Friday, May 31, 2013

"Augmented reality is an educational tool and helps us learn in a better and more engaging way."

Brad and I were very fortunate to attend an augmented reality panel last night at the Baldwin Theater in Royal Oak, Michigan. The event featured Daqri Founder and CEO Brian Mullins. We were very excited to discuss the future of augmented reality in education and how it can change the way students learn in school. Daqri is working on amazing things and we can not wait to connect with Brian again in the future to discuss how we can help change lives in the classroom using augmented reality! Below is some information about Brian from
Brian Mullins is a visionary and a technological democrat. He believes that technology is so important to our ability to function in business and life that it is becoming a liberty all should have access to. With a background in industrial robotics and management at multi-billion dollar firms, Brian now creates value as an experienced entrepreneur who solves his own real world problems by creating technology solutions, and then shares them with the world. Daqri, dubbed the “Youtube of AR” is his third company.
Brian says:
“Before YouTube, only a select few people had video on their websites, but now whether it’s a cat video a video blog or a trailer for a Hollywood blockbuster, everyone can publish their video content easily and without writing code.   We want to do the same thing for Augmented Reality.  We don’t think everyone is going to create their own augmented reality experiences, but we want to open the door to those who do want to create them so that more and more people can consume this kind of experience.”
Brian’s vision is to grow the platform with consumers and also with key B2B verticals that can benefit from customers’ visualizing their products in AR.  Opening the API, and inviting innovation in the space by making the tools very accessible to everyone and building a strong community of daqri users and developers.

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Daqri 4D: It starts now

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

First ever Live Stembite from Glass Explorer Andrew Vanden Heuvel today!!

UPDATE: We can not thank Andrew enough for inviting us to take part in the World's first ever live STEMbite using Google Glass! Our students were engaged the whole time and Andrew does an amazing job making hard concepts easier to comprehend. We have had great feedback from the students and parents and everyone is hoping we are able to participate in another live STEMbite in the future! Thank you Andrew and thank you Glass!! Check out the short highlight video from the STEMbite below! 

Good morning everyone,I am very excited to share we have been invited to participate in a first ever live Stembite from our friend and Google Glass Explorer Andrew Vanden Heuvel! Andrew works full-time as an independent contractor, working largely with Michigan Virtual University on a variety of projects related to online learning. In 2010, he was selected as Michigan Online Teacher of the Year and as a finalists for the National Online Teacher of the Year. I have attached a link to his website and his Google Glass youtube video where he took a class on a virtual field trip to CERN using Google Glass. The science lesson will be 15 minutes including a live Q&A afterward. Hope everyone has a great day!

Video description: Join us as physics teacher/Glass Explorer Andrew Vanden Heuvel takes a classroom on a virtual field trip into the Large Hadron Collider. Learn more about Andrew's adventures teaching through Glass at his blog:

Click link below to view. 

Check out his Stembite Channel full of great science mini lessons by clicking the link below!

Follow Andrew on Twitter here: @avheuv

Saturday, May 25, 2013

Augmented Reality Triggers Page Added

We have added a page called "triggers." This page will be devoted to engaging you using the Aurasma application. The page has instructions on how to follow our channel on the Aurasma app as well as links to download the application. We will be adding triggers on a regular basis so keep checking back for more. Now click on the triggers tab and enjoy magic of augmented reality! 

Thursday, May 23, 2013

Taking Augmented Reality to another level!!

Brad and I had the opportunity to meet with an AR rockstar tonight! He showed us some amazing things he can do and projects we can work on together in the future. We are going to take this unbelievable tool and bring it into the classroom to increase learning and engagement. We are pumped! Stay tuned for more information!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Podstock Presentation Trailer

It is only 58 days until our Game Changing Apps presentation in Wichita, Kansas at Podstock! It will take place in Keen Kutter C on Friday July 18th at 11:00am. We will be presenting game changing apps for student engagement, teacher productivity, and augmented reality. We will show you how we are using these apps to change the culture and engagement in out classroom and our school. This session will benefit all grade levels an administrators. This is happening now! Come see how we are changing the game! Below is a short trailer to get you excited!
PODSTOCK: It's an Educational Revolution!

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Explain Everything + DAQRI = Magical Mini Lessons

Explain Everything is an easy-to-use design, screencasting, and interactive whiteboard tool that lets you annotate, animate, narrate, import, and export almost anything to and from almost anywhere.
Create slides, draw in any color, add shapes, add text, and use a laser pointer. Rotate, move, scale, copy, paste, clone, and lock any object added to the stage.
Add new or existing photos and videos. Import PDF, PPT, DOC, XLS, Keynote, Pages, Numbers, and RTF files from Evernote, Dropbox, Box, GDrive, WebDAV, Email, iTunes, and any app that allows you to open these files types using "Open In…". Export MP4 movies, PDF documents, PNG images, or XPL project files directly from your iPad.

We use Explain Everything for many activities in our classrooms. It makes creating homework mini lessons very easy! A quick picture of the homework assignment, and I can record a mini lesson with audio and writing. This allows us to export the video and create homework experiences with DAQRI. The students then use augmented reality to view the mini lesson at home. Since we started using Explain Everything and DAQRI to create mini lessons, homework grades are up and are being turned in more frequent. It is a simple example of how augmented reality can enhance learning! 

Saturday, May 18, 2013

ISTE 2013 Officially Booked!!

This week we put the final touches on our ISTE reservations! We cannot wait to meet and learn from so many great educators from around the world. If you are going to be at ISTE then leave a comment below! We will see you all in San Antonio! 

Tuesday, May 14, 2013


We are excited to announce we will be taking our "Game Changing Apps" presentation to Podstock 2013 in Wichita, Kansas. The Podstock conference take place at the Hotel at Old Town Conference Center from July 17-19. Our presentation will be from 11:00-12:00 on Friday, July 19th in Keen Kutter C! Brad and I are pumped to get in front people and share our energy, knowledge and passion for technology in education! IT'S AN EDUCATIONAL REVOLUTION!

More information at

Saturday, May 11, 2013

Learn. Teach. Lead.

Brad Waid at MACUL Conference
Drew Minock at MACUL Conference
Welcome to our new blog!! We are very excited to share our ideas, vision, and knowledge with everyone! We will post frequent updates about "game changing" apps, augmented reality in education, and educators who are doing amazing things. Hope you enjoy!