Monday, March 24, 2014
By: Brad Waid
Tuesday night I boarded a plane for Washington DC. I was flying out for the National School Board Association's 20 to Watch ceremony. After landing in DC and getting a little rest, I was ready for the whirlwind of scheduled events that were to begin the next day.
Once everyone had arrived and the organizers said their welcome, TechSmith showed us the latest updates on their screen casting product. It was incredible. Next, were the stories. Everyone went around the room and shared their stories and it seemed like every other person called was "Brad". It must be a good year for Brad's in Educational Technology as there were 3 of us named Brad there. I can't share all the stories, but I did do a play-by-play on twitter using #20towatch. There were some amazing stories and some amazing things that are being done all around the country like; Performance Based Education, Redesigning Student Workspaces, Innovative Professional Development, PBL, Flipped, Maker Movement and more! I was in a room with such amazing, incredible and innovative people.
|Me and BH School Supt. Rob Glass|
After everyone had received their award, they did the closing and we all went up to take pictures together.
Now during the two days, each of us were required to schedule a time slot for our individual interview with Tom Lapping from JDL Horizons who directing interviews for the National School Board Association. Mine was right after the Recognition Ceremony, so I was off to another room.
|Me and Brian|
The 20 of us and our guest walked about 3 blocks from the hotel to La Tomate where we went upstairs to the loft area for our group to have dinner. This dinner was another chance for us to chat with our fellow 20toWatchers and this is where the "Selfie" out break happened! Ok, it may have just been me! We as a group took an "Ellen-style" selfie and I took one with most everyone there. This is the collage of "20toWatch selfies". After a good meal, good conversation and great pics. It was time to retire and start again in the morning.
The next morning it was time for our breakfast with The Center for Digital Education at the District Line Restaurant at the Hilton. When I got into the room, I saw Tanya Rascorla a reporter for the Center who did a story on Drew and I at ISTE in San Antonio last year. The Center spoke about their mission and what they were looking at for the 2014 calendar. While we were enjoying great food, all of us spoke again about what we were doing with students and educational technology and sharing our stories with The CDE. After breakfast, some of us were off to the airport, some were off to the CoSN conference so we all said our good byes and exchanged contact information.
After a whirlwind two days, the 20 of us were now a group that would be forever linked together....and I am truly grateful to be a part of such an amazing group of people doing amazing things.
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
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Welcome to the 26th episode of the The Two Guys Show! Tonight we welcome the amazing Leslie Fisher! Leslie is Chief Geek of Fisher Technologies Incorporated which specializes in K-12 presenting and training, Digital Photography education, capture, workflow, editing and a touch of web development. Leslie is always on the cutting edge of educational technology and is an inspiring presenter! We are very excited to have Leslie join us for this episode to discuss this week's MACUL Conference and her Augmented Reality workshop tomorrow!
|Leslie Fisher www.lesliefisher.com|
"Augmented Reality Explosion" - Using a Workshop Model and AR
|A day in our room|
Here is what I did. I set up 4 AR "stations" that each had a new Augmented Reality interaction for them to experience. I brought them all to the carpet and told them what I was asking from them and what our mini- lesson was for the day. They were to have the AR experience and think about how they could "integrate" it into our curriculum in the classroom.
I have a 2:1 iPad ratio in my room, but you could modify the management based on how many devices you have in your room. Two students share an iPad and this is how they managed it. One student was at an AR center and was having the "experience" and when they were finished they would go back to work on their analog reflection piece and trade places. They were given about 4-5 minutes at each station.
|Robot Programming/Coding AR|
Each student was given a paper that asked them to share and reflect on their experience and talk about what they liked the best and how they could integrate it into the classroom. After the students had been to each station and recorded their feedback, we returned to the carpet where they shared their experience with a partner. We then had a class discussion about their ideas and what they came up with.
The responses from the students were incredible. They helped me get a clear idea on how to create the lessons and how I was going to integrate them into our curriculum. I know had the power of AR and the desire from my students to learn and take ownership in not only their learning but in the development of the instruction as well.
This design has become somewhat common in our room and the students are very responsible for the integration, of not only AR in the room, but how we use technology in our room. We have a small section of my dry-erase board (needs to be bigger now..haha) that we add notes too when we come up with technology or AR ideas to use in the classroom.
Here are what we had at each station
- Space & Solar System AR App
- Robot Programming and Coding AR App
- Nasa 3D Spacecraft
- AR Flashcards
Stay tuned for more "AR integration" ideas and student driven learning
Monday, March 10, 2014
GoNoodle is a FREE web tool that provides engaging physical activities to help students stay focused, engaged, and motivated! I introduced a few of GoNoodle's activities to my students last week and they have been begging for more ever since! Once signing up for your FREE account, you are able to choose an entertaining and comical classroom Champ! You and your students can help your Champ grow by completing brain breaks.
|Our classroom Champ|
To The Maximo
According to fitday.com, stretching can help you improve your focus and mental clarity. To The Maximo does exactly this! This activity uses Maximo, an enthusiastic character, to lead the students in variety of stretches. Once Maximo has finished leading your students through several stretches, they are able to work together to solve the hidden picture.
|My students stretching with Maximo.|
Run With Us uses real Olympians to teach the students specific skills of various track and field events. Once the students have mastered the skills, they can complete in different competitions. This physical activity get the students moving and gets them energized!
Airtime is a physical activity that calms the students using different breathing exercises. As the students navigate through the exercises, a balloon travels around the United States teaching the students interesting facts about different states. An all new beautiful bubble animation to keep Airtime fresh!
GoNoodle is an amazing resource for educators worldwide! Research shows that short bursts of physical activities called "brain breaks", increases a persons ability to comprehend. According to The Zeigarnik effect, students who suspend their study, during which they do unrelated activities (such as studying unrelated subjects or playing games), will remember material better than students who complete study sessions without a break (Zeigarnik, 1927; McKinney 1935).(http://blogs.adobe.com/captivate/2011/11/want-to-improve-learning-take-a-break….html)
Take a break and click HERE to sign up for a FREE GoNoodle account to inspire your students to be healthy while strengthening the ability to comprehend!
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
|image of Jen from www.jenaball.com|
|Image of Starr from www.starsackstein.com|