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Maker Space and HyperDuino

I recently listened 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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“Kahoot” Game Based Learning

I was looking at the Teacher-pay-Teacher website and I came across a new game based learning site called “Kahoot” and I am hooked! I have made six quizzes for different lessons I teach and found some public versions I could use! I have tried them in two lessons so far and those students that used the site seemed to love it! Now that I have some experience I will be sure to try again. For the students it is a simple matter of them visiting kahoot.it and entering the game pin!

Once the students have entered the pin their username will be displayed on the Kahoot page.

I also found if you don’t have any devices in your classroom you can still use the preview mode! I just tested this option and it worked well, but it would be much more fun for the students to have devices! I also just created a Kahoot for my K2 class and will try it out on Monday! Try it now!

The quizzes are really easy to make and you can even add YouTube clips to make for some interesting questions!

Create a free teachers account now!


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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!

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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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Connected Classrooms on Google +

Google + is a great way to bring the world into your classroom, there are many “virtual field trips” (VFT) planned and some really cool events like “Dogsledding Through Glass With The Wilderness Classroom”

Using Google + you are able to arrange a ‘HangOut ‘ with other classrooms allowing your students to ask questions and connect from anywhere in the world! Looking for a class in Hong Kong to say hello? Send me message to +StephenHesketh

You can visit the Connected Classrooms website at http://connectedclassrooms.withgoogle.com/#