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Inspired by @LisbethUribe to gather info about an #AugmentedReality virtual sandbox! #scichat #MakerEd

Lisbeth Uribe, extraordinary science teacher at The School, sent an email suggesting we try and make an Augmented Reality sandbox for our students based on the video above which went relatively viral recently. I immediately clicked on the video (linked above), and then googled “augmented reality sandbox” for more info.

I located an enormously helpful website of project details for an AR sandbox provided by Oliver Keylos of UC Davis. He wrote that their project was inspired by a video from group of Czech Researchers. (I LOVE when people model professional courtesy and share the inspiration for their ideas.)

Upon locating Oliver Kreylos’s Twitter feed (@okreylos), I saw an awesome tweet he wrote last about a blog post from a middle school science teacher; Tom Currie worked with his 6th graders and other members of he community to build an AR sandbox in their library. I promptly sent these links to Lisbeth and am crossing my fingers we can pull off something similar at The School…

Here’s the link to Tom Currie’s post http://currieosity.blogspot.ca/2014/11/an-augmented-reality-sandbox.html

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Pretty impressed with #Bigshot’s DIY digital camera kit.

Lisbeth Uribe, science teacher at The School at Columbia University, recently sent a link about the Bigshot’s DIY digital camera kit to the rest of her department and the technology integrators.

The Bigshot camera is currently available for $89 plus S/H, and part of the proceeds goes towards donating additional Bigshots to children all over the world. Lisbeth thinks the camera kit could be integrated into units about lenses, circuits, and/or electronics. I think it would be cool to do an art project with them, or at least have an afterschool class using them. As per the History page from Bigshot’s website:

Bigshot was created by Shree Nayar, a Professor of Computer Science at Columbia University. He worked with a team of contractors to build the first set of working prototypes. He also worked with a group of gifted students, led by Guru Krishnan and Brian Smith, on developing the first version of the educational website and field testing the initial prototypes. The Bigshot project at Columbia was partly funded by a Google research award and an ONR Instrumentation Grant.

In 2011, Nayar founded Kimera, LLC, a social venture focused on making Bigshot available to kids and educators around the globe.

It would also be fun to compare Bigshot’s build/create/express experience to Lomography’s Konstrucktor DIY 35mm film SLR kit

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Volunteer efforts at @The_School in the aftermath of #Sandy:

Unlike most other schools in the city, The School at Columbia University opened its doors on Thursday and Friday. A great majority of our community made it in for both days; I heard stories of people carpooling over 2.5 hours to get to school on time. Others biked in and needed to wait until the sun was up as many streets still had non-functioning traffic lights. There were teachers and students among us who were evacuated: some still are not in their own homes almost a week later, some are “camping” without electricity or hot water, and some are facing irreparable loss and heartbreaking/expensive repairs.

However, it is amazing how communities rally. Teachers invited colleagues to sleep over, commute together, clean up parks, and gather supplies to be donated. Lisbeth Uribe, science teacher extraordinaire, organized a relief effort over email yesterday. This morning, she and her son filled her car to the brim with items gathered from us: blankets, coats, boots, clothing, bedding, toiletries, toys, diapers, household utensils, bottled water and beverages, dry and canned food, and brownies. They drove to Rockaway, Queens where the items were sorted and dispatched to shelters. Here is a snippet of Lisbeth’s email to the community after returning from the trip:

The volunteers at the distribution center in Rockaway were so grateful and asked that if we make a return trip to please bring more water and cold medicine. The car ride to Rockaway was quick and easy.  We passed many incredibly long lines of cars waiting for gas.  I still have 3/4 of a tank of gas and would be happy to make another trip if we gather more donation items. They can also use volunteers to help with unloading cars, sorting items and then reloading the items onto Red Cross vehicles that take things to the shelters.
For more information about how we can help victims of the Hurricane, please go to the following links:
Support one of the initiatives the University is launching. The Office of Communications has provided this list of programs at http://news.columbia.edu/home/2946.
You can sign up to volunteer through Bill de Blasio’s Public Advocate office.

Eve Becker (8th Grade English) called to invite me to Rockaway with her on Sunday (tomorrow), and we’ll be delivering, sorting, and dispersing mountains of supplies. Joining us will be Belinda Nicholson, Middle Division Head.

*** My photos from the trip are here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/specialkrb/sets/72157631935174207/

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