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ThingLink launches a MEC course on creating visual learning materials for blended learning

Posted by Louise Jones on Jun 2, 2020 1:07:15 AM

To help educators overcome some of the practical challenges related to blended learning environments, ThingLink launches a new course in the Microsoft Education Centre called "Creating Visual Learning Materials". 

In this beginner-level introductory course aimed at teachers and education professionals, educators will learn how they can create visual learning materials to engage their students and publish to school communities to keep connected.

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Topics: How To, education, edtech, online learning, remote learning, Office 365, Microsoft Teams, creativity, teaching, training

ThingLink Education Spotlight: Choice Boards Help Students and Parents Organize Home Learning

Posted by Louise Jones on May 12, 2020 4:48:32 PM

We recently wrote about project ideas for developing students' creativity and digital storytelling skills at home and also ways that ThingLink is supporting flipped learning from across the globe. Our education community continues to impress us with new concepts and iterate on the examples. From the US to Scotland educators are sharing new home learning designs or 'choice boards' with differentiated activities and a less threatening approach for learners and their parents and carers. 

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Topics: How To, education, Spotlight, edtech, online learning, remote learning, creativity, teaching

Keele University uses ThingLink to ensure new students can still visit, tour and explore the campus

Posted by Louise Jones on May 1, 2020 10:16:52 AM

New ThingLink Spotlights!

We recently shared with you a blog post detailing ways colleges and universities are creating virtual tours and field trips overcoming current challenges. We wished to dive into this topic a little further and share with you some of our recent favourites and show how you can begin to recreate these yourself (and be a little bit playful with our format!) In this ThingLink Spotlight hear directly from Luke Hobson and how he creatively tackled some of the challenges all education establishments are finding at the moment.

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Topics: How To, education, 360photos, virtual tour, Spotlight, edtech, Map, online learning, remote learning

ThingLink and University of Helsinki Announce Multi-Year Agreement

Posted by ThingLink Team on Apr 27, 2020 6:25:20 PM

ThingLink and the University of Helsinki have agreed on a partnership that brings rich media images, interactive video lessons and virtual tours to the largest university in Finland.

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Topics: virtual reality, 360photos, virtual tour, 21st century learning, edtech, partners, distance learning, remote learning, video lessons, digital storytelling, digital skills, teaching

Vermont Art Online, bringing culture in the face of COVID19

Posted by Louise Jones on Apr 9, 2020 1:42:33 PM

Curators at Middlebury College Museum of Art in Vermont, Sarah Laursen and Sarah Briggs, developed Vermont Art Online in direct response to the COVID-19 crisis. 

Vermont Art Online is a resource for teachers and families that offers virtual 3D tours of now-closed museums and galleries throughout the state of Vermont.

"At a time when billions of people around the world are separated from one another, museums can bring us together.” - Ernesto Ottone, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Culture

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Topics: education, edtech, partners, school, online learning, remote learning, Google for Education, googlestreetview

ThingLink Joins Google for Education Integrated Solutions Initiative

Posted by Louise Jones on Apr 6, 2020 1:23:32 AM

ThingLink, an award-winning Finnish education technology company, announced today that they have joined the Google for Education Integrated Solutions Initiative. For ThingLink, this is a major new partnership to support education and enterprise organisations globally in their increasing use of technology for learning using multiple platforms and devices. 

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Topics: education, edtech, partners, school, online learning, remote learning, Google for Education

Mixed reality authoring tool ThingLink and affordable VR lessons platform ClassVR announce a partnership

Posted by ThingLink Team on Dec 3, 2019 11:58:54 AM

PRESS RELEASE 

Two award winning European education and media technology companies, ThingLink and ClassVR announce a strategic partnership to support VR creation in classrooms. Both companies already work with thousands of schools and share several customers and resellers alike. A new integration makes it possible for educators to curate and share their own ThingLink experiences directly onto the ClassVR headsets.

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Topics: VR, education, virtual tour, immersive learning, 21st century learning, edtech, corporate learning, eLearning, New Feature, partners

New feature: Shared folders and collaborative editing

Posted by Ulla-Maaria 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-Maaria 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

ThingLink brings interactive videos and virtual tours to Twitter - this time also in 360 degrees

Posted by Ulla-Maaria 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

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