The ThingLink Teacher Challenge for week 4, ThingLink UnPlugged, is the perfect compliment to any educator’s summer fun. This challenge encourages educators to grab the free mobile app for iOS or Android and capture life and learning on the go with or without wireless.
Use Whatever Device is Handy at the Moment
ThingLink is an amazing tool for teaching and learning that is supported across platforms. This flexibility provides teachers and students with a variety of options to extend the learning beyond the classroom walls. The iOS app and Android apps, combined with the web based platform complete the full circle of possibilities for creating and learning with interactive images. Explore this interactive image to learn about the flexible options..
Grab the Free App
The ThingLink apps for iOS and Android been developed 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. Best of all, the app works with or without wireless.
Capture Learning on the Go
//cdn.thinglink.me/jse/embed.jsWhen you get away from an Internet connection you can capture learning with the mobile app and store it locally on your individual device. Take a photo and tag it with another photo on the spot. Capture some video right there and add it to a tag on your ThingLink image. Or start simple and use the base image like a visual notebook to annotate and record ideas through text. Later, when you return to a wireless Internet connection, you can continue to build the ThingLink on whatever device is handy.
There are many ways to engage students in learning experiences that extends the walls of the classroom by going off the grid with ThingLink mobile and a handy device. Allow students to bring their own devices when they explore the world to encourage active participation and help them engage and connect with the learning in front of them. Students will discover new ways to mix up their worlds and make it personally meaningful.
Get Inspired by Amazing Examples
Explore this channel of examples created by Community Members and Expert Educators during last year’s Summer Challenge to get inspired and share some ideas. A big shout out goes to these amazing educators. These are teachers to connect with!
- Donna Baumbach @AuntyTech
- Sue Fitzgerald @sue_fitz
- Dan Gallagher @Gallagher_Tech
- Jodie Johnston @johnston_jodie
- Cathy Maher @camaher
- Miss Mara @HmSchlTowers
- Patricia Merlino @mmmerlin
- Caryn Trautz @Mathtechy
- Cathy Yenca @mathycathy
- Leigh Zika @ZikaLeigh
Steps at a Glance
Grab the App and Add an Image
- Make sure you have a ThingLink for Education account.
- Download the app.
- Go outside or away from an Internet connection, open the app and take a picture for use as your base image.
- Tap the picture to tag an image with a note or a question.
- Tap the picture and choose Add Media to add another image or video on top of your image.