Engage Students in Vocabulary Across All Languages with 360/VR Interactive Images

We are extremely pleased to share the first round of interactive 360/VR vocabulary lessons created by amazing educators participating in the ThingLink Summer VR Challenge. These 360/VR pioneers have created highly engaging lessons filled with annotations that guide the learning and provide students with flexible learning paths to ensure success for all learners. They offer opportunities to collect data to personalize instruction and they model good digital citizenship through the use of proper source crediting of images licensed for reuse.


Click on any of the lessons on this interactive image poster to explore it. Remember to select full-screen mode in the upper right corner for the best viewing experience.

Create Your Own 360/VR Vocabulary Lesson

These lessons were created for Activity 2: Vocabulary Across All Languages. You can access the full set of directions on the ThingLink Blog for Education. If you are already a pro at using ThingLink 360/VR, you can take a shortcut and review important criteria for completion by clicking on the Teacher Challenge InBox.

Next Activity: Create a Virtual School Tour

Create an Interactive Map Project

I’m excited to be facilitating a Simple K-12 webinar designed to help educators learn to Create an Interactive Map Project. This is part of a full-day of webinars dedicated to introducing Tools for Student Projects. I hope you can join us on Tuesday, July 19th.

My session will explore the interactive map project you see below, Struggle for Justice. Participants will learn how to use Google Add-Ons to quickly create a map, then they will learn to bring the map to life by adding rich media tags with details about the events, marked by hot spots on the map. 

Imagine the powerful possibilities of using an interactive map to launch a class project!


Here is an interactive slideshow used to guide the learning during this recent webinar. Simple K-12 members can view the recorded version on SimpleK-12.com.

Create an Interactive Map Project

Tuesday, July 19, 201
1:00 PM EDT

Come discover how you and your students can create interactive maps that will encourage student exploration, invite curiosity and promote spatial thinking. Join Susan Oxnevad as she shares how you can create and use these interactive map projects for a variety of grade levels and subjects. She will explain how these maps can be used to provide students with background knowledge to launch a unit, or as a starting point for digging deeper into any concept through research. Susan will also show how to publish and share completed student projects on top of an interactive map to help provide a big-picture overview of the learning going on in your classroom. Come get inspired to create interactive map projects and learn how useful they can be in teaching a variety of topics, across grade levels and content areas.

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Using ThingLink to Collect Data for the Teacher Challenge

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One of the greatest benefits of using ThingLink EDU as a tool for learning is the ability to easily build in data collection for assessment, planning, and personalized learning. Participants in the Summer VR Challenge will discover Google Forms woven throughout the lessons. Look for the icons to access these forms on the 360 World Map as you work your way through Lesson 1: Get Started with the ThingLink Summer VR Challenge.

A Closer Look at the Forms

Data Collection: Complete the checklist to self-assess your learning and provide feedback used for planning and reteaching.

FAQs: Questions submitted will be answered and published on a Google Doc that has been embedded into the 360 World Map. This doc will be ongoing throughout the challenge.

Quick Access to Forms

Join the ThingLink Summer VR Challenge

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ThingLink Summer VR Challenge: Tag it!

Explore this interactive 360/VR Lesson on the ThingLink Blog for Education

Welcome to the ThingLink Summer VR Challenge! The first lesson is designed to help all participants learn to explore and create while you engage in constructive play. You will also begin to connect with others by Designing Your Digital Self with ThingLink. Those interactive images will be added to the 360 map you see at the top of the page. Let’s begin!










ThingLink at #ISTE2016

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ThingLink made a big splash at ISTE2016 with interactive 360/VR lessons. Educators were excited to discover the powerful possibilities of using the sleek new tool to design learning experiences on top of breathtaking 360 images. Many thanks to Naomi Harm and Dell for inviting us to display our images on the gorgeous, new 70 inch LED touch display! Everyone loved exploring the 360/VR lesson on London, above. Explore the lesson in full-screen mode for the best experience.


Explore Resources from #ISTE2016

  • Find a link to participate in the ThingLink Summer VR Challenge, a self-paced and free pilot with pedagogy. Sign up to gain access to the 360/VR Tag Editing tool and learn to create and share interactive 360/VR images.
  • Find the coupon ISTE2016 to become a 360/VR Pioneer and lock in pioneer pricing, for life. Get the 360/VR tag editing tool plus all of the premium features of ThingLink for $100 per year for life. Take advantage of this ISTE2016 coupon today.



Take Aways from #ISTE2016

At ISTE2016 I had the opportunity to hold my first hands-on training session using ThingLink 360/VR. The room was filled with educators using a variety of devices. I’m happy to report that participants were able to work in teams to add tags to 360/VR images easily with very simple, basic directions. They were able to generate ideas for using ThingLink to meet their teaching and learning needs. It is an honor to empower educators with tools that help them transform teaching and learning, and ThingLink 360/VR is a tool that can do that!

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Next Post: Get Started with the ThingLink Summer VR Challenge


Many educators at ISTE2016 stopped by the EdTech Coaches Playground to chat with  Jodie Johnston and I about the ThingLink Summer VR Challenge. Jodie and I met during the 1st ThingLink Summer Challenge 3 years ago, and it was such fun meeting face-to-face and working together to invite educators to join us this year! Teachers who recently registered for the summer VR Challenge are being given access to the 360/VR tag editing tool and the teacher challenge is about to begin!

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ThingLink is Celebrating #ISTE2016

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To celebrate #ISTE2016, ThingLink is offering our new 360/VR Tag Editing tool to individual educators for use with students at pioneer prices! Educators can gain access to this engaging interactive tool for annotating incredible 360/VR images for $10 per month, billed annually. Take advantage of this offer now through the end of June to unlock the powerful possibilities of teaching and learning with ThingLink 360/VR.

Enter the Coupon ISTE2016 at Checkout 


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These early prices will be locked down for life, so this is a great time to add 360/VR to your toolkit and become a 360/VR Pioneer!

Get Inspired and Learn from ThingLink 360/VR Pioneers

Explore  this 360 submarine image.. Tap on the tags to watch quick video segments and learn from some VR Pioneers.

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Build an Interactive 360/VR Tour of the Smithsonian at #ISTE2016

Would you like to help us build a 360/VR interactive tour of the Smithsonian at ISTE? You’re invited to stop by the Dell Learning Lounge, located near the Blogger’s Cafe, to try ThingLink’s newest tool.

Teachers and students are invited to join me and Naomi Harm for a 30-minute session in the Dell MakerSpace where we will work together to design an interactive 360/VR image tour of the Smithsonian. We’ll begin with breathtaking panoramic images of one of the world’s most fascinating museum and we will use the ThingLink VR tag editing tool to add interactive layers of artifacts to bring the image to life through text, images and video. Then we’ll explore ways to turn the resource into standards-based lessons that will engage students like never before! Stop by in between sessions to chat.

Build an Interactive 360/VR Tour of the Smithsonian
Dell Learning Lounge | Near the Blogger’s Cafe
Teachers and students are invited to join me and Naomi Harm for a 30-minute session in the Dell MakerSpace where we will work together to design an interactive 360/VR image tour of the Smithsonian. We’ll begin with breathtaking panoramic images of one of the world’s most fascinating museum and we will use the ThingLink VR tag editing tool to add interactive layers of artifacts to bring the image to life through text, images and video. Then we’ll explore ways to turn the resource into standards-based lessons that will engage students like never before! Stop by in between sessions to chat.
30 Minute Sessions at a Glance
….Monday…. Tuesday….. Wednesday
10:00-10:30 *10:00-10:30 10:00-10:30
11:00-11:30 *11:00-11:30 11:00-11:30
2:00-2:30 *2:00-2:30
3:00-3:30 *3:00-3:30
*On Tuesday Naomi will be taking the lead while I present sessions elsewhere at ISTE.


Presentation: Dive Into ThingLink 360 and Virtual Reality!

Wednesday: 1:15–2:15 | Dell Learning Lounge | Near the Blogger’s Cafe

Would you like your students to explore Mars, visit historic places, or dive deep into the ocean? Explore ways to use ThingLink’s virtual reality tools to immerse students in learning experiences as if they were there. Learn how you can maximize instructional time to help students develop higher order thinking skills as they collaborate, communicate and create, based on that common VR experience. Consider the opportunities to extend the walls of your classroom to bridge cultures and foster global understanding. Embrace opportunities to engage students like never before and help them connect to their learning with ThingLink VR in the classroom.


The ThingLink Summer VR Challenge is Almost Here!

Would you like your students to explore Mars, visit historic places, or dive deep into the ocean? Great news! The ThingLink Summer VR Challenge will provide educators with the tools, knowledge and support you need to create interactive 360/VR lessons that are will engage students like never before!

This online self-paced professional development opportunity is free and it’s starting next week. Sign up for the ThingLink Summer VR Challenge today!



Connect at ISTE 2016
We will be kicking off the Teacher Challenge again this year from ISTE, but you don’t have to be there to participate. For those attending, I hope you will stop by the EdTech Coaches Playground on Tuesday morning to connect and learn more. I will be hosting back-to-back sessions, with the official kickoff happening at 10:45, but you can pick up information about the teacher challenge during my 1st session as well. 

Transform Teaching and Learning with an Interactive Toolkit
Tues: 9:30 -10:30 | EdTech Coaches Playground | Station 3
Learn to add a layer of engagement to your coaching menu by picking up a toolkit of interactive images and 360 content for modification and reuse.

Create, Connect and Collaborate: Take the ThingLink Summer VR Challenge Tues: 10:45-11:45 | EdTech Coaches Playground |Station 6 Join our free, self-paced, online professional development opportunity designed to help coaches connect, collaborate and create interactive 360/VR resources across all grade levels and content areas.