Take the ThingLink 360 Breakout Challenge in March

We are pleased to invite educators to take the ThingLink 360 Breakout Challenge in March. This fun and free professional learning opportunity stems from an innovative idea by Dan Gallagher, a ThingLink Certified Educator with a lot of talent. Dan has combined the power of ThingLink’s 360 image editor with Google Docs to create an interactive, media-rich version of the popular learning game Breakout EDU. This hot classroom activity is an educational adaptation of an escape room that requires students to use clues to try to break out of a room.



ThingLink adds a new dimension to a Breakout EDU type activity by using 360 images and rich media tags to create an interactive experience. Students can move around a room to discover clues on tags that are displayed via a variety of media. They unlock locks to break out of the room by submitting a supercharged Google Form that is embedded right on top of the image.  We are very excited about the potential of using this winning combination of tools to engage students in the development of problem-solving and critical thinking skills. and we hope many educators will join us in creating a collection of ThingLink 360 enhanced Breakout activities.



Create a Breakout EDU Using ThingLink 360/VR

Dan created this screencast to demonstrate how to create an interactive, digital version of Breakout EDU by combining the power of ThingLink 360/VR and Google Forms. Watch this quick video to learn from Dan Gallagher.



Join the ThingLink 360 Breakout Challenge

If you are interested in using ThingLink 360/VR to create a Breakout Challenge of your own, we invite you to Take our Teacher Challenge with Dan during the month of March. We’re offering this free and fun PD to provide educators with an opportunity to learn with us, build your PLN, and test our 360 media editor.

Steps at a Glance

  1. Complete the form below to register.
  2. Join Dan’s Group, #TL_Breakout.
    We will send you a Join Code for Dan’s group, #TL_Breakout
    1. Everyone who joins Dan’s group will inherit his ThingLink Premium features for the duration of the teacher challenge.
    2. Members of the group will also be able to post to channels to create interactive collections of Breakout activities.
  3. Stay tuned to the ThingLink Blog for Education to receive tips and tricks, based on frequently asked questions.
  4. Turn in your Breakout 360 activities through a form before March 30th.
  5. Participate in our webinar event to celebrate and share the collection of Breakout EDU lesson created!

Get Started with the ThingLink 360 Breakout Challenge!

Sign up to get started now!













Learn With Some Amazing ThingLink Certified Educators!

Without a doubt, the most enjoyable part of my job as Director of Education at ThingLink is connecting with talented and innovative educators! Throughout my journey with ThingLink, I’ve been extremely fortunate to be able to work and learn with the most talented educators around! 




6 months ago, we started the ThingLink Certified Educators program to officially round-up some of the most talented and passionate educators. The goal was to build a strong and talented team of experts to embrace ThingLink 360/VR in order to help educators and schools learn to incorporate this new technology into their toolkits. 

One of the ways we will be featuring the work of ThingLink Certified Educators is to host several upcoming webinars to feature the great ways they are putting ThingLink 360 to use!  We hope you will join us live or on-demand and learn with us! Stay connected to our upcoming webinars on the webinars page of ThingLink Blog for Education.




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GREAT WAYS TO USE INTERACTIVE VIRTUAL REALITY IN THE CLASSROOM

Enjoy a 30-minute overview demonstrating the possibilities for teaching and learning with interactive virtual reality across all content areas and grade levels. Participants will learn how to turn 360 images into engaging student-driven learning experiences using ThingLink’s 360 photo editor.
We’ll look at ways to integrate the tools through the lens of the SAMR model of tech integration, by Dr. Ruben Puentedura. This will help educators make the most of using ThingLink 360/VR at each level. This session promises to be bursting with enthusiasm and packed with pedagogy to help educators learn, share, and create 360/VR Lessons.


–> Reserve your spot for Great Ways to Use Interactive virtual reality in the classroom live on 2/27 @ 6 pm EST or on-demand




BREAKOUT OF YOUR THINGLINK 360! by Dan Gallagher

Breakout EDU is taking education by storm! Think of the concept of an Escape Room but modified for education. Students will experience how to work as a team, think critically and problem-solve various challenges applied to any grade level or content area. This webinar will explore how to use various digital tools in conjunction with ThingLink /360/VR °to create your own Digital Breakout activity.


–>Register for Breakout of Your ThingLink 360! Live on Feb. 28th @ 6 pm EST or on-demand

 




THINGLINKBOOTCAMP LIVE: INTERACTIVE 360/VR IMAGE SLAM

We’re inviting all Bootcamp participants to join us in a celebration of the learning that has resulted from participation in Bootcamps. Grab the screen for 5 minutes and share a VR image you’ve created. Perfect for those who are considering becoming a ThingLink Certified Educator and well-suited for those who need inspiration. Join us for this casual and fun sharing event! 

–>Register for ThingLink Bootcamp Live Interactive 360/VR Image Slam on March 20, 2017 live @ 7:00 PM EST or on-demand





GREAT WAYS TO FIND & CREATE 360 IMAGES FOR THINGLINK 360/VR

Are you wondering where to find 360 images to create ThingLink Interactive virtual reality field trips, lessons and learning experiences? We hope you will join us to explore

  • The new library of high quality 360 images available through ThingLink’s new Teleport 360 App.
  • A repository of CC-licensed images for use in schools .
  • How to remix an existing ThingLink and reuse the 360 image.
  • How to use a handful of apps to find and create 360 images.
  • How to take 360 images on your phone.
  • How to resize images for use with our 360 image editor
  • How to display attribution to on a ThingLink 360.

Join us in learning about Great Ways to Find & Create 360 Images for ThingLink 360/VR and learn with us!

–>Register for Great Ways to Find & Create 360 Images for ThingLink 360/VR live on March 13, 2017 @ 7:00 PM EST or on-demand



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Join Us for ThingLink Bootcamp Live!


Celebrate and share in the learning that has resulted from our fall Bootcamps. Get inspired by educators who are transforming teaching and learning through the use of interactive 360/VR images. Learn how easy it is to Bring a Bootcamp to Your Backyard!

Join us live on 2/20 @ 7 pm EST or On- Demand

Meet our guest panellists and learn from them!

  • Susan Gaer – Chino Valley Bootcamp, CA
  • Stewart Lee – Clemson University Bootcamp, SC
  • Adriane Ellis – Murray County Bootcamp, GA
  • Laurie Prewandowski – North Sutton Bootcamp, NH
Sign up to attend live on 2/20/17 @ 7:00 pm EST OR to receive the archived recording.

Reserve Your Spot Now


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Breakout of Your ThingLink 360!

We hope you will join our webinar event featuring Dan Gallagher’s session on how to facilitate Breakout EDU type learning experiences, powered by ThingLink 360/VR. This session will take place live on February 28th @ 6:00 pm EST. Sign up to receive an archived copy of the recording.


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Breakout of Your ThingLink 360!

Breakout EDU is taking education by storm! Think of the concept of an Escape Room but modified for education. Students will experience how to work as a team, think critically and problem-solve various challenges applied to any grade level or content area. This webinar will explore how to use various digital tools in conjunction with ThingLink 360°/VR to create your own Digital Breakout activity. Join us live on 2/28 @ 6 pm EST or sign up to receive an archived copy of the broadcast. Reserve your spot today!

Create Your Own Breakout with ThingLink 360

Dan will be launching the ThingLink 360 Breakout Challenge during the webinar.  Get ThingLink Premium Teacher for yourself, your team, or your school for 50% off with the coupon code TLBREAKOUT. Offer expires 2/28/17.

About Our Host

Dan Gallagher is a ThingLink Certified Educator who lives in Central New Jersey with his wife. He’s a teacher resource specialist for technology assisting middle school teachers with integrating Chromebooks in the classroom. He has a Master’s in Instructional Technology and a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education. You can subscribe to his blog at gallaghertech.edublogs.org and you can follow him on twitter @Gallagher_Tech.



Join Us for a Bootcamp in Kansas!


Join us near Kansas City, KS for a full-day of professional development designed to help educators learn to turn any 360 image into a powerful lesson or virtual field trip for students! This workshop promises to be packed with pedagogy and built for success.
We’re excited to be headed to Blue Valley Schools near Kansas City, KS for a VR in the Classroom Bootcamp with friend and Certified Educator Jodie Johnston on March 7, 2017


ABOUT THIS BOOTCAMP

Learn to capture the world in 360 photos and use them to compile immersive multimedia digital stories, engaging your students like never before.

  • Translate a 360 photo into an interactive 360/VR  lesson
  • Understand key practices for annotating 360 images with text, photos, audio, and video
  • Embed Google Forms, maps and other 3rd party tools in 360 photos
  • Design student-driven learning activities that promote higher-order thinking skills.


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BOOTCAMP LOGISTICS

TICKETS
$175, includes a full year of the Thinglink EDU Premium with 360/VR editor + 6 hours of training & support.

FACILITATORS

  • Susan Oxnevad, Director of ThingLink Education.and the ThingLink Certified Educator
  • Jodie Johnston ThingLink Certified Educator +Curriculum Technology Specialist @ Blue Valley Schools

DATE AND TIMETue, March 7, 20178:00 AM – 3:00 PM CST

LOCATIONBlue Valley Schools
7700 W 143rd St
Overland Park, Kansas 66223
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–>REGISTER via EventBrite


Join Our Live Event: Using Interactive Virtual Reality in the Classroom

Explore the powerful possibilities for teaching and learning with interactive virtual reality across all content areas and grade levels. Participants will learn how to turn 360 images into engaging student-driven learning experiences using ThingLink’s 360 photo editor. This session promises to be bursting with enthusiasm and packed with pedagogy to help educators learn, share, and create 360/VR Lessons.




Using Interactive Virtual Reality in the Classroom

Enjoy a 30-minute overview demonstrating the possibilities for teaching and learning with interactive virtual reality across all content areas and grade levels. Participants will learn how to turn 360 images into engaging student-driven learning experiences using ThingLink’s 360 photo editor. This session promises to be bursting with enthusiasm and packed with pedagogy to help educators learn, share, and create 360/VR Lessons.

Participate live on 2/13 @ or receive an archived copy.

ThingLink on Tour with VR Bootcamps

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This fall I’m excited to travel to locations across the US to launch ThingLink VR Bootcamps!  Like any plan I’ve ever developed, this plan has layers. It’s a complex plan that was built to benefit educators on many levels! 



About ThingLink VR Bootcamp

Our VR Bootcamp was built from the ground up to be useful for all educators. Guided by an understanding of the stages of tech integration and universal design for learning, and powered by pedagogy, this Bootcamp is built for success.

Level I – Working with all Bootcamp Participants

At the most basic level, I am excited to connect with educators and spend 6 hours learning and creating together! I’m eager to experience the excitement that occurs when teachers and coaches realize how seamlessly they can move to the modification and transformation levels of tech integration through the use of an amazing feature called Remix. This feature gives teachers and their students the ability to modify lessons in a couple of clicks and acquire a powerful skill. We’ve been doing our homework and we can’t wait to watch the transformation at the Bootcamps, right in front of our eyes!

Level II – Training-the-Trainers

At each Bootcamp I will be connecting with ThingLink Certified Educators in person to spend an entire day teaching and learning together at the facilitator level. This train-the-trainer model will empower local experts to offer their own ThingLink VR Bootcamps in the area, and it will accelerate the development of local leaders to inspire others to explore the powerful potential and educational value of interactive VR in the classroom. The development of local experts will be great for adoptors of VR at the basic level, and it will open up leadership opportunities, as educators increasingly adopt interactive VR into schools and districts.



Level III – Creating a Published Curriculum of Incredible Content

During our Bootcamps, educators will create content that allows learners to explore the most interesting places on the planet. We’ll learn to target instructional goals, collect data, and provide differentiated options within one engaging lesson. We’ll address digital citizenship with an emphasis on Creative-Commons licensing and reuse of 360 images for educational purposes. We’ll teach participants how to take 360 images with a Ricoh Theta camera and we’ll show you how to contribute them to a portal for students and teachers created by Kathy Schrock, called 360 Images for Schools.


Once we’ve created all of that incredible content, we will share it with each other, and participants can bring it back it to your own teams at your schools for modification and reuse. Schools can begin to design and customize their own VR rich curriculums.


At the end of the Bootcamp, educators will learn about opportunities to fine-tune the lessons based on our criteria and to explore further opportunities to design lessons for us as part of our collection of exemplary lessons that will soon be organized and available on our website.


Find a Bootcamp in Your Backyard

Explore this interactive Professional Development calendar to keep up with Bootcamps as they are scheduled. We are talking with enthusiastic coaches, teachers and administrators every day about scheduling more Bootcamps and we expect to be able to announce additional sessions soon. Be sure to follow us through the social media icons on the calendar!


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Bring a Bootcamp to Your Backyard

Please email susan@thinglink.com to offer a training space and Bring a Bootcamp to Your Backyard! We provide our host schools with 5 ThingLink Premium Teacher accounts and complimentary training in appreciation for use of your space.




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On Tour with VR Bootcamps!

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This fall I’m excited to travel to locations across the US to launch ThingLink VR Bootcamps!  Like any plan I’ve ever developed, this plan has layers. It’s a complex plan that was built to benefit educators on many levels! 



About ThingLink VR Bootcamp

Our VR Bootcamp was built from the ground up to be useful for all educators. Guided by an understanding of the stages of tech integration and universal design for learning, and powered by pedagogy, this Bootcamp is built for success.

Level I – Working with all Bootcamp Participants

At the most basic level, I am excited to connect with educators and spend 6 hours learning and creating together! I’m eager to experience the excitement that occurs when teachers and coaches realize how seamlessly they can move to the modification and transformation levels of tech integration through the use of an amazing feature called Remix. This feature gives teachers and their students the ability to modify lessons in a couple of clicks and acquire a powerful skill. We’ve been doing our homework and we can’t wait to watch the transformation at the Bootcamps, right in front of our eyes!

Level II – Training-the-Trainers

At each Bootcamp I will be connecting with ThingLink Certified Educators in person to spend an entire day teaching and learning together at the facilitator level. This train-the-trainer model will empower local experts to offer their own ThingLink VR Bootcamps in the area, and it will accelerate the development of local leaders to inspire others to explore the powerful potential and educational value of interactive VR in the classroom. The development of local experts will be great for adoptors of VR at the basic level, and it will open up leadership opportunities, as educators increasingly adopt interactive VR into schools and districts.



Level III – Creating a Published Curriculum of Incredible Content

During our Bootcamps, educators will create content that allows learners to explore the most interesting places on the planet. We’ll learn to target instructional goals, collect data, and provide differentiated options within one engaging lesson. We’ll address digital citizenship with an emphasis on Creative-Commons licensing and reuse of 360 images for educational purposes. We’ll teach participants how to take 360 images with a Ricoh Theta camera and we’ll show you how to contribute them to a portal for students and teachers created by Kathy Schrock, called 360 Images for Schools.


Once we’ve created all of that incredible content, we will share it with each other, and participants can bring it back it to your own teams at your schools for modification and reuse. Schools can begin to design and customize their own VR rich curriculums.


At the end of the Bootcamp, educators will learn about opportunities to fine-tune the lessons based on our criteria and to explore further opportunities to design lessons for us as part of our collection of exemplary lessons that will soon be organized and available on our website.


Find a Bootcamp in Your Backyard

Explore this interactive Professional Development calendar to keep up with Bootcamps as they are scheduled. We are talking with enthusiastic coaches, teachers and administrators every day about scheduling more Bootcamps and we expect to be able to announce additional sessions soon. Be sure to follow us through the social media icons on the calendar!


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Bring a Bootcamp to Your Backyard

Please email susan@thinglink.com to offer a training space and Bring a Bootcamp to Your Backyard! We provide our host schools with 5 ThingLink Premium Teacher accounts and complimentary training in appreciation for use of your space.


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