Ulla-Maaria 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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Featured ThingLink educator: L. Michelle Salvant helps young people visualize their interests and skills

Posted by Ulla-Maaria Koivula on Jul 28, 2020 9:08:13 AM
One of the main topics we will be talking about this semester is helping young people visualize their interests and skills using a combination of different media. An interactive resume including text, images, videos, and student's voice can complement a traditional text-based CV and give young people new means to express themselves in a creative way.  
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Topics: 21st century learning, featured users, student-centered learning, teaching, future skills

9 Use Cases for Interactive Media in Medical & Health Care Communication and Training

Posted by Ulla-Maaria Koivula on May 6, 2020 10:33:27 PM
Medical and health care facilities, such as hospitals, clinics, outpatient care centers , and specialized care centers , are continuously evolving high-tech working environments that operate under specified rules and regulations shared with hundreds of workers and thousands of patients daily. New remote learning solutions for medical training and health care communication are in high demand when equipment, regulations and recommendations need to be updated regularly -- and often times in multiple languages.
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Topics: hospitals, online learning, workplace learning, Medical training, Health Care

How to Tour Colleges During A Global Pandemic? Explore 10 examples of virtual campus tours

Posted by Ulla-Maaria Koivula on Apr 14, 2020 4:43:30 PM

April is exciting times for high school seniors, who throughout the world are receiving admission decisions from colleges and universities. Most students would like to visit the schools to which they have been admitted, which is why applicants are normally spending their spring breaks planning college visits and tours with their parents. But how do you tour colleges during a global pandemic?  

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From Italy: 10 creative ideas for teaching remotely

Posted by Ulla-Maaria Koivula on Mar 30, 2020 4:28:46 AM

In most countries educators have been asked to transition their classroom to the cloud, overnight. Most teachers, many now staying at home with their own children, have limited time, skills, and experience using digital tools and collaboration platforms for remote learning. 

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Topics: education, school, online learning, distance learning, remote learning, home, Italy, teaching

10 project ideas for developing students' creativity and digital storytelling skills at home

Posted by Ulla-Maaria Koivula on Mar 21, 2020 10:50:56 PM

When schools are closed, students spend lots of time on their laptops and mobile devices. How can you put those devices to use in a way that develops their creativity? Schools, districts and cities: Contact us at education@thinglink.com to activate your ThingLink account today.

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Topics: student-centered learning, distance learning, remote learning, creativity, digital storytelling, home, digital skills

Best practices: How to create an engaging video lesson for remote learning?

Posted by Ulla-Maaria Koivula on Mar 11, 2020 8:28:12 PM

Video lessons for online learning are in high demand. This post explains how you can make them most engaging and impactful by including a layer of additional resources in the form of interactive hotspots.

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Topics: Interactive video, Video, distance learning, remote learning, video lessons, video training

ThingLink's remote learning tips and Q&A for Microsoft Office users

Posted by Ulla-Maaria Koivula on Mar 10, 2020 6:48:08 PM

Interactive videos, posters and virtual tours can be powerful instructional tools that help teachers and students work together remotely using not only text-based communication, but also voice, video, and images. 

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Topics: distance learning, remote learning, Office 365, Microsoft Teams

4 ways to support distance learning with ThingLink

Posted by Ulla-Maaria Koivula on Mar 4, 2020 6:07:19 PM

Over the years we have featured several individual projects designed for distance learning or collaboration. In the past two weeks, we have received several inquiries about how ThingLink can support distance learning in situations where schools may be closed, events cancelled or travel minimized. How can teachers and trainers be present from long distances? How can learners be engaged while sharing their thoughts?

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Topics: TVET, school, online learning, distance learning, remote learning, workplace learning, corporate training

ThingLink iOS app now supports G Suite and Azure ID for easy login on iPads

Posted by Ulla-Maaria 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-Maaria 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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