Yesterday, I attended a technology "UNconference" called Edcampsa. This was right up there with attending ISTE! Only, all in one day! Tons of ideas and fabulous networking with other educators.
UNconference. Many thanks to Dr. Roland Rios from Cyber Cafe and Miguel Guhlin from Around the Corner for helping pull this whole thing together, as well as the other hosts. Fabulous prizes by fabulous sponsors! Soon, I'll post on my win!
Augmented reality was my sticky note. I was so glad others were interested in learning more about augmented reality. I had only dabbled with it, never really dove into learning about AR in the classroom.
Here is what the final schedule looked like after some tweaking. Guess what was the first session?!!
It is a technology that overlays digital information on top of real-world surroundings viewed through a smart phone or handheld device. Ok, so maybe the definition sounds a bit much. I promise it's not.
First, is the super cool, ZooBurst.
Free: Access to their clipart gallery, upload your own jpg or png, hyperlink, embed book in websites, support for non English character sets...
Downside-only able to create 10 books.
iPad app available. With the ZooBurst iPad app you can also “scan” for special “Story Codes” that let you easily attach a ZooBurst book onto any physical item, such as a class bulletin board, parent newsletter or a printed textbook.
Premium Account: $49 for a year and 250 student accounts, access to audio, and create "story codes" that let you attach your books to physical objects and view them on your iPad or computer. (I might have bought this! In my new position, I'm thinking that I might use these as teacher give-aways!)
I showed my daughter, she's 10 years old, and let her explore the site. Here is the book she created! Cool part, it is password protected! Click on the book and then type in hawk5 to see the book. Spin the book, click on the graphics to see what she wrote, tilt the book, and enjoy!
Here is the really coooooool part!!!!!!
If you have an iPad, you will need to download the app, go to the story, click on camera and hold the iPad up to the ZB code below. Watch the story float around on your screen!!!
You can even print this ZB code, post it somewhere in your classroom and allow students to scan it.
You can also print the code and hold it up to a desktop camera. Unfortunately, the ZB code comes with the premium account.
Should look like this!
Yep, that's the book floating around on my iPad!
Ways to use Zooburst...
- describe a math process
- how I spent my summer vacation story
- all about me story
- pictures of the classroom
- book trailer
- describe the scientific method
- science safety
- cause and effect scenarios
The ideas are limitless!
Check back tomorrow for another way to create augmented reality with your students.