Bringing a New Dimension To The Visual Web

ThingLink Spotlight: State of Maine Created VR Tours for Schools and Libraries to Celebrate its Bicentennial

Posted by Ulla Koivula on Nov 15, 2019, 8:31:35 PM

Photo credit: State of Maine

Kristen Muszynski is the director of communications at the Department of the Secretary of State in Maine. Some time ago her colleague Tammy Marks, who works as the archives director of the department, started advocating for investing time and money in new technologies to showcase the archives’ holdings.

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Topics: Featured, Visual Web, VR, virtual tour, 360, Government, cultural preservation

ThingLink Spotlight: An Interactive Touchscreen Timeline at the Anglo-American School Engages Students and Parents

Posted by Ulla Koivula on Nov 15, 2019, 6:53:10 PM

This example shows how interactive infographics on large touch screens can be used to create engaging exhibitions in a physical space.

The Anglo-American School of Moscow (AASM) is an independent, international school catering for students between the ages of 4 and 18, chartered by the American, British and Canadian embassies. As their communication and development department started preparing for the school’s 70 year anniversary,   graphic designer and public relations coordinator Anastasia Osminina started looking for interactive touch screen solutions for their exhibition.

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Topics: Featured, Visual Web, education, Touchscreen, Timeline, school, exhibition

New feature: Shared folders and collaborative editing

Posted by Ulla Koivula on Nov 7, 2019, 6:58:38 PM

Classroom, school, and eLearning accounts can now access shared folders and collaborative editing on ThingLink. This means multiple users can simultaneously edit the same image or video using their own accounts.  Here is how this feature works:

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Topics: Creative community, How To, edtech, eLearning, New Feature, student-centered learning, project-based learning, collaborative editing

TVET in the cloud: ThingLink and OEP showcase a virtual course creator with chatbot

Posted by Ulla Koivula on Nov 5, 2019, 6:01:00 PM

One of the most interesting application areas for virtual lessons and visual learning environments is technical and vocational education and training (TVET). Examples that we have so far seen from ThingLink users include interactive user manuals, simulations, virtual campus tours, introductions to working environments, safety drills and teacher training. These examples and several discussions with customers and potential partners have inspired us to think about the next step for TVET and online learning, and the ways in which 360 degree learning environments in the cloud can cost-efficiently improve access to quality education and increase instructional time in real-world working environments.

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Topics: virtual reality, virtual tour, gender equality, edtech, eLearning, New Feature, partners, TVET

ThingLink Spotlight: Interactive Global Annual Report from WaterAid

Posted by Andrew Beelitz on Oct 22, 2019, 4:05:35 PM

ThingLink user: WaterAid - is a remarkable organization who focuses on making clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene normal for everyone, everywhere.  Read more about their amazing work and make a contribution, here!  Each year the WaterAid digital team puts together a landing page that reviews their various initiatives in the form of a Global Annual Report.  In order to increase engagement and improve the experience of readers, WaterAid uses two interactive images on their landing page, one map and one infographic.  Continue reading to explore these examples and learn pro tips if you want to create similar content! 

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Topics: Featured, Visual Web, Infographic, Map, Government

ThingLink Spotlight:  Spooky Halloween theme park map from DERTOUR

Posted by Andrew Beelitz on Oct 17, 2019, 4:49:35 PM

ThingLink user: DERTOUR - BOO! It is Halloween and at the Europa-Park theme park and resort!  Seeking to create a stunning, visual experience to bring their website content to life, DERTOUR creates an interactive map featuring many great attractions in the theme park that guests can experience.  Interactive content is the ideal solution for communicating, educating, and reeling in your audience within landing pages as we see in this example.  Behind every pumpkin hides one of the fantastic Halloween highlights awaiting guests at Europa-Park. Just click through, be amazed - and with a little luck even win free tickets. Our tip: turn on the sound!

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Topics: Featured, Visual Web, virtual tour, Map, Brand

10 recent ThingLink product updates for teachers and schools

Posted by Ulla Koivula on Oct 16, 2019, 6:08:07 PM
 
There are several major product updates that we wanted to bring to our EDU users for some time. Among these are courses and shared folders with collaborative editing that will make it easier to engage students in creative, collaborative projects and assignments. Our product team has done a fantastic job executing and navigating through a full road map, and it feels great to be able to summarize here this long list of product updates that we've been working on the past months:
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Topics: education, New Feature

ThingLink releases offline viewing for interactive images, videos and virtual tours

Posted by Ulla Koivula on Oct 11, 2019, 2:15:27 PM

In September we asked our users about offline viewing, and in less than a week we got over 200 replies. Over 80% of all the respondents said they need offline viewing because of weak wi-fi connection. This was mentioned by schools and companies operating in remote areas or schools that did not allow the use of Internet at all. The most popular use cases for offline viewing in our survey were: 

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Topics: virtual tour, corporate learning, New Feature, offline viewing

ThingLink brings interactive videos and virtual tours to Twitter - this time also in 360 degrees

Posted by Ulla Koivula on Oct 10, 2019, 2:56:20 PM

In 2012, ThingLink was the first media platform to bring interactive image sharing to Twitter. The feature was hugely popular especially among customers who use ThingLink for creating editorial content and marketing campaigns.  Later on, Twitter changed their product policy for 3rd party embeds, and the integration stopped working.

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Topics: VR, edtech, Video, Twitter, social media

ThingLink Feature:  Experience the Opel Arena in 360° from VRM

Posted by Andrew Beelitz on Oct 1, 2019, 3:06:59 PM

ThingLink user: VRM Arena Tour - VRM is a regional media company that uses ThingLink in this article to give readers the experience of touring the Opel Arena in Germany.  The tour begins with an aerial view outside of the stadium and readers can click on the various illustrations to explore points of interest.  For example, clicking the field will take you to a 360° view from on the field, and clicking the shopping bag will take you to explore the stadium store.  This use case highlights the ability to include regular flat images into your 360° tour.  Including a regular image as your starting point gives the reader an easy to navigate table of contents that they can revisit at any point within the tour. 

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Topics: Featured, Visual Web, VR, virtual tour, 360, Media