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gjmueller:

How Google Glass Can Be Used in Education

Google Glass offers many possible uses in the classroom. In the following we concentrate on five areas that can be radically changed with the use of this cutting-edge device, helping both students and teachers to render the learning process smoother and engaging.

image via flickr:CC | NASA HQ PHOTO

One of the areas I am most excited about right now is the use of Hangouts & technology like Glass that enables this for coaching, observation/evaluation, and reflection. How amazing would it be if a couple students were wearing glass and you could have the time and space to effect on your practice from their perspective? Or to quickly and easily open up your classroom to a mentor or coach to observe and provide meaningful feedback? Evaluations that can be done over the course of a few lessons rather than being evaluated on one single snapshot of 45 minutes with no context. I think there are some amazing possibilities for tech to enable and enhance the feedback loop  and make reflection and honest dialogue a valued part of improving practice.

gjmueller:

How Google Glass Can Be Used in Education

Google Glass offers many possible uses in the classroom. In the following we concentrate on five areas that can be radically changed with the use of this cutting-edge device, helping both students and teachers to render the learning process smoother and engaging.

image via flickr:CC | NASA HQ PHOTO

One of the areas I am most excited about right now is the use of Hangouts & technology like Glass that enables this for coaching, observation/evaluation, and reflection. How amazing would it be if a couple students were wearing glass and you could have the time and space to effect on your practice from their perspective? Or to quickly and easily open up your classroom to a mentor or coach to observe and provide meaningful feedback? Evaluations that can be done over the course of a few lessons rather than being evaluated on one single snapshot of 45 minutes with no context. I think there are some amazing possibilities for tech to enable and enhance the feedback loop and make reflection and honest dialogue a valued part of improving practice.

Google Hangouts Question

wincherella:

mrsjdr:

talesofan8thgradeteacher:

SO

I have a video hangout working…I think. (Anyone around to do a quick test with me?)

But how did you all record yours? I feel like I’m having one of those brain moments where it’s probably something simple that I’m missing.

Thanks!

Yup, to record a Hangout you…

Okay, I am feeling a little dumb at the moment. I scheduled a google hangout on air for Tuesday night but now I cannot seem to be able to find it. Anyone know how I can do that or do I have to reschedule it? Google neophyte here and feeling very unsure. This EduPD business has really pushed me kicking and screaming outside of my comfort zone. I need help. 

I am SO proud of you, Winch!! I cannot imagine my life without Hangouts and Hangouts on Air (HoA). It is by far one of the most important tools in my educator toolkit, and I am so excited to help you (and hopefully others) start to feel comfortable and see the benefits as well. Also, do NOT feel dumb. There are some things about Hangouts that are not intuitive at all. When I first started doing some HoAs I had to ask some of my PLN (via Hangout chat) where to find things and how to set them up. It just takes a little time to find all the features and understand how they work.

Ok, so here’s where you can find your HoA you created:

  • Go into the Google account you used to create the HoA
  • If you are already in Google+, skip to the next step. If you are in Gmail, click the top right link that has YourName+ to take you to your G+
  • From G+ go to your menu (on the left), and click on Events
  • You’ll see all the events you have been invited to and that you have created. Your HoA should show up there. 

I made a GIF of these steps so you can see where it is located. Apologies for the lag, it was loading slowly.

If you, or anyone else, would like help with anything Hangout related please let me know. I am more than happy to make more GIFs, do a screencast, or walk you through the steps and troubleshoot with you. Don’t hesitate to ask, there is no silly question. I have an amazing group of educators who help me out constantly whenever I have a question, and I love being able to pay that forward whenever I can.

philamuseum:

Happy birthday to Edgar Degas. Although most recognized for his paintings, the French artist also explored sculpture. The original wax version of this bronze ballerina caused somewhat of a sensation when exhibited in 1881. Why do you think it was controversial?”Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen,” executed in wax 1878–81, cast in bronze after 1922, by Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas

The kids always knew Degas was my favorite artist, and consequently could name most Degas pieces even when they hadn’t seen them before.

philamuseum:

Happy birthday to Edgar Degas. Although most recognized for his paintings, the French artist also explored sculpture. The original wax version of this bronze ballerina caused somewhat of a sensation when exhibited in 1881. Why do you think it was controversial?

Little Dancer, Aged Fourteen,” executed in wax 1878–81, cast in bronze after 1922, by Hilaire-Germain-Edgar Degas

The kids always knew Degas was my favorite artist, and consequently could name most Degas pieces even when they hadn’t seen them before.

Calling Colorado Teachers

thinkbrit:

thinkbrit:

cricketbug:

iamlittlei:

incognerdo:

Wanna meet up before school starts back? I’m sure there is a patio somewhere we can enjoy.

I will be in Colorado Springs from 7/28-7/31!!!

I could schlep to the Springs! Amazing restaurant/pub there called Phantom Canyon

Yes! I am back to work then, however… So evening would be best for me!

Kind internet friends are happy to help :)

Woohoo! If this happens Mon, Tues, or Wed and late enough in the day I can probably make it after work. Funsies!

Google Hangouts Question

talesofan8thgradeteacher:

SO

I have a video hangout working…I think. (Anyone around to do a quick test with me?)

But how did you all record yours? I feel like I’m having one of those brain moments where it’s probably something simple that I’m missing.

Thanks!

Yup, to record a Hangout you need to set up a Hangout on Air. Here’s a tutorial with GIFs if you want to see the steps: http://bit.ly/hangouthowto and an accompanying doc for participating in a HoA for those who are so inclined: http://bit.ly/participatehangout

probabilitiesofcircumstance:

MS MR at #biggig14! (at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre)

I am so jelly!!! I’ve been wanting to go to that concert for weeks. I thought for sure I had convinced hubby to go since the lineup is so fantastic and it is our anniversary weekend. Tell me all about it!!

probabilitiesofcircumstance:

MS MR at #biggig14! (at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre)

I am so jelly!!! I’ve been wanting to go to that concert for weeks. I thought for sure I had convinced hubby to go since the lineup is so fantastic and it is our anniversary weekend. Tell me all about it!!

tylersfricklefrackle asked: its okay :) and yes i did get to go!! I was in the front over to the right! it was the best concert i've ever been to! did you notice how everyone was so nice and just like accepting of everyone else? aaahhh it was so amazing :D :D

Yes! I have several blog posts rattling around in my head about that very thing. It was totally a group of people who really understood one another more than any other concert I’ve been to. So very cool.