In December, I shared the Aurasma augmented reality app with many of the K-2 teachers. I had ideas for book reviews and narrated Admissions tours and curated parent shares. Aurasma lets the camera on your iPhone or iPad zero in on an image (the trigger) in order to call up a corresponding overlay (the aura).
Two weeks ago, I spent time with Karlyn Adler (@karlynadler) and Katie Pabarue (@kpabarue) playing with the app, and I was pleased to see that it was crashing less than it did when I first downloaded it in the fall. We brainstormed ways to use it and practiced creating auras and exploring channels. We decided it may make sense to create a channel for their classroom and just have that app/channel loaded on designated iPads in their class.
Katie has been using it to link book covers with audio and/or video of her students reviewing the book. I can’t wait to see this in action. Karlyn told me that they had a great parent share last week (while I was at NAIS), where her students walked around with their parent and used Aurasma to view short videos triggered by the bulletin boards. I went up to see for myself and captured this video:
I approached Belinda Nicholson, Principal of the Middle Division at The School at Columbia University, and we had a great conversation yesterday about possibly using it for Admissions tours — one possibility is that we could have designated iPads for tours and let room signs trigger information about the classroom or the teacher or the type of work that goes on in the space. Today, Belinda told me already had a bunch of ideas including using an image of the student schedule to trigger audio of what a typical week looks/feels like.
At NAIS last week, I attended Lori Carroll (@lcarroll94)and Justine Fell (@justfell)’s Aurasma showcase at the speed innovating session, and it was great to swap ideas with them. They shared a great one-sheeter that I’ve since further shared with teachers here at The School. Contact them to see if they’ll share it with you!
The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) just held their annual conference this week in Orlando, Florida. While it rained the first two days, at least it was a warm rain and not the icy rain that has been plaguing New York City. I was really honored to be at the conference as an NAIS Teacher of the Future and as a presenter. I led a 3-hour workshop with Kim Sivick (@ksivick), Hadley Ferguson (@hadleyjf), and Liz Davis (@lizbdavis) on Wednesday and a 1-hour session with Kim and Hadley on Friday – both were titled, Learn Outside the Box: A World of Professional Learning Opportunities. Our slide decks are below.
Slides from our 3-hour presentation are here:
Slides from our 1-hour session are here:
Here is a smattering of some of the great ideas worth spreading shared at NAIS this year:
– Eric Whitacre (@EricWhitacre) founded the magical Virtual Choir and offered a keynote at NAIS and favorited my tweet:
– Some of the NAIS Teachers of the Future presented about their various passion projects.
Their slides are here: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1SbjGfLAjQ3O3sRu2h6BKtltLkxNExEpqI4ldRKCp0Ws/edit
The backchannel from their talk is here: https://todaysmeet.com/NAISTOF
– Stephanie Castle (@castlestephanie) has an amazing YouTube channel of IB science videos she created with ExplainEverything: http://www.youtube.com/user/SCScienceVid
– Mary Cantwell (@scitechyedu) has an awesome website where she writes about her DEEP design thinking protocol: Discover Empathize Experiment Produce. http://deepdesignthinking.com
– Lorri Carroll (@lcarroll94) and Justine Fell (@justfell) led a great speed innovating workshop about using Aurasma for communicating and sharing. I mentioned that I had been talking with Karlyn Adler (Kindergarten teacher at The School) and Katie Pabarue (1st Grade teacher at The School) about using Aurasma for parent shares and book reviews and school tours. Children’s artwork could trigger a video of the kid describing their work. A class photo of the choir could trigger a video from a performance. A book cover could trigger a child’s review of the book. The classroom door sign could trigger a montage video of the teacher and students in action.
– David Held (@dheld) showed off awesome Art and Technology projects during the speed innovating workshop. He also told me that there is an @Arduino shield that can communicate with Vernier probes! Here’s the link for the shield: https://www.sparkfun.com/products/11897
I tweeted about it, and Vernier responded (!) with a link to get started with sample programs: http://www.vernier.com/engineering/arduino/
– Sarah Hofstra is organizing a Hybrid Learning Consortium Summer Symposium in June that I wish I could attend.
– Teach21 (@Teach21c) is going west and partnering with The Hamlin School in San Francisco in June. Master teachers will be leading professional development workshops for other teachers: https://teach21.theschool.columbia.edu/
The tweets from #naisac14 can be viewed using this Tagboard: https://tagboard.com/naisac14