Sunday, November 23, 2014

My #Eddies14 Nominations

As always, it was difficult to pick only 1 nominee for each category  but here are my choices for this year's 11th Annual EduBlog Awards

Best Individual Blog

KleinspirationErin KleinErin is one of the brightest and most creative educators I know. Her innovative ideas have transformed classroom design. She also shares her wealth of knowledge as a Top Teacher blogger for Scholastic. Erin's excitement and passion for education is shown in the writing and presentations. It's an honor to call her a best friend. Thank you Erin for sharing your knowledge and creativity! 
The first day Brad and I met Erin in my classroom.

Best Teacher Blog

Blogging Through the Fourth Dimension by Pernille Ripp: Pernille's blog is not only a great educational resource, but inspiring. Her post often tug at your emotions and challenge your thinking. I've had the pleasure of meeting Pernille and can honestly say she's one of the nicest people I've met. Her posts truly has an impact on each person who reads them. Thank you  Pernille for all that you do and for inspiring us all!   

Best Administration Blog 

Ninja Reflections on Education by Todd Nesloney: This past year Todd made a huge transition accepting the position as Principal/Lead Learner at Navasota Intermediate. Although I know it was a very difficult decision for him, I believe it was the right one. This new position will allow him to not only have positive impact on his students and teachers, but a whole community. Todd's post often highlight his incredible staff, as well as the students in his school. I am very excited for Todd and enjoying learning about Navasota Intermediate's brightest through his blog. 
Best Edtech / Research Sharing Blog

Amplify Learning through Innovative Strategies by Sue Gorman: Sue's website has an abundance of educational technology resources, tools, ideas, and more. Sue is a Google Certified Teacher, an Apple Distinguished Educator, and a wealth of knowledge. She routinely shares meaningful resources and the latest educational tools through her social networks. Make sure to check out her website the best in edtech, and latest research. 

Best Use of Media (Video, Podcast, etc)

Brad Gustafson: Brad's excitement is contagious and his passion is inspiring. Brad is a principal at Greenwood Elementary in Wayzata, Minnesota. Brad's #30SecondTake introduces thought-provoking questions on education to a pair of educators who have 30 seconds to provide their answer. Each answer is video taped for viewers to vote for the best answer. These fun and informational battles have inspired many. Brad also is one of the founders of the World Book Talk. The World Book Talk uses augmented reality to place video book talks by authors, teachers, and students to the cover of books. Brad's vision and drive is having a great impact on everyone he encounters.  

Brad's TED Talk - Arms Wide Open

Best Mobile App

Elements 4D by DAQRI: Every now and then an app comes out that can truly transform the educators can teach, and enhance the way students learn complexed concepts. Elements 4D is one of those rare apps. Our friend Katie Ann says "The cubes helped bring the elements to life and opened up a whole new level of learning for my students." It doesn't get much more powerful than that! Recently DAQRI worked with a group of educators to create meaningful lesson plans for elementary, middle, and high school educators to use with their students. I highly recommend you download the app, print out the cubes, and experience chemistry like never before! 

Download for iOS
Get it on Google Play
Printable Element cubes

Best Free Web Tool

DAQRI 4D Studio for Education: Augmented reality allows us to experience education like never before and was previously difficult to create. A simple drag and drop interface allows educators and students to create augmented reality experiences with ease. You can publish your creation to the DAQRI app for others to experience with no extra confusing steps or actions required. The chapter system inside of 4D Studio for Education makes it easy to create interactive experiences with multiple layers of information. The best's free for K-12 educators and students! Apply here and start creating a new dimension to learning! 

4D Studio Tutorial Video to help get you started!

Thank you everyone who shares their innovation, knowledge, creativity, and passion for educating our future! 

Saturday, November 22, 2014

The Two Guys Show #40: Jonathan and Marty Keltz

This Sunday we will be welcoming 2 very special guests, our great friend Marty Keltz and his son Jonathan KeltzJonathan is an extremely talented actor and currently starring in the hit tv show Reign on CW. He has previously starred in Entourage, Prom, 21 & Over, Breach, and Republic of Doyle.

Marty Keltz was the co-founder and president of Scholastic Productions Inc, which won 75 national and international awards during his tenure. Marty led the teams that created such celebrated children’s television series as The Magic School Bus, Goosebumps, and The Baby-Sitters Club along with the feature film The Indian in the Cupboard. Marty is now part of the CritterKin creative and business team. He collaborates with teachers and librarians to inspire, engage and educate children.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

5 Design Tools to Spark Imagination and Promote Creativity

One of my favorite things about working with students is their ability to routinely blow my mind. Amazing things happen when students are given the opportunity to use their imagination, and think outside the box with no fear of failure. Give your students access to the 5 tools below, and let them blow your mind! 

3D Modeling is a very difficult skill to learn. Believe me, I've spent many hours trying. That was until I discovered Tinkercad. Tinkercad is free platform from Autodesk that makes creating 3D models easy! You and your students can click on the "Learn" button at the top of the page to access great interactive tutorials. These tutorials are a step by step walk you through on how to create various designs. Once finished, Tinkercad allows you to download your creation for Minecraft, order a 3D Print, or upload it to Thingiverse. You also have the option to download your creation to 3D print in 

Canva makes it easy for everyone to create like a professional graphic designer! Canva started out as web tool but recently has released their first app for the iPad. Using a drag and drop interface, you can select from a wide variety of templates with a library of over 1 million images. Canva recently introduced Design School. Design School has a large collection of design essential tutorials that guide you through the creation process. The Design School a blog with many helping posts, and a teaching materials section with lessons on different elements of graphic design. Teachers and students can use Canva to create newsletters, posters, social media posts, invitations to open house or parent/teacher conferences, presentations, and much more! I absolutely love this tool and the new app works amazing. 

Pixel Press - Floors

Pixel Press Floors allows students to draw their own video game without programming! Floors is just the first of a series of apps from Pixel Press with Quest and Tracks in development for 2015.  Pixel Press has worked hard to create lesson plans that correspond to the Design Thinking Process using Pixel Press Floors in what they call the Teacher Pack. To learn more about the development of the Teacher Pack and how Floors is being used in schools, check out their blog. You can also learn more from our interview with Pixel Press's Katie Burke.

Augmented reality allows us to experience education like never before. There are many great augmented reality application out there but designing and creating meaningful learning experiences is powerful. 4D Studio for Education has a simple drag and drop interface that allows educators and students to create augmented reality experiences with ease. You can publish your creation to the DAQRI app for others to experience with no extra confusing steps or actions required. The chapter system inside of 4D Studio for Education makes it easy to design interactive experiences with multiple layers of information. The best's free for K-12 educators and students! Apply here and start creating a new dimension to learning! 

4D Studio Tutorial Video to help get you started!

Modio gives you the ability to unleash your creativity and design 3D characters. Modio has a large built in library of shapes, textures,  and colors to design and personalize your character. Also included are character templates that walk you through you how to create. Full multi-touch support allows you to design and build with friends. You can modify and move each part and your finished creation can be exported to work with any desktop 3D printer. Download Modio on your iPad and start designing your character. The creators of Modio are looking for educators using their app in the classroom to provide feedback. You can see comments from educators and provide feedback here.  

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Have Questions about DAQRI 4D Studio for Education? Let Us Help!

DAQRI Education Office Hours is a LIVE Google Hangout (GHO) that will answer questions you have about DAQRI Education, our Flagship School Program, 4D Studio for Education, or the various educational apps DAQRI has to offer. These events will be hosted by Brad and I. We will also be looking for educators, students, or administrators to join us live and share how they are using Elements 4D, Anatomy 4D, Enchantium, or 4D Studio to transform and enhance learning experiences. We will use the #LearnIn4D during the live Office Hours as a back channel to share exciting experiences. 

DAQRI Education Office Hours #3 will take place next Thursday afternoon at 1pm EST. You can RSVP for the event HERE

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Embracing Change, Are You?

Reflecting back to this summer, Drew and I arrived in Atlanta, Georgia for ISTE 2014.  ISTE is the International Society for Technology in Education and it is the world’s largest Educational Technology Conference.  This is where we get a chance to Evangelize for Augmented Reality in Education on the world’s largest stage.  It’s the Super Bowl of Educational Technology Conferences and we were ready for Round 2!

When we touched down at the airport we had only two things on our minds.  One, our panel discussion Sunday morning, with Angela Maiers, Steve Mesler and Todd Nesloney and two - heading to the Blogger’s CafĂ© to blow minds with the latest and greatest educational augmented reality content, challenge thinking and challenge the current model of education.  

You see, Drew and I love showcasing the latest in Augmented Reality and putting the education world on its’ ear! 

We like to go out, share the amazing technology and challenge educators to embrace change to maximize their impact on students. We ask them to use the power of Augmented Reality and the latest 21C technology to engage kids and truly integrate it into the culture of learning. 

I always ask,  “Why are we still educating kids like we did in the 50’s?”  The 50’s were great and sometimes I wish they were still here, but the world has changed since then. 

The days of being a “know-it-all” and the Supreme Holder of Information are gone and a new day has dawned! A world where collaboration is expected, failure happens and the age of creativity is back!  We, as educators, can change our approach to educating kids and work with them in today’s world. 

Take a moment and think about where you stand on the Teaching Continuum and challenge yourself to move along the continuum and be an even more amazing teacher than you already are.

You can do it, #IBelieve #YouCan #MakeADifference #Today

That is our mission.  To change the way we Learn, the way we Teach and the way we Lead.  This is our journey.  Please join us

Have an amazing day,

Brad Waid

Friday, October 24, 2014

Amazing Teacher Created Lesson Plans for Elements 4D

Cover of the elementary lesson plans for Elements 4D 

Since its launch on Kickstarter in 2013, Elements 4D has generated a new level of excitement in chemistry classrooms across the country. Bringing the elements of the Periodic Table to life, Elements 4D creates an engaging, one of a kind learning experience. Students can safely observe harmful elements, like Plutonium, Uranium and Xenon, and witness in stunning 4D how they chemically react with other elements, providing students with a visual knowledge-transfer that was once impossible. Elements 4D is like a portable lab.
While many teachers have created their own lesson plans around this 4D teaching tool, there hasn’t been an official curriculum released… until now.

Students at The Stephen Perse Foundation learning with Elements 4D
Read the rest of the post and download the lesson plans on DAQRI's blog HERE!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Join us tomorrow for the FREE FETC Virtual Conference!

Tomorrow is a great opportunity to learn from and connect with educators from around the world! FETC Virtual is a free international online conference that goes live at 10:15 am ET with the opening keynote by the amazing Sylvia Martinez. We are honored to be presenting along side friends like Shannon Miller, Kevin Smith, and more! 

Brad and I are will share how augmented reality transforms teaching and learning at 12:05pm ET. Check out the schedule for other presentations throughout the day. We look forward to connecting with many of you tomorrow!