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I had the opportunity to connect with Eddie Gonzalez at CUE 2017. He is doing some innovative work with virtual reality in education using sketchup, sketchfab, tinkercad, and other great VR creation apps. If you are interested in connecting with an emerging leader in the VR in EDU community be sure to reach out to Eddie for some valuable ideas. 

Virtual Reality in EDU, Sketchup Sketchfab, Tinkercad - Eddie Gonzalez @EddiesClass #CUE17
Link to Eddie's session presentation. Great info! http://bit.ly/2nAnRKN
www.TeacherTechTrials.com

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I had the opportunity to connect with Eddie Gonzalez at CUE 2017. He is doing some innovative work with virtual reality in education using sketchup, sketchfab, tinkercad, and other great VR creation apps. If you are interested in connecting with an emerging leader in the VR in EDU community be sure to reach out to Eddie for some valuable ideas. 

Virtual Reality in EDU, Sketchup Sketchfab, Tinkercad - Eddie Gonzalez @EddiesClass #CUE17
Link to Eddie's session presentation. Great info! http://bit.ly/2nAnRKN
www.TeacherTechTrials.com

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Jaime Donally on AR/VR in EDU

Looking to the Future with Jaime Donally

 

“We are failing our kids.”


 

Jaime Donally, a woman hard at work in east Texas, has been struck with how limited a view many kids have of the world they live in. She recently asked her students what they were planning on doing during their summer holiday.

 

“Probably go to Walmart.”

Click here to visit Jaime's site where she has shared some great AR/VR resources

 

Many of our children stay in their hometown where they are limited to the point where they think of shopping as the only type of excitement they have access to. Jaime wants to change all that. She sees how virtual reality can totally break down those walls and allow our kids to connect to things they couldn’t connect to without the technology. 

I recently participated in EdChange Global Classrooms event and connected my classroom with students and teachers from around the globe. Jaime's passion for connecting people together and allowing kids to look outside their classroom walls really shows through in her organization of this powerful event. 

@JaimeDonally also works to connect people together for the event EdChange  Global Classrooms #ECGC

 

Jaime is currently working hard sharing her passion of augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR) with other teachers. Her advice for those in the teaching profession is to think big, but make sure you do it in a manageable way. Tools for using AR and VR are out now, and even more should be coming out soon that will be inexpensive. You don’t necessarily need to go out and buy the most expensive tools to use in your classroom.

 

Consider what devices you already have and what you can do with those devices. There are incredible experiences you can give your children even with the little you have right now. Look to the future! Dream big. Make goals. The better you plan things out, the more likely you will be to succeed.

Jaime shared some great resources from her presentations at TCEA here.

 

There are so many exciting things happening in the educational world and so many new things to look forward to! In the future, our classrooms are probably going to be much more virtual than we’ve ever imagined.

 

If you’d like to learn more about using AR and VR in your own classroom or want to find out more about what Jaime is doing, check out her website! She’d love to share her passion with you and help you learn how to serve your students better with technology.


 

Helpful Links and Resources from this Interview:

 

Jaime’s website: tiny.cc/arvrinedu

 

Twitter: @jaimedonally

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Eric Hawkinson: Making Bridges in the Classroom


 

An Arizonian living in Japan, Eric Hawkinson has taught in all sorts of classrooms to all different types of students. Currently, he’s working at a public university in Japan as a teacher while also tinkering with all sorts of technology related projects.

Eric Hawkinson

 

One of Eric’s biggest projects right now is his work with AR. For those of you not familiar with the term, AR stands for augmented reality. It’s a way to connect the real world with the world of technology. One well known example of this is Pokemon Go. The game takes the environment you’re in and using a device, usually a phone, a digital layer is added that allows you to see things that aren’t actually there.

 

Eric loves taking AR and using it in the classroom. One example of the way he’s used the technology is with a textbook he wrote for Japanese students studying English. He redesigned the textbook so that the students could point their smartphone or tablet at it, and it would recognize the page and the students could then hear the written dialog or see a video related to that dialog on the page. It’s a novel way to experience the world!

 

Teachers can use AR in different ways. For example, they could take a stack of normal playing cards, and make them associated with certain videos or audio that students could access by pointing their phones or tablets at the cards. This is especially helpful when teachers want their students to visualize something that can’t be visualized easily.

Eric presenting at a TED talk in Japan

 

It’s a powerful ability to be able to take the real world and connect it in very visual ways to technology. Eric sees AR “like a bridge from whatever you have in the classroom to wherever you want to go, whatever you want to talk about.”

 

All you need to do is learn to use that bridge! Check out Eric’s website for more information about what he’s doing in the technology world and to learn how you too can make bridges in the classroom.


 

Helpful Links and Resources from this Interview:

 

Eric’s website: http://erichawkinson.com


Twitter: @Eric_Hawkinson

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Rachelle Poth on Nearpod

How do you get students interested in learning with all of the modern day distractions?  

This educator uses tech. to connect.

Rachelle Poth has over 20 years of teaching experience. Currently she teaches foreign language just outside of Pittsburgh at Riverview Junior Senior High School in Oakmont, PA.  Rachelle also teaches STEAM, an emerging technology course to a class of eighth graders.  While the STEAM course is definitely modern in design and topic, Rachelle has found tools such as Nearpod that allow her to adapt even her traditional courses to be more engaging and interactive.

Rachelle Dene Poth

NEARPOD AS A TEACHING SOLUTION

Nearpod is a software meets hardware solution for the classroom which brings the teacher’s daily lesson direct to the student’s desk via handheld devices or computers.  Some of Rachelle’s favorite Nearpod features are the virtual tours and real time quizzes and polls.  Teachers can ask a question to the class and get real time results to display for interactive question and answer sessions.

 

Knowing that teaching is not a one-size-fits-all activity, Rachelle uses Nearpod to differentiate her instruction and encourage independent learning. Dynamic lesson planning and on the go changes let Rachelle make changes to the lesson plan from class to class, changing the order of exercises or tweaking a question or individual lesson component on demand. A far cry from the days of making 60 photocopies of your static, template style class handouts.

 

BIG PICTURE ADVICE

Nearpod is just one of the solutions Rachelle has used to connect with her students that have come of age in the era of social media, smartphones and readily available home laptops and tablets.  And while innovation is generally a good thing, Rachelle advises fellow teachers to make sure that whatever solution they may be implementing, technology should always have a purpose.  Students are increasingly tech savvy and even the newest bells and whistles won’t hold their interest if there isn’t a solid educational substance.

Rachelle with some of her student leaders.

 

If you’d like to hear more about the various tools Rachelle Poth uses in her classroom check out her blog: www.rdene915.com. You can also connect with Rachelle via Twitter or her LinkedIn account.

 

RESOURCES:

Rachelle’s Blog: www.rdene915.com

Twitter: @rdene915

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/rachelledenepoth

NearPod's Website: www.NearPod.com

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