Bringing a New Dimension To The Visual Web

Ulla Koivula

Ulla-Maaria Koivula is Founder & CEO of ThingLink. Based in Palo Alto, Ulla is responsible for ThingLink's strategy and key partnerships.
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ThingLink iOS app now supports G Suite and Azure ID for easy login on iPads

Posted by Ulla Koivula on Jan 15, 2020 7:10:58 PM

An updated version of ThingLink's iOS app automatically adds a new individual user to their ThingLink organization using G Suite or Microsoft Azure ID. For example, students and teachers who sign in to ThingLink for the first time will be automatically added to their school account. This will make it possible for teachers and schools to use iPads for onboarding students to ThingLink. 

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Topics: 21st century learning, New Feature

A virtual 360 degree course module can help learners visualize their own professional path

Posted by Ulla Koivula on Dec 13, 2019 2:30:04 PM

The first results from testing the recently launched virtual course module on entrepreneurship are promising. Omnia Education Partnership conducted a survey among 70 students from seven high schools in Saudi Arabia at the age of 16. 

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ThingLink Holiday Greeting 2019 Invites You to Experience the Northern Lights

Posted by Ulla Koivula on Dec 12, 2019 4:14:05 PM

The idea for our 2019 holiday greeting came from Philip Pullman’s story of the young Lyra Belacqua, who travels to North to find out about Dust, the mysterious substance in the universe that gathers around adults and the Northern Lights.

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Topics: VR, VR Lessons, virtual tour, 360

ThingLink licenses for eLearning and education are now globally available via Microsoft Cloud Solution Providers (CSP)

Posted by Ulla Koivula on Dec 2, 2019 6:44:15 PM

ThingLink eLearning and education licenses have this week become available via Azure Marketplace, Azure Portal, and AppSource. This means Microsoft Cloud Solution Providers can now sell ThingLink to their customers and create bundled solutions.  ThingLink will provide Microsoft resellers and their customers support with training so that partners in the CSP program are equipped to handle ThingLink related requests from customers.

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Topics: virtual reality, education, corporate learning, eLearning, Government, partners, TVET

ThingLink eLearning Spotlight: Interactive manuals on tablets improve bus drivers’ skills and wellbeing at work

Posted by Ulla Koivula on Nov 19, 2019 1:46:00 PM

Previously drivers had to browse several different paper manuals, or wait for an instructor to come and show how a new bus model works. Now they can just tap an interactive user manual on a tablet device and open a how-to video.

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Topics: 360photos, virtual tour, immersive learning, corporate learning, eLearning, TVET

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, director of the Maine State Archives, 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

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