Friday, September 11, 2015

Canva Update Brings Several New Layouts

One of my favorite tools continues to get better and better! Canva recently released an update that brings several new exciting layouts! Hopefully you or your students can use these layouts to create meaningful content in a fun way! I highly recommend checking out the attached posts from Canva's Design School blog to get your creative juices flowing! 

Image from Canva email

When applying for a job, it is important that not only the content but the design of your resume stands out. Canva's new resume layout provides several templates to create the perfect resume. Check out these blog posts from Canva to help design your resume:
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Image from Canva blog

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Canva's new layout allows users create personalized magazines. Canva's email describes their new magazine cover layout as a way to share information will any audience. "Our magazine layouts make it easy to create your own newsletter or promotional magazine. Great for sharing news and updates with your sports team, workplace or community group." What  fun and creative way for students to show their comprehension!

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Canva's new eBook layout allow you or your students the ability to easily create beautifully designed eBooks! You can add several pages to your ebook using the different templates. After creating your eBook,  download and share it with the World!

Other New Fun Layouts

Desktop Wallpapers & Postcards
Desktop wallpapers and postcards are a couple of the several newly added layouts in Canva.  


Thursday, September 10, 2015

Join us to discuss Augmented Reality in Education during #aussieEd Chat This Sunday!

Brad and I are co-hosting #aussieED Chat this Sunday with the amazing Zeina Chalich!  The chat topic we will be discussing is Augmented Reality in Education and we would love for you to join us! Learn more about #aussieED here!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Make Learning Fun and Personal with Mystery Word Town Update

A new and exciting update to Mystery Word Town brings two major features. The first feature allows users record their own words. This is something the creators are very excited about! Joey Keating from Artgig Studio said, "There's just something about hearing your own voice, or your kid's voice, or your dog's voice, coming out of the game. And you can add as many words and lists, as useful and silly, as you like."

The second new feature allows users to create custom word lists. This is a great way to differentiate for each child in your classroom or each one of your children at home. 

 “We’ve always strived to make our apps flexible and customizable for a range of users and applications, but allowing the user to be personally involved in the functionality of an app is a really exciting twist on interactivity.” said Joey Keating from Artgig Studio.

These two major updates makes learning sight word a lot of fun! We also recommend checking out Artgig's other great educational apps on their website

Monday, August 17, 2015

#AugmentedReality: Engaging a Minecraft Generation

Brad and I are excited to share our augmented reality session proposal for SXSWedu 2016. Our session format will be a core conversation, which the SXSWedu Session Starter Kit describes as a speaker led open conversation with attendees around a particular topic. Sessions are selected in a unique way where staff, public vote and the SXSWedu advisory board are all factors. 
How session are selected for SXSWedu
With 30% of the selection process being public vote, we need your help! Please take a minute to vote for our session and leave a comment if you'd like. We would love to attend SXSWedu 2016 and share the power of learning with augmented reality! Session information can be found below. The link to the voting page is located at the top of this post. Thank you for all your amazing support! 

Augmented Reality: Engaging a Minecraft Generation

Session Description:
Why will kids sit for hours immersed in a Minecraft world, but have trouble staying engaged during class? As a group, we will discuss how new augmented reality (AR) tools give educators and students the power to: create meaningful learning experiences that combine the digital and physical worlds, build interactive experiences to show and share knowledge with a global audience, understand complex concepts, and retain information longer. Together will we address how we can take existing curriculums, and enhance them to appeal to the Minecraft Generation.

During our session we will discuss how to:

  1. Empower students, teachers, and administrators to use augmented reality to design and create powerful learning experiences for the Minecraft generation. 
  2. Provide basic knowledge and skills set to create and integrate meaningful augmented reality experiences in the classroom, school, and community. 
  3. Highlight the way educators and students are using augmented reality to comprehend learning complex concepts, and retain information easier. 

Friday, July 3, 2015

The Power of #ISTE2015 is Connecting with Others

Enjoying lunch at The Fieldhouse with friends!

I am fortunate to attend several conferences throughout the year,  but few compare to ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education). It does not matter if it is your first time, or if you are an annual attendee, the ISTE Conference can be overwhelming! The majority of the 21,000 attendees spend the bulk of the time in sessions, workshops or exploring the massive expo floor. I try to do the complete opposite. 
Each year I attend the ISTE Conference with the same goal: 

Connect with as many amazing educators as possible. 

I do not attend one session or workshop and here is why. I believe  connecting and building relationships with educators from around the World, is more valuable than attending sessions. Connecting with people allows you to learn from them year round, instead of 60 minutes on one topic. 

I think each educator should spend their time the way that will benefit them and their students. I have found this is the best approach for me. What approach or philosophy do you have when attending a conference? Do you approach ISTE differently?

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Leaders in #AugmentedReality take center stage this week at #AWE2015

The leaders in augmented reality take center stage this week in Santa Clara, CA at the 6th Augmented World Expo! The World's largest Augmented and Virtual Reality Conference will host over 3,000 attendees traveling from over 40 different countries. Each of the 3 conference days has a dedicated theme. 

Day 1: Learn "Super charge your brain!"
The first day is focused on workshops and tutorials from the latest technologies.
Day 2: Demo "Super power your people!"
The second day features 100+ micro talks from industry leaders.
Day 3: Inspire "Super Inspiring!"
The final day will include several epic talks from some of the greatest minds in AR, VR, wearables, and IoT.

This will be my first trip to AWE and I could not be more excited. I look forward to showcasing DAQRI 4D Studio Tuesday and Wednesday on the expo floor, and connecting with many of the industry thought leaders

Can't attend but still want to follow the conference? Follow AWE on Twitter @ARealityEvent or by searching #AWE2015. For complete conference information make sure you visit

Other Links: DAQRI @ AWE 2015

Friday, May 22, 2015

Build Spelling Confidence While Capturing Outlaws with Mystery Word Town

Artgig Apps has done it again! Artgig Studio's mobile development arm is well known for the development of kids educational apps like Mystery Math Town, Mystery Math Museum, Shake-A-Phrase, and many more
How is Mystery Word Town different? Matthew Kicinski from Artgig Apps said, “On the surface, Word Town seems quite similar to the Mystery Math apps because the primary game mechanic is the same - find the letters (instead of numbers) to spell the words that will unlock the doors. However, it is a very different game under the hood because it is a spelling game.” 

Mystery Word Town uses 3 different levels of difficulty to accommodate a wide range of students. Level 1 "Easy" helps students master a foundation of sight words before increasing to Level 2 "Medium" and Level 3 "Hard" for in depth spelling practice. I love how the word list for each level is included. 

Another great feature is the ability to spell your own words, or listen to the word first, then spell it. This feature helps those students who need an audio cue. 
I highly recommend downloading Mystery Word Town along with all the other amazing educational apps from Artgig Apps! These apps create a fun filled yet meaningful learning experience! 

Skills targeted in Mystery Word Town:
  • Spelling practice integrated with a rich, immersive game experience
  • Unlimited user accounts - create your own avatar and save your game progress
  • 3 skill levels and 2 game modes provide a highly customizable and flexible learning experience for a range of ages
  • Optional audio hints speak the words from the selected word list
  • Visual hints provide scaffolding for difficult words
  • Quirky characters and backstory are revealed as you recover the missing gold and capture the outlaws
  • Promotes strategic and critical thinking