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EdTechTeacher How To Start Using Augmented Reality In The Classroom - from Beth Holland on Edudemic. Augmented Reality (AR) allows teachers and students to extend the physical world with a virtual overlay. Whether you have iPad, Android, or a smartphone, scanning a trigger in the physical world with an AR app allows a new layer of information to appear. This information could be a link to a web site, a video, an audio recording, or even a 3D model. Read on to learn more about how to use augmented reality in education. The two most popular tools for creating Augmented Reality, Layar and Aurasma, work with both iOS and Android devices. Augmented Reality in the Classroom “Augmented reality is ability to bring the digital world into our physical world. Though augmented reality is still fairly new in the classroom, there are some excellent resources created by educators from around the world. Choose either Aurasma or Layar to get started and begin to imagine the possibilities when you extend the physical into the digital world.

This post first appeared on Edudemic. Speech Technology- 10 Breakthrough Technologies 2016: Conversational Interfaces. Stroll through Sanlitun, a bustling neighborhood in Beijing filled with tourists, karaoke bars, and luxury shops, and you’ll see plenty of people using the latest smartphones from Apple, Samsung, or Xiaomi. Look closely, however, and you might notice some of them ignoring the touch screens on these devices in favor of something much more efficient and intuitive: their voice. A growing number of China’s 691 million smartphone users now regularly dispense with swipes, taps, and tiny keyboards when looking things up on the country’s most popular search engine, Baidu.

China is an ideal place for voice interfaces to take off, because Chinese characters were hardly designed with tiny touch screens in mind. But people everywhere should benefit as Baidu advances speech technology and makes voice interfaces more practical and useful. That could make it easier for anyone to communicate with the machines around us. Conversational Interfaces. Content- 50 Favorite Classroom Apps | MindShift | KQED News. Educators and students are quickly becoming more comfortable with classroom technology, allowing them to shift from thinking about the technical side of integrating a new tool to focusing on how it improves learning.

While the sheer number of education apps is still overwhelming, increasingly teachers have found what works for them and are sticking to them. “The conversations I had were radically different than they were a year ago,” said Michelle Luhtala, the librarian for New Canaan High School and host of an Emerging Tech webinar on edWeb. She tapped her professional learning network of educators, teaching all grades and located all over the country, to share their favorite tech tools. “A year ago people felt like it was this new thing that was so overwhelming,” Luhtala said, “and now it really seems much more comfortable.” Educators have become proficient with their favorite classroom apps and are getting more creative with using them to achieve teaching goals.

Epic! Best Practices-National Education Technology Plan - Office of Educational Technology. The National Education Technology Plan is the flagship educational technology policy document for the United States. The Plan articulates a vision of equity, active use, and collaborative leadership to make everywhere, all-the-time learning possible. While acknowledging the continuing need to provide greater equity of access to technology itself, the plan goes further to call upon all involved in American education to ensure equity of access to transformational learning experiences enabled by technology.

The principles and examples provided in this document align to the Activities to Support the Effective Use of Technology (Title IV A) of Every Student Succeeds Act as authorized by Congress in December 2015. In order to keep pace with the changes we are seeing in schools, districts, and states on an almost daily basis, we are updating the NETP more often. Plickers- Low Tech Class Evaluation. Content AR-junaio Reviews. Junaio is the most advanced mobile augmented reality browser. It’s a fast and easy way to discover your world. Find local events, offers and listings; scan QR codes and barcodes to get instant access to additional information; unlock augmented content on images and objects to play games or experience new virtual interactions. Ever felt lost or bored, even in your own city? Is there a new film or exhibition in town? Where is the nearest ATM, taxi or subway station?

Do you have difficult time navigation through life in maps or lists? Junaio uses state-of-the-Art Augmented Reality technology to display all available information exactly where it belongs – your point of view. Do you wish you could just scan everything like a QR code? Use the Scan View to scan QR codes and to get instant access to product information, and web pages. Tired of downloading different apps all the time?? Want to try something new every day?

Entertainment is just a swipe away. Please let us know what you think! AHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!12 Easy Ways to Use Technology in the Classroom, Even for Technophobic Teachers. Everyone wants teachers to use technology in the classroom. But you're busy -- meeting standards, prepping students for tests -- and maybe you’re not too fond of computers, anyway. Never fear – there are easy ways to bring your classroom up-to-date, technologically. Do you have a iPad in your classroom for your use? How about iPads for students to use? Could you get a classroom iPad? What kind of Internet access is available at your school? What do you have to do to get Ipads for your students? Also try to find a technology “mentor” on campus – the computer teacher or just another teacher who uses technology more than you do. Perfect Ed Tech Activities for Beginners Do a PowerPoint “Game Show Review” Many tech-savvy teachers have used Microsoft PowerPoint to create review games based on famous game shows, including “Jeopardy!

Have students complete a written classroom activity as if it was online. Ever have your students write a diary from the perspective of a character or famous person? Assessment- Using Technology to Creatively Assess Students and Teachers. Do you ever just feel a little left behind when it comes to technology? Just when you think you’ve got it down, something else comes along and you have to keep learning. Darn, I hate it when that happens. That whole “continuing education” thing really gets in the way sometimes, doesn’t it? I say this tongue-in-cheek of course. As educators (and people for that matter), we’re always learning and growing. So sometimes, I think that assessment is a little silly. Actually, after all this reflection this week on assessments, I think their core purpose is to tell us how we are doing in comparison to ourselves.

This is where technology comes into play in assessments. Of course, we also need to keep in mind the limitations of technology – and yes, there are some very big limits currently. Ways to Use Technology for Assessment These are just a few of the ways that I have seen or used technology to help me measure student growth: Creating digital portfolios online. Related March 14, 2013. PD- #NerdyCast by Nicholas Provenzano.

BP/Continuing ED- Teachers Teaching Teachers. 59:39 minutes (40.96 MB) We were planning a "Welcome Back" episode on Teachers Teaching Teachers, something about how to launch connected learning with Youth Voices in our classrooms and how to be more planful about connecting our curriculum. #connectedlearning. How do we do that after Michael Brown's killing and the Ferguson protests?

More than ever we need those days, even weeks of trust-building with our students, yet we also can't pretend that Ferguson isn't happening. In addition to this webcast, we offer a small contribution with a #FergusonSyllabus or using Gooru, NowComment, Crocodoc, and Vialogues. Start with your own questions, then deepen your inquiry into Michael Brown's shooting, and the protests and confrontations in Ferguson by choosing from these articles, songs, interviews, photographs, blog posts, podcasts, reviews, videos, reports and surveys.

I am first and foremost an educator. Dr. The State of Tech. 8 Technologies That Will Shape Future Classrooms. What does the future of learning hold? What will classrooms of the future be like? Emerging technologies such as cloud computing, augmented reality (AR) and 3D printing are paving the way for the future of education in ways we may have yet to see. At the very least though, we can extrapolate from what these promising technologies and predict how schools will adopt them in time to come. However, just as the original intentions for new technology often give way to innovative and unpredictable usage, we can never be sure if a twist is waiting for these rising stars. As for now, let us observe their progress and speculate on how these 8 up-and-coming technologies could potentially change education for the better.

Recommended Reading: Major Tech In Education Trends In 2013 [Infographic] 1. We’re still waiting for Augmented Reality to take the world by storm by way of Google Glass, gaming and awesome apps for astronomy. Read Also: 5 Top Augmented Reality Apps For Education A New Way To Teach 3. Evaluating Technology Use in the Classroom. Evaluating the use of technology in a classroom environment is not something most administrators are trained to do.

It is easy to walk into a classroom and see that every student is using a computer, but how do you really assess if and what type of learning is taking place? In the past, I have had administrators tell me “I walked into the teacher’s room and all the students were on laptops.” As though just the site of students working on laptops meant they were engaged in the learning process. I have been trying to wrap my head around a simple way for administrators to evaluate the use of technology in the classroom (a thank you to Dennis Harter who got me thinking about this).

When most administrators evaluate teachers during the evaluation process, they have some sort of check sheet they are working from either mental or as part of a school’s evaluation process. I remembered a Marc Prensky article in Edutopia in which he talks about the typical process of technology adoption: Evaluation- Using Technology for Evaluation and Assessment. Using Technology for Intentional Student Evaluation andProgram Assessment Authored by: George E. Steele “Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives—choice, not chance, determines your destiny.” —Aristotle. If Aristotle is correct, then we in academic advising can always use assistance to be as intentional as possible in our practice. Curriculum Development Stages Useful to Assessment Intentionality is a critical component in the curriculum development model Understanding by Design (UbD) created by McTighe and Wiggins (2005, 2011).

Stage 1: Identify desired results by identifying what students should know, understand, and be able to do. Stage 2: Determine assessment evidence by identifying how we will know if students have achieved the desired results. Understanding by Design—the Model Stage 1: Identifying Desired Results Stage 2: Determining Assessment Evidence. PD-School Technology: Pros Outweigh Cons? PD-Caution Flags For Tech In Classrooms : NPR Ed. A group of recent studies on technology in education, across a wide range of real-world settings, have come up far short of a ringing endorsement.

The studies include research on K-12 schools and higher ed, both blended learning and online, and show results ranging from mixed to negative. A deeper look into these reports gives a sense that, even as computers become ubiquitous in classrooms, there's a lot we still don't know — or at least that we're not doing to make them effective tools for learning. First, a quick overview of the studies and their results: Last fall, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development published its first-ever, and one of the largest-ever, international analyses of student access to computers and how that relates to student learning.

(The OECD administers the PISA test, the world-famous international academic ranking.) That's right. A little bit of computer use was modestly positive, the authors found. Now let's move to the U.S. Practice-Teen Creates App So Bullied Kids Never Have To Eat Alone. School lunch can be intensely lonely when you don't have anyone to sit with. A new app aims to help change that. Tetra Images/Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Tetra Images/Getty Images School lunch can be intensely lonely when you don't have anyone to sit with. Tetra Images/Getty Images You're at a cafeteria, you've got your lunch ... and then you just don't know where to sit. Hampton recently spoke about the app with All Things Considered host Audie Cornish. This is a great idea, but I understand it kind of comes from a sad place, right? Yeah, I did.

Natalie Hampton shows off the Sit With Us app. Toggle caption Courtesy of Carolyn Hampton Natalie Hampton shows off the Sit With Us app. Courtesy of Carolyn Hampton You eventually changed schools, and you did make friends in this new school. Well, I felt that if I was thriving in a new school but didn't do anything about the people who feel like this every single day, then I'm just as bad as the people who watched me eat alone. Content-6 Ed Tech Tools to Try in 201 6. About a year ago, I published an e-book called the Teacher’s Guide to Tech. Over the last month, I have been updating it for 2016, adding over 30 new tools and refreshing the information I had about the original ones.

I have to say, the 2015 version was excellent, but now it’s SO MUCH BETTER. (To take a peek at the guide, scroll to the bottom of this post.) In the process, I discovered some tools that I absolutely fell in love with, and I wanted to share them with you here. Each of these tools can make your teaching more efficient and effective, and your students’ learning deeper and more engaging. Let’s take a look. Listen to this post as a podcast: Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 34:24 — 47.6MB) Subscribe: iTunes | Android | One key to improving student writing is to have students write more often.

The free option allows for 40 students and a limited number of posts; paid packages offer greater capacity for students and posts. Here’s a closer look at Write About: Augmented Reality Brings New Dimensions to Learning. Editor's Note: Drew Minock, who co-wrote this piece, is an elementary teacher, co-founder of the popular education blog Two Guys and Some IPads, and is one of the voices on "The Two Guys Show" podcast. Imagine living in the magical world of Harry Potter, where the school hallways are lined with paintings that are alive and interactive.

Now imagine creating an atmosphere like that for your students. Augmented Reality (AR) allows educators and students to do just that: unlock or create layers of digital information on top of the physical world that can be viewed through an Android or iOS device. Most people who interact with AR for the first time have a mind-blowing experience but fail to consider classroom applications. In our elementary school classrooms, we use AR to create active learning experiences hitherto inconceivable, and in the process redefine the learning space! Classroom Applications Not Just Another Fad There are endless ideas and possibilities for using AR. Tools- The Top 10 Ed-Tech Tools Suggested by Teacher Experts - Market Brief. 101 Innovations in Scholarly Communication: How researchers are getting to grip with the myriad of new tools.