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 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

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 2019:  A complete visual content creation solution for schools and workplaces

Posted by Ulla Koivula on Jun 27, 2019 1:04:35 PM

At BETT London 2019 we set ourselves an ambitious roadmap that included several product updates aiming at one goal: Making it easier for educators in small and large organizations to create engaging and accessible visual learning experiences, and for learners to express themselves using multiple forms of media.

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Topics: 21st century learning, edtech, New Feature

ISTE 2019: ThingLink announces major accessibility update with Immersive Reader integration

Posted by Ulla Koivula on Jun 20, 2019 2:25:46 PM

Most ThingLink images and videos include short text descriptions that give context to the visual experience and help the viewer understand what they are looking at. At ISTE 2019 we are launching an integration with Microsoft's Immersive Reader, which means all text descriptions, lessons, virtual tours, infographics, and videos created with ThingLink's new editor now come with an integrated reading tool and automatic language translation capability.

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Topics: immersive learning, edtech, corporate learning, eLearning, New Feature, partners, special education

7  FEATURE UPDATES TO THINGLINK EDITOR!

Posted by Ulla Koivula on Jun 20, 2019 11:50:24 AM
The new editor keeps getting better! In the past weeks we have been working on several feature updates, and you can find them within this post. If there are any questions about the new  features, or requests for future features, don't hesitate to get in touch with our team, support@thinglink.com
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Topics: New Feature