Tuesday Tech Tips

A little tech goes a long way!

Is YOUR Name on the List Yet?

WOW! GSCS has had an amazing week of our teams becoming Google Ninjas!

We have had 9 more join the ranks of White Belt, 6 more join the Yellow Belt, 4 more join the Green Belt, and 4 more join the Black Belt!

Special shout-outs go to Beth Miller, Tonya Nelms, Corenza Barnes, and Josh Worley for accepting the challenge and earning ALL FOUR Google Ninja Belts! Congratulations! (Additional Google Ninja pictures are forthcoming!)

It's not too late to be a Google Ninja! Go to our GSCS Ninja Academy right now! Join in to earn the Google Ninja pins for your GSCS lanyard.

Have no fear.

Be a Google Ninja!

Here are the current standings:

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Hour of Code Is Near!

Earlier this year, we gave you resources on implementing coding in your classrooms. If you did not try it, there is still another opportunity to do so. There is an entire week devoted to the Hour of Code. Computer Science Education Week is December 8 - 14, 2014 and during that week, educators and students around the globe will participate in coding activities. If you visit this site, you can register for the event. All teachers who register are eligible for either a Dropbox or Skype credit, a chance to win $10,000 for their school, and a chance to participate in a video chat with a celebrity guest speaker.

Anyone can participate in the Hour of Code. If you are interested, visit the site for more information. There are FAQs, tutorials, and videos on how to get started. You do not have to have prior coding experience. Do it! You will be glad you did!

The Hour of Code - WORLDWIDE
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The Edu-Amazing Race

What started out as a simple Twitter request for help has turned into a global collaboration project for educators. Craig Kemp and William Chamberlain have created an educational project that is similar in nature to the TV show The Amazing Race. The point of the original project was to have students work collaboratively and act as producers for the show. They had to create clues, route information, detours, and roadblocks. Now, there is an online document in which educators around the world can collaborate with others to create their own projects.

Using this format is a wonderful way to teach your students collaboration while at the same time about geography. If you would like to read more about the global project, check out their site here.

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Augmented Reality Using Aurasma

Augmented reality is the live direct or indirect view of a physical, real world environment whose elements are augmented by computer generated sensory such as sound, video, graphics, or GPS. As a teacher, you can use augmented reality to embed additional content onto various media formats. For instance, if you were teaching the parts of a flower, you could take a picture of a flower, and then embed various terms and concepts related to that flower. The student would use a device and scan the image using Aurasma. They would then see the different terms and concepts on the flower.

Aurasma can be downloaded from the Google Play Store here or the Apple iTunes store here.