Several years ago a colleague that is no longer with our division brought Nearpod to my attention. Nearpod helps facilitate instruction by integrating presentations with opportunities for students to provide feedback using computers, tablets, or smartphones. I loved it from the very "get-go"!
Recently with the availability of Google Cardboard I have been searching for ways to instructionally use virtual reality with my students. The ITRTs in our division applied for the Google grant to get devices into our students' hands. Google denied me so the hunt continued. I was really excited to see Nearpod pop up again in my Facebook feed one day. Using the same technology as Google Cardboard apps Nearpod has combined VR (virtual reality) with the ability for students to provide feedback on the trips they are taking. If you do not have Cardboard devices, this does work well on tablets. There are over 25 different fieldtrips and most of them are free. The ones that are not free are merely $4.
This would be even better if they allowed you to add your own panos. WHICH, BTW, they say is a future functionality.
Plus, this works well with Google Classroom. I think I am in love. . .
This is an amazing new Augmented Reality app that lets you create “auras” or interactive images using your AURASMA Studio account online and then viewing the “aura” using an app on your smart phone.
First head over to https://studio.aurasma.com/login and sign up for an AURASMA account. It’s free!
I have created some public “auras” at MHES’ request for Black History Month. To find my “auras” locate the search bar at the top of the page.
In the search bar you may type my user name: mclewis63. You may also search by hashtag: blackhistorymonth.
These are the results you will get if you search by hashtag. Note: Morgan Freeman is not mine. (You can click on the trigger and print each out or view them online once you have the app.)
Now click on the people icon in the bottom right corner of the app. You should see my channel.
Finally, get with Mrs. Lewis so you can learn how to create your own!
_Hi, my name is Melanie Lewis. I am an Instructional Technology Resource Teacher for Amherst County Public Schools,
located in the beautiful state of Virginia. I LOVE my job! I get to
work on my hobby, anything that has to do with computers. I get to work
with teachers and students, and I am definitely a people person. Plus,
I DO NOT have to give grades. Wonderful, huh? Let me know how I can help you better integrate technology into your classroom.
ACPS' 1st computers
I know only one thing about the technology that awaits us in the future: We will find ways to tell stories with it. ~Jason Ohler