New Expeditions: ThingLink Releases a Stunning 360° Image Library

Posted by ThingLink Team on Feb 9, 2021 4:11:54 AM

Now available in our new interface - ThingLink’s 360° Image Library is a curated collection of professional 360° images from culturally relevant natural and historic sites. You can use the images to build immersive learning experiences and to travel virtually across the world.

How to access the 360° Image Library?

In the new ThingLink Saimaa interface, this collection will be available to all account types for browsing and cloning on the left navigation sidebar. You will find a link to the ThingLink Image Library. In addition, the option to choose images for annotation from the 360° Image Library will be added to the image creation flow.

ThingLink’s 360° Image Library first launched in 2017, allowing teachers and students to build virtual expeditions and field trips. Using ThingLink’s 'Clone' feature, users could create their own interactive versions of the library images, adding notes and narration, or connecting several scenes into a virtual tour. In the new ThingLink Saimaa interface, the 360° image library has been made available for all users.

Use the library to create guided tours that can be viewed from home

The library features over 50 new scenes such as Antarctica, California State Parks, Desert Habitats, and Medieval Europe, as well as a stunning series of shots from selected destinations such as CERN, The Palace of Versailles and Taj Mahal. ThingLink’s 360° degree image collection lets anyone explore historical landmarks, visit international capitals and Unesco World Heritage Sites from their home. 

ThingLink also makes it possible for teachers to guide the tours from their home, by recording a voice narration in the background of the images. This means students are not required to wear headsets, or be online at the same time. They can view the guided VR tours at their own pace from a laptop or mobile phone. 


For Educators: How to create a guided tour using ThingLink 360° Image Library? 

Creating a guided tour using ThingLink 360 Image Library is easy, and anyone can do it by following the steps below. In using our library images there's no need to worry about copyright, you're covered!

  1. Search images from ThingLink 360° Image Library
  2. Clone the image to your own account and open it in the tag editor
  3. Record your guided tour in the background of the image
  4. Share with learners via direct link, LMS, Google Classroom or Microsoft Teams

Using ThingLink’s new “Conditional Transition” functionality, it’s now easy to build tests and learning games that include a question for the viewer before transitioning to the next scene. This can be a fun project for students working in small groups, and they can share their games with each other!

For students: How to create an adventure game using ThingLink?

  1. Choose images from the ThingLink 360° Image Library
  2. Annotate images with information and secret keys
  3. Create transitions from one scene to another with questions. A right answer lets the viewer move on to the next scene

Read our latest blog for tips and tricks for this approach and read how featured educator Jennifer Ivory brought literature to life through escape rooms created with ThingLink and how you can do the same with ThingLink 360° Image Library!

Further questions?

As well as contacting us if you have any questions, please join our communities and connect with ThingLink Educators. We are incredibly proud of our groups, how they embrace ideas and share, they will be delighted to welcome you. 

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Want to keep a copy? A PDF Version of this Case Study can be found here

Topics: Featured, Visual Web, How To, virtual tour, 360, New Feature, cultural preservation, online learning, remote learning, creativity, higher education, contextual learning, Field Trips, ThingLink

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