Tuesday, April 29, 2014

#2GuysShow Photo Contest!!

Join the #2GuysShow for some fun using 4D from DAQRI with the #2GuysShow Photo Contest! Download the DAQRI application and scan the images below. Take a fun and creative picture with Brad (#27 on the left) or Drew (#26 on the right) and post it on Twitter using #2GuysShow! We will pick a couple winners on the #2GuysShow next week who will receive an abundance of rare AR triggers, or a license to Camtasia or Snagit from TechSmith!!
 A couple of awesome photos submitted so far to the #2GuysShow Photo Contest! 

The Two Guys Show #30: Sue Gorman

During our 30th episode of The Two Guys Show tonight, we are excited to have Apple Distinguished Educator, Sue Gorman join us!   Sue teaches at the Institute of Professional Educator Development at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and is an Innovative Learning Consultant. She is not only an Apple Distinguished Educator,  but a Apple Certified Trainer and a Google Certified Teacher.
Tonight's guest Sue Gorman

Find out more about Sue at her website http://www.suegorman.com
Follow Sue on Twitter at @sjgorman

Download the DAQRI application and scan the triggers below. Take a fun picture with Brad (#27 on the left) or Drew (#26 on the right) and post it on Twitter with #2GuysShow! We will pick a couple winners who will receive an abundance of rare AR triggers!

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Sunday, April 27, 2014

Coding in the Classroom - Beyond Cargo Bot

by Brad Waid

Since the beginning of the year my students have embraced coding in our classroom.  It all started with our use of the iPad app Cargo Bot (see previous post of "Coding" in the classroom).  As you know we are big fans of cargo bot and speak about it in our presentations and on our show.  But, this article is going to go beyond cargo bot and explore a few other excellent coding apps for kids.

Here are the apps we are going to look at in this article.

Trac Labs

Kodable is an app that allows students to program a furry creature to roll through a maze.  Students have to program the creature to turn and navigate through a maze to escape through the other side.  It is another great app to get kids to start to understand the fundamentals to programming and coding.  It is perfect for students from ages 5-10.

Lightbot is an app that I found on the fantastic website code.org.  The goal of lightbot is to light up all  squares by turning them blue using programming.  You program a robot to turn and jump on the squares and when the robot lands on the square it turns it blue.  This programming activity engages the programmer and gives them immediate feedback.  It is perfect for students from ages 5-12.

Trac Labs is an app where you program a robot and experience augmented reality at the same time.  For this you use your device and when the scanner pics up the target a large robot appears on the screen.  Once you see the robot, you can program all of it's movable parts.  This allows you to program the robot to carry out movements that you program.  This app is very engaging due to the Augmented Reality and a great way to work on programming skills.  This app is great for students from ages 8-15.

Hopscotch is an app that blends using pre-programmed tiles and allows the programmer to change certain sets of variables.  Students to choose a creature and program it to carry out certain task like; drawing a line, getting larger, react to movement etc.  One of the cool features of Hopscotch is that students can choose more than one creature to carry out a task and then when they "run" their program all the creatures carry out their task simultaneously.  What really turned my students head was a program that they found where someone had used multiple creatures to create the Sydney Opera House.  One of my students took that as a challenge and within a couple weeks, he had programmed a bunch of creatures, that when the program was ran, they drew a detailed house.
Here is the video.

Using this wide array of coding apps in my classroom has allowed all my students to find a coding app that is not only the right challenge but fits their learning style as well.  The coding apps are highly  recommended by myself and my students.

We hope you find these app not only engaging but useful and helpful as well.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Two Guys Show #29: Integrating Augmented Reality in Education

During our 29th episode of The Two Guys Show tonight, we will is share how we have integrated AR in our classrooms, but also the amazing stories and experiences educators have shared with. We will be discussing DAQRI's 4D Studio, Aurasma Studio, several AR applications used in education. It will be a fun filled episode with a lot of meaningful ways to integrate augmented reality in education! 
We will also be looking for examples shared during the live show tonight on twitter using the #2GuysShow. We will make sure to share as many examples tweeted to us live as possible! 

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Two Guys Show #28: AR Creation


We are very excited to be back this week with episode #28 of The Two Guys Show! Tonight we will be discussing augmented reality creation. We will feature various platforms for augmented reality creation but mainly focus on DAQRI's newly released 4D Studio! For tonight's show will be using the usual hashtag #2GuysShow but also #4D. 

Follow @DAQRI CEO and Co-Founder Brian Mullins @mrlaserbeam and Co-Founder Gaia Dempsey @fianxu

Monday, April 14, 2014

Unplugged, Reflected, and Recharged!

image from http://www.blacknbougie.com/2011/04/battery-low-indicator.html
Everyone hits lulls in life and needs time to unplug and recharge the batteries. Fortunately this is exactly what I decided to do this past week during our Spring Break. I spent much of the time reflecting on life inside and out of the connected educator realm
It feels like it has been pure insanity this past year for Brad and I. Calling this past year life changing would be an understatement, but sometimes I find myself getting lost in my passion for teaching, learning, sharing, and connecting. Sometimes we all get so caught up in these passions that we forget to truly cherish the family, friends, and relationships we have outside the walls of education. 
I am very blessed to have an amazing support system around me and knowing this has helped me recharge my batteries! 

My Support System
My Dad and I in northern Michigan golfing.
My brother Dustin, sister in law Jessica, me, my girlfriend Megan, and sister Paige.
Megan and I in Chicago
My Mom and I at my cousin's wedding in northern Michigan.
Great friends Erin and Todd at MACUL last month. 
Brad and I before heading to ISTE last summer
I think it is extremely important in find a balance in life. I will admit that I have a hard time doing this at times but reflecting this past week has helped me realize how vital it is. My battery is now fully charged and excited for things ahead! 
Image from http://benchmarkitconsulting.com/colin-stasiuk/2011/10/12/my-sqlpass-community-battery-is-fully-charged/

This past year has been amazing, but it is just the beginning! 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Two Guys Show #27: @Aurasma's Global Head of Operations David Stone

We are so excited to have Aurasma's David Stone join us tonight on The Two Guys Show! David is the Global Head of Operations at HP Aurasma. We will discuss augmented reality in education, how David first discovered AR, as well as the amazing updates and innovations Aurasma is working on. 

HP Aurasma's Global Head of Operations, David Stone