Last week was a whirlwind of edtech fun as presenters from around the country shared tools to inspire technology use in the classroom. I had the privilege of sharing at 4 workshops, 3 sessions and 1 poster presentation on various technology resources. It goes without stating that my passion for Augmented and Virtual Reality were my highlights.
Use the resources I created below to modify for your lessons and/or professional development. My hope is that these resources bring creative ways to use technology in our classrooms.
Codewars with Sphero
Main presenter - Holly Curry
This session was an incredibly active time as we played, created, and played some more. I created this Google Slide presentation to build your own obstacle course...with a twist. Holly created more resources on this Spark page.
View these Periscopes from the workshop by selecting the images below. Continue to learn coding in this module here.
The Power of Virtual
In this session, we had time to explore and create virtual reality experiences. As you see in this image, it was a personalized learning experience and everyone walked away with a different way to implement these tools. Get the Google Slide presentation here. I've created a VR module to continue the learning here.
3D Printing & 3D Pens
In all honesty, this workshop was on a topic that I had the least experience. The initial session was submitted to share how a school district was able to implement 3D printing and 3D pens, however, when the principal from the campus was unable to attend, I created an alternative plan. Through the talented Matthew Lincheck and Joy Schwartz, the session turned out to be fantastic!
Get the presentation here and check out these pictures by attendees below. Special thanks to STEMfinity for the free 3D pens for the attendees to try out! Want more creation resources? Get access to this module I created for students as digital creators.
AR Apps on an iPad
In this short iPad Academy session, my goal was to light a fire in these educators to bring more Augmented Reality resources back to their district. While AR apps are generally limited to a select few at conferences, I try to share resources that aren’t typically found such as EON Experience and Traces. View the image below from the session using Bugs 3D. Get the presentation here and have access to more resources in this module.
Learning Ambassador Dinner
To say that we had a good time at the Learning Ambassador dinner at Moonshine is an understatement. It was an honor to meet with these incredible folks and I can’t wait to connect with them again at ISTE. If you’d like to learn about joining the Learning Ambassador program with Atomic Learning, get more information here.
Google in 360
Sharing the tools the Google tools to view and create 360 experiences was a short but successful session. The resources were discussed and demonstrated while offering the opportunity to get additional resources on this flyer. Some of the tools shared were Google Spotlight Stories, Google Streetview, Google Cardboard Camera, YouTube 360 Playlist and the Google Camera Loan program. You can view the 360 from our session in RoundMe.
AR VR Playground
While sharing augmented and virtual reality in short sessions is a way to get some resources out quickly, the workshops allowed the experience to be experienced in a much deeper capacity. This workshop was co-presented with Matt Lincheck and we were able to experience ZapBox which was shared for the VERY FIRST TIME! If you’re wondering what the hype is all about, check out Zappar’s Kickstarter campaign and join the party. In addition to ZapBox, we were able to explore several AR & VR apps for the classroom in stations. The attendees worked together in groups to view these resources and discuss how these tools can be applied in the classroom. Check out the presentation here. On the bottom, you'll see the new ZapBox app that isn’t available to the public quite yet, but you’ll want to get ready for the release by this summer.
Social Media & Live Video Chats Poster Session
I had the opportunity to share upcoming virtual, global events for our classrooms: #ECGC17 & #GlobalMakerDay. Both of these events allow global connections to build your PLN, collaborate with others classrooms around the world and provide authentic conversations. Get ready for #ECGC17 (EdChange Global Classrooms) coming up on February 28th! Want more learning opportunity? Get access to this module I created.
Special Gift for Mady
I had the honor of joining Joy Schwartz as she presented 2 items that were 3D printed by her students and given to an incredible young lady. Last November, I was overwhelmed by the talents and passion her students shared at #GlobalMakerDay and to see their talents used to help others showed the “give back” culture that every classroom should have. Joy's students not only design and 3D print prosthetic limbs for students around the world, but her class decided that a matching American Girl doll would be an appropriate gift for the occasion. Mady was full of life as she danced around, flipped around in cart wheels and held tight to her first American Girl doll that is JUST LIKE HER. There was no question that this evening was the highlight of my trip, and one experience that I will never forget. View the Periscope here and see the incredible images below from that night. In addition, KVUE was able to capture this special time and you can watch it here.
After an hour of amazing game creations, problem solving, and some wild 5 minute countdowns, the session was nearly ready to wrap up. I was amazed at the creativity each team displayed and how quickly they were able to adjust and modify their games as difficult challenges were presented. The finale of the session was the introduction of Bloxels! We worked on creating characters, building a quick video game and decorating the game to fit any curriculum. Check out the Game Maker presentation and the short Periscope of the session.
What's next? I'm excited to share more sessions at #ISTE17 this summer in San Antonio. JOIN ME!
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