Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Two Guys Show #34: GoEnnounce

We are very excited for episode #34 of The Two Guys Show with our good friends from GoEnnounce Meghan and Melissa! The great Todd Nesloney is filling in for Drew tonight as a special guest co-host with Brad! 

Thursday, May 22, 2014

The Two Guys Show #33: @Remind101


We are very excited for episode #33 of The Two Guys Show with our good friends from Remind 101Clara Galan and Christine Garland! Remind 101 is a safe and secure way to text your class, or in our case as elementary teachers, the parents of the students in your class. The Remind 101 team has been working hard the past year adding several new updates and features including "Attach." Attach photos, documents, presentations, PDFs and more. Deliver your assignments and documents right to your students and parents' phones. We will discuss Remind 101's history, philosophy, and future. 

We are honored to be part of Remind 101's Teacher Advisory Board with several amazing educators around the country! 

Read the BIG announcement of us joining DAQRI as 4D Education Evangelist on their blog by clicking the link below:
DAQRI Education get a Boost with Two New 4D Education Evangelist

This episode of The Two Guys Show is Sponsored by:

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

A New Adventure for a Global Impact

We are extremely excited to announce that we are following our passion for education and technology and joining forces with DAQRI to change they way learning happens.  As you know DAQRI is one of the world's leading augmented reality companies and they are giving us the opportunity to follow our passion. We look forward to working together to create and establish relationships and partnerships with schools and educators all around the world. With our combined vision and leadership we are out to change the way students learn, the way teachers teach, and the way education is experienced by all.  Here is what Drew and I had to say when asked about this opportunity with DAQRI. 

Brad and I sharing DAQRI's Anatomy 4D at OETC in Columbus, Ohio.
Brad: "Drew and I are very excited about joining the DAQRI family.  DAQRI's vision, leadership and passion is truly outstanding and their commitment to education is undeniable.  We are looking forward to working with educators, students and schools around the world to share the transformative power of using Augmented Reality in education.  This is a great opportunity to not only deepen student learning but to impact the education system on a global scale.  We are honored and excited to be a part of such a rewarding and meaningful mission."

Drew: “We are very excited to join the DAQRI team! Their vision, creative culture, and family like atmosphere is something special. We know DAQRI’s passion for education will increase our opportunities to have a positive global impact on education. We can not wait to work with educators and students around the world to see the power of learning with 4D.” 

We couldn't be happier with this opportunity and we thank Brian Mullins, Gaia Dempsey, and everyone at DAQRI for believing in us! We'd also like to thank all our amazing friends, family, and all of you for supporting us. We would also like to thank Rob Glass and Bloomfield Hills Schools for all the amazing encouragement and support! We look forward to connecting with even more of you around the world and we are excited about the next chapter.  

Read the announcement on DAQRI's Blog by clicking the link below:

DAQRI HQ in Los Angeles, California

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Students Create Video Games by Drawing with Pixel Press Floors!


We are excited for episode #32 of The Two Guys Show with the Pixel Press's Katie Burke! Pixel Press's new app Floors allows students to draw their own video game without programming! Pixel Press is working with educators to bring lesson plans and more exclusive content this summer in preparation for the school year in the fall.
Katie will discuss an exciting contest for educators using Pixel Press Floors in the classroom! The top 25 most played levels SUBMITTED BY YOUR CLASSROOM will receive a premium Sketch Kit.  The #1 most played level will get a 5x sheet!! 

1. Post a photo of your classroom using Pixel Press Floors either on Twitter or Instagram. Please keep the text something along the lines of… “Hey @PixelPressGame, this classroom wants a 5X! Play level “(enter level name)” to help us win one!” use the hashtag #PixelPressFloors or #PixelPress if you’d like, but please make sure to mention us so it makes it to our main feed!
2. Don’t forget to include the name of the level created by your class in your message. We will be keeping track of the play counts!
3. Find some creative ways to promote your level being played. You can also use the share feature to email your level to parents and friends! 

The play count will be totaled May 31st 11:59pm CST. 

Video Games created and published by students in my class:

Monkey Man2
Monkey Man
Death at the Jungle
Samantha's Challenge Please Play :)
66 Percent 

This episode of The Two Guys Show is Sponsored by: 

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Detroit to Frankfurt Germany in 60 Seconds!

At 5:30 am on a Sunday Morning, I woke up to join my good friend, Evan Scherr in Frankfurt, Germany to do a presentation on Augmented Reality at his Google Summit conference.  I set my alarm for 5:00am, I woke up, got ready,  opened my laptop, connected to the WiFi, opened up Google Hangout and "Boom" I was in Germany ready to present.
Evan Scherr
Assistant Director of Technology
Frankfurt International School

Drew and I presented to a group of educators who are new to Augmented Reality but ready to explore the possibilities and educate students differently.  There was some great discussion, some great questions along with some killer Augmented Reality Demos!  After the session was over, Drew and I said goodbye to our fellow educators in Germany and went back to bed as they took a break for lunch.  Well, that's how it goes when you're hanging out with friends in different times zones around the world.

Presenting with Drew and Evan Scherr
in Frankfort, Germany

Thanks to the advancements in technology that allow us to "Hang Out" with friends and fellow educators around the world with just a click of a button.  So the next time you think it's too far away...think again.

Reach out to someone through Twitter or another social media and invite them to a Google Hangout.

Have a great day,

Stay Connected

Brad Waid

A tweet the next day!
Love Tweets Like This!

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

The Two Guys Show #31: @ClassDojo

My character on Class Dojo
We are excited for episode #31 of The Two Guys Show with the Co-Founders of Class Dojo, Sam and Liam! Class Dojo's website explains their platform as a classroom tool that helps teachers improve behavior in their classrooms quickly and easily. It also captures and generates data on behavior that teachers can share with parents and administrators.

Class Dojo has recently announced an update that allows educators to engage parents with Class Dojo messaging. Class Dojo messaging also allows educators to know when parents have read their message with Read Receipts.