Following Your Dreams ....

Following Your Dreams ....

What most people do not know is that my 1st day of teaching was my oldest son's 1st day of kindergarten. He have shared 13 first days of school, 13 Christmas breaks, 13 Spring Breaks, and 13 Summer Vacations together.  When I was 18 and planning my future teaching as a career wasn't even on my radar.  I wanted to travel the world and do something in international business.  I was really good at using the computer and showing others how to use this new thing called "email" and the "internet".  A year into college and going after my dream I met my soon to be husband who changed my world.  After we married our son soon joined our lives and that was the moment we decided that one of us needed to be there for him, so I changed gears and went into education.   I not only was able to have pretty much the same schedule as him but I also was blessed to be one of his teachers, not once but 3 times.

As I reflect the times we shared while at school, it will be the surprise popping into my classroom just so he could say "HI Mom" I will miss the most.  When he was in kindergarten and first grade he would tell the teacher he needed to use the bathroom and he pop his cute little red head in my doorway and say "Hi, mom. How's your day?".  He would surprise me all the way through high school popping in just to say hi.  On his last week of school I was thinking about how much I was going to miss him popping in and just then there he was standing in my classroom.

Who would have thought I would spend my first 13 years in education sharing it with such a wonderful young man.  He has been my inspiration and I am sure he will continue to be.  He plans to continue his education and small part of me is a little sad that I will not be there to share his experiences while the other part of me is so proud of him.  He was accepted to the College of Engineering at Kansas State University before he even started his senior year of high school.  His major will be Computer Science with a minor in Cyber Security.  He also plans on working towards his masters in Computer Science.

On his last week of school he received the letter he wrote himself when he was in the 7th grade. His major goal when he was 12 was to learn how to code and program while attending college and getting a degree in computer programming. I am so happy he is following his dreams.  The hardest part of watching him follow his dreams is letting him go.  At least I have 8 more weeks to enjoy his sweet face before he goes off to follow his dream.  I am also pretty sure when he pops in from now on just to say HI I will treasure it even more.

Augmenting the Model T Challenge ...

Augmenting the Model T Challenge ...


The Model-Ters have just completed the Model T Challenge with Kevin Honeycutt. Kevin encourage teachers to get their students together and build a Model T to 1/3rd scale. I partnered up with three other schools and together we built a 1/3rd scale model of the Model T 1916 C cab truck.  To promote and share our project I augmented some of the students' drawings.  You will need to have the Blippar App and enter the code "24126" in the app's settings.

Augmenting students' work is a great example of using augmented triggers in education and a great way to personalize learning.  With these triggers you will be able to see the process we went through as we collaborated, designed, problem solved, and built this Model T.  You can also follow the hashtag #modelTchallenge on Twitter to see how other schools worked together to complete there part of the challenge.































I am very proud of my team and their students.  Everyone did a fantastic job.  Thank you Amber, Jessica, and Peter for joining me on this journey.  I've learned a lot and enjoyed working with you and your students.  Maybe next school year we can do another project together. 







Keys to Unlocking the Universe via Augmented Reality ....

Keys to Unlocking the Universe via Augmented Reality ....

Augmented reality captures the attention of kids of all ages even the inner kid in adults.  The 1st time I saw AR being used was at a conference and the speaker just mentioned how he used it to bring an art show to life.  From that moment I was hooked and had to learn more.  I've been sharing augmented reality content for the past six years.  I started this journey presenting the topic at conferences, workshops, edcamps, and webinars.  I love showing educators, parents, and kids ways to use augmented reality in education. Because I love to share I launched the Google+ Group "Augmented Reality for Education". My plan for the group is to share ways others use augmented reality in their classroom and with their students.  It is also a place to get help and ask questions.  To keep the conversation going I host a weekly Twitter Chat #AR4Learning. Once a month #AR4Learning is also Twitter Chat + a Google Hangout.  Since augmented reality can be used with all curriculum I have broken up the #AR4Learning Twitter chat into topics such as AR with Math, AR with Science, AR with Social Studies, AR with Reading, AR with Writing, etc..


My love of sharing has lead me to write a book "Keys to Unlocking the Universe via Augmented Reality". It has taken me about a year to put the book all together.  It is full of ideas on how to use all different types of augmented content in education, from augmented coloring pages to flashcards, and augmented 360 environments.  To celebrate the launch of my book I will be giving away a digital copy on May 26th during #AR4Learning Twitter Chat + Google Hangout.  I may even give away a digital copy during the May 19th #AR4Learning Twitter Chat.  To enter the give-a-way you will need to fill out the form below. Then join us on May 19th and 26th at 8pm central time for #AR4Learning either on Twitter, in the GHO, or both.





Bringing Historical Scientists to Life with Augmented Reality ....

Bringing Historical Scientists to Life with Augmented Reality .... 



With the help of augmented reality students can bring historical figures to life including scientists.  Students can use tools such as ChatterPix and Blabberize to create a talking historical figure and use that video clip as the augmented content.  So when someone scans their portrait the talking images appears on the tablet or smartphone.  Students can also create Infographs and turn those into the augmented content for that historical figure.  What a fun way for students to demonstrate their understanding about a historical person.  Wouldn't be cool to have a wall of historical figures that are all augmented.  When students, teachers, and parents scan the images they can learn all about that person via talking photos, infographs, interactive presentations, and such much more.  When it comes to creating augmented content the possibilities are endless.

Try scanning Sir Issac Newton's portrait with Blippar enter the code 23562 in the settings.  Then join us in Twitter on Thursday at 8pm central as we talk more ways to use augmented reality in education this weeks focus is Science.