Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Gamification Series Part 8: Badges & Achievements

Another gamification element that we have incorporated into our course has been the awarding of badges and achievements to provide positive feedback and recognition throughout each scenario.  The types of badges changes throughout the year to keep students engaged while also recognizing a wider range of positive actions, accomplishments, and behaviors.

We did this in a rather "low -tech" way.  I simply created a Google presentation for each scenario with slides for each achievement along with a badge icon and the student's name.  (sample embedded below).

World History Scenario 1 Achievements

There are, however, more "official" ways to use badge systems.  For instance, some learning platforms have a badge system built in, such as Edmodo and 3D Gamelab.  You could also use ClassBadges.com, a new service I am hearing very positive reviews about from educators.  Here is a quick overview of ClassBadges if interested:

However you choose to do so, providing students with frequent positive feedback for their accomplishments and behaviors helps improve the classroom atmosphere and keep students more engaged in the learning process.


Monday, April 21, 2014

8 AR Apps for Education in Under 40 Seconds

I recently put together this quick video demonstrating 8 awesome Augmented Reality apps that can be leveraged in education.

Apps Included: colAR Mix, AR Flashcards, AR Flashcards Space, Spacecraft 3D, Anatomy 4D, Elements 4D, Enchantium Musical Strings, and Aurasma.

View on YouTube

If you are interested in learning more and are located in the New England region, check out the upcoming Augmented Reality Workshop on April 29th in Providence.  It will be entirely hands on with plenty of sandbox time for us educators!

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Screencasting in Chrome With Snagit: Quick Tutorial

In March, I was excited to hear that Techsmith released a screencasting feature for the Snagit Chrome App & Extension.  I quickly realized that this beta release required a few additional steps.  Fortunately, Techsmith created a tutorial video explaining how to set up your Snagit App to enable this experimental feature.  
After viewing the video and testing it out a bit, I thought it would be helpful to create a guide with screenshots for those who wanted to experiment with this new feature.  (Google Doc Version Here)
Below is a quick, step-by-step guide to enable screencasting for your Snagit Chrome App. 

1. Install both the Snagit App & Snagit Extension

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2. Open Snagit App

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3. Open Settings

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Once checked, the Input Audio Level will display.

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6. Create New Screen Recording

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7. Configure Screen Recording
(This screen & instructions may look different depending upon your OS.  After Chrome restart, this will not have to be done again.)

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8. Select Recording Area

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9. Screen Sharing Alert Will Display.  Click “Stop Sharing” when complete.

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10. Preview Video & Share

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Share Via YouTube or Google Drive

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YouTube Sharing Option

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Drive Sharing Option

Link to your video in Drive will be displayed.

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Video will be saved into your TechSmith folder by default. 

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I hope this helps, if you have any questions just let me know or ask the awesome team over at TechSmith