Maureen Reilly is the STEAM coordinator of The Blue School. I shared Maureen’s contact info with Karlyn Adler and Amy Liebov (two of the amazing kindergarten teachers at The School at Columbia University), especially so they could check out the LEGO wall in the MakerSpace that Maureen launched in September. (Maureen shared lots of information about her research of Makerspaces, visits to other spaces, and thoughts for The Blue School’s space at a recent NYCISTk6 meeting, and I wanted to see it soon.) Within a week, Karlyn and Amy set up a visit with Maureen, and I was thrilled at the opportunity to tag along.
Here are some images of the MakerSpace, the LEGO wall, the woodshop designed by Construction Kids in Brooklyn, some pre-school classrooms, the Science annex with a beehive on the patio outside, the inside and outside shoe tubes, reading nooks, the beautiful light in the hallways, the Wonder Room, and so many thoughtfully designed learning spaces and curated exhibits throughout the school.
Kindergarten teacher, Karlyn Adler (@karlynadler), has been toying with the Aurasma augmented reality app since December. For KA’s parent share last week, she captured video of the kids explaining their recent work and uploaded these clips to their class’s Auasma channel. Parents used iPads with headphones to access these videos when the iPad faced key places on the wall to trigger the video overlay. (Katie Pabarue (@kpabarue) has been using Aurasma with her 1st graders to capture delightful book reviews – I hope you have time to ask her about that too!)
Karlyn wrote about the experience on her professional portfolio here: http://karlynadler.wordpress.com/2014/06/03/using-aurasma-for-curriculum-shares-plus-a-how-to-kinderchat-edchat/
Speaking of Karlyn’s awesome new online space, below is a description for my Teach21 workshop on Wednesday, June 18. I hope you’ll join me for it or for the other two I proposed…
Our Portfolios, Ourselves: Crafting a Digital Portfolio of Your Work as an Educator
Curation is a 21st Century skill, so let’s show how to gather archival evidence of your professional endeavors and classroom projects in a digital portfolio. You’ll learn tips to get started: What to gather? Where to put it? How much will this cost? How to organize it? What settings to use? How to link or embed artifacts? How to connect with others?
This is a half-day workshop offered from 9:00 – 11:30. Please stay and join us for lunch.
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!