Immersive Learner Journals

Posted by Kyla Ball on Jan 8, 2021 11:04:37 AM

An historic institution looks to the future

Florida A&M University in Tallahassee FL was founded in 1887, and is the highest-ranked of the public HBCUs (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) in the United States. They have been using ThingLink in a variety of ways for the past few years, alongside learning and digital media consultant LMichelle Salvant.

A true EdTech innovator and futurist, LMichelle has long been a proponent of using visual technology to enable young people to best showcase their skills and learning. A ThingLinker herself since 2017, she had initially introduced the platform to FAMU as a platform for virtual tours. More recently she has shown students how they could create their own digital, interactive and immersive multi-media resumes using ThingLink.

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Topics: Featured, How To, online learning, remote learning, higher education, contextual learning, ThingLink, Interactive Resumes

ThingLink Featured Projects 2020

Posted by Ulla-Maaria Koivula on Dec 21, 2020 4:08:51 PM

This year our education team wishes to send the ThingLink community a special greeting celebrating many of the good moments, projects and partnerships we have seen from all over the world.

The year 2020 has been a whole new kind of challenge for all of us, and it has been astonishing to see all the new different creative ways you have used ThingLink with many other technologies to tackle some of these challenges.

In addition to the several wonderful case studies and examples our users have shared on the ThingLink Facebook groups over the year, in November we invited our community members  to send in their own best of the year projects. We received a great variety of entries which have now been collected to this end of year celebration called Featured Projects 2020.

This interactive collection features examples from professional development and ebooks to higher education, vocational education as well as elementary and secondary education. On each page you can find a short introduction to the project and why we chose to feature this example, there is also a brief description of how this example was created, as well as quotes and greetings from the creators.

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Topics: Featured, How To, holiday greeting, virtual tour, exhibition, online learning, remote learning, Tour Creator, training, higher education, contextual learning, Field Trips, ThingLink

Helsinki Utilities Authority Partners with ThingLink to Create a Virtual Access to a Unique Underground Facility

Posted by Kyla Ball on Dec 16, 2020 11:08:25 AM

The Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority (HSY) have an admirable vision to create the world’s most sustainable urban region. In 2020 they co-organized the International Water Association Conference, which like so many events this year, eventually had to be cancelled. Central to the event and its visiting experts was a tour of the underground wastewater plant.  Looking for an alternative solution to host the international experts, HSY contacted the ThingLink  to see if it was possible to put together an interactive virtual tour in just a couple of months.

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Topics: Featured, How To, virtual tour, online learning, remote learning, Tour Creator, training, higher education, contextual learning, Field Trips

University uses virtual tours to prepare marine biology students for coastal field trip

Posted by Kyla Ball on Dec 14, 2020 5:56:43 AM

In previous years the students had been provided with a simple PDF map as well as links to the location’s website. This year, the department was keen to better convey the entire experience to students before their arrival, to prepare them more fully so that less time would be required for familiarisation during the trip.

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Topics: Featured, How To, education, virtual tour, 360, 21st century learning, online learning, remote learning, Tour Creator, training, higher education, contextual learning, PD, Field Trips, university

ThingLink for creating Tours and Expeditions

Posted by Louise Jones on Nov 19, 2020 12:53:32 PM

Are you looking to create your own Virtual Tours and Expeditions? Do you need to view tours in Virtual Reality mode? ThingLink is the perfect solution for the task. This post provides you with an overview of ThingLink’s virtual tour creator as well as helpful tips and tricks to create your own immersive experiences.

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Topics: Featured, How To, education, virtual tour, 360, 21st century learning, online learning, remote learning, workplace learning, Tour Creator, training, teacher training, contextual learning, PD

Unlocking Trips, Tours & Treasure Hunts with New Tag Transition!

Posted by Louise Jones on Nov 18, 2020 10:37:36 AM

Question: How to make sure your student/employee has walked through a virtual tour and reached their learning goals? Answer: With ThingLink's new improved transition tag you can now add checkpoints to transitions. Correct responses will unlock the next scene!

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Topics: Featured, How To, education, virtual tour, 360, 21st century learning, New Feature, online learning, remote learning, workplace learning, Tour Creator, training, teacher training, contextual learning, PD

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

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