Education: Why upgrade?

Posted by ThingLink Team on May 25, 2021 10:59:57 AM

Luke Edwards recently wrote in Tech and Learning, ThingLink is a powerful way to use technology to make education more engaging. It does this by allowing teachers to turn any image, video, or 360-degree VR shot into a learning experience.”  A good summary of what the tool allows users to do, but with the right team, students, or educators it can be so much more.

ThingLink quickly and simply allows users to take base media (images, videos & 360 media) and add tags, links, and other resources to create a dynamic interactive experience that is easily shared with your learners. By adding labels, you encourage users to engage with the media, drawing more detail from it, fundamentally changing the way that visual media can be used to teach and convey ideas. The power of ThingLink is its capacity to pull in and combine countless types of rich media resources and put the power of design and storytelling in the hands of its users.

Benefits for every educational user

ThingLink is designed to support all educational users - from teachers to administrators to students - in developing projects which they can edit, collaborate on, share and receive feedback; ultimately they can iterate fearlessly.  

  • Administrative staff can effectively communicate complex ideas or processes, as well as market events, facilities, and the school to a broader audience such as parents and carers.  
  • Teachers can develop learning materials, classroom calendars, projects, and countless other experiences to communicate ideas and concepts to students
  • Students can use ThingLink to develop their digital and media skills, presentations, tours, and other learning projects in a truly digital environment

Why ThingLink?
In a world of static content and decreased attention spans, new and interactive media allows you to engage with your students more effectively. ThingLink allows users to include images, audio, video, and 360 content into one layered experience that is proven to be more engaging. We have also embedded Microsoft Immersive Reader for better accessibility and language access for all users. This design puts the power in the hands of our creators to develop experiences for all your users.  With ThingLink you go beyond creating just another presentation or infographic into creating truly immersive experiences. 

Our Worldwide Education Community
Thinglink is now used by millions of educators globally,  from pre-k to workforce. As this ThingLink education community grows and matures we have been working alongside you to advance our solutions in line with your needs.

This commitment to supporting our education community has created several advancements as well as heavily influencing our future roadmap. From LTI and LMS integration to virtual tours, forms, and our soon-to-be-released branching functionality, we have designed ThingLink to allow users to create impactful learning experiences from individual assets to entire study units. Educators can also share their designs - whether that’s across the hall or across the globe. We are proud of the way our education community has grown and turned millions of pictures, videos, or 360-degree VR shots into inspirational learning experiences.

Our flexible Plans

ThingLink was designed to flexibly support all users and provide learning designers and educators with the ability to try the tool for free. Free is always the starting point for ThingLink and you can do a lot with a free license including creating and sharing certain types of content with your audience.  We’d like to show what more you can do with paid ThingLink accounts.   

Our most cost-effective plan is an individual teacher plan, Professional Teacher for the Classroom  This plan is designed specifically for Primary and Secondary teachers who want to do more with their students and share resources with a wider audience. This has more views (12,000) and more importantly student accounts - to allow students to create their own ThingLinks as part of a project or team. Having student accounts gives the teacher the ability to track user data on users, creations, and the performance of individual assets.  A paid account gives a teacher more control and features to engage their students.  This is a cost-effective and versatile option for the teacher that does not yet have organization-wide buy-in but loves using ThingLink to create learning materials.

ThingLink Bitmoji Classroom exampleTeacher Astrid Hulsebosch's ThingLink Bitmoji Virtual Theology Classroom

The second option is designed for schools or districts that want to utilize ThingLink across the organization, Premium Academic License for Schools. Our school/organization plans support multiple ThingLink users to create, share and collaborate with others in the school. This is ideal for creating school-based communications, portfolios, as well as course resources.  We also provide Premium users with unlimited views, onboarding, PD as well as enhanced support.  And for our friends in the administrative office, we have designed this plan with your concerns in mind. Our administrative console and integrations allow you to easily address your roster changes.  Additionally, this plan includes enhanced security features and administrative roles to help manage accounts and content on ThingLink as well as integrate via SSO into your schools learning environment.

And finally, we have our Enterprise Academic License which is designed to support a truly modern online learning infrastructure with advanced features and analytics, as well as 360 Video, 3D objects, AR, assessment, and branching.  This was designed for organizations that are driving courses and complete learning experiences through the ThingLink environment and want granular data on student learning experiences.  

Making content captivating

ThingLink is a powerful tool to make learning content captivating. ThingLink permits clients to easily make layered digital experiences with text, video, images, and 360 media - and quickly share those assets with students, staff, and parents. ThingLink is also designed to enable creators to engage their audience wherever they are, whether it be on a Chromebook, a traditional desktop, a tablet, a phone or even a VR headset. 

We believe that great digital tools can make education more accessible and engaging for students. Our versatility and design makes creating interactive learning resources and immersive environments as easy as creating a slideshow - a solution that really democratizes education. Browse ideas and hear from our featured educators on our new explore page. 

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We look forward to supporting your school in your future projects!

 

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Topics: How To, education, ThingLink, interactive, learning experience, Editor Picks

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