Sunday, July 27, 2014

Want to learn more about Augmented Reality in Education? Follow These Great Educators!

Augmented reality(AR) has continued to gain momentum in the educational landscape over the past couple of years. These educators featured below have dove in head first using AR in their classrooms and schools. They continue to share excellent resources to help educators see how augmented reality can engage students and deepen understanding. 

Terri Eichholz

Terri is a teacher of K-5 Gifted Students in San Antonio, TX, who is dedicated to engaging and inspiring all learners. She has a wonderful and informational blog Engage Their Minds. Terri often shares resources about augmented reality on twitter and a whole section dedicated to AR on her blog. Follow Terri on Twitter @terrieichholz and subscribe to her blog for meaningful informational on using augmented reality in education.
Katie show 4D Studio while presenting at Podstock 2014.
Katie Ann Wilson 
Katie is the founder of the blog Diary of a Techie Chick & the Global Digital Scrapbook. Brad and I had the opportunity to attend Katie's augmented reality session at Podstock> She did a great job showcasing many AR apps, tools, and examples in education. She routinely shares great information regarding augmented reality on her blog and on Twitter. You can follow Katie on Twitter @KatieAnn_76, join her Edmodo Augmented Reality Group, and her recently created Google+ page Augmented Reality for Education.

Paul Hamilton
According to Paul's twitter biography he is an  ADE 2013-EDTECH digest award finalist, Pioneer/Developer/Speaker/Author. Coding, The Tellagami Project, Augmented Reality, iBeacon Technology. I had the privilege of meeting Paul this past month at ISTE and we had a great conversation regarding augmented reality's impact on student learning, iBeacon Technology, and much more. He has even created an augmented reality app called Science AR and published an ebook called Augmented Reality in Education. Definitely follow Paul on twitter and check out his site Apps by Paul Hamilton.

Courtney Pepe:
Courtney is a self proclaimed iPad Queen. She is also an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE), Google Glass Explorer, Ed Tech Author, Webinar Hostess, K-12 workshop presenter, surfer, and life-long learner. She has a passion for emerging technology and augmented reality. Check out her blog and follow her @ipadqueen2012.

Charles Cooper

Charles, who is 2013 NISD Secondary Teacher of the Year, was one of the first people Brad and I connected with on twitter who was using augmented reality in education. Charles has many great videos on his YouTube page and an abundance of resources on his site Make sure you add him to your PLN by following him on Twitter @Thrasymachus

Brad Gustafson:

One of the best administrators in the Country, if not the World is elementary principal, digital leader, and AR evangelist Brad Gustafson. Every time I have the privilege to talk to Brad, he is always telling me about his amazing staff. Brad sends an augmented baseball card to each student before the school year starts to welcome them. He is the Co-creator of the #WorldBookTalkBrad shares great resources on his site and on twitter @GustafsonBrad

Tom is passionate educator and blended learning specialist who conducts professional development through @HighlanderInst. Tom has routinely posted augmented reality articles and resources on his site Tom and I have had several discussions about AR in education, and other emerging technologies. In 2012, Tom authored a study while completing his MA program at Columbia University called "Flipped Learning and Democratic Education." He has also authored chapters for three books on instructional technology, including Flipping 2.0 and Flipped Learning: Gateway to Student Engagement.  Tom is a wealth of knowledge so make sure you follow him on Twitter @Mr_Driscoll

Daisy Marino:
Daisy is a enthusiastic elementary teacher at Warren Elementary in Texas. I had the pleasure of meeting Daisy this past month at ISTE. I got to learn about her journey as a connected educator and how excited she is about augmented reality in education. She has used it with her 4th graders and shares great examples on her site and on Twitter @daisyray215

These early adopter's innovation and creativity is shown in the content they continuously share. They are stepping outside the box and their students are benefiting. 

If you are using augmented reality in education, please connect with Brad (@techbradwaid) and I (@TechMinock). You can also connect with us @2GuysShow and @DAQRIeduWe absolutely love hearing stories, and seeing pictures and videos about educators using augmented reality to make a difference in education! 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Spent my Lunch Break Coloring Thanks to BIG Update to ColAR Mix App

Every morning when I get up I check the app store on my phone to see if there are any apps that need to be updated. Ask many who know me, (definitely ask Brad) and they will tell you that it drives me crazy when my devices are updated. I have been on the look out for an update to ColAR Mix for quite awhile and today was the day! The only problem was that I had to get a lot of work done so I had to wait until lunch upgrade the app, download and print, the new coloring packs. Lunch today was  

Update 2.5 bring 2 new coloring packs: Murphy and Friends (free) and Amazing Animals of New Zealand ($2.99). Murphy and Friends is 3 coloring pages but currently only has Murphy the Sheep. His Penguin and Bunny friend are coming soon. 
Murphy the Sheep

Amazing Animals of New Zealand has 6 awesome coloring pages with information about each animal. 5 are currently available with 1 other animal coming soon.


Today's update also brought new animations to the Dover pack coloring pages. Download the new update and you might find yourself coloring on your lunch break. 

Thursday, June 26, 2014

The Two Guys Show #36: #ISTE2014 Special

Join us tonight on The Two Guys Show as we discuss ISTE 2013 and look forward to ISTE 2014 this weekend in Atlanta, Georgia! We have only 1 session but honored to be presenting at 8:30am Sunday morning with Angela Maiers, Olympic Gold Medalist Steve Mesler, and our great friend Todd Nesloney. It will be a panel session based on Angela's #YouMatter movement. 

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Want to Connect This Summer? We Do

Two Guys Show LIVE with Nick Provenzano at LSC eLearning Conference in Lafayette, IN
The school year is over but for many educators the learning and work does not end! The summer is a great opportunity to look at the project or goal that is hard to visit to during the busy school year. It is a great time to connect with educators and friends at some of the best conferences in the world. We will be very busy traveling and attending several conferences this summer and we want to connect with you! If you are attending one of the conferences below, please reach out to one of us.

Connect with us at:
 ISTE 2014 - Atlanta, GA - June 28-July1
8:30am Sunday June 29th #YouMatter Panel with Todd Nesloney, Angela Maiers, and Steve Mesler

Podstock 2014 - Wichita, KS - July 16-18

Drew- Best of MACUL Present CUE Rock Star Teacher Camp - Saugatuck, MI - July 23-25
 Day 1: Get Chromed: Google Chrome Extensions
Day 2: Creating an Augmented World: AR Creation
Day 3: Inspire Innovation by Fostering Collaboration and Creativity: Web Tools and Apps

Drew- East Greenbush Central Technology Forum - Greenish, NY - August 20-21

21st Century Learning Symposium - Marysville, MI - August 26

We really hope we to see you at one of the conferences listed above! If there is a conference you think we should present at or attend, contact us

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Awesome Day 1 at LSC eLearning Conference

Day 1 today here in Lafayette, Indiana was great start to a very busy summer filled with learning, connecting, and sharing! It started off with an emotional, funny, and inspiring keynote from George Couros. 
Photo from Amanda Henry @arhenry2
I always enjoy seeing George speak because he hit every emotion in 1 hour and you leave motivated to help kids! 

Our first session was Game Changing Apps. This session was a little different from out previous Game Changing Apps sessions because we were not sharing augmented reality.  

The day ended with our first ever live on site recording of Two Guys Show with the fun and inspiring Nick Provenzano. We all had a lot of fun interacting with a live audience and discussing so many of the amazing things Nick has done with 20 time and TEDxGPSHS Event.

The Two Guys Show LIVE with Nick Provenzano. Photo from Lindsey Sickler @lindseysickler
Watch The Two Guys Show SPECIAL Event below

Tomorrow our Augmented Reality session starts at 10am and will have some new mind blowing experience and giveaways! 
Teaser: FairyTale and Smart Terrain 

Two Guys Show SPECIAL: Nick Provenvano LIVE from LSC eLearning Conference!

We are so excited to have our first Two Guys Show LIVE at the LSC eLearning Conference in Lafayette, Indiana. We will have 2013 ISTE and MACUL Teacher of the Year Nick Provenzano as our guest for this special event. Nick is the self proclaimed Lady Gaga of teaching and is well known as The Nerdy Teacher. Join us at 5pm EST for the special event!

Follow Nick on Twitter @thenerdyteacher and check out his blog The Nerdy Teacher.
Photo from

Thursday, June 5, 2014

The Two Guys Blog 1st Birthday

It is amazing how quick a year goes by.  I will never forget the Sunday night that Drew called me and said, "Hey, I came up with a name for our blog.".  "What is it?"  I said.  "Two Guys and Some iPads!".  I laughed out loud and told him I love it.  What a great name.  It's clear and concise! 

Well, that was one year ago and boy has it been a year!  During that year, we met a lot of amazing people who have now become great friends and we have been presented with so many wonderful opportunities to share our passion for technology in education.  

Here is timeline from some of our journey over the last year. 

May 2 - Drew and I started our Twitter handles while we were sitting in the public library working on a presentation to give to our district administrators. 

May 6 - We met Kevin Honeycutt @kevinhoneycutt through twitter and had dinner with him that night where he told us about the EdTech world and invited us to ISTE.  

May 10 - Our first presentation! MACUL Mobile in Kalamazoo, MI. Were we presented our "Game Changing Apps" to a packed room where we met Google's first Glass Explore Andrew Vanden Heuvel @avheuv and a few MACUL Board Members.

May 11 - We met Erin Klein @kleinErin who happened to work only about 1 mile from us and became great friends. 

June 23-26 - ISTE 2013 San Antonio
Drew and I spent our days in the Bloggers Cafe showing the power of Augmented Reality.  This is where we met our great friend Todd Nesloney @techninjatodd along with so many other amazing people.  We were interviewed by the Center for Digital Education and the EdReach Network.  The interview with the EdReach Network later turned into us getting our own show on the network, the 2 Guys Show.  So many great people and so many great events, it was capped off by an amazing night with friends at the ESSDACK Karaoke event, where fun was had by all. 

For more about ISTE 2013 see earlier blog post. 

July 17-19 Podstock in Wichita, Kansas.  
We were asked by Kevin Honeycutt to bring our passion, energy and our Game Changing Apps presentation to Podstock 2013.  While at Podstock, Drew and I attended amazing sessions led by amazing people and finished an incredible 3 days by presenting to a packed room to followed by the closing keynote given by Kevin.  

September - We started out 2 Guys Podcast @2guysshow with a bang and had our two good friends, Todd and Erin as our first two guest and thought we were recording and third episode with Kevin but later found out it didn't record.  We have now aired over 30 episodes and love the fun and interaction with have with our guest and our live audience participating through Twitter.  

October - Washington D.C. 
At this time, our friend Todd Nesloney was invited to the White House to be recognized as a Champion of Change in Education and meet the President of the United States.  Todd invited both Drew and I to attend and we were very honored to be there and experience that with him. 

January - OETC Columbus, Ohio
Drew & I took our Game Changing Apps on the road again along with a 90 minute hands-on Augmented Reality workshop to the OETC conference in Columbus, Ohio where we were Featured Speakers.  We also had a front row seat when Kevin Honeycutt gave his opening keynote speech and came out to woo the crowd wearing a 2 Guys hat.  

February - FETC Orlando, Florida
We took our hands on AR session to Florida and met some amazing people in our workshop and met some of the amazing people delivering the keynotes there.  We are looking forward to returning next year.  

March - MACUL Grand Rapids, Michigan
This time, Drew and I added a twist to our Game Changing Apps presentation.  We had Todd Nesloney join us. We presented to a full room and had tons of fun!  I particularly enjoyed the game at the conference "#selfiewithBrad (that someone started through twitter) where attendees would find me and take a selfie with me, then post it using the #selfiewithBrad for a prize.  Too funny. This is where I also learned about the awesome app selfie360 from my good friends Mary Wever @weverworld and Lauren Anderson @LAATeach.  

April - Los Angelas, California
A surprise trip to DAQRI in Los Angelas to see the headquarters for one of the worlds leading Augmented Reality companies and get a first-hand look at their Augmented Reality in education platform.  

May - Planning for the next 12 months
After joining DAQRI as 4D Education Evangelist, we have spent the month of May planning and booking our calendar for the next year. The 2 Guys Tour is going global. We will spend the next 12 months; teaching students, working with other teachers; presenting at conferences, doing the 2 Guys Show, writing for our blog, writing for other blogs and magazines,  speaking at schools, working with districts, and doing everything we can to change to education system by sharing our passion for 21 Century learning and Augmented Reality, and 4D in Education.  We are partnering with schools all over the world to make this happen. Thank you to those schools we have already partnered with Frankfurt International School in Germany, Winter Park in Orlando, Florida, L'Anse Cruise School District in Michigan, and Navasota ISD in Texas and to those schools who wish to work with us in the future!  Working together we will make a difference.  

We set out to make this blog a relevant place where educators could go and see how we are using technology in our classrooms and to share how we are using it to impact learning and the education system.  Over the last year, the blog has been viewed over a quarter of a million times and we are just so honored by that. We will continue to make the blog relevant and be a place for everyone who is looking to make an impact in education by incorporating technology that is engaging and meaningful. 

We are so grateful and honored that you have joined with us for the last year and we look forward to next year as we take on the journey to change the way students learn and the way we teach to impact the system in a meaningful way. 

Thank you and here's to another year! 

Brad & Drew