Friday, February 5, 2016

10 iPhone Apps to Explore Virtual Reality with Google Cardboard

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Cardboard puts virtual reality on your iPhone. The Google Cardboard app helps you set up a Cardboard viewer and includes a few experiences to get you started:

Explorer: Explore exciting environments.
Exhibit: View 3D objects from a museum collection.
Urban Hike: Take a hike through iconic cities around the world.

Kaleidoscope: Enjoy a fun stereoscopic take on the old classic.

The Star Wars app is your official mobile connection to a galaxy far, far away.

With a dynamic interface, the Star Wars app immerses you in breaking news, rich media, social updates, special events, and interactive features. Here’s where the fun begins: Immerse yourself in Jakku Spy, a first-of-its-kind serialized Google Cardboard Virtual Reality (VR) feature that ties directly to Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Introducing Discovery VR, a new way to see your world. Discovery has always been about driving curiosity – exploring new places, characters and ideas. Virtual reality allows us a new opportunity to tell these kinds of stories, immersing you in experiences like never before.

Have you ever wanted to launch a rocket to the stars? Liftoff VR enables you to experience that along with the added challenge of landing the booster rocket back on a drone ship after successfully deploying a satellite to space. All you need is a Google Cardboard Viewer, your iPhone, and a few minutes to experience something magical. 

A universe of virtual reality experiences. 

Experience the best cinematic virtual reality content. Fully immerse yourself in 3D and full screen 360 curated video content, with dynamically changing directional binaural sound. Viewable with or without Google Cardboard.

Welcome to the first version of the VR/Exposition. This exposition has been created for the Zeiss VR One and Google Cardboard headsets. We are investigating new ways to connect the real art world to the virtual world. This virtual reality exposition has been created in cooperation with two artist:

Patrick Hughes (London)
This artist makes 'reverspective' art that moves whilst you walk around it. We virtualised one of his works to demonstrate this in a virtual environment.

Cathalijn Wouters (Amsterdam)

Cathalijn makes lovely paintings of abstract art. She uses a combination of paint and charcoal. Let yourself me inspired by the beauty of her art.

Step into exotic locations like Machu Picchu; browse leading colleges and universities, including Harvard and Yale; become immersed in breathtaking live events like TomorrowWorld. 

Download YouVisit Virtual Reality today and explore thousands of riveting virtual reality experiences like these in a variety of industries, including travel, education, events, real estate, business, restaurants, and many more. YouVisit is constantly adding new content, so check back regularly to discover the most cutting-edge virtual reality experiences.

YouVisit Virtual Reality is compatible with leading virtual reality headsets like Samsung Gear VR and Google Cardboard. YouVisit virtual experiences can also be accessed through a unique 360-degree web browser experience on its website,

Travel the world through the eyes of your peers. Worldview lets you see the entire world from the comfort of your home

Ascape is your source of travel inspiration with unreal 360° videos, scenic virtual tours, and superb visual content. Tilt your smartphone around to look in any direction. Experience the world in virtual reality with unforgettable journeys to the parts of the world that you've never been.

VRstories brings news into virtual reality. With an expanding library of compelling 360-degree videos, you can immerse yourself in the stories of America, with or without cardboard viewers. The experience is streamed to your device or can be downloaded for offline viewing. 

Have you used Google Cardboard personally or with students? Share what app did you used in the comments

Monday, January 11, 2016

Apple's iOS 9.3 Brings MAJOR News for iPads in Education!

Apple has made some major announcements for education that will arrive with iOS 9.3! 

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Shared iPad
Apple's website describes Shared iPad as, 
"When a 1:1 student-to-iPad ratio isn’t possible, Shared iPad offers an elegant solution that lets students enjoy the benefits of having their own iPad in whatever classroom they’re in. They simply log in to any iPad, and their content is ready to go."
Shared iPad allows students to find their iPad quickly using photo ID, younger students will use a 4 digit pin for easier log in, students will get fast, easy access to their materials, intelligent caching allows students to pick up where they left off. 

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Classroom App
Apple's website describes the new Classroom App as, 
"Every teacher can use a little help. With Classroom, you can launch everyone’s apps at the same time, then guide what students are looking at on their devices. So teachers can focus on teaching, and students can focus on learning."
Classroom App allows educators to glance at a student iPad with Screen View, launch and lock apps with Remote Control, easily share student work to a big screen, and quickly reset forgotten student passwords.

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Apple School Manager
Apple School Manager is described on Apple’s website as,
“Introducing one central place for admins to create Apple IDs, build courses, and access everything you need to deploy iPad in your school. All from the web browser on your Mac or PC.”
Apple School Manager allows schools to get up and running quickly with built in set up assistant, create Apple IDs for administrators, educators, and students, buy and distribute apps and books, build and deliver courses on iTune U, and manage MDM enrollment for all devices. 

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Managed Apple IDs
Another great feature is Managed Apple IDs. Apple’s website describes it as,
“Apple School Manager offers something completely new: Managed Apple IDs. Like any Apple ID, they allow you to store documents in iCloud, enroll in iTunes U courses, and more. But Managed Apple IDs are designed just for schools, so you can easily reset passwords, audit accounts, create IDs in bulk, and create customized roles for everyone in the district.”

The release of iOS 9.3 brings some major updates to how iPad can be used in education. I am excited to see the impact this will have on student learning!

iOS 9.3 also brings several updates to other Apple products. Check out the preview here.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Honored to join EdTechTeacher's iPad Summit!

Brad and I are incredibly honored to be featured speakers for EdTechTeacher's iPad Summit in San Diego February 2-3, 2016. The best thing about this incredible event is that it is 3 EdTechTeacher Summits for 1 registration! describes the Summit as:
"At EdTechTeacher, we pride ourselves on asking "what's next." Whether it be iPads, Chromebooks, Google Apps, or other mobile devices, we challenge participants in all of our workshops and conferences to think about how to truly transform student learning. February 1-3, 2016, we plan to bring together all of our learning communities to address the challenge of how to best innovate education.
This Innovation Summit will feature one day of hands-on Pre Conference Workshops followed by 2 days of concurrent sessions, innovation labs, and keynotes. We plan to bring together thought leaders, iPad education experts, Google for Education Certified Trainers, and talented educators who are trailblazing in education. Best of all, one registration grants access to all three events."

Brad and I have 2 sessions scheduled, Augmented Reality in the iPad Classroom and iLab Inspire Innovation by Fostering Collaboration and Creativity (Innovation Lab). Our iLab session will be limited to the first 40 attendees to sign up so DON'T WAIT! Both of our sessions will take place on Feb 2nd and we hope you will join us in San Diego! 

SUPER EARLY Registration is available until December 11th. Thats ONLY 2 more days! 

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Join me for #LeadUpChat this Saturday Morning!

I am very excited to join #LeadUpChat this Saturday morning as a Special Guest Moderator. Our topic will be Championing Innovation in Learning. I hope you able to join the conversation!

Resources and Key Contributors to #LeadUpChat:
Nathan Lang

self for aboutme
Jeff Veal 

#LeadUpChat Tribe

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

We're excited to be part of SXSWedu

We are thrilled and honored to share that our proposal to speak at SXSWedu was accepted! We would like to thank everyone who took time to vote and comment on our session proposal! We greatly appreciate all your support. 

Our session "Augmented Reality: Engaging a Minecraft Generation" is a Core Conversation format. "Core Conversations allow discussion leaders to facilitate an informal and open dialogue with attendees around a particular topic. Attend these sessions ready to share your insights" is the format description on the SXSWedu website.

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You can find more information about our session on the SXSWedu PanelPicker located here. Session specifics (including date, time and location) will be available when the 2016 online schedule launches in January.

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! 

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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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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!