Getting started with AR in the classroom

eschoolnews | October 28, 2019

Augmented reality (AR) is described by Jaime Donally in a recent edWebinar as a “digital layer in our real world that gives an illusion that it exists in our space.” As she highlights, it is an exciting time, as emerging technologies associated with AR are feeling much more realistic. AR software such as Google Maps allows the viewer to have guidance as they are walking in a new area, and AR-embedded browsers can display 3D animated objects in real-life environments. The key to giving students opportunities to use AR begins with supporting teachers as they enhance learning experiences for students. Using AR software and tools such as 3DBear and MERGE, teachers have access to an abundance of activities and lesson plans that offer more in-depth content, provide opportunities for collaboration and exploration, and expand students learning experiences outside of classroom walls. For kindergarten students, Augmented Alphabet is a lesson that is effective for teaching letter-sound relationships. Using mobile devices such as tablets and iPads, students use AR to demonstrate the letter-sound connection with reflection sheets and interactive activities. Teachers can evaluate students through the students’ ability to respond, react, and explain what they have completed and accomplished.

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This systematic review was commissioned by the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research and answers the following research question: How can teaching with technology support student active learning in higher education? The systematic review was conducted in collaboration with SLATE (Centre for the Science of Learning & Technology) and has explored how technology is influencing educational practices in higher education institutions.

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This systematic review was commissioned by the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research and answers the following research question: How can teaching with technology support student active learning in higher education? The systematic review was conducted in collaboration with SLATE (Centre for the Science of Learning & Technology) and has explored how technology is influencing educational practices in higher education institutions.

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Standard School District and Fulton Public School Partner with Auvik for Network Management Tools

Standard School District | June 27, 2022

Standard School District and Fulton Public Schools have been collaborating with Auvik, a notedsupplier of cloud-based network management software, leading to enhanced productivity, real-time network visibility, and a significant return on investment. 2,200 students attend three elementary schools, a middle school, a high school, and an early care center in the fully certified Fulton Public Schools district in Missouri. 3,100 children are served by the three elementary schools and one middle school in the California district known as Standard School District. Both districts have specialized IT teams that keep an eye on the technological requirements of each district's schools. As more districts continue to offer virtual learning choices, increase the number of linked security devices, and implement interactive learning technologies in classrooms, network management has become an increasingly important demand in educational institutions. The teams used manual configuration and monitoring procedures prior to installing Auvik's network management software, spending a significant amount of time traveling to each school and attending to individual equipment. The teams may now concentrate on other issues because Auvik's software offers remote management and maintenance. “It took just a few days to get a return on value from the entire implementation, We’d tried a few open-source tools before Auvik, but they were very configuration heavy and took up a lot of senior-level staff’s time. The team also explored some commercial offerings but found they were either too vendor-specific, cost-prohibitive or both. Auvik’s out-of-the-box configuration was up and running in just under an hour and has helped us streamline our business operations, allowing our junior-level techs to find and resolve network issues directly, while our senior-level techs invest their time in larger projects. Auvik is a visual tool that helps the team quickly understand where to look first if there’s an issue. We are currently conducting intensive planning for long-term growth, which includes additional IT equipment, so centralized management was a big priority for us.” - Jeff Davis, Director of IT, Standard School District

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Vector Solutions Wins SmartBrief EdTech Readers’ Choice Awards

Vector Solutions | July 04, 2022

The 2022 SmartBrief EdTech Readers' Choice Awards, which honor the best educational technology products based on reader voting, have chosen Vector Training from Vector Solutions as a winner. For professional development, the online training management system for schools was chosen as the winner. “We are honored to have been selected as a winner by SmartBrief’s audience of industry professionals, including educators and administrators. It's not an easy time to work in schools, and we're proud to offer engaging and effective training that builds the skills of our nation's educators to help them create safer, smarter, better communities.” -Vector Solutions Head of Product for Education, Rob Buelow The SmartBrief EdTech Readers' Choice Awards were created by SmartBrief, a digital news service for K–12 education professionals, to recognize businesses and innovations that have had a significant influence on the education sector. In addition to giving staff and students access to hundreds of expert-authored online training courses, Vector Training—previously known as SafeSchools—also makes it simple for administrators to track and administer those trainings on a flexible, easy web-based platform. Additionally, districts are able to design and deliver unique courses through the system using Vector Training. Vector Solutions, a top provider of software and training to assist schools in making their operations and communities safer, smarter, and better, has just won another education award. The company's educational solutions have also won recognition in the past year from THE Journal, Campus Technology, and Tech & Learning.

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New Zealand Based EdTech Company WuKong Education Announced the Upgrade for Its Technological Interactive Exercise Product

WuKong Education | August 12, 2022

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