Unlocking Your Creative Bug...

Unlocking Your Creative Bug...

If you know me then you know I can not draw a straight line to save my life, which is why I love technology so much.  I can use digital tools to create and no one will ever know I have a shaky hand or no confidence.  My little brother and sister were both bitten by the artistic bug.  I don't know how they can get the images in their minds out and onto a canvas.

For the past year I've noticed people attending these Social-Paining parties and leaving with a work of art. Eric and I thought we would give it a shot, at the least our art work would be an abstract piece.

To my surprise the painting process was very easy.  I truly thought I couldn't do it.  It was hard to get over the hurdle I had to make it perfect and that it needed to look like a picture.  The hardest part for me other than worrying about straight lines was waiting in between the drying times. Which is why painting with friends make it so enjoyable and understand why Social-Painting parties are becoming very popular.

I learned a very important lesson.  Art isn't about making straight lines or even staying within the lines.  It's about expressing yourself and leaving your heart and soul out for your loved ones to experience.  Eric and I hadn't told our kids where we went or what we were doing.  We had left our pieces of art on the dinning room table.  Their reaction to our little adventure was priceless.  I loved hearing "Wow, you painted that!"  followed by I bet mom augments them.

Now I have a better appreciation of what my brother and sister feel when they share their art work.




Bringing Books to Life with Augmented Reality....

Bringing Books to Life with Augmented Reality....

Reading a good book opens the door to children's imagination.  Adding educational augmented content to a book unlocks endless possibilities for learning and understanding.  I was thrilled when Twyla shared her dream of adding augmented content to books to bring learning to life.  Using the AugThat platform together we brought the book "The Napping House" by Audrey Wood and  Don Wood to life.

Some of the lessons for "The Napping House" is geared to the hearing impaired students while others can be enjoyed for all students of all ages.  Our goal was to provide triggers for the book for students to scan and then follow along while reading the book via sign language.  We also wanted to reinforce keywords from the book for students to learn to sign.

To really bring the book to life we included activities that brought the world to kids.  We've included 360º  augmented triggers and augmented 3D objects.  We've included math and science activities that are based from the theme of the book.  My favorite activity for this book just happens to be the augmented 360º of the rainbow.  Some kids may have never seen a rainbow other than a picture. How cool is it that we can transform our classrooms and bring in a rainbow.

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Sketchnotes .... Inspired ....

Sketchnotes .... Inspired ....

I attend tons of educational conferences throughout the year.  Some I am there just as an attendee to learn from others while other conferences I am there as a presenter sharing my EdTech skills and insight.  While I was in the Tampa area last year I met this pretty spunky red head who is very talented in sketchnoting.  If you do not know what sketchnoting is it is a method of making your notes visual and tying emotion to your notes.  Sketchnotes include a mix of images, words, and color. When you refer back to your sketchnote you remember more why you thought that point, fact, and etc.... was so important.  This amazing talented teacher that I met in the Tampa area at ST4T in 2015 inspired me to let go of my standard you write neatly on the line from left to right and to think outside of the box.

If you could take a peek into my mind you would see I truly do not think inside the box.  I have thoughts floating in bubbles, while others bounce off the walls, and still others hiding in the dark.  I think that sketchnoting will be a way to let my thoughts and ideas out.  Keep in mind I am no artist.  I can not draw a straight line even if I had a ruler.  Even though I am not talented in the art, drawing, and doodling world I am going to do my best to get my thoughts out of my head and make them a reality.

Thanks Amber for being an inspiration.
 

Quiver's #AugmentedReality Valentines Coloring Contest ... #Quivervalentine

Quiver's #AugmentedReality Valentines Coloring Contest ... #Quivervalentine

Quiver has done it again.  They are having another augmented reality coloring contest just in time for Valentine's Day.  Their Christmas coloring competition was so much fun, they've decided to run another one! This time, they're sharing the love with a Valentine's Day coloring page.

Get the coloring page PDF from our website at www.quivervision.com, color it in, and snap a cool screenshot of your creation. Share the screenshot on Twitter or Instagram using the hashtag ‪#‎quivervalentine‬. Include your name and age too please!

You've got until the end of February to enter, and then we'll select our favorites and send out some prizes! Have fun, and good luck to you all this Valentine's Day!