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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!”
If I run into a problem once, I usually don’t think too much about it. However, this is the third time this weekend I’ve run into this problem.
You may experience:
- You can’t update iTunes to 11.1.4 for some reason.
- You restart your computer after updating and get the MsVcr80.dll not found error that you keep having to click off your screen.
- You can’t open iTunes and get “MSVCR80.DLL not found”.
There are lots of great help docs out there - the most important thing is not downloading the DLL file you are missing (you are likely downloading malware). Instead follow the directions and get iTunes updated and working. I’m bolding key points for emphasis!
UNINSTALLING AND REINSTALLING iTUNES WILL NOT BREAK iTUNES
Go to your Control Panel > Programs and Features
Uninstall these programs in this order
- Apple Software Update
- Apple Mobile Device Support
- Apple Application Support
If you run into problems uninstalling the programs listed above, after the reboot you can manually remove them by deleting these folders:
- C:\Program Files\Bonjour
- C:\Program Files\Common Files\Apple (just the Apple folder)
- C:\Program Files\iTunes
Before you reinstall iTunes, make sure you right-click on the iTunes install file and click “Run As Administrator”. If you don’t do this, you’ll have to do the process all-over again because you’ll get the same error.
Wait for iTunes to install, open, and you’re back in business.
Hope that helps!
It’s the time of year where you may be giving or receiving new gadgets, so here’s a tip to be the heroine/hero when you unbox new tech devices.
The key? After you connect it to the Internet make sure it’s up to date first!
Whether it’s a new phone, tablet, gaming console, or even TV (yes, Wifi enabled TVs need to be updated!) be sure to access the device’s “Settings” menu, and look for a system update area. If the device has automatic updates be sure to turn those on, then manually run the updates until the device says you’re up-to-date. It may take a few minutes, but applying updates will prevent problems downloading your first app, game, or setting up the rest of the features of your new device.
(Added bonus with your new xbone or PS4, take it out of the box and update it now to beat the Christmas rush - you won’t be able to download from respective networks over the next week due to a huge increase in traffic!)
Last week on the Connected Student Series, I discussed the ‘why’ of digital portfolios. It is imperative that in 2014, students be able to curate, archive and expand on the work they are producing in class.
A couple of weeks ago, a New York Times op-ed asked the question, “Are kids too coddled?” In other words, shouldn’t we let them fail once in awhile so they develop some backbone? Or don’t they just need more grit?
The answer is not that simple because human beings are not that simple.
- Model ICT skills: Discuss plagiarism, show where and how to find information online.
- Promote collaboration: Brainstorm ideas, and show collaborative writing, track changes, etc.
- Share student-generated content: Combine pupil generated quizzes with the use of learner response systems during your lessons.
- Go beyond the board’s accompanying software: Think of the board as a giant, touch sensitive computer. It can do more than what the basic accompanying software offers.
- Bring the outside in: Bring rich, real-world content into your classroom.
- Combine with web apps: The board can be a powerful tool for collaboration when you use it with other apps (like Twitter)
- Don’t use it all the time: If you want the students to work collaboratively or sit in a circle, don’t turn it on. It isn’t the perfect tool for everything.
- Let the students use it: find meaningful opportunities to let the students interact with it
There are a few key stages of proper implementation that you should know if you’re looking to start climbing the blended learning tree. Starting from down at the roots is the planning process. It’s about a lot more than just ‘planning’ on buying some iPads. Planning involves creating appropriate blended learning spaces. That means you have a nice place for students to gather and collaborate while using technology. Read the trunk to get started!
Digital Student Portfolios are becoming more important now than ever! Students are creating and remixing information like never before - and where is all that amazing work going?
But how can you get your students to think as problem solvers? You can break down the learning process for them – scaffolding. If the students can begin to understand (even subconsciously) where their information is coming from and how to attain that information, they’ll become more efficient learners and excellent problem solvers.
Mia MacMeekin has created this great infographic on scaffolding for deeper understanding in your classroom. It is broken down into nine simple steps, using ants as an example.
Here’s a fun challenge to give to students and most adults; try to wait ten minutes before looking at your phone when you hear your text message notification. It’s a difficult challenge for most people. Study Boost knows this and is trying to leverage that compulsion to check text messages in order to make studying a part of students’ text messaging habit.