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K12 Teachers Create Spooky And Spectacular Escape Room To Bring Literature Topic To Life
How do you ensure students stay focussed in the wide world of online learning? ThingLink escape rooms like this atmospheric example are simple to create - and keep classes on task!
Over the last year, teachers all over the world have used innovative ways to engage their students in online learning. But it can still be a challenge to keep students focussed on a task when the online world offers so much distraction! Teachers Jennifer Ivory and Fatema AlBader at the Al-Bayan Bilingual School in Kuwait created a highly engaging project for their 8th grade students, partly in answer to this very problem.
They created an escape room in ThingLink which they placed into a themed Google Site. The room could only be escaped by reading the sources provided and solving themed puzzles. All the information the students needed could be found and decoded within the ThingLink and the Google Site, meaning minimal distraction.
An historic institution looks to the future
Florida A&M University in Tallahassee FL was founded in 1887, and is the highest-ranked of the public HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) in the United States. They have been using ThingLink in a variety of ways for the past few years, alongside learning and digital media consultant LMichelle Salvant.
A true EdTech innovator and futurist, LMichelle has long been a proponent of using visual technology to enable young people to best showcase their skills and learning. A ThingLinker herself since 2017, she had initially introduced the platform to FAMU as a platform for virtual tours. More recently she has shown students how they could create their own digital, interactive and immersive multi-media resumes using ThingLink.
The Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority (HSY) have an admirable vision to create the world’s most sustainable urban region. In 2020 they co-organized the International Water Association Conference, which like so many events this year, eventually had to be cancelled. Central to the event and its visiting experts was a tour of the underground wastewater plant. Looking for an alternative solution to host the international experts, HSY contacted the ThingLink to see if it was possible to put together an interactive virtual tour in just a couple of months.
In previous years the students had been provided with a simple PDF map as well as links to the location’s website. This year, the department was keen to better convey the entire experience to students before their arrival, to prepare them more fully so that less time would be required for familiarisation during the trip.
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Due to Covid-19 the University of Rochester realized that their popular in-person tours couldn’t take place - a serious blow to student recruitment. Research undertaken for the university website had proven that prospective students really valued these in-person tours, which give them an insight into living and studying at Rochester. Crucially, the choice to apply to or accept a place at Rochester was often made on the basis of connections made with current students during a campus visit.
When Covid cancelled a medical school’s in-person workshop, ThingLink provided a realistic scenario where students pieced together individual data to diagnose and create a patient management plan.
The Petofi Literary Museum in Budapest used ThingLink to create an interactive schools museum tour, which quickly expanded into a collaborative virtual schools visit to the six major national collections in Budapest.