turned it into a Mystery Photo. Students and teachers are invited to explore the image. Click or tap on the Padlet to add comments or guess the location of this beautiful school. Try it!


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Bring the Textbook to Life! Update & Advice

Student Custom Icons
Student Created Icons
As we begin the 3rd week of the our Classroom Creative Challenge, we would like to pause for a moment to highlight the school images displayed in the Book Channel below, share my story to illustrate one approach to completing the creative challenge, and collect some feedback from participants to get the most out of the learning. We also want to give busy students and teachers some time to catch up or join us. This project gets better with a lot of participation!

It is clear now that the most important task for this challenge is to share an interactive image of your school, and then build on that by participating in additional challenges as time allows.












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Sharing Stories: One Way to Show Us Your School

I have been working with a small team of students at lunch, ranging in ages from 6 – 11. We meet in shifts, and I see them for probably 12 minutes each time we meet. They have their own iPads so taking photos is easy for them, as long as they wear Tech Team Badges we made that allow them to use their devices on the playground.

Step 1: Teacher Setup

  1. I uploaded a picture of our school to ThingLink EDU.
  2. I added the image to a Channel and invited students to my group.
  3. I set the image settings to “allow anyone to edit”.


All Everyone To Edit


Step 2: Organize Students & Put Them to Work

  1. Students put on a Tech Team badge and go out and take many photos.
  2. They choose the best photo of the day and share it with me via email or messaging.
  3. I use the ThingLink app on my iPhone or iPad to add the images to the base image on ThingLink, placing the tags with images at the bottom of the base image and leaving the generic icon in tact.


Early stages 
Early Stages – Work in Progress




Step 3: Students View & Annotate Images

  1. Students view the ThingLink that is published on my school blog and find their picture.
  2. Students write a clear and concise description of their image with a heading and add it to the tag.
    1. Students can log in to their own account if the images settings in the channel have been changed to “allow anyone to edit”. See image above
    2. Students can pass around one iPad and take turns adding headings with clear and concise text to their tags.
  3. Students can change the icon on the tag or create their own custom icon.





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Moving Forward to Tell a Deeper Story

Last week students were able to make a lot of progress on Show Us Your School and they have started to take ownership of the project. Some students even created their own Custom Icons. This week I hope to capture student voices through Audio Boom to add another layer of learning to the project.



Collecting Feedback from Teachers & Students

We have created a ThingLink to collect information from participants. We hope you will help us select the next creative challenge for Bring the Textbook to Life. In addition, we encourage you to share your story to inspire others, ask questions or provide us with feedback. Explore this interactive image to help us get the most out of the learning!





Learn More & Join Us!

Read our post: Living in the US Bring the Textbook to Life

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Living In the US: Games at Recess

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Week 2 Classroom Creative Challenge

Recess is a favorite part of the school day for many students in the US. We would like to hear about the games students play and the things they like to do during recess every day to find out if it is the same or  in places across the US.



Grab your mobile device and take some snapshots to show us what type of games you play at recess at your school. Annotate your image with an image on top of an image or search for information and media to tell the story of recess at your school. Focus on writing clear and concise labels to add to tags to explain the image. Be sure to follow your school’s policies for publishing photos and videos.


Steps at a Glance

  1. Start with an image of your playground or recess space.
  2. Add the images to ThingLink.com
  3. Annotate the image with images on top of images, video, notes,  audio, or even a Google Docs if you like!
  4. Add a tag to include the following information to identify your school
    1. Classroom Name
    2. School
    3. City -State -Zip
    4. Date
    5. Use the hashtag #LivingInUS
    6. Submit your main image to the Classroom Creative Challenge through the Creative Challenges Tool. 
      Just click on the Share button on your ThingLink and copy the link, then paste it into our creative challenges tool to submit your image.

Project Organization

There are several ways to organize the creative challenge in the classroom. Here are some ideas and tips for a lesson plan depending on if you are working in small groups with several iPads or with individual students.

About the Classroom Creative Challenge

Join us in an exciting ThingLink Classroom Creative Challenge to build interactive books about Living in the US. This is a great end of year project that’s loaded with learning and offers a high level of student interest. Help us to put your state and school on the map!


Let’s Bring the Textbook to Life as we explore Living in the US!

8 Week Simple Collaborative Project

The purpose of the project is to create interactive books about living in the The United States. For a period of 8 weeks, each Monday we will have a new question for your classroom, such as “What kinds of plants grow on your schoolyard?” or “What do you eat for breakfast?”.

ThingLink’s editorial team will collect each week’s submissions into an interactive book that reflects differences and similarities in the way we live and in different parts of the the US. In the end of the school year, ThingLink’s educational community manager Susan Oxnevad will compile an entire nation-wide Living in the US Interactive Book featuring the content you and your classrooms have created. This resource can be shared with parents and school district administrators as well as used as a wonderfully engaging teaching resource in the classroom in the fall 2015!


Watch our Channel Grow!

After each week, the ThingLink editorial team will collect submissions to an interactive book and share it with the participants! Explore our collection of images submitted to this challenge so far and watch it grow!

All Classroom Creative Challenges

Week 1: Show Us Your School

Week 2: Games at Recess

Resources

Free Webinar: Avatars & Internet Safety


Join us for a free webinar on Avatars and Internet Safety to kickoff Living in the US – Bring the Textbook to Life! 
There’s no better time than to focus on Internet safety then when introducing a collaborative project! 

We are excited to share Avatars and Internet Safety lessons and resources to help remind students to protect their identities when collaborating and communicating online.




Tuesday night’s webinar will be an overview of resources, tips and tricks for using avatars to remind students about protecting their identities. Learn to Design Your Digital Self and access the guided channel of directions for use with students. Learn to create custom icons with classroom logos and avatars. Learn how to help students establish an online identify that is safe. We’ll even take a look at Avatar Adventures, an interactive journey designed to give teachers and students some experience communicating online!

The webinar will be recorded so if you can’t make it to the live session, please sign up so we can send you a copy. 


Join Us


Avatars & Internet Safety

Tuesday: April 14th
8:00 PM EST
Sign up 

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A Project with History

I’m excited about launching a high interest end of year classroom collaborative project that’s sure to be fun and engaging for students. This project has history for me since this will be my third go around, and I am inviting readers of this blog to join us for…

Living in the US Bring the Textbook to Life!


Project History


Round 1

The project is one I have used throughout my many years as a tech coach. Originally developed from an idea from the brilliant mind of Harla Hutchinson, the project was launched prior to 2008. We rounded up a handful of classrooms through ePals and GlobalSchool.net, collected information through email and built a mini Dreamweaver website for sharing. It was an exciting project, but it was also pretty slow and labor intensive. It was a great idea that was ahead of it’s time.
Round 2
I was eager to launch the project again in January of 2010 when I discovered the power of Web 2.0. We used Wikispaces to introduce several web 2.0 tools to teachers and students. Students from across the US communicated through the discussion area and were drawn to the project. The learning was extended beyond the classroom walls and technology supported the learning well.


I would consider this round, Regions of the US! Bring the Textbook to Life, to have been a huge success. We had 42 participating classrooms across the US collaborating and, of course many of those classrooms were rounded up through Twitter so my PLN began to grow.  


Round 3
Now we have launched this project again and I couldn’t be more excited to power it with ThingLink EDU, a tool I’ve collaborated on and helped to build for education through suggestions and a whole lot of use! I see endless possibilities ahead.

About Living in the US – Bring the Textbook to Life!

The purpose of the project is to create interactive books about living in the The United States. For a period of 8 weeks, each Monday we will have a new question for your classroom, such as “What kinds of plants grow on your schoolyard?” or “What do you eat for breakfast?”.
ThingLink’s editorial team will collect each week’s submissions into an interactive book that reflects differences and similarities in the way we live and in different parts of the the US. In the end of the school year, ThingLink’s educational community manager Susan Oxnevad will compile an entire nation-wide Living in the US Interactive Bookfeaturing the content you and your classrooms have created. This resource can be shared with parents and school district administrators as well as used as a wonderfully engaging teaching resource in the classroom in the fall 2015!
Join Us
This project is one that will only get better with more participation, so we hope you will join us. Get started by exploring the interactive image below. Or, simply sign up for our mailing list today and we’ll deliver the next steps to your inbox.

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Bring the Textbook to Life & Explore Living in the US

Join us in an exciting ThingLink Classroom Creative Challenge to build interactive books about Living in the US. This is a great end of year project that’s loaded with learning and offers a high level of student interest. Help us to put your state and school on the map!

Let’s Bring the Textbook to Life as we explore Living in the US!


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About the Classroom Creative Challenge

8 Week Simple Collaborative Project 

The purpose of the project is to create interactive books about living in the The United States. For a period of 8 weeks, each Monday we will have a new question for your classroom, such as “What kinds of plants grow on your schoolyard?” or “What do you eat for breakfast?”.

ThingLink’s editorial team will collect each week’s submissions into an interactive book that reflects differences and similarities in the way we live and in different parts of the the US. In the end of the school year, ThingLink’s educational community manager Susan Oxnevad will compile an entire nation-wide Living in the US Interactive Book featuring the content you and your classrooms have created. This resource can be shared with parents and school district administrators as well as used as a wonderfully engaging teaching resource in the classroom in the fall 2015!

Classroom Creative Challenge Week 1


Show Us Your School

Grab your mobile device and take some snapshots of your school. Annotate it with an image on top of an image to highlight areas. Focus on writing clear and concise labels to explain the image.


Steps at a Glance

  1. Take photos of your school (e.g. school yard, buildings, special characteristics that are unique to your school. Please follow your school’s guidelines for publish images of students.)
  2. Add images to ThingLink.com
  3. Annotate your school photos with images on top of images, video, notes, even audio, or Google Docs if you like!
  4. Choose one main image of your school, and link all the other ThingLink images of the different parts to the main image
  5. Add a tag to include the following information to identify your school
    1. Classroom Name
    2. School
    3. City -State -Zip –
    4. Date
    5. Use the hashtag #LivingInUS
  6. Submit your main image to the Classroom Creative Challenge through the Creative Challenges Tool. (Just click on the Share button on your ThingLink and copy the link, then paste it into our creative challenges tool to submit your image)
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Click to submit


Project Organization

There are several ways to organize the creative challenge in the classroom. Here are some ideas and tips for a lesson plan depending on if you are working in small groups with several iPads or with individual students.


Watch our Channel Grow!

After each week, the ThingLink editorial team will collect submissions to an interactive book and share it with the participants! Explore our collection of images submitted to this challenge so far and watch it grow!

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Resources

We look forward to learning more about your school and classrooms! Questions? Contact susan@thinglink.com.

Customize Colors on Tags w/ ThingLink

Reposting from the ThingLink Blog

One of our most requested features has been the ability to customize the fonts and colors of rich media tags – aka the pop-ups!

We are happy to announce that these features are now available to ThingLink PRO, Whitelabel, and VIP users.

More customization options will allow you to match the look and feel of your tags with the graphic style of your images and videos.  Using brand colors and font styles enhances the additional layer of information on your media.

  1. Change tag pop-up color
  2. Change font color and size
  3. Four font choices: Arial, Verdana, Tahoma & Times New Roman

Here are a couple of examples of what you can do:

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Here is a how the feature appears in the editor.
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We hope you enjoy the new features and as always, please keep us in the loop with any cool projects you’re working on!

If you are interesting in signing up to Pro, Whitelabel or Premium Education please sign up here.