ThingLink is a tool that allows educators to easily create interactive images, videos and 360/VR content.
How Does it Work?
The user uploads an image or video, or finds one to use from ThingLink’s extensive library. Clicking on the image or video creates a “hot spot,” which can be tied to a website, video, audio, image or text.
When the content is shared, students can click on the hot spots to access the multimedia content.
What does it cost?
The free version allows educators to create interactive images and videos. Paid options allow teachers to create 360/VR content and set up accounts for students to create their own content. The Pro level for educators is $35 per year, and the Premium level is $120 per year. District and team pricing is also available. These memberships include access to a preloaded curriculum-aligned 360 image library. Teachers and students can use these images to create virtual lessons, maps, tours and immersive learning spaces. Topics include US and world capitals, historic landmarks, nature and ecosystems various weather patterns and more! ThingLink Premium users can easily access this photo library on iPads, Android Tablets, laptops and desktop computers.
ThingLink offers a powerful on-site Bootcamp to help educators embrace 360/VR in the classroom and to develop local experts who can support the learning. Its next bootcamp will be outside St. Louis, at McKendree University, on Oct. 20. Go here to learn more and to register.
Bootcamp registration includes a full year of Thinglink EDU Premium.
ThingLink also offers monthly webinars to train users.
ThingLink is offering a 20 percent discount to MSTA members. Use the code MSTA17 to save on a EDU Pro or Premium account. Code is valid until Dec. 31, 2017.