Month: March 2015

Sphere: A new way to see the world

A tool I wanted to share with you this week is Sphere.  I heard Jim Sill talk about the Ricoh Theta camera during his keynote at Hawaiʻi Island Technology Conference last week and I immediately knew I would share Sphere with you this week.

The Ricoh Theta is a camera that can capture 360 degree pictures.  Sphere allows us to capture 360 photos on our mobile devices and iPads.  Third and fourth graders have used Sphere during our Global Collaboration units in my classes.  Students were able to share spheres with other schools and view a collection of spheres from around the world.  This app uses the technology of augmented reality because when you hold up the device and point it in front of you, it will display what would really be in front of you as if you were standing in the middle of Paris looking at the Eiffel Tower.  As you spin, the experience moves so it is like you are actually standing in that part of the world.

Here are some of our favorite spheres….
The Heart of Campus

The other great perk is that Sphere is FREE!


Augmented Reality

I was presenting at MACUL over my spring break and one of the ideas I needed to share with you was the idea of having digital parent volunteers.  For those of you who are blogging in your classes,  you can have parents sign up to read and comment on other students blog besides their own child.  I thought this was a neat idea for those parents who may not be able to come help in the classroom but would like to help in some way.  Also, the students who may not have any comments from their parents or peers could still have public feedback.

Here is the Thinglink for the resources from my presentation at the conference on Augmented Reality. Below you will find links to the various AR tools with a brief description of how I used  them in my classes this year.  All of these tools involve the technology of Augmented Reality aka AR (a digital layer on top of something real).

ColAR app Used for creative writing with Kindergarteners.  Also used in the past to learn about Chinese New Year.

Crayola Color Alive Used for creative writing with 1st graders.

PBS Kids Shape Quest Used for math lesson with 1st graders.

Chromeville Used for creative writing with 2nd graders.

Sphere Used for global collaboration with 2nd, 3rd, and 4th graders.

Aurasma Used for Technology Museum with 3rd Grade and book talks and other classroom projects with 5th graders.  In the past have augmented genius hour questions in collaboration with @WeverWorld, as well as augmenting our bulletin board outside of the classroom.

Daqri Used for interactive knowledge showcase with 5th graders.

Plan your lessons digitally using Planboard

I know many of you already have your systems in place for lesson planning, but I thought I’d share this tool with you anyways for maybe something you can use next year.  All of your lesson plans are digital.

Planboard is a great place to do your lesson plans because you can sign up for free using your Google+ account.  This tool allows you to share your schedule with others, set off days, attach files for your lesson plans, allows you to add standards to your lessons, and it makes it easy to edit.

I am looking into using this tool in the future because having my lesson plans available to me digitally is important.  I am also a very visual person and the color coding of the classes really helps me, as a specials teacher.  I’ve had my system in place of creating my hard copy of my lessons, creating a template, printing them off, filling them in, and keeping them in a binder.  This tools would help eliminate a few steps in my process and allows me to still print off my lessons when I’m done planning so that I still have my hard copy (should technology fail).

You can conduct research within Google Docs or Presentations.  If you click on Tools at the top and then click Research, you can find information, images, quotes, citations, and more, and then quickly insert them into your document.