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New Expeditions: ThingLink’s Stunning 360 Image Library

Kyla Ball

Now available in our new interface – ThingLink’s 360 Image Library is a curated collection of professional 360 images from culturally relevant natural and historic sites. You can use the images to build immersive learning experiences and to travel virtually across the world.

How can you access the 360 Image Library?

You now have access to the 360 Image Library in all account types within the new ThingLink Saimaa interface. You will find a link to the library on the left navigation sidebar. Simply browse through the images and choose one that you could like to clone. In addition, you can choose images for annotation from the 360° Image Library during the image creation flow.

We first launched ThingLink’s 360 Image Library in 2017, which allowed teachers and students to build virtual expeditions and field trips. Using ThingLink’s ‘Clone’ feature, users could create their own interactive versions of the library images. For instance, they could add notes and narration, or connect several scenes into a virtual tour. It was so popular that subsequently in our new ThingLink Saimaa interface, we made the 360 Image Library available to all users – not just those in education.

You can use the 360 image library to create guided tours that users can view from home

The library features over 50 new scenes such as Antarctica, California State Parks, Desert Habitats, and Medieval Europe. You can also find a stunning series of shots from selected destinations such as CERN, The Palace of Versailles and Taj Mahal. Now anyone can use ThingLink’s 360 Image Library to explore historical landmarks, visit international capitals and Unesco World Heritage Sites from wherever they are.

Teachers can guide the tours from their home, by recording a voice narration in the background of the images. This means that students are not required to wear headsets, or be online at the same time. They can view the guided VR tours at their own pace from a laptop or mobile phone.

For Educators: How do you create a guided tour using ThingLink 360 Image Library? Watch this short video to find out!

You can easily create a guided tour using ThingLink 360 Image Library: start by following the steps below. Most importantly, when you use our library images there’s no need to worry about copyright, you’re covered!

  1. Search images from ThingLink 360 Image Library
  2. Clone the image to your own account and open it in the tag editor
  3. Record your guided tour in the background of the image
  4. Share with learners via direct link, LMS, Google Classroom or Microsoft Teams

Using ThingLink’s new “Conditional Transition” functionality, it’s now easy to build tests and learning games that include a question for the viewer before transitioning to the next scene. This can be a fun project for students working in small groups, and they can share their games with each other!

For students: How do you create an adventure game using ThingLink’s 360 image library?

  1. Choose images from the ThingLink 360 Image Library
  2. Annotate images with information and secret keys
  3. Create transitions from one scene to another with questions. When you get the right answer, you can move on to the next scene

Read our latest blog for tips and tricks for this approach. For example, read how featured educator Jennifer Ivory brought literature to life through escape rooms created with ThingLink and how you can do the same with ThingLink 360° Image Library!

Further questions?

As well as contacting us if you have any questions, please join our communities and connect with ThingLink Educators. We are incredibly proud of our groups. They embrace ideas and share creative tips, therefore they will be delighted to welcome you. 

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Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at education@thinglink.com 

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