EdTech You Should Know

EdTech You Should Know is a new show in the Instructional Tech Talk network of podcasts, created and facilitated by innovative educator Jeff HerbThe show features one educational technology tool per episode that is worth knowing about. The episodes are less than 10 minutes and they are designed to offer educators a taste of the great EdTech that’s out there. 

ThingLink on EdTech You Should Know

The first episode of EdTech You Should Know features Thinglink, a tool that Jeff uses himself. The interview with ThingLink Founder and CEO Ulla Engeström was recorded live at ISTE. We had a great time chatting with Jeff in the middle of the noisy exhibitor hall. 

We wish Jeff great success with the new show and look forward to future broadcasts. Click on the image below to jump to the EdTech You Should Know site and be sure to sign up to receive email alerts via email. Follow Jeff @InstTechTalk and follow his new Twitter feed featuring the new show @EdTechtoKnow 

Crowdsourcing to Build the Ultimate Wall of ThingLinks at ISTE 2014

To say there was a lot going on at ISTE 2014 is an understatement! There were thousands of educators drawn together by our passion for EdTech. Each of us attended the conference for different reasons, all related to leveraging the power of technology to improve education and making connections.

I attended ISTE along with the amazing and brilliant Ulla Engestrom, founder and CEO of ThingLink. We spent our days talking with educators about ways to use ThingLink interactive images and interactive video to leverage the power of technology for teaching and learning. We were excited to connect with educators who shared the innovative ways they are using the tool, eager to hear suggestions, and amazed to learn that many presenters were using ThingLink to share content in their presentations at ISTE 2014.

Crowdsourcing to Build a Wall of ThingLink Resources

As someone who gets a kick out of the power of crowdsourcing, I’ve decided to try to build the Ultimate Wall of ThingLink Interactive Images Shared at ISTE 2014. I’m hoping to collect those ThingLinks shared throughout the conference and publish them on a Padlet wall to curate those resources and share them with the community of connected educators. 

Two Ways to Quickly Contribute

  1. Add your interactive image to the wall yourself, it’s very easy and smooth. Just click or tap twice on the board, then paste the link into the box that appears. Note: It is probably easiest to view the wall full screen
  2. Submit the info and link into the appropriate Google form below, and I will add it to the wall for you, with proper credit of course.

The Ultimate Wall of ThingLink Images at ISTE 

More About Padlet

  • Padlet is a free, flexible and user friendly tool that is available online, 24/7
  • Users can create account and design Padlets for a variety of purposes for teaching and learning. 
  • Students can contribute to Padlets without an email address, just tap to add an image. This is an easy way for students to turn in work.
  • Padlet works well on a computer and also from the web browser on an iPad. 
  • There’s no tape or physical space limitations with these types of word walls.
  • Padlet is capable is displaying text, images and video.
  • Padlet can be embedded into a blog, wiki or website.
  • Padlet supports ThingLink interactive images! Just copy the Share link from ThingLink and paste it into Padlet to create a wall of interactive images that display beautifully.

News from ISTE: ThingLink gives educators free early access to its new video editor

This post was written by Ulla Engestrom and originally published on the ThingLink Blog.

Exciting news: in the past months we have been hard at work building a new editor for annotating video content with rich media. The new editor allows users to add notes and links to existing video content, and this way turn video into a digital discovery platform.

An early access to ThingLink for Video is announced at ISTE, one of the largest international conferences for educational technology. We at ThingLink believe that interactive images and video will become the 21st century textbook, and teachers are driving this change by being fast adopters of, not only new technology, but also a new way of thinking. As the use of video in education grows, ThingLink is empowering teachers and students to easily create interactive video content and facilitate in-video conversations.

The ability to creatively combine web content with interactive images and video opens up new possibilities for teaching and learning. With ThingLink for Video, teachers and students can enrich educational videos with facts, detailed articles, additional content and questions. They can also search and share videos created by their colleagues, and this way access a wider network of interactive video content creators.

ThingLink for Video is currently available via invitation only. Educators can request a free early access starting from today.

If you are visiting ISTE this year, please come to meet us at ThingLink’s booth no 2869 and share the news with your colleagues!

Here are two examples of videos annotated with ThingLink. Kingdom Of The Forest – Fungi (National Geographic)