Thursday, July 31, 2014

BIG Changes and Updates Coming!

We are excited to announce we will be making some BIG changes and updates to the Two Guys blog!  We strive to engage, inspire, and empower each person who visits our blog to make a positive impact on their student's lives. Thank you for all your support and stay tuned for all the changes and updates! 

Thank you and Stay Connected

-Drew and Brad

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Want to learn more about Augmented Reality in Education? Follow These Great Educators!

Augmented reality(AR) has continued to gain momentum in the educational landscape over the past couple of years. These educators featured below have dove in head first using AR in their classrooms and schools. They continue to share excellent resources to help educators see how augmented reality can engage students and deepen understanding. 

Terri Eichholz

Terri is a teacher of K-5 Gifted Students in San Antonio, TX, who is dedicated to engaging and inspiring all learners. She has a wonderful and informational blog Engage Their Minds. Terri often shares resources about augmented reality on twitter and a whole section dedicated to AR on her blog. Follow Terri on Twitter @terrieichholz and subscribe to her blog for meaningful informational on using augmented reality in education.
Katie show 4D Studio while presenting at Podstock 2014.
Katie Ann Wilson 
Katie is the founder of the blog Diary of a Techie Chick & the Global Digital Scrapbook. Brad and I had the opportunity to attend Katie's augmented reality session at Podstock> She did a great job showcasing many AR apps, tools, and examples in education. She routinely shares great information regarding augmented reality on her blog and on Twitter. You can follow Katie on Twitter @KatieAnn_76, join her Edmodo Augmented Reality Group, and her recently created Google+ page Augmented Reality for Education.

Paul Hamilton
According to Paul's twitter biography he is an  ADE 2013-EDTECH digest award finalist, Pioneer/Developer/Speaker/Author. Coding, The Tellagami Project, Augmented Reality, iBeacon Technology. I had the privilege of meeting Paul this past month at ISTE and we had a great conversation regarding augmented reality's impact on student learning, iBeacon Technology, and much more. He has even created an augmented reality app called Science AR and published an ebook called Augmented Reality in Education. Definitely follow Paul on twitter and check out his site Apps by Paul Hamilton.

Courtney Pepe:
Courtney is a self proclaimed iPad Queen. She is also an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE), Google Glass Explorer, Ed Tech Author, Webinar Hostess, K-12 workshop presenter, surfer, and life-long learner. She has a passion for emerging technology and augmented reality. Check out her blog and follow her @ipadqueen2012.

Charles Cooper

Charles, who is 2013 NISD Secondary Teacher of the Year, was one of the first people Brad and I connected with on twitter who was using augmented reality in education. Charles has many great videos on his YouTube page and an abundance of resources on his site Make sure you add him to your PLN by following him on Twitter @Thrasymachus

Brad Gustafson:

One of the best administrators in the Country, if not the World is elementary principal, digital leader, and AR evangelist Brad Gustafson. Every time I have the privilege to talk to Brad, he is always telling me about his amazing staff. Brad sends an augmented baseball card to each student before the school year starts to welcome them. He is the Co-creator of the #WorldBookTalkBrad shares great resources on his site and on twitter @GustafsonBrad

Tom is passionate educator and blended learning specialist who conducts professional development through @HighlanderInst. Tom has routinely posted augmented reality articles and resources on his site Tom and I have had several discussions about AR in education, and other emerging technologies. In 2012, Tom authored a study while completing his MA program at Columbia University called "Flipped Learning and Democratic Education." He has also authored chapters for three books on instructional technology, including Flipping 2.0 and Flipped Learning: Gateway to Student Engagement.  Tom is a wealth of knowledge so make sure you follow him on Twitter @Mr_Driscoll

Daisy Marino:
Daisy is a enthusiastic elementary teacher at Warren Elementary in Texas. I had the pleasure of meeting Daisy this past month at ISTE. I got to learn about her journey as a connected educator and how excited she is about augmented reality in education. She has used it with her 4th graders and shares great examples on her site and on Twitter @daisyray215

These early adopter's innovation and creativity is shown in the content they continuously share. They are stepping outside the box and their students are benefiting. 

If you are using augmented reality in education, please connect with Brad (@techbradwaid) and I (@TechMinock). You can also connect with us @2GuysShow and @DAQRIeduWe absolutely love hearing stories, and seeing pictures and videos about educators using augmented reality to make a difference in education! 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Spent my Lunch Break Coloring Thanks to BIG Update to ColAR Mix App

Every morning when I get up I check the app store on my phone to see if there are any apps that need to be updated. Ask many who know me, (definitely ask Brad) and they will tell you that it drives me crazy when my devices are updated. I have been on the look out for an update to ColAR Mix for quite awhile and today was the day! The only problem was that I had to get a lot of work done so I had to wait until lunch upgrade the app, download and print, the new coloring packs. Lunch today was  

Update 2.5 bring 2 new coloring packs: Murphy and Friends (free) and Amazing Animals of New Zealand ($2.99). Murphy and Friends is 3 coloring pages but currently only has Murphy the Sheep. His Penguin and Bunny friend are coming soon. 
Murphy the Sheep

Amazing Animals of New Zealand has 6 awesome coloring pages with information about each animal. 5 are currently available with 1 other animal coming soon.


Today's update also brought new animations to the Dover pack coloring pages. Download the new update and you might find yourself coloring on your lunch break.