Thursday, July 10, 2014

Augmented Reality in Education: Session Resources

Below is the slide deck from last Spring's "Augmented Reality in Education" session. (I just remembered to share this out... oops.)  Here is the outline:

What is Augmented Reality?
Hardware & Software Needs
AR App Spotlight (9 Apps)
AR Integration Ideas
How to Create AR (With Aurasma)

AR Presentation Link (Embedded below)

If you have any questions about Augmented Reality or run into any trouble trying to create it, as always just let me know!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

ISTE & FlipCon (In Pictures)

Instead of attempting to summarize my incredible trips to Flipcon and ISTE, here is a collection of images from these events that I think exemplify the best part of these conferences: experiences and relationships.  

FlipCon 14 (Mars, PA)

Welcome to Mars!
The residents of Mars, PA hosted a great event for us that included local food, a car show, a miniature train, and of course, the Mars space ship.

Opening Keynote


Flipping Social Studies Event

"Level Up with Gamification & Game Based Learning" Featured Session

Flipping 2.0 Panel Discussion

A Night at the Carnegie Science Center
Yes, that is Aaron Sams and David Fouch standing in for the "14."

Watching "Back to the Moon" in the Planetarium

"Flipped Learning: Gateway to Student Engagement" Book Signing

Flipping With Hip Hughes
Yup, that is David Fouch featured in this video created during Keith Hughes' awesome session.

Closing Keynote

Mastery Learning Cycles
True, these are not pictures, but this session was incredible.  Here are a few screenshots from Hassan Wilson's presentation.  Check out his Flipcon recap post here

ISTE2014 (Atlanta, GA)

Meeting FlipCon Crew Upon Arrival

The Blogger's Cafe

Meeting Karl, Enough Said

ISTE Young Educators Network

Testing Out The New Anatomy 4D App in Blogger's Cafe

Playing With Sphero in Blogger's Cafe

Team Highlander


As the cliche' goes, that was just the tip of the iceberg.  I had the opportunity to meet and have incredible conversations with countless other educators throughout both conferences.  Although learning online through social media is valuable, I had underestimated the power of face-to-face conversations at events such as these.  

Whether it is an informal meet-up with 5-10 educators, or it is the ISTE conference with thousands, I urge everyone to reach out beyond the social media platform and strengthen relationships by attending live events when possible.  Of course, it is not always feasible due to cost, family commitments, etc.  I just suggest doing so when you can and making the most out of every opportunity you have!

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Learning at Flipcon14 & ISTE

Next week I have the incredible opportunity to attend and present at #FlipCon14, the 7th annual Flipped Learning Conference hosted this year in Mars, PA.  Below is my "fixed" schedule, but I am just as (if not more) excited to engage with incredible educators from around the world throughout each day.  It will be exciting to meet so many of the colleagues and friends in my PLN in person for the first time.

Tuesday, 1:00 -2:00pm (Room 94) 
I'll be joining Tim Downing and Dan Harrold in this session to discuss our experiences with gamification and game-based learning in the classroom.  We will also hold a 20 minute panel discussion with both on-site and virtual attendees. 

FLIPPING 2.0 BOOK PANEL (Concurrent Session B)
Tuesday, 2:00 -3:00pm (Room 94) 
Following the Gamification Session,  I will be joining Jason Bretzmann and the Flipping 2.0 Panel to share our experiences and provide insight regarding the next levels of Flipped Learning.  

Wednesday, 11:00am -12:00pm (Room 94) 
I'll be joining a panel discussion with Jon Bergmann, Aaron Sams and the other contributing authors of Flipped Learning: Gateway to Student Engagement.    

If you are attending and would like to catch up at some point, please feel free to reach out so we can make it happen!

I am honored and excited to be joining the incredible team at the Highlander Institute for this year's ISTE conference.  Some members of this rockstar crew include Shawn Rubin, Dana Borrelli-Murray, Roshni Mirchandani, Eric Burash, Stephanie Castilla, and Cathy Sanford.

I will also have a chance to meet up with some awesome members of my PLN such as Karl Lindgren-Streicher (it's crazy that we have never met in-person), George Phillip, and Kate Baker.  I'll also get to catch up with the Kate Reilly and the team at E-Line Media (Historia Beta).

I was told that I should definitely attend student poster sessions and the "Bloggers' Cafe."  Therefore, if interested in catching up while at ISTE, you will probably find me in one of these spots!

Hope to see many of you in Atlanta!