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Augmented Reality

Augmented reality is defined by an environment that includes both virtual reality and real-world elements. Examples include Google glasses, that allow an individual to view an environment different from  the original. Many can relate to this when watching a sports even on screen.  The down marking adds during a football scene , for example, shows information to the scene but are not originally there.

Augmented reality and interactive storytelling (ARIS), has created an easy access for educators to create  downloadable learning platforms to any mobile device. One example described a professor at the university of New mexico designed a program to “help Spanish-language students learn in a real-world context, players talk with real people and virtual characters while visiting the Los Griegos neighborhood in Albuquerque, where they must solve a fictional murder mystery based on current and historical events. Matthiews, a high school teacher, has used Augumented reality in his classroom, an explains ” that placing students in a real-world community context helps them develop a broader understanding of the curriculum content—and create their own meaning.”

I personally think it would be a great asset to any class, reliving or “experiencing” what a student recently learned  is as good as it gets. My only concern is that it would replace standard teaching or real examples such as field trips. This augmented reality can add to learning but should not replace standard learning. I am worried it would replace reading, where someone can experience these visuals naturally. I feel that a student would be less inclined to read to get the “whole picture” of things and expect these augmented visuals for everything. I  also worry about the social isolation this type of technology might bring.

April 11:How does your project relate with topics addressed in EDIT2000

The Flip learning project is a nice wrap up of certain key concepts we learned in class. It involves meaningful learning with technology, as it allows students to visually experience the lecture before hand and apply what they have learned in class through videos, lectures and examples. This project also involves creativity and innovation as it changes from the original text book/ lecture class they are used to. This method of  flip learning can help any individual learners as all approaches will be presented in class: videos, lecture, practice problems and collaborative projects in class. It has taught me how to successfully potentially use effective technology in the classroom for the benefit of all. 

March 21–20% project– Experts

  • March 21:Have you talked with any experts or anyone from your potential audience? What do they have to say about your project? What direction do they suggest you go in?
  • I have heard many presentations about flipped learning in the classroom. One presentation was included in a practicum at school I need to attend. Many blogs are also available describing personal experiences about flipped learning which will be a big help. I plan on interviewing a teacher who recently changed their classroom to flipped learning  about math. Since a lot of my information is general, I am changing my direction to the general idea of flipped learning in the high school setting even though flipped learning has show to be effective for any age.

Creativity and innovation reflection post

Write a 250 word blog post (on your blog) that includes highlights of the learning for you personally from both completing the project and from viewing the videos created by other groups. No need to summarize what you did, I want to know about changes in your thinking.

I have learned about different types of applications I could use as a teacher in my classroom that would change from the everyday textbook/note taking class. The three  that stuck out included Prezi Edmondo and evernote. Both of these would be really useful for my classroom, and create diversity in my classroom. Prezu would be great for presentations, it is free, well organized and a great visual for key concepts and outlines of a chapter. Evernote is great for taking notes if someone is absent, or has a learning disability. This allows students with easy access to my notes and visuals. Parents can also have access and can keep track of their child’s learning. Finally Edmondo would be great to have class discussions are particular topics, even allowing students to lead a discussion on a particular topic of interest would be a great add to the regular classroom settings. This would allow the students to research the information and have resources to back up their ideas or point of view.

In a technical aspect, videos with props and humor were very entertaining, and really garbed the audiences attention. I realized the time it takes to make videos and edit, careful planning is necessary.