#education #teaching Elemental Speed Dating Elements4d as #AR #ProfessionalDevelopment Ice Breaker

Daqri released Elements 4d several years ago. If you’re not familiar with it, it is a combination app and physical blocks that users scan with their smartphone. When the block is detected, a 3d model of the cube shows up on the user’s device containing a virtual model of the element being scanned.

Not only that, but the the REAL magic comes into play when two elements are placed next to each other physically! If they mix, the app shows the combined result! For example, Hydrogen and Oxygen form a virtual cube of water!

When I am introducing Augmented Reality (AR) to teachers, I hand out PDF-printed blocks or enlarged panels of the blocks (links below) to each teacher. They then have 10-15 minutes to take part in what I call “Elemental Speed Dating!” They have to get up and move around and try to pair their selected element with other elements to see who has a good “bond” with each other! Some elements don’t mix well, so the teachers must keep moving on, trying to find potential “mates” for their elements.

It is so much fun and a great way to get folks up and moving, interacting, and definitely putting a new twist on dating… CARBON dating, anyone? (I’m a Dad. I make bad Dad jokes. It’s what I do.)

Find out more from Daqri: http://elements4d.daqri.com/

My Google folder with the enlarged single panels: HERE!

3 Ways to Look Beyond the Spotlight: Student Careers in Sports, Music/Film, and Education #education #edtech #studentvoice

Ask a student what he or she wants to be when they grow up. What answers do you generally get? Fireman, police officer, etc, sure. Often, though, we hear things like: singer, rapper, President, actor, athlete… While there is nothing wrong with any of these professions, we need to encourage students to look beyond those which are the “limelight” careers.


Perhaps you have students who love sports, but who are just not destined for the field, rink, court, etc. Teachers can help them see that there are all kinds of related jobs to sports that don’t necessarily thrust them into the spotlight nor threaten their physical being. For example, sports medicine is related and covers a variety of jobs: sports doctors and nurses, medical techs, assistants, and more. What about artists in sports? Absolutely! Graphic design for logos, stadium signs, banners of heroes from days gone by and the stars of the current team. What about writers? There are sports writers that work for news and sports outlets, sure. But, did you know sports teams (professional, college, amateur, etc) need writers? Think about media programs that are handed out at games or the biographies that are handed out to sportscasters, etc. How about the person who writes the words and puts up the graphics on the big screens over the field? What about music in sports? Theme songs, walk-off tunes, etc. How about finances: team, player, concession, stadium, etc – all need money and they need people to manage that money… And to manage the people who make it all run – HR personnel, etc.

And, that was JUST sports and we still didn’t cover a sliver of what’s out there!


What about the music industry? People have to write the songs. People have to manage the singers. It takes people to book gigs, create album covers, produce the music, make the videos, and everything else that goes with each of THOSE types of jobs. The film industry needs writers, graphic artists, make-up artists, assistants, caterers, and a host of other positions vital to the production of what we all see on the big screen.


What about education? Teachers, administrators, writers, artists… People from all walks of life with varying backgrounds are needed in education (at all levels, too!). Your students might not want to be teachers, but what about participating in other capacities? Administrators help shape and guide the direction of a district, campus, or building. Counselors help students in need. Technology Directors help teachers and students use and implement various technologies to help with education. Don’t forget some of the vital roles played in the school environment: Food services, custodial services, transportation, maintenance, and more.

There are all kinds of ancillary opportunities waiting for people to fill them. We just have to help our students see the potential and the availability. We have to expose students to thinking differently about using their talents in ways they may not have realized were waiting.

Make Most of Your #Twitter with #Tweetdeck!

Keeping up with the never-ending stream of consciousness that is Twitter can be challenging. Whether you are trying to keep up with the latest trending hashtag or you’re trying to generate the latest trend, using Twitter by itself makes the task difficult. Enter TweetDeck: The organizer and scheduler that will make your Twitter life MUCH simpler. We use it at EduTechGuys and wanted share how it helps us so that it can help you, too.

Though this article is not meant to be a comprehensive tutorial, hopefully it will give you an overview as to why TweetDeck should definitely be in your arsenal.

TweetDeck organizes your Twitter feed, info, followed tags, etc into columns. The site allows you to create tweets and send them as yourself and/or as any other account that you are a member. You can also schedule tweets to go out when YOU want them to. This comes in handy when you are building anticipation for an upcoming event. This way, you can write and schedule your posts in one sitting if you like, but they won’t go out until the date(s) and time(s) that YOU say!

After you have scheduled your tweet, it shows up in the “Scheduled” column, so you can always know what you’ve got coming up.

As we mentioned, you can also create or join groups (teams)! This means you can have several people sending out tweets as your company/organization. It also means you might be on several teams and tweet out ONE post to each of those accounts in one swift click. In the image below, see where I can be “myself,” “EduTechGuys,” or “SWAEC?” I can send out a post as any or all of those!

TweetDeck also makes it very easy to follow your favorite people, topics, trends, or Twitterchats! Just use the “Add Column” feature and select from several options:

So, if I chose the “Search” and typed #education, I could add that as a column (far right in image below):

There are a LOT of things you can do with TweetDeck! In fact, one of the workshops/trainings we offer is how to get the most out of your total social media outreach program and TweetDeck is just a piece of that over all experience! Reach out to us today to find out how you can bring the EduTechGuys to your school, business, or organization!

Send your inquiry to: contact@edutechguys.com

Feb 26, 2017 #iaedchat EduTechGuys Recap

On February 26, 2017, the EduTechGuys took part in the Twitter portion of the YouTube Live #iaedchat (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xBBByEg5bQo). Here are some of the responses, ideas, and suggestions we contributed to the conversation about hacking PBL.

Prepare yourself to take it easy. Let it organically move itself forward. Once the Students take control it will.

The buy in is the key. But that is also the beauty of “Problem” 😉based learning. Watch, adapt, overcome.

With services like @Seesaw @Google apps, @Twitter, @Snapchat,etc. (student) feedback is super easy!

Finding “projects” that will entice your students is a task. @EASTinitiative has been tackling this for years. There’s one resource.

Grading is passe. Look at art & music to to find alternate assessment options. They have been doing it for years.

Let that poster project be the elevator pitch and push the semester/year forward with the “project” encompassing the “startup”

Problem, product, open-ended= edupreneur! PBL is the incubator for our student (and teacher) startups!

All projects must become personal at some point. S engagement will bust the ceiling once it becomes part of their story.

Homework can transfer to students sharing their adventures through the “projects.” Let their creativity shine & “likes” grade.

Feb 26, 2017 #txeduchat EduTechGuys Recap

We took part in the #txeduchat on February 26, 2017. Here is a recap of the questions and our responses:

Q1: How important is it that we help kids develop as student leaders?
A1: Helping kids develop as student leaders is the number one way to increase life long learning in the community!

Q2: How can we best assist learners in growing their leadership skills/abilities?
A2: Provide SS with chances to grow and find themselves as leaders in the classroom and community as a whole

Q3: What part does student voice play in empowering students as future leaders?
A3: SS #voice gives them ownership of their choices and develops their leadership skills! Every voice should be heard!

Q4: Share something you do (or are planning) that empowers students to lead.
A4: Give Ss a voice via #podcasting give them a way to empower themselves and grow a voice in the digital age!

Q5: What roles do student leaders play in your classroom, campus, or district?
A5: The best role our Ss play is that of educational leader. As soon as they “win” they teach and we all learn. Their story grows!

Q6: Have your student leaders impacted your community? Share an example.
A6: When we see students take control of their digital citizenship and social media, the community wins! @GoEnnounce is a great fit! They have integrated the community into the classroom, the community is able to see a new side of the classroom. They gave the classroom a new face in the digital age with their voice! #txeduchat via #podcasting

Q7: Which educators/schools are “getting it right” in helping students develop leadership? Give them a shout out!
A7: @DrKMattson is helping students develop leadership on the #digcit front and everyone in #txeduchat seems to be on track!

Q8: What will you do this week to help your students become leaders in school, the community, & in life?
A8: It’s we all do each day. Step 1: SHOW UP. Step 2: help Ss tell their story. Step 3: Grow leaders, even if only in their lives.