As of today we now have a green wall for students to use for video projects! It can be found in the hallway on the way up to the Tech Office and the paint hardly had time to dry before our students started using the wall for projects this morning. This should be a great addition for Upper School students, but anyone at Pike should feel welcome to use it.
A green screen can be a great way for students (and teachers) to be creative with digital media. If you are looking for ideas, the following article has a lot of good information about How to Integrate a Green Screen Wall into any classroom. Please be in touch with the Tech Dept. if you would like help trying any of these ideas.
Special Thanks to Maintenance who literally
turned this wall —–> to this overnight!
Thank you so much to Rick, Mark, Watson and Will for making this happen!!!
The New Periodic Table Of iPad Apps for Augmented and Virtual Reality was created by Mark Anderson @ICTEvangelist and curated by Steve Bambury @VIRTUALITEACH
There is a new periodic table of apps devoted entirely to augmented and virtual reality iOS apps that can be used in the classroom. Click here to read the entire post about this amazing new tool created by Mark Anderson and Steve Bambury. The periodic table is broken down into 8 categories (STEM, Creativity, Geography, Story Telling, Art, Teaching, Science and History) so you can look at it by color according to the subject you are interested in. There is also an interactive version of the Periodic Table of VR and AR apps on Thinglink so you that can easily located all the apps mentioned on the chart.
So far, I had fun exploring the Renwick Gallery Wonder 360 app in the Art category and was able to virtually travel to Washington, DC and experience some contemporary large scale installations made with unexpected materials from the comfort of my chair at Pike.
If you are looking for new tools that could help you integrate AR or VR into your classroom this could be what you were looking for to spark some ideas and get you started. If you need further help please be in touch with the Tech Department.
We introduced Google Arts & Culture last winter, but there have been many updates since it was first released so it seemed like a good time to revisit this awesome free resource.
First off, you may have heard of the Google Arts & Culture feature that lets you match your face to a famous painting that went viral over last weekend. If you would like to join in on the fun, download the app if you haven’t already and scroll down until you see the Is your portrait in a museum? function and take and submit your photo (I did a screenshot to grab my image when complete by pressing and holding the off and the home buttons at the same time).
Beyond this fun activity you can still virtually explore many museums from several countries around the world via a browser or with their free iPad app. The zoom views and virtual tours allow you to experience many of the world’s greatest treasures and landmarks and they are constantly adding to the collection. This timely new addition helps users celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by exploring a dynamic historical collection of his sermons, speeches and correspondences.
Google Arts and Culture is the perfect thing to try if you are looking to amplify one of your lessons with a real view related to your curriculum. If you would like help giving this a try with your class please contact the tech department.
Winter Break Tech Tip As you prepare to check out for winter break, remember to collect all of your adapters, remotes, usb chargers, power cables etc. and put them in a safe place so you can easily find them when you return. We hope that everyone has an awesome winter break, and that you can find time to unplug and recharge for the new year 🙂
iOS 11! While you are off over the next few weeks you may find that you have time to explore many of the cool new features of iOS 11 on your iPad. This blog post by Tony Vincent of Learning in Hand highlights some of the many impressive iPad and iPhone tips and tricks. From Tony Vincent:
Learn stunts like annotating photos without an app, compelling Siri to flip a coin, conjuring up keywords on a page, hearing highlighted text, making clutter on web pages vanish, closing all Safari tabs in the blink of an eye…the magic at your fingertips seems limitless. So many secrets are unleashed!
We look forward to working with you all next year!
If you are connecting your iPad or Laptop to your projector via Apple TV you will want to refer to the Apple TV Instructions below. Please note whether your remote is silver or black and chose the appropriate link below.
If you have more questions Upper School Head, Colleen Welsh and Aaron Hovel gave a talk about Raising Children in the Digital Age. We also have a Parent Resource Page with more information on this blog. In addition, please feel free to reach out to the Tech Department at any time.
Pike Upper School student Karen G. created the below presentation and showed it to students at Assembly yesterday to highlighting some of the exciting new features of iOS 11. It is about 3 minutes long and covers some improvements that will be available for our classrooms. Thanks for leading our student community with the change to this new iOS Karen! If anyone has questions about the update please contact the Tech Department.
This week is Digital Citizenship week! To kick off our Tech Communications for the year, we are sharing resources that we hope you will find useful for your Digital Citizenship work in the classroom this year. We request that a message go home after you cover any digital citizenship lessons to help families continue the conversation and reinforce topics at home. Please reach out to the Tech Department if you need assistance with a message to parents or if you need help implementing anything this year.
For Grades 1 – 5BrainPop has free access to their Digital Citizenship Collection. Their learning pathways tackle topics like Information Privacy, Media Literacy, and Digital Etiquette and students do activities where they can apply what they have learned and teachers can easily access understanding. There is also an extensive list of Teacher Digital Citizenship Resources available.
For Grades 3 – 5Be Internet Awesome by Google helps kids become safe, confident explorers of the online world. Their curriculum gives educators the tools and methods they need to teach digital safety fundamentals in the classroom and students apply their learning via Interland, a playful browser-based game that makes this topic interactive and fun. Click here to access Teacher Training for this curriculum. For Grades 6 – 9 the Applied Digital Skills by Google is a well developed free computer literacy course designed to prepare students for a growing number of jobs that require basic digital skills. With their Applied Digital Skills Curriculum learners explore units and apply skills in real world activities that practice topics like planning an event, creating an interactive guide and many more.
For Grades 3 – 9, ThisDigital citizenship and social emotional learning article outlines how character strengths can be used in a positive way to navigate digital dilemmas. Their Digital Citizenship & Social and Emotional Learning Teacher Guide contains a set of scenarios that students may face at some point in their lives and encourages conversation about character with the goal of developing strengths like humility and perseverance.
Common Sense Media Ed Tech Reviews – Their EdTech reviews and supporting resources can help you bring tech tools to your classroom via a collection of age appropriate resources curated by knowledgeable educators.
This post covers the basics on how to connect a MacBook Pro Laptop to a projector. If you would like to download or print out a one page sheet to keep handy or to leave with your lesson plans for a substitute teacher click here.
Connecting a MacBook Laptop to a Projector
Make sure your laptop is connected to a power source (especially for long presentations). With the HDMI cable No Adaptor is needed. Connect the black cord to the HDMI port located on the right side of the MacBook Pro in the center input (see below). With HDMI video and audio go through the same cable so there is no separate hookup for audio. Now Turn on the projector with the classroom remote.
Sometimes, additional steps may be required for an image to be displayed from your laptop.
If an image doesn’t project and you see a blue screen with a “No Input” message, disconnect the HDMI cable from your laptop, wait 5 seconds and then reconnect. If the image still does not appear make sure that all the wires have a good connection.
Most Common Issue: If you do see an image, but it does not match your laptop screen click on the apple in the upper left of your screen and select System Preferences. Next click on Displays.
Click on the Arrangement tab and make sure that the Mirror Displays box is checked.
Another common problem: If you see a no input message on your screen press the Source button on the projector remote.
Reminder:Here is a one page sheet that you can download or print out if you want to keep it handy or leave with your lesson plans for a substitute teacher.