Sunday, May 9, 2010

Augmented Reality in Plain English

Last week I wrote about an exciting new tool called ZooBurst. ZooBurst allows users to create 3D digital stories through augmented reality technology. Augmented reality is a very new idea for a lot of teachers and therefore a lot teachers may not understand what augmented reality is and what it can be used for. Fortunately, Common Craft has a video to explain augmented reality. Augmented Reality in Plain English explains what augmented reality does when used on a mobile phone and when used on a computer. Watch the video here.

Applications for Education
Not understanding how a particular program or type of technology works is often an obstacle to getting teachers to use new technology in their classrooms. Augmented reality is an example of that idea. Common Craft's videos are great tools for introducing new ideas to teachers in a clear, easy-to-understand style.

Admongo - Educating Students About Advertising

Admongo is a game and curriculum designed to educate preteen students about the forms and methods of advertising. Admongo's primary feature is a game in which students earn points by collecting advertisements as they move through a fictional city. As they advance through the game, students will see short videos that explain the type of advertisements they see and how those advertisements attempt to get them to take an action. Watch the video below to learn more.

Applications for Education
Admongo provides a curriculum for teachers to use with 5th and 6th grade students. The curriculum is designed to complement the lessons students learn by playing the game. On the Admongo curriculum page teachers will find posters, handouts, quizzes and other printable materials to use in their classrooms.