Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Two Guys Show #5: Shannon Miller

Last night we had the pleasure of having Shannon McClintock Miller join us for our 5th episode of The Two Guys Show. Shannon is a game changing teacher librarian & technology integrationist who loves connecting, creating, change, advocacy & NOISE. She is also a teacher librarian educational consultant for Mackin Educational Resources and Rosen Publishing. Shannon is a presenter & blogger. She is also a 2011 Connecting People Shorty Award Recipient. 

The amazing teacher librarian Shannon McClintock Miller.

We had a great time talking with Shannon about being a connected educator, 
"It has changed my life, being a connected educator. Within a month started connecting with different schools in the country, and pretty soon globally." You can bring anything into the classroom." 

Shannon also spoke about how being connected has helped her students, 
"What it brings to the kids is huge. The experts, the authors, the experiences they have. You can bring anything into your class, and it's not just within the four walls of your library or school."

Shannon will be the K-12 Online Conference Opening Keynote, a free online conference next month with an array of amazing opportunities to learn from educators all over the country.

Next Tuesday we will have special guest Angela Maiers!
We are very excited to announce with will kick off October with Angela Maiers, the founder of Maiers Educational Services and Choose 2 Matter

Tuesday, September 17, 2013


Welcome to the fourth episode of The Two Guys Show! Last night we were excited to share the power of augmented reality. Augmented reality is is a live, direct or indirect, view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented (or supplemented) by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics or GPS data. 
We believe AR is the future of educational technology because it allows students to learning in a way like never before. We are able to bring a hands on approach to objects before was impossible. For example, with the use of augmented reality we can now place the entire solar system on the students desk in 3D space. 

You can also engage students to practice letter recognition with AR Flashcards. Mitchlehan Media is about to release their second augmented reality app called AR Flashcards-Space. Those will be available very soon in the app store.
AR Flashcards by Mitchlehan Media
Students and teachers can create their own augmented reality using Aurasma. Aurasma allows you to create AR in the app on your device, or on a computer using the studio account
Another company who is looking to change education with the use of 4D is Daqri! We believe Daqri has develop the best augmented reality content out there. They create an engaging and educational experience for each user. They have developed Autonomy 4D and recently successfully funded their Kickstarter campaign for Elements 4D. Look for more amazing AR in the future from Daqri. 

We are very excited to have the great Shannon Miller join us on next weeks episode of The Two Guys Show! Don't miss it next Tuesday night at 9PM EST! Click here to RSVP!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Augmented Reality Brings Learning to Life

We had the privilege to connect with education report Tanya Roscorla (@reportertanya) during out time at the ISTE Conference in San Antonio, Texas.  Tanya is a reporter for the Center for Digital Education (@centerdigitaled) based in Sacramento, California. During this interview we had the opportunity to express our passion for using augmented reality in education and how we believe it enhances the learning experience.

Augmented reality mixes computer and real world environments. And if you're not on board with it now, you're going to miss out on the future of education technology.

"If you watch Harry Potter, when those kids are walking through Hogwarts in the castle, they're not just pictures on the wall," said Drew Minock, third grade teacher at Eastover Elementary School. "Those pictures are alive, you know. Just imagine, like, the Night at the Museum where the figures at the museum are now alive. Well, we can do that with just about anything we want in our classroom now."

Click the link below to read the rest of the article: http://www.centerdigitaled.com/video/Augmented-Reality-Brings-Learning-to-Life.html

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

The Two Guys Show #3: The Ninja Todd Nesloney

Brad and I with Todd at ISTE in the Blogger's Cafe.

Welcome to the third episode of The Two Guys Show! Last night we had the pleasure of having our good friend and tech ninja Todd Nesloney as our special guest. Todd is a trail blazing educator from Texas who is a black belt at the flipped class model. He has recently contributed to Flipping 2.0, a book on practical strategies to flip your classroom. Todd is also Co-Founder of the popular Edu All-Stars Podcast and the training company "3 Tech Ninjas." In addition to being named as one of the "20 to Watch" by the National School Board Association, Todd also works with Texas Principal, Remind101, Sophia.org, and several other organizations. You can check out much more information about this tech ninja at this site http://www.toddnesloney.com Todd also was excited to share TWO BIG announcement while on our show and you will have to listen to find out! We have had a lot of request for an AR 101 show so we are excited to say it will take place next Tuesday night at 9pm EST!! 

Cast: Drew Minock (@TechMinock), Brad Waid  (@techbradwaid), Todd Nesloney (@TechNinjaTodd

Two Guys, Two iPads, Unlimited Ideas

We are honored and excited to connect with Remind 101, an amazing startup ran by even better people!

Two Guys, Two iPads, Unlimited Ideas

By Christine Garland

You know Hogwarts, J.K. Rowling’s awesome, fictitious school where paintings come to life? Well teachers Drew Minock and Brad Waid are using augmented reality (AR) to do something similar in their classrooms.

Read the rest of the post at Remind 101's Blog HERE

Friday, September 6, 2013

Augmented Reality to Inspire Creative Writing

During this first week of school, I wanted to inspire my students to be creative and have fun with their learning. In years past I have always struggled to make my writing lessons fun and engaging, yet productive. This is year I decided to introduce writing with the help of my favorite tech tool: Augmented Reality! 

I gave the students a choice to pick one of the several different coloring pages from the app Crayola Color Alive powered by DAQRI, and use the image on the page as a prompt to write a creative story. There was only two rules for the assignment: 

1. Have fun
2. Use your imagination

The students got started right away, some writing their story first, and some coloring. Many students were very excited about their stories saying, "Can I please share my story?!" This all happened because I gave the students a choice to create what they wanted and NOT what I wanted. 

Once most of the class had finished coloring and writing their stories, I asked for a few volunteers to share what they created. I then took their coloring sheet and brought it to life using augmented reality! The student were in complete awe! One student said, "I felt like the dragon was going to come out of the screen!" After showing the whole class several examples, I handed each group an iPad so they could view and share their stories with their team members. 

The use of augmented reality in classroom creates an excitement like no other tool I have encountered before. It brings learning to life and pulls the students into the assignment. Definitely recommend downloading Crayola Color Alive and bring learning alive in your classroom! 

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Thursday, September 5, 2013

"YOU are a Marvel"

I was enjoying my last day of summer vacation when I was ventured into a little thrift shop. When I walked in, a tall book stand caught my eye with the words "Live Inspired" across the top. The bright white book stand had a series of book with large numbers on the covers. This is where I found The 1 Book: How many people does it take to make a difference?. I opened the book and knew I had to have it for my own personal growth but to also share with others. 
The 1 Book: How many people does it take to make a difference.
I came to a section in the book with a bold orange title: "YOU ARE A MARVEL" in the middle of the page. This quote by Spanish composer Pablo Casals spread across the page:

“Each second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that will never be again And what do we teach our children? We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France. When will we also teach them what they are? We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you. 

Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move. You may become a Shakespeare, a Michaelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything. 

Yes, you are a marvel. And when you grow up, can you then harm another who is, like you, a marvel?”

This quote hit me like a ton of bricks! Pablo Casals poses the perfect question: 

"When will we also teach them what they are?" 

As educators we constantly feel the pressure to increase test scores and document student growth. I believe it is our job to develop our students cognitively; however I also feel it might be more important to use the relationships we create with them and develop our students emotionally. Too often people want to create a uniform approach to life but that is unfair because each person in the world, and therefore each student in this world, is different. The fact that you are unique, and there in no one else in the world exactly like you should be celebrated and recognized daily.

I read this passage to my students during this first week of school and expressed that I want each one of them to be themselves because they are the only one in the world exactly like them. I ask each educator out there to let your students express themselves but also teach them what they are; A MARVEL.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

The Two Guys Show #2: The Amazing Erin Klein

Welcome to the second episode of The Two Guys Show! This week we had our amazing friend Erin Klein join us to discuss the first day of school, classroom design, connecting on twitter and of course some augmented reality. Erin took a bold step with her classroom design and removed all the desks from her classroom including her own to give her students a comfortable learning atmosphere. Erin's blog Kleinspiration, is an award winning blog that has given educators a place to routinely visit for great ideas to develop the learning of the students in their classrooms. Make sure to check back next Tuesday night at 9PM EST for our next guest The Ninja Todd Nesloney! We will be talking about his Edu All-Stars podcast along with flipping his classroom so DON'T MISS IT! 

Cast: Drew Minock (@TechMinock), Brad Waid  (@techbradwaid), Erin Klein (@Kleinerin)

Download our 1st podcast on iTunes HERE