Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Our Test Drive With Google Cardboard Through Amazing Virtual Reality Experiences....What A Trip!

Hagan and I ordered several pairs of Google Cardboard from Amazon a few weeks ago.  We have been hearing about them and really wanted to give them on a test drive ourselves through amazing VR (virtual reality) experiences.  
Then last week when our friend Joyce wrote My First Cardboard Experience, we really couldn't wait to try ours out too.  
We watched a little video on how to put the two Google Cardboards together that we had with us at Grandma and Grandpa's house.
There are lots of little spaces to punch out first....make sure they are all out before you start the folding.
With the tiny lenses in the holes for your eyes, the Google Cardboard came to life with each fold we made.
You will need to make sure you keep every piece within the package.....you will use one rubber band, a tiny piece of cardboard for the nose piece, the magnets, and pieces of velcro.
Before we knew it.....Our Google Cardboard was ready to go!

We just needed to download the Google Cardboard app onto my iPhone 6.  It is a free app....and one of many that can be used with Cardboard.
Hagan opened up the Google Cardboard app, slide my iPhone 6 into the top, and put it up to his eyes.
He couldn't believe the trip that his Google Cardboard took him on.
 Hagan picked Urban Hike from a small menu within the Google Cardboard app.
As he looked through the holes through the lenses, he was transported into the city streets of Venice and peering up at the Eiffel Tower a few minutes later.  He walked all over the kitchen....even reaching out to pick up various objects he felt like he could touch.
Next it was Hagan's cousin Cooper's turn.....He loved the trip he took too.
As we watched little Zoey travel places, she reached out with her hands to touch things and wandered through the streets of different places as she walked around Grandpa and Grandma's house.
And Grayce went lots of places.  
But her favorite thing about the Google Cardboard app was the kaleidoscope. 

You just have to try out Google Cardboard too!  They have created an affordable virtual reality experience that is fun and affordable for everyone. 
To start, go to the Google Cardboard website.
You can read all about Google Cardboard and find lots of places to find a viewer to order for yourself.
There are many fun designs for you to order...something for everyone and for various budgets and needs.  You can find them here.
And think about making your Google Cardboard all yours...personalizing it with various crafting and art materials and trinkets.
I love how they have also included the plans to Build Google Cardboard Yourself.  They can be downloaded right from the website and created using everyone items around the house and in a hardware store.
Once you have your Google Cardboard, there are several places to look for apps.
Hagan and I found several in the iTunes Store and within Google Play that we want to try out.  

It was definitely a wonderful afternoon and one of the best trips we took within a new experience.....in this case, virtual reality.  We can't wait to hear where you go and what you experience too. 

Just Look At What TackkEDU Has To Offer.....Beautiful Creations, A New Conversation & Wonderful Group of TackkEDU Advocates

One of my favorite digital tools to use is TackkEdu!  I love watching how it turns all students and teachers into content creators tying all types of media into beautiful creations.  
There are not only several reasons why Tackk works in the classroom....
Just look at all of the ways to use Tackk in the classroom.  And this is just a start.
As one gets started with Tackk, they can choose from a variety of templates within TackkEDU or start with a blank slate too. 
I created a Tackk this year to celebrate Poetry Month.  It was great fun pulling together all types of poetry materials into one place.  You can scroll through the Poetry Month Tackk above. 
With all my love for Tackk and way we can use it throughout education, I am proud of share that I can now a TackkEDU Advocate.
I am joining a group of rockstar educators who make up the TackkEDU Advocate Team.  It is a great place to go if you have questions, need to get ideas, or want to connect to lots of examples to share with your students.
There are educators in all different fields from administrators, classroom teachers, librarians, technology integration specialists and others.  You can check out the profiles and connect with us. 

I just know you will enjoy sharing and learning with all of us. 
Also, we would love to get all of your involved in a new conversation with TackkEDU.

In the TackkEDU Stream.  You can click here to go to the conversation and then read within the Tackk how to post and respond to comments yourself.
By following the conversation, you will connect to a wonderful place to stay connected throughout the summer and into the new school year.

I hope you all join us.  And start creating and empowering your students to create with Tackk too.

Monday, June 22, 2015

A Very Special Dot Day Message That Will Be Shared At ISTE Next Week

My dear friend Terry Shay shared something very special on Facebook with all of us.

It is a video that he has created to tell the story of Dot Day.....and all of the wonderful things that it has brought it has brought to our students, families, libraries, and school communities.

My friend John Schu and I created an Animoto one year after we celebrated Dot Day together. It can be seen in Terry's message too.

Thank you Terry, Peter, and Paul for creating such a beautiful way to celebrating the power of making our mark on the world.