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What’s the antidote for #edtech negativity? Just a bunch of B.S.
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.
“Augmented reality is ability to bring the digital world into our physical world. Digital content overlaid onto physical objects gives us the ability to bring learning content into the classroom like never before. When learning about the Solar System, you can have students read an article, look at pictures, or watch a video, but with augmented reality you can put the entire Solar System on their desk in 3D to interact with. That is powerful!”
Every year at Hollywood award shows, we see fantastic movies celebrated for their rich storytelling and dynamic performances. Your students can become moviemakers, too, thanks to some powerful apps for mobile devices.
Here are the free ones:
- iMotion HD (iOS: Free, Upgrade Available)
- Magisto Video Editor & Maker (Android: Free)
- Andromedia Video Editor (Android: Free)
Technology has changed the way people learn and access education, particularly languages. But can you successfully master a language only using online tools?
The answer doesn’t have to be yes for every question, but the more boxes you can tick, the better!
- Does it improve the teacher’s ability to personalize learning?
- Does it offer potential for individual progress?
- Does it improve student engagement and motivation?
- Does it help teachers to to online testing methods?
- Does it extend time and stretch resources effectively?
- Does it extend the reach of effective teachers?
- Does it improve teacher’s working conditions?
- Does it decrease device costs?
- Does it help students and parents adopt learning apps?
- Does it help narrow the digital divide?
Most of us learn and work on 2 or 3 screens—students should have the same opportunity to use the right device for the right job and the right time. Sometimes a mobile consumption device is just right. Sometimes a keyboard and a 13 inch screen is the best tool for writing and editing.
Three screens can be a great way to learn, but few schools can provide all three. BYOD should be used to create a high-access environment—a three-screen day that includes a mobile device, a production device, and a large sharing/editing screen (e.g., an interactive whiteboard).
A school- or district-wide digital learning strategy provides a paddle to help steer your organization toward its learning and teaching goals. It’s the shared vision educators rally around to guide effective technology implementation.
As schools across the country consider which devices to invest in, they must first consider their big-picture vision for how they’ll be using these devices — and to what end. They must consider the needs of teachers and students, and come up with a shared understanding of their goals.
When it comes to choosing tablets, educators have a lot of anecdotal information to weigh, and many are making these decisions with their eyes wide open. But no one example of school tablet use can be a set model for every scenario. Each principal, each school, and each community has their own set of needs and criteria, so what might work in one school may not work in another.
I think the article makes an interesting case for suggesting that students use google+ for a “professional” profile. What do you think?