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Using Augmented Reality to Spice up a Worksheet!

I have been looking for different ways to make my lessons more interesting and fun for the students and ever since learning about Augmented Reality (AR) from Brad and Drew (Two Guys and Some iPads) I have tried many times using Aurasma and other AR tools. Now I think I am almost ready after using Daqri 4D Studio. After having my students record a video from a Bible book worksheet and went ahead and made a AR experience from the videos and the other media I used to teach the lesson. Here is my trigger image (what you need to point your device at).

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And here is what you would see once the experience is loaded! I was able to add three different experiences including the student video, a youtube clip about the Bible story and the Google slide I made for the lesson! What a great way to add a student voice to the learning experience! Next is to teach the students to make their own! Get your own education account at Daqri now!

First Bible AR


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Google Apps for Education in Hong Kong

Looking forward to an amazing weekend of googliness!

The Google Apps for Education Hong Kong Summit is a fantastic two day event taking place in Kowloon Junior School on Saturday, September 13th and Sunday, September 14th 2014. The summit is focused on helping you get the most out of Google Apps for Education in both ‘primary/secondary schools’ and ‘Higher Education’ environments. They will have sessions lead by some of the worlds leading Google apps experts including Google staff and Google Certified Teachers and trainers.

There will be sessions for teachers/lecturers, school administrators and school IT managers. We guarantee you will leave the summit with knowledge that you can take away to your school and start using straight away.

In addition there will be a ‘Chromebooks playground’; A dedicated classroom with experts on hand where you can drop in at any time during the conference to try out Google Chromebooks.

 

 


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Amazing week of Edtech

What an amazing week we had at school using technology! I am so excited bringing these creative ideas to the classroom and I want to give a big Shout Out to all the amazing teachers that have shared their ideas via Google Plus, Twitter and the blogosphere.

The first exciting lesson we did this week was Connected Classrooms. We had a Virtual Field Trip (VFT) with the pilots of the Solar Impulse. Connected classrooms are a way that technology can bring just about anything into the classroom! My goal is to one day have the children speak with the astronauts on the International Space Station!

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Connected classrooms was a new idea I came across this term and I started out doing what is called ‘Mystery Hangouts’, some what similar to twenty questions where the students need to guess what part of the world another classroom is from. So far I have been using pre recorded messages via youtube due to time differences and we are in the process of connecting with similar time zone countries. We have visited Canada and Zimbabwe. You can join a Google Plus community to find your own!

The next fun thing we did was a Lip dub! A lip dub is a type of video that combines lip synching and audio dubbing to make a music video. It is made by filming individuals or a group of people lip synching while listening to a song or any recorded audio then dubbing over it in post editing with the original audio of the song. We did ours with the song  ‘Every Move I Make‘  by Hillsong Kids. It was lots of fun for both teachers and students and it was great for the school spirit and teamwork!

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Screencastify

Are you looking for a quick way to explain and share how to do anything from your computer? I love Screencastify to make quick YouTube clips for my students or fellow educators! It is a simple video screen capture software for Chrome. The great thing about this Chrome extension is that you can record voice and video at the same time!

Here is a quick tutorial I made to supplement a short professional development I did my fellow educators.

I can see this will become a wonderful tool for all those that teach or want to explain just about anything! And what’s even better is this great Chrome extension is totally free!


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Reflector

After dropping the idea of mirroring our school iPads to an interactive whiteboard (our classroom computers did not have WiFi) I finally came up with a cost effective solution called ‘Reflector’ and a USB WiFi dongle.

Reflector allows educators and students to wirelessly display iPads on a projector or smart board. Students can wirelessly present homework, and teachers can share iPads during presentations, untethering from the desk or podium. Reflector supports multiple device mirroring, so students can compare work, show their work without interrupting the presentation or complete work side-by-side in real time.

Now I am so excited as I can start showing the students and teachers many great edtech ideas like Augmented Reality and Aurasma . I have a PD for our teachers on Monday I hope I can blow their minds with the cool things you can do in your lesson!


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TeachMeets in Hong Kong

This week was an exciting time of edtech learning and sharing at TeachMeets which was organized by 21st Century Learning International. TeachMeets are an organised but informal meeting (in the style of an unconference) for teachers to share good practice, practical innovations and personal insights in teaching with technology (TeachMeets).

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So what did we learn? There where some amazing teachers that had a real passion for education and technology interrogation!

There where many great applications shared like NearPod and SoundCloud  and I even got to test drive a  GoogleGlass thanks to +Stu Lowe!

Photo: Just test drove Google Glass!