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2016 will come to be known as the year of VR. This year, three virtual reality headsets will be released commercially, with the Oculus Rift, the Vive HTC, and Sony’s Playstation VR bringing virtual reality and immersive experiences such as my trip to Tehran to the mass market.
What’s the future of virtual and augmented reality? Is it just a bunch of hype, as the Wall Street Journal suggested this week, or is this technology finally ready to make a big impact on the world?
With the excitement growing as Facebook's Oculus and HTC's Vive hit homes, the tech industry has begun to pay close attention to the sleeping giant of Augmented Reality.
My students started presenting their #GeniusHour Projects in class today. I’ve asked them to talk to the class about their work, learning, and passion, and to share their final products. Many students created presentations, some created physical things, and a few wrote papers. The creations ranged from videos to models, and I’ll share them all here soon.
It’s one thing for today’s students to connect with the world and to appreciate the diversity and significance of potential interactions through everyday, real-time interaction. It is a whole different challenge to be able to collaborate with learning partners across town — or around the world.
Great teachers have long known what research is beginning to prove: an individual’s mindset — as much, or even more so than ability — can have a profound impact on their success in school and beyond.
Even Apple has bent to the will of students and teachers. Following the poll, the tech giant and Maine’s Department of Education are now offering schools in the state the chance to trade in iPads ordered in 2013 for new MacBook Air laptops, at no additional cost.
Many teachers will soon say bye to their learners. In the few days you have left with your learners take the opportunity to leave them with fond memories and knowing you believe in them. This may be difficult, especially when your students are restless. However, you still have time to end the year meaningfully by getting students to reflect, express gratitudes, cultivate relationships with their peers, play, and explore the world. Below are tips, resources, and ideas to help you end the year making a lasting impression.
In the span of two decades we’ve gone from having no arts program whatsoever to launching CAST Academy—a visual and performing arts program with an emphasis on career readiness.
It’s a new world: the digital and tangible are merging, and educators need to help students navigate the changing terrain. The solution? Let them be Makers.
I have made six digital BreakoutEDU activities. Please have a look, attempt to crack the locks, and give me feedback! Can you succeed in 45 minutes?
An app being trialled in Queensland can drastically improve children's reading and learning ability within a week, the researcher behind it says.
We launched Chromebooks for people who wanted a fast, simple and secure computing experience. Chromebooks just work -- open the lid, and within seconds, you’re on your favorite sites and apps, getting stuff done. Virus protection and automatic updates are built-in, so you don't have to manage your computer.
Faces in the Crowd
The 9th grade Global Studies students at YHS recently conducted a "Middle East Summit", debating the various options for the future direction of US foreign policy in the region. Each student participated in the role playing exercise, presenting their position regarding four specific options.
CAD II students recently made fan powered cars using battery packs, a motor and the 3D printer.
The Architectural Drafting and Design class designed a tiny house using Revit software then framed their designs using balsa wood.
The York School Department extends a warm invitation to K-12 educators to participate in our Summer Institute and Google Apps for Education "Peak" sessions, Monday August 22nd through Thursday August 25th. Teachers and educational technicians who attend the Summer Institute earn Continuing Education Units that can be applied toward professional recertification. Breakfast and Lunch are provided all days.
New Sites for Teachers
Guess where you are in the world via Google Street View to earn points during each round.
TubeChop allows you to easily chop a funny or interesting section from any YouTube video and share it.
The sharpest, clearest VR video playback ever made is coming soon. Adaptive Focus is the best VR video experience on the market. Up to 5x the resolution of standard VR video.
Create your own 360° interactive images and videos with our groundbreaking new editor, available through our school and district accounts.
WeVideo makes online video editing fun & easy. Create your videos with a web video editing tool. Collaborate with others or edit on the go with our mobile apps.
Welcome to Breakout EDU Digital. The same game principles from the main Games page apply to these games, but there is no physical component other than an Internet connected device preferably a laptop, Chromebook, desktop computer. We encourage teachers to play alongside their students to model a growth mindset, resilience, and to show that teachers don't always have all the answers. The difficulty levels are out of 10 and are subjective.
The strategies database is a place to find instructional strategies to use with adults or students, to deepen learning and engage the learner!
BlocksCAD is a drag-and-drop 3D Computer Aided Design and modeling tool designed for use by elementary-age children. It is simple enough to learn in a few short hours of instruction, but still has the features, flexibility, and power of a professional-level program. It was developed at Einstein's Workshop, a hands-on learning center and kids makerspace in the Boston area
Start your own Lesson Plan todayBe creative, create fun and interactive plans!
Free tools to make your students better writers!
Google Tips and Tricks
Synergyse provides interactive, in-application training for Google Apps™.
Now that Google Photos has taken over, and Picasa has been left behind, it is time to move forward and take advantage of the new features. Photos allows you to make slideshow type movies from your photos you have uploaded to Google Photos, but there’s one catch. You can only do this using the app for your phone or tablet, not on your computer.
Google strives to make their search as useful as possible, bringing back the most appropriate results for the terms you entered. Sometimes though Google goes above and beyond the normal list of search results by providing instant search cards at the top of the page.
Google is a search company. It’s an advertising company. It’s a mobile company, a futuristic R&D lab and even, perhaps, an automaker. Google is a lot of things and because it’s so giant, it’s easy to miss some cool stuff in the shuffle. What you probably don’t realize is that a lot of the things you missed could end up being your favorite Google apps and services.
Discover exhibits and collections from museums and archives all around the world. Explore cultural treasures in extraordinary detail, from hidden gems to masterpieces.
Create your own galleries and share favorite finds with friends.
From the archaeological areas of Pompeii to the Hiroshima Peace Memorial, Google’s World Wonders Project aims to bring to life the wonders of the modern and ancient world. By using our Street View technology, Google has a unique opportunity to make world heritage sites available to users across the globe.
Google Drawings is often overshadowed by the other Google Drive tools such as Docs, Sheets, Slides, and Forms. However, it is an excellent tool for students and teacher to do many tasks including graphic organizers, teaching math, and desktop publishing (see here for examples of each).
The primary purpose of this document is to connect teachers and students to GAFE resources that will save them time. The secondary purpose is to connect learners to apps, add-ons, and extensions that enhance Chrome and Google Drive.
Last week, Google announced a new app: Google Spaces. The idea behind Spaces is to create topic-based, shareable spaces that allow you to make a space about anything that interests you and then share it with your friends. Here’s a quick tour of Spaces.
The Google ecosystem provides a wide range of powerful programs to help you do pretty much anything you need. This includes browsing the web, typing a document, creating a slideshow, sending email, collecting data, and so much more.
Set inside their home, a beloved hatchback, Pearl follows a girl and her dad as they crisscross the country chasing their dreams. It’s a story about the gifts we hand down and their power to carry love. And finding grace in the unlikeliest of places. A 360 video can be manipulated as you watch, so drag around as the movie is playing to get a full interactive experience.