teaching with technology

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Maker Space and HyperDuino

I was listening to an amazing podcast about Roger Wager who wrote the first user manual for the Apple computer and then later wrote a program called HyperSudio. Technology & Learning Magazine wrote “Most Important Educational Technology Gurus of the Past Two Decades”: Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Seymour Papert, Roger Wagner”.

And  Steve Wozniak wrote: “Roger Wagner didn’t just read the first book on programming the Apple computer – he wrote it.”

I later tweeted about his newest invention HyperDuino and to my surprise, he contacted me and sent two kits! I now have five students who are joining the Maker movement by learning from doing!


“The HyperDuino does for the maker movement what HyperStudio did for hypermedia: it makes it possible for everyone, regardless of age and experience, to create interactive maker projects.”

– Roger Wagner, designer of the HyperDuino

If you are looking for a great way to get students involved in interactive  learning that is self-paced and so much fun, then let them lose with  HyperDuino and a computer!

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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).

Bible AR trigger 2

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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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!


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!

 lip dub




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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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The first class

We are about to embark on a new adventure of learning using technology. Sixty five notebook computers are on the way and we will start teaching ICT in October! The school term is now in the third week and soon the ThinkPad notebooks will arrive. We all have been practicing with the students how to line up and bring the notebooks in and out of the classroom using normal books! Although this may seems silly I think it is a great idea coming from one of our wonderful teachers Raymond, as it gives the student an idea of what to do once the real notebooks arrive.

The next step is to show the students how to use the notebooks. Of course most of them can use a desktop windows XP machine and hence will not find it to difficult to use Windows 7. It would be nice to display the teachers and students screen on the SmartBoard so they can see some basics. I have been looking into devices that allow mirroring of mobile devices to the SmartBoard and will be shown something on the 10th of October.

As it stands most of the content for the ICT curriculum will come from the Dr. PC e-books, but I am now looking at other content and apps that work on the Windows 7 platform. It seems that Google provides various options for collaboration, like Google Docs, Google plus and Google drive as well as a range of education apps.

There are also many options out there that can enhance learning across different subject areas using such things as blogs, social media, YouTube, Wikis and numerous other online applications. So the journey begins to discover what works and what does not, but lucky for us the way has already been paved towards the 21st century classroom !