Beacondo makes it easier to develop new apps that interact with Apple’s iBeacons

Beacondo makes it easier to develop new apps that interact with Apple’s iBeacons

The latest news about iBeacons from Apple Insider.  Please click on the above link to find an article and video about Beaconado — an interface that allows the user to write iBeacon apps and configure iBeacons without having to write code.

Device Smash: Sphero Robot Used in Geometry Lesson

This is an example of how I used the Sphero robot to teach my students about programming and geometry. They programmed the robot to make a square with the Sphero Macro Lab app as well as programming Sphero to change colors everytime it made a 90 degree turn. Thanks to Google Glasses, I was able to make this video while I used my iPhone as a remote control for the robot. I like the workflow that I can film with Glasses and the viewer can have access to what is going on on my iPhone screen. Then the footage went from Glasses to Mac Book Air to Dropbox to iPad where we edited it in iMovie.

Day 22 of Google Glass in the Class

In this video I talk about the about the importance of a “google glass” PLN to move forward as an end user of this technology. I cite two different examples of PLN’s that have been effective for me. One of them is a weekly GHO called a Hangout of the Minds where a groups of Glass Explorers in Education share success stories and set challenges for the group. The second PLN is the actual Google Glass Community. I talk about my frustrations when making the switch from XE 12 to XE 16 and using the functionality of the LAYAR app. Thanks to the Google Glass community I am well on my way to implementing the newer version of LAYAR on my glasses, even though I don’t know a lick of code.

Integrating Sphero into STEM Curriculum

Today I had the pleasure of using Sphero for the first time in the class. My students were very engaged by the toy. One student created a programming challenge for himself in which he made the robot write his initials. I see an infinite number of possibilities for classroom integration and deep and meaningful learning with this device.

Google Glass in the Class Day 21

In this reflection I talk about how Google Glass increases spontaneity in the 21st century classroom. Today I used the robot Sphero as part of my math classes. We were coding different things with the robot and I was able to grab my glasses and film the robot at a really tight angle as it rolled around my classroom floor. Also, Glass improves my student workflow because I can ask a student to film a teachable moment on the wearables and I have immediate access to that footage without having to worry about file transfer. It is a GREAT time to be a teacher in the 21st century.

Why App Smash?


Great thoughts on #appsmash ing by my March talk show guest Richard Wells — if you are not following his blog it is a must follow

Originally posted on  IPAD 4 SCHOOLS:


Inspired by the last #1to1iPadChat , I thought it was time to post on the world craze that is App Smashing. The term App Smash was coined by the great Greg Kulowiec (@gregkulowiec) from EdTech Teacher fame. It is a hot topic in EdTech and obviously has its own Hashtag – #AppSmash.

What is an App Smash?

Content created in one app transferred to and enhanced by a second app and sometimes third. Preferably the final product is then published to the web – remember, digital presence is the new résumé (CV).

Reasons to App Smash:

  1. It demands creative thinking
  2. It demands more from the technology (value for money)
  3. It turns the issue of not having a ‘wonder app’ into a positive
  4. It removes any restrictions to take a topic as far as it can be taken.
  5. It often results in more engaging learning products
  6. It’s a fun challenge for…

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10 Free Augmented Reality Apps to Use with Secondary Students Part Two


10 Free Augmented Reality Apps to Use with Secondary Students Part Two

To all of the folks who watched my Simply K-12 webinar on Tuesday here is the second promised post covering the last five free augmented reality apps that were presented in the webinar. In yesterday’s post I spoke about 1) LAYAR (AR content creation app) 2) Daqri 4D Elements (chemistry AR app) 3) Freedom Stories (social studies AR) app 4) Geometry 101 (math AR app) 5) and 5) Chemistry 101

App #6 – Anatomy 4d by Daqri (science AR)


This app allows the user to scan the AR trigger and switch between the male and female gender. It also has a function where you can adjust the opacity of the human skin to see the systems underneath it. It also allows you to isolate the body systems. So say you want to to focus a lesson on the muscular and reproductive systems in a female you can use the AR to remove all of the other systems. I always say that I wish I had this tool when I had to pass anatomy and physiology 101.

App #7- World Lens (foreign language AR)


World Lens

This app will take the world around you and translate it into foreign languages. I recently took an invitation for my niece’s bridal shower, scanned it with the app and watched as the invitation translated into Spanish right before my eyes. The app can translate English to Russian, Portuguese, Italian, French, German, and Spanish or vice versa. While the app itself is free the in app purchases are $4.99 per language bundle.

App #8 Zooburst (AR for language arts + science + social studies + foreign language)


You can print out the AR trigger from
You can browse through the categories of existing pop-up books that become 3 D and life-like when they interact with the AR trigger. I found books about the the Pyramids, The Water Cycle, the Bicentennial Celebration in Chile in Spanish. Also you can have your students create their own pop-up storybooks. I wish I had this tool when I taught language arts, I would have liked nothing better than to use it to have my students make a pop-up AR book about the the five acts in Romeo and Juliet.

App #9 String (AR Creative Writing or Art)



Have students free write based upon the visual triggers. Or have students create some augmented reality art on top of the triggers and use that to enhance your lesson.

App #10- Interactive Periodic Table of Elements by POPAR



While the app is FREE you have to purchase the hanging periodic table for $19.99. It is well worth it. I have never had students soo engaged in the periodic table until I purchased this one that becomes three dimensional when scanned with the app. You can learn about which elements react with one another and enjoy many other scientist/rock-star moments in your chemistry class with this application.

Want more free stuff?
Here is the link to join my Augmented Reality iTunes University Course


Google Glass in the Class: Looking Back Looking Forward

In this video I discuss that I am on school vacation this week so that is why we have not had the daily diary of glass in the class. It would not be authentic to publish my work when I am not teaching. However, for those of you who enjoyed the first 20 days of my “glass in the class” experiment — rest assured there are over 40 days left in the school year. I plan on documenting a full 60 days of glass in the class so you can look forward to many more videos of this emergent technology in my classroom. If you are a Glass developer or researcher and are interested in implementing something with the wearable in my “glassroom” please reach out to me via twitter and we can discuss further.

hybris software shows Google Glasses in action with iBeacons

I chose to post this video because I am all about emergent technologies and the FUTURE of ed tech. This video highlights the potential for integration between Google Glass and iBeacon tech — 2 of my favorite things. Consumer is reading a magazine and scans a QR code making a request for customer service the next time he is in a store. Later on, iBeacon tech alerts a sales clerk that the consumer is in the store. Consumers facebook profile is connected to the Google Glass worn by the sales clerk.