I found this article on yahoo -- http://smallbusiness.yahoo.com/advisor/heck-augmented-reality-142020250.html -- about augmented reality. What I would like to know is what kind of interaction my classmates would think this would be useful for in the classroom? A Good idea would be to be able to capture a picture of Abraham Lincoln and the image come to life digitally and recite some of his famous lines or talk about his views on slavery. Another would be to use the technology to scan a pencil and the pencil would then come to life in a lesson on goods describing where each of its parts come from in the world -the eraser, the lead, the wood and the metal.
Some believe that online and virtual learning is an improvement in education and with some more work on school technology, such as infrastructure, additional IP access in classrooms and more laptop computers, more students will be afforded the opportunity to learn in these environments. Certified teachers will convert their classrooms into a blended classroom with face-to-face and virtual learning experiences. Do some research and decide for yourself whether there is a future for virtual classrooms. Post a blog, discuss your thoughts and provide a useful website to support your contentions.
In the race for technology, and there for funding for technology, in schools, math and literacy are often forerunners. "Special" or "encore" subjects are often overlooked as areas where technology can be employed. However, as an art teacher, I know that there is a growing need for tech savvy artists and students who are prepared to enter the workforce must have an understanding of how to implement technology in thier art. The following blog post has a simple list of ways that an iPad can be used in the artroom, even if there's only one per class. What are your thoughts on employing technology in areas such as art, music and P.E.? Is it worth the extra funding? Are the arguments strong enough when budgets are tight? And if the budget is tight, what can be done with only one iPad to an entire class?
This blog is for class conversations for ED 514 at Central Methodist University. These post are by the students of ED 514. We invite input form other teachers about how they use technology in their classrooms.