Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Two Guys Show #17: Edtech in 2014 and Project Dirty

Welcome to episode #17 of The Two Guys Show! Tonight's show is going to be a little different from others as we welcome special musical guest Project Dirty as well as celebrate our very own Brad Waid's birthday! We will also be discussing what we think you should look forward to in edtech for 2014! Celebrate our last show of the 2013 at 9pm EST!!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Today I Met A New Friend. Thanks Google Glass!

In a world where we live with daily stresses and problems, it's easy to forget about the human factor and get bogged down. Well, today I was reminded about the human element and the power of reaching out to your fellow human being.

As many of you know, a few weeks ago, we asked you to help us help Chris get Google Glass that could change his life.  Chris is bound to a wheel chair and with the freedom and technology of Glass, Chris would be able to communicate more easily with the world and bring life to him.

One of Chris's passions was doing photography but through his disability he is now only able to enjoy someone else's work.  Well,  through the amazing hearts and generosity of everyone, we were able to get his Glass funded and now he can enjoy taking pictures and doing photography again.  Chris now, can not only take pictures for himself but for others to enjoy as well! And today, I had the absolute pleasure and honor of meeting him.  Thank you Glass for bringing a new friend into my life and giving him the ability to engage with the world in a way he thought was not possible again.

In honor of Chris and others who find themselves disabled, alone, discouraged or down this holiday season, reach out and share a smile and a "hello".  You never know the friend you may be meeting for the first time.  Technology may bring us together but our smile and kindness brings us closer.

Stay tuned for more stories from our encounters with Chris and others as we explore the power of technology and Glass as they bring the world closer together and make a difference.

Thursday, December 12, 2013

#Glass to Coming to 4th Grade because of Your Support! Thank You!

Goofy pictures are a tradition with my classes! 

I can not thank everyone enough for supporting our efforts in bringing Google Glass into our classroom. This afternoon our very own Eastover Parent/Teacher Organization pitched in to send us SOARing past our goal! 
Our Eastover PBIS S.O.A.R. program. 

I can honestly say I am still in awe from all the support everyone gave us. It truly shows the power how amazing educators are to go out of their way to help support innovative student learning! I can not wait to pick up Glass in a few hours and get it on my students heads tomorrow. 
I will continue to share how we are using Glass on a daily basis to create memories and capture deeper learning! Once again thank you so much to all of those who donated or helped spread the word. Each tweet, Facebook post, share on Google+, and Pin helped makes this possible! 

Thank you,


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

The Two Guys Show #16: Evan Scherr

Show Will Start Live at 9PM EST!!

We are excited to have Google Certified Teacher Evan Scherr joining for episode #16 all the way from Sasebo, Japan! Evan is Educational Technologist at EJ King School in Sasebo, Japan. He is currently working on 2nd Master's in Technology Leadership at Columbia University. He is in his ninth year of teaching and sixth working as a Technology Integration Specialist. Evan just returned from Google Teacher Academy in London and we cannot wait to hear about it. 

Google Certified Teacher Evan Scherr

Check out Evan's blog at Scherrology.com

Follow Evan on Twitter @EvanScherr and on Google+ +Evan Scherr 

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Sunday, December 8, 2013

PLEASE HELP Bring #Glass to our Class

Last Friday I was presented with an invitation to join the Google Glass Explorer Program. This invitation presents an exciting and unique opportunity to share learning in our 4th grade classroom from a 1st person point of view! I have until this Friday, December 13th to purchase Glass otherwise the offer will expire and this incredible learning opportunity will be lost. 
Being a 2nd year teacher in my district, and Christmas around the corner, Glass’s $1,500 price tag is out of my reach.Any and all donations will go toward purchasing Glass. 
In return for you support, you will receive hand written thank you letters from my students as well as myself. I will also share your names and social media information through our various social media accounts as well as on our iTunes News and Noteworthy Two Guys Show podcast.

Please help sponsor my 4th grade students and I in creating meaningful learning memories with Glass! I would use them to capture each learning moment throughout the day. Glass would allow my students the opportunity to share their story, and learning experiences with the world.

Bringing Glass into our classroom will do more than just put them on my head, but it gives the students an opportunity to explore technology that would otherwise be out of their reach.
Students will wear Glass when solving problems, giving me an insight into their thought process. Students in our class often record their reflections after learning activities, but the ability to use a hands free device like Glass, gives my students the ability to reflect, and deepen understanding as they are learn. It will not require the task to be finished, or require the students to stop what they are doing. Glass provides an exciting opportunity to creative and make their thinking and learning visible. 

Other Ways You Can Help
Some people just can’t contribute, but that doesn’t mean they can’t help:
Please get the word out and make some noise about our campaign.
Please use the Indiegogo or blog share tools!

Other resources discussing Google Glass and is potential use in education:
Google Glass: Making Learning Visible with Wearable Technology by Stacey Goodman

A First Look at How Educators Are Really Using Google Glass -- THE Journal http://po.st/KCuqqb by Stephen Noonoo 

Friday, December 6, 2013

Voting for 2013 EduBlog Awards is Now Open


The 2013 EduBlog Awards voting is now open and we are speechless to learn we have been selected as Shortlist Finalist in 5 different categories!! The categories we are finalist in are: 

Best New Blog

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Best Group Blog

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Best Podcast or Google Hangout

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Best Resource Sharing Blog

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Best Use of Videos and Media Blog

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We are very honored to even be mentioned aside so many game changing and inspirational educators. The one with the most votes will be elected as the winner. We thank everyone who nominated us for this great honor. We are also very excited to see so many of our great friends like Erin Klein for Best Teacher Blog, Todd Nesloney, Shannon Miller, Angela Maiers, Kevin Honeycutt, and many more honored as finalist in various categories! 

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Two Guys Show #15: Kyle Pace

We are very pleased to have our friend Kyle Pace join us tonight for the 15th episode of The Two Guys Show! Kyle is instructional Technology Specialist and Google Certified Teacher from near Kansas City, MO. He is also one of the founders of EdCampKC. Kyle is the person we always go to when we have a question about Google. He is extremely knowledgeable and one of the nicest guys you will ever meet!

Follow Kyle on Twitter @KylePace

Saturday, November 30, 2013

8 Tech Tools We're Thankful For!

In the spirit of Thanksgiving we decided we would share a short list of tech tools we are thankful for. Most who have met us know we like to discuss only a few apps or tools that we know make a difference.

ThreeRing is a tech tool we use daily to communicate with our parents and make them feel like they are in our classroom without actually being there. ThreeRing give you the ability to securely share pictures, audio recordings, video, and notes. It also creates a digital portfolio for each student which is easily search able using tags. Once you share the artifact with the parents or student, they can then comment back and forth with the teacher which increases communication. 

Remind 101 is one the easiest to use, yet most productive tools available! The ability to safely text my students or parents for quick reminders or important information is priceless. We also love the ability to schedule future texts for upcoming events or deadlines. 

Download iOS App
Download Google Play App

Zite is an intelligent newspaper that allows you to personalize the content or topics you're interested in. This has allowed me to discover many great articles and blog posts to increase my knowledge on a subject. I often check Zite hourly for new articles I might be interested in and save them to my "reading list" on my Mac. 

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AppsGoneFree has allowed me to discover many educational apps that usually cost money but go free for a day. Each day around noon EST, I get a push notification telling me what apps are free that day. 

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Anything Augmented Reality
Augmented reality(AR) has been a passion of our since we stumbled upon it earlier this year. Since then we have been determined to explore as many augmented reality programs as possible. We have seen how AR can expand and deepen learning as well as bring a magical experience to a lesson. 

Write About This is an engaging and creative writing application. It allows the user to use text and voice prompts, publish stories, create prompts, and much more. This app can create an exciting atmosphere during each writing lesson.

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Cargo-Bot is the first game created using an iPad app called Codea. It challenges students will various leveled puzzles while teaching them the basics of coding. The tutorials to start are a great way for students to dip their toes in the water before completely jumping it. We have see this app challenge all students no matter what learning style.


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Twitter has completely changed our lives! It has allowed us to become connected with like minded people, inspirational leaders, game changing educators, engaging podcasts, and edtech start ups. It has also allowed us to create and discover friendships that will last a lifetime. Becoming connected is the #1 thing we are thankful for and Twitter has allowed us to do this. 

We have listed a few of our favorite tech tools we are thankful for because they help students create a love for learning as well as help us as educators grow as learners. We hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! 

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Augmented Reality: How It’s Used And What’s Next Infographic

I was lucky to recently receive an email from web designer Elli Parker from CenturyLink Deals. She is a fan of augmented reality and her team designed this augmented reality infographic. What do you think? We would love to hear your thoughts below in the comment section or tweet us @TechMinock and @techbradwaid

Augmented Reality

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The #2GuysShow #14: Wes Fryer

We are very excited to welcome the great Wes Fryer as our guest tonight for our 14th episode on The Two Guys Show! We first met Wes last summer at ESSDACK's education revolution Podstock in Wichita, Kansas. It was great talk and learn from him throughout the conference, and then later participate in the K12 Online Conference which Wes helps organize. 

Worldwide digital learning consultant Dr. Wes Fryer

Dr. Wesley Fryer is a digital learning consultant, author, digital storyteller, educator and change agent. With respect to school change, he describes himself as a “catalyst for creative engagement and collaborative learning.” Wesley is the executive director of the nonprofit Story Chasers Inc., the lead partner in the Celebrate Oklahoma Voices, Celebrate Kansas Voices, and Celebrate Texas Voices digital storytelling projects.  His blog, “Moving at the Speed of Creativity” (www.speedofcreativity.org) was selected as the 2006 “Best Learning Theory Blog” by eSchoolnews and Discovery Education, and is utilized regularly by thousands of educators worldwide. (Bio from http://www.best-keynote.com/home/wesley-fryer/)

Follow Wes on Twitter @WFryer 
Visit his website HERE

Check out his blog Moving at the Speed of Creativity

We Say Thank You! Our EduBlog Award Nominations

We have to start by thanking everyone who has pushed our thinking, given us advice, and helped share our voice! The past 8 months have changed our lives forever and we owe it those in our PLN and those who have become great friends! 

It was a challenge picking nominations for the 10th Annual EduBlog Awards  but after much thought here they are:

Best Teacher Blog

Kleinspiration- Erin Klein is one of the brightest and most passionate educators I have ever met. Her innovative teaching environment and engaging style is shown in her many informational blog posts. She also shares her knowledge as a Top Teacher blogger for Scholastic. Her blog gives ideas to create deeper learning in all curricular areas so thank you Erin for sharing your knowledge and creativity! 

Best Podcast 

Edu All-Stars: This great podcast from Todd Nesloney, Chris Kessler, and Stacey Huffine, shares the stories from difference makers in all areas of education. They have had inspiring guests like Angela Maiers, Jack Andraka, Jimmy Casas, and Kevin Honeycutt. They have also had Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, EduClipper founder Adam Bellow, Teach Like a Pirate author Dave Burgess, and more! Get inspired by this game changing podcast! Thank You Edu All-Stars! 

Best Edtech Blog

Innovation in the Classroom: Don Wettrick is an energetic high school broadcasting and innovation teacher from Indianapolis, IN. Don is also a FCTV Advisor, host of the Franklin Film Festival, an International Speaker/Presenter, and Google Glass Explorer. Don has his own podcast on the BAM Network and a YouTube Channel call The Focus Show Online that focuses on connecting educators. Don uses educational technology to guide his students to become creative and innovative. With the help of educational technology, Don and his students are positively changing their community and beyond! Thank you Don for sharing your innovative ideas! 

Best Mobile App

Aurasma: Aurasma was the app that changed everything for us! It is a free app that allows students and educators to create augmented reality and bring learning to life like never before! Share your learning with the world using Aurasma! Thank You Aurasma!

Best Free Web Tool

Remind 101: Remind 101 is a game changing app that has made communication with parents free and easy! In a smart device world, people read their texts more than they read books so it is the perfect and safe way to communicate with parents and students! Thank You Remind 101!

Best New Blog

Engage Their Minds: Terri Eichholz is a gifted and talented teacher in San Antonio, Texas. Terri continues to push the envelope with her students as well as her blog posts. Each post gives me new and innovative ways to engage students in learning like never before! I wish I could be a student in Terri's class! Thank You Terri for always sharing your mind blowing ideas!

Best Librarian Blog

Van Meter Library Voice: Shannon McClintock Miller uses technology to create a learning environment of creativity and fun! She often has her students skyping with authors of their favorite books, or learning from other classrooms from around the world! Shannon shares her engaging and exciting ideas form her library at Van Meter Elementary in her blog! Thank you Shannon for sharing your passion and energy! 

Thank you everyone who shares their innovation, knowledge, creativity, and passion for educating our future! 

Teaching Sign Language with Augmented Reality

Image from www.babysignandlearn.com

Our school, Eastover Elementary, is the host school for several DHH (Deaf and Hard of Hearing) students from neighboring cities around our county.  My classroom, as well as Mr. Waid's classroom, is located in the DHH wing of our school. Many of the students are main streamed into general education classes with a DHH teacher who attends general education classes and specials with the students to help communicate. One of our amazing DHH teachers, Heather Hoisington, has really picked up on augmented reality and started using it in exciting ways with her students. Not long ago she sent me an email with a link to Baby Sign and Learn. This website is dedicated to teaching babies some basic sign language. It was their Magic Camera App that really caught my eye because it uses our favorite tool, augmented reality. 

Magic Camera uses augmented reality with special colorful flashcards featuring cartoon babies. Download the free app and hold it up to the cards on the poster below to see them come to life! 

The great thing about these flashcards is the ability to teach people of all ages basic sign language. These basic signs are great for our students to learn to communicate with our DHH students in the hallway or in class. 
We are very lucky to have an amazing group of DHH educators, as well as a great group of students here at Eastover Elementary! 

Friday, November 22, 2013

The White House Got It Right

I am currently sitting in Cleveland International Airport still trying to comprehend the events that took place the past 36 hours: 

  • White House Tour 
  • Surprise Guest Speaker President Obama 
  • 10 Game Changing Educators celebrated at the White House ConnectED Champions of Change Ceremony
  • JFK Ceremony at Arlington Cemetery
  • Memories with friends that will last a lifetime! 
I have an excited and inspired feeling knowing the White House got it right! They recognized 10 educators across the country who are changing the lives of their students in innovative ways. This feeling is very different from the disappointed and frustrating feeling I had flying home from Washington D.C. two months ago. 

The White House selected Bud HuntJennie MagieraMark CoppinHeather CoxS. Dallas DanceMisa GonzalezCarolyn FooteDaphne BradfordBrain Walsh, and our great friend Todd Nesloney as White House ConnectED Champions of Change.  The White House celebrated their story, successes, knowledge, commitment, and passion for changing the lives of each student they encounter. They took the time and focused on the people on the front lines, working hard to make a difference instead of flashing their names quickly across a screen. In place of a bad impersonation of the President mocking people, President Obama was there to speak to the Champions, shake each ones hand, and pose for photos. They allowed the Champions and their guests to tour the White House, instead of hiring a comedian to mock students and parents. 

President Obama speaking during the Champions of Change Ceremony

The 10 ConnectED Champions of Change are educating our future to become lifelong learners, and impactful citizens. It was inspiring to listen to them speak about their students in their classrooms humbly giving them all credit. I applaud the White House for getting it right when others have failed to. 

Congratulations to the educators selected as White House: ConnectED Champions of Change!

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Two Guys Show #13: @Mitchlehan Media

Mitchlehan Media are the brains behind 2 engaging and educational augmented reality applications! Their apps are targeted for early elementary education and capture the students attention bringing flashcards to life! Their fun filled FREE app AR Flashcards helps students with letter recognition, and their newest app AR Flashcards: Space is just $0.99 for a 3D look at the solar system with informational audio recordings about each planet!

AR Flashcards

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

The Two Guys Show #12: @DonWettrick

This week we are excited to welcome Don Wettrick, a high school broadcasting and innovation Teacher from Indianapolis, IN. Don is also a FCTV Advisor, host of the Franklin Film Festival, an International Speaker/Presenter, and Google Glass Explorer. Don has his own podcast on the BAM Network and a YouTube Channel call The Focus Show Online that focuses on connecting educators. 

Check out Don's blog Innovation in the Classroom

Follow Don on Twitter @DonWettrick

Monday, November 11, 2013

AR Detroit Meet Up #3: Augmented Reality in Gaming LIVE!!

Check back around 7:15-7:20pm EST for LIVE video feed of the event!!

Gamification and augmented reality are two of the hottest topics in education lately and tonight we are bringing the two worlds together! We have an all-star line up of live demos from:

• Occipital, demoing their revolutionary 3D-scanning device, Structure Sensor!  This Kickstarter-funded device turns your iPad into a mobile 3D scanner.  Read more about it here: http://structure.io
• Mark Skwarek, demoing Play AR, a Kickstarter-funded AR game creation engine 
• DAQRI's Enchantium(TM) AR games  
Ingress, the world's most popular AR game from Google's Niantic Labs 
7:00-7:15 Browse Demos, Play Leap Motion Games
7:15-7:20 Introductions and Housekeeping

7:20-8:30 Demos from Occipital, DAQRI, Mrrk Skwarek; discussion of Ingress and the impact of AR gaming on industry and society
Follow AR Detroit at @ARDetroit and check us out at http://www.meetup.com/AR-Detroit/

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The Two Guys Show #11: Brad Gustafson #2GuysShow

Welcome to episode #11 of  The Two Guys Show with our featured guest Brad Gustafson!  Brad is a principal in Wayzata, MN and is inspiring his staff to do amazing things using augmented reality.  He has recently started the World Book Talk which allows students to us the augmented reality app Aurasma to view book talks from students and adults from all over the world! He has also recently announced a new podcast he will be starting with 2 other principals, John Frizky and Tony Sinanis, called 3 Leaders Making Videos. Their podcast will debut around Thanksgiving time this year. This episode will inspire you and bring you to tears with laughter as Principal Gustafson does an "AR AMBUSH" on our very own Brad Waid. This moment in the show is priceless! Check out this episode and see how Brad is inspiring his teachers and students to reach amazing new heights!

Brad's amazing "2 Guys" Foam Finger! 
Follow Brad Gustafson on Twitter @GustafsonBrad

Principal Brad Gustafson

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Happy Halloween

Happy Halloween and thank you for the amazing support! Keep making a difference in the lives of your student each day! #StayConnected
-  The Two Guys

Monday, October 28, 2013

The Two Guys Show #10: Ginger Lewman

Organize Life with Personalized Planners by @ErinCondren and GIVEAWAY

My personalized Lesson Planner by +Erin Condren
It is very clear to everyone to knows me that I love technology! I am a gadget nerd who is constantly researching the latest and greatest. Technology has helped many organize calendars and events but I am not one of those people. In the past I loved having an analog planner to keep track of everything going on in my hectic life! I have always have had a much easier time organizing my thoughts, events, and lesson plans when I write it down. I have not found a planner that does it all...that was until now! The Teacher Planner by Erin Condren Designs is an all in one lesson and life organizer! You get to select from 27 different designs of The Teacher Planner and add your personal touch! I found many of the designs geared toward women until I discovered Erin Condren's Men's Collection. My planner has many great features to help me plan including:
  • Important Dates and Holidays to Remember
  • Absent Log
  • Year at a Glance
    • Great for long term planning
  • Monthly Tabs
  • Large Weekly Lesson Plan Section
  • Checklists
  • Notes Section
  • Various Labeled Stickers for Important Dates
  • Folder
  • Zip lock Pouch with Personalized Labels
  • Personalized Notebook
  • Graph Pages 
    • Great for seating charts, groups, or logging assessments
Personalized notebook attached to the back cover of my planner!

Erin Condren Designs has the best lesson planners available because of it's quality materials, various options, and ability to personalize. This planner will truly make my life easier to organize so make sure to enter our giveaway below so YOU can win a $75 gift card to personalize your own planner!

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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Join the #ARevolution Post #3: Augmented Reality Apps in Education

Welcome back to another post in our series about Augmented Reality!  This week’s post is going to focus on some of the great apps that we have found that can be utilized in your classroom immediately to enhance your student’s learning experience!  And please if we miss any Augmented Reality apps that you love, let us know in the comments!


DAQRI is the world’s leading augmented reality developer, providing custom software and creative solutions to clients across a broad spectrum of industries. (www.daqri.com) Daqri is using their 4D technology to create educational experiences that allows students to learn like never before. One example is their free app Anatomy 4D, which allows students to explore how each system in human body works together. 

Another example of Daqri’s 4D technology is shown in their recently funded Kickstarter campaign Elements 4D. Elements 4D lets you interact with elements of the periodic table using beautifully crafted cubes. This application will allow students to view various modes to deepen learning.


Aurasma, is a free open source product that allows users to engage in and create augmented reality experiences of their own.  Educators, and more importantly students, can use this tool to enhance their learning experience and essentially bring their learning to life. Many educators have collaborated to create this list of meaningful ways to use Aurasma in education. 

ColAR Mix

FREE App (upgraded version cost $1.99)

ColAR Mix is one of those apps that we show everywhere we go.  It’s easy, it’s fun, it’s exciting, and more importantly it doesn’t cost a ton of money!!  What ColAr Mix does is allow you to print a coloring page off their website (there are now 12 different pages).  You then color the page, open your ColAR Mix app (on your iOS or Android device) and watch your coloring pages come to life right in front of you!  It’s pretty incredible!  Now we will tell you, you only get 4 coloring pages for free with the free app.  But if you pay the $1.99 upgrade you can have access to ALL of the coloring pages, even coloring pages they’ll be coming out with in the future!  We promise you, after you see one page come to life, you’ll be paying the upgrade fee to watch the others!

AR Flashcards

FREE app

AR Flashcards is a FREE educational app primarily designed for your little ones (Pre-K, Kinder and 1st).  You can download the app free from an App store, then you’ll need to go to the AR Flashcards website and print out the cards. (Word of Advice: The cards must be printed out in color and we advise not to laminate them because the laminating paper causes a glare which sometimes doesn’t allow the cards to work).

After printing out the cards you can scan them with the app and watch them jump to life!  You’ll get the entire alphabet (as well as a few dinosaurs) and when the kids scan the card, the animal pops up on the screen, and if the child taps the animal the animal will speak it’s name and letter it represents.  A totally fun and inventive way to get kids to learn their letter and sounds.

AR Flashcards: Space

AR Flashcards Space is designed by the same company who designed AR Flashcards.  The entire premise behind AR Space is pretty self-explanatory, but you can scan cards that you print out from their website and scan them and watch the planets come to life.  When children tap on the planets they’ll hear the name of that planet along with a few interesting facts.

NASA 3D Spacecraft

NASA 3D Spacecraft is an interactive augmented reality app that allows for students to use 1 trigger image or marker to explore an abundance of spacecrafts! The benefit to have only 1 trigger image is multiple students can interact with a different spacecraft at the same time. This app give students an amazing opportunity to explore how NASA learns about the Solar System. 

TRACLabs Atlas AR by FuelFX

TRACLabs Atlas by FuelFX  brings a robot to life giving students the ability to “program” its arms and legs in a series of steps, then playing the steps in quick succession. Here is the iOS link and Android. Terri Eichholz has an amazing post about using this app in her classroom.
Fetch! Lunch Rush! by PBS Kids

This fun app uses augmented reality to engage students in solving addition and subtraction problems. Each math problem is timed challenging the students to increase their quick recall of addition and subtraction facts. This is an iPhone app but still works well on the iPad. Our students loved this game and can be used from 1 student - 4 students. 

Planets! (Coming Very Soon!)

Planets! will allow students a learning experience like never before. It creates a new and engaging way to explore our Solar System. This mind blowing app brings a new depth to learning with cut away views of each planet including detailed information of each layer. 

Now you may be reading some of these and thinking “wow those are some pretty amazing tools, but how can I actually use these in my classroom in meaningful ways?”  Well that’s what we’re writing about next week!  Our post next week will be all about using Augmented Reality in Education!  Stay tuned, and in the meantime go out and play with some of the tools above, and don’t be alarmed if you start to feel like a giddy little kid again! 

**This post was co-written with Todd Nesloney. Follow him on Twitter @TechNinjaTodd and visit his site at http://nesloneyflipped.blogspot.com