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!
Today for the first time this year I have had time to just explore and create. I attended a Google Summit today held in Saudi Arabia by using the translate tools included with Google. (Some of the sessions were in English.) And I never even left Amherst!!!!
Here are two exit cards I tweaked from one of the presentations. Both of the exit cards are in the same slide show. After you make a copy for yourself, if you want to use this more than once I suggest that you make a copy of the presentation each time your use it. You can also delete a slide or copy and add more slides as you set up your presentation. On each slide you will change the question to one of your own. Then send the slide out to all students so that everyone is editing the same slide. I have created a short video on how to configure this to share with your entire class.
When the students open the slide show, they will click and drag a "black dot" onto their answer choice.
Link to Exit Card
With the start of the new school year I haven't had time to post much. This year has been extremely hectic as we are moving into providing GAFE accounts for all of our students 2-12. As soon as I get everyone into their accounts life should be a little easier.
This weekend has been nice as the holiday has given me a chance to catch my breath. I spent some time browsing the net for ideas. I stumbled upon a kindergarten teacher's site that had a template for Connect Four created with Google Draw.
What she did was merely play with a class from a different state in order to show her students the power of the internet. I would like to suggest something with a little more substance. You could create content based questions and the students would have to answer the question correctly before moving a piece into play. It would really be cool to partner up with a class in a different school. In fact, let your students create the questions that will be asked of the other class.
This would make a wonderfully engaging review task!
Today while researching for a workshop for our upcoming Summer Technology Academy, I stumbled upon a great activity on the Smithsonian website called The Secret in the Cellar. The Secret in the Cellar is an interactive web comic that is based on an actual forensic case of a 17th century body that was recently discovered. Through graphics, photos, and activities, students begin to unravel a mystery of historical and scientific importance. Students can analyze artifacts, and examine the skeleton for clues to determine a cause of death.
The Secret in the Cellar is an amazing way to excite students about the history of Colonial life in America and the science behind archeology. This site takes students on a journey of discovery and critical thinking. Throughout the web comic, students will find links to additional articles about the actual forensic case and the display at the Smithsonian Museum.
There are so many ways to integrate this fabulous resource. You could use it in a computer lab where each student can explore at their own pace or maybe in a classroom center. It would even work as an ongoing activity that the teacher could come back to before or after a daily lesson during the unit on Colonial America like a cliff hanger! How cool would it be to encourage students to keep a record of their inferences about how the boy died as you touch base on the story..
Teachers spend a great deal of time creating Smart Notebook files. Wouldn't it be wonderful if you could send your files home with students to work on the file at home? Well, actually you can.
SMART Notebook Express is a "lightweight version" of SMART Notebook software that is accessible online anytime for FREE. It does not have all the bells and whistles that the full package does but for an absolutely free tool it is hard to beat.
With the SMART Notebook Express web application, you don’t need to log in and there’s no software to download - all you need is Internet access. Of course, you can download it if you choose.
SMART Notebook Express is accessible at http://express.smarttech.com.
By sending students home with a CD or flash drive containing your notebook files used in class, you have have students review and revisit concepts covered in class.
At the beginning of December the three ITRTs from Amherst were allowed to attend the VSTE Conference held in Hampton. Whenever I attend a conference I try to stay away from vendors because I know I will want to spend money I don't have. I stick to the sessions. However, one vendor set up right across the room from some of my sessions and brought children in to showcase what they had created using the vendor's product. I saw second grade children use basic programming skills coupled with a product called makey makey to do some really cool things. SECOND GRADERS were programming and coding! I was hooked.
I came home and asked my technology supervisor for a makey makey to experiment with but was told we didn't have the money. Bummer! So I went to a site called Donors Choose and applied for a mini grant to purchase four makey makeys. By the end of December my grant was funded and today my makey makeys arrived at my school. I can't wait to use these with the students!
Now that Amherst has moved to Google elementary teachers are wanting to provide access to Google Docs for their students. Below is a video tutorial which provides a solution.
Here is another really cool tool that I have discovered. Dotvoting.org is a free polling tool that you can use to take the temperature of the class to determine understanding. You could create a TEI question or an exit card. The great thing is that once the poll is complete you can open the results in Wordle to quickly see a visual representation of the result. Check out my tutorial below.
This past weekend, my colleagues and I were at VSTE. We had a BLAST! I always walk away with some really wonderful new ideas. The two links here are some that I got from VSTE. I think they would make perfect exit card tasks. My one word of caution is that these would be good for 4 and up. I would not use these with younger students.
The tweet above is a fake tweet created on a site called LemmeTweetThatForYou. How cool would it be to have the students compose a tweet to sum up what they have learned for the day. Remember, you only get 140 characters.
The conversation below is between Martha and George Washington. It was created on a site called Fake IPhone Text Generator.
While we are sharing about fake social media generators, I would like to remind you of my old standby, FAKEBOOK. Fakebook is part of ClassTools.net. Below is an example of a Fakebook on Rosa Parks
I have just discovered a new FREE portfolio tool called Bulb. You can upload pictures, videos, or type up text documents. Like Facebook you can follow others. In playing with it today I uploaded some pictures of the area. Then I uploaded some examples of a project I am thinking of trying with 4th or 5th graders. I want them to draw their own "elf, fairy" etc. They will then take a real picture and place their drawn character in the image. You can check out my Fat Fairy and Blue Bear on my bulb. Ok, I know it sounds a little quirky but the kids will love it!
Regardless of what you think of Fat Fairy, the free portfolio is really cool!
_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.
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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