How the LMS Market Can Transform Teaching and Learning to Benefit All Stakeholders

According to a report submitted to the 2025 Global Analysis and Forecasts at the start of this year, the Learning Management System (LMS) Market is expected to grow in the US from $5.05 billion in 2016 to $18.44 billion in 2025. As more K-12 and higher ed organizations transition to paid platforms, the LMS market has the potential to transform teaching and learning for the benefit of all stakeholders.

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3 Reasons ThingLink Virtual Reality is the Best Tool in Education

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 Are you ready to take a step towards bringing Virtual Reality to your school or classroom this year? We know your students are quite eager to become engaged in virtual learning spaces where they can explore, learn and create. As educators, we should foster and develop these desires and embrace this emerging medium.
Let’s explore the use of 360 images for Virtual Reality in Education and then learn 3 reasons why ThingLink Virtual Reality is the Best Tool in Education.
  1. ThingLink is aligned with SAMR and designed to grow with you from start to finish!
  2. ThingLink Virtual Reality Content Creation Promotes Highest Levels of Learning.
  3. ThingLink works with your existing equipment and is a sustainable resource.

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Reserve Your Spot in the ThingLink Teacher Challenge in June!


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We invite educators to take the 4th Annual ThingLink Summer Teacher Challenge in June. Learn to leverage the power of ThingLink Premium tools and explore the vast possibilities of teaching and learning with 360/VR.

This highly popular, self-paced professional development provides educators with the tools and support needed to create engaging, interactive 360/VR lessons and projects. To encourage educators to participate in this fantastic summer of learning, we have an incredible deal on ThingLink Premium Teacher for you!


Get ThingLink Premium Teacher for Only $25! 

For a limited time, we’re offering participants a chance to grab a 1-year Premium Teacher subscription for just $25.00. (normally $120) Our Premium Teacher account provides 1 teacher, plus all of their students with access to our Premium Tools, including:

 ThingLink Premium Teacher Features

  • Teleport Editor App with our preloaded library of stunning 360 images to create lessons and student projects on an iPad, Android tablet, and recent Chromebooks models.
  • ThingLink 360 image editor to create 360 learning experiences on any laptop or desktop computer
  • ThingLink regular image editor, with customization and presentation features, plus preloaded icons for education
  • ThingLink video editor to create interactive videos lessons and tutorials.

Share the news  with your colleagues and join hundreds of educators from locations across the globe in the ThingLink Teacher Summer Challenge starting in June!

Use code SUMMER17 to grab a ThingLink Teacher Premium account. Already have a Premium account? Simply sign up below to participate. 

Join Our ThingLink 360/VR Bootcamp Celebration Event!


Meet Bootcamp Live Certified Educator Spotlight Speakers!

  • Adriane Ellis – Murray County Bootcamp grad and Certified Educator, GA
  • Mona Voelkel – NBCT and ThingLink Certified Educator, NY

We encourage all of the amazing ThingLink Bootcamp Grads to share their featured 360/VR image during an upcoming webinar. We recognise that our fabulous Bootcamp Grads are among the busiest educators on the planet, and we hope the opportunity to share is a motivating factor that can help bring your work to the next level! Bootcamp grads are encouraged to set a goal and share during our informal, quick, and fabulous webinars. There’s nothing better than listening to a Bootcamp grad explain the interactive image created!

–>Sign up to be a Spotlight Speaker during an upcoming webinar


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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!

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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.