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Resources & updates from the Hudson High School media center

March 11, 2019

Create virtual demonstrations and tours with 360° photos, videos

With the recent acquisition of a Ricoh Theta V camera, the world of 360° photography and video has opened to Hudson High School. This dual-lens camera allows users to take still photos and 4K videos that capture full 360° environments.

360° photos and videos can immerse students into locations outside of the classroom. Teachers can document locations that reinforce curriculum concepts. They can create virtual tours and virtual field trips. Instead of showing two-dimensional photos of wetlands, a teacher can virtually take their students to the Beaver Marsh at Cuyahoga Valley National Park. Students can strap on VR goggles (which are available at the media center) and immerse themselves in a true 360° video.

Additional resources, personal examples, and curriculum connections can be found in the 360° Awesomeness slideshow, which was created by Tim Naujoks and myself. Please contact me if you would like to collaborate on a project or use the Ricoh Theta for a lesson.
While playing this 360° video, click on the movie and drag up, down, left, and right. When viewed in the mobile YouTube app, users can slip on a pair of VR goggles to immerse themselves in the 360° video.


Take virtual field trips with Google Expeditions

The HHS media center recently acquired a portable kit of virtual reality goggles and players, which allow teachers to take their students on virtual field trips. The VR equipment works with Google Expeditions, a platform that takes students to all reaches of the earth.

Teachers can choose to let their students explore an expedition on their own, or they can use an included tablet to lead an expedition. When a teacher leads an expedition, they can direct their students to points of interest, knowing that their students are all looking at the same scene at the same time.

Google Expeditions also offers Augmented Reality (AR) experiences. These expeditions embed a 3D graphic into a classroom and allow students to analyze it from every direction. For example, students can walk around a cell and explore it from all angles.

At the moment, the media center's VR kit contains ten goggles and players, which allows for a great small-group station activity. Hundreds of Google Expeditions exist. You can view this list of available Expeditions to see which expeditions tie into your curriculum. At the bottom of this list you can toggle between the VR Expeditions and the AR Expeditions.

I encourage you to contact me to schedule some hands-on time with the VR goggles and to plan integrated lessons. I am happy to co-teach lessons and accompany the VR kit into classrooms.


Explore subject-area digital resources

One of my favorite resources for educational technology is Control Alt Achieve, a website maintained by Eric Curts, a technology integration specialist at the Stark / Portage Area Computer Consortium. Eric is constantly adding new and amazing resources to this website.

Eric's Resources is an impressive collection of tutorials, help documents, and videos. The first section of Eric's Resources focuses on all of the main Google Apps that we use in G Suite for Education. These Google Resources are chock full of very detailed tutorials that will help anyone from a novice to an advanced user. These resources are a great place to study and practice for Google Educator exams.

Beneath the Google resources are links to Subject Resources. Eric provides all kinds of tutorials on how to creatively integrate Google Apps into Math, English, Social Studies, Science, World Languages, and School Administrators.

The true gold mine, however, is Eric's Tech Integration Links of the Month, which contain a plethora of educational resources, all curated in a shareable Google Document that is updated every month. Eric always stumbles upon the most amazing resources. I highly recommend searching through your relevant subject area and adding the document to your Google Drive. Slap a star on it and check it often. It's seriously good stuff. Here are the subject-specific tech integration links:


New books arrive in media center

This winter I beefed up our library's non-fiction collection to respond to common research topics I have been engaging in with our students. These print books are current, topical, and provide excellent resources for a variety of contemporary issues. Here is a sample list of some of the new titles:

  • Celiac Disease and Gluten Sensitivity
  • Living with ADHD
  • PTSD: Causes and Care
  • Cyberwarfare
  • The Deep State
  • Gerrymandering and Voting Districts
  • Media Bias and the Role of the Press
  • Reproductive Rights
  • The Confederate Flag
  • Deporting Immigrants
  • Executive Orders
  • Black Lives Matter
  • Net Neutrality
  • The 2016 Presidential Election
  • The Environmental Movement
  • The LGBT Rights Movement

Additionally, I am expecting a large order of fiction books to arrive soon that include the latest American Library Association's Youth Media Awards and nominations.

Please contact me if you want to recommend a book for our library.


Featured resource: thinglink

ThingLink is an amazing web resource that allows teachers and students to create interactive infographics, maps, drawings. With ThingLink, users can upload or search for an image. Then they can add hotspots to the image that add interactive functionality. For example, you could upload a map of Europe and then plot the advance of the Nazis. Pin hotspots on the map that include informational text, images, audio files, and YouTube videos. When finished, the interactive image can be published online and assigned a shareable URL.

ThingLink offers a free account for teachers and students. Users can sign in with Google to quickly create an account that is tied to their Hudson email account. Premium accounts are also available that include advanced video tagging, 360° photo tagging, and online classroom administration.

I am happy to work with anyone who wishes to implement ThingLink into their classes. To get started, visit


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hhs makerspace launches marketplace

Students in the HHS Makerspace Club have spent the winter preparing to launch a Marketplace that produces customizable merchandise for the Hudson community. In consultation with the Young Entrepreneur Institute, I have steered the Makerspace to be a self-sustaining club with an entrepreneurial mindset. Our motto is Dream it. Make it.

Students in the Makerspace have already fulfilled orders for school administrators, teachers, facilities services, PTO, as well as numerous clubs at HHS (FIRST Robotics, Drug-Free Club, Our Time to Shine, Parade of Bands). We are actively selling merchandise at the Hudson Visitor's Center (Destination Hudson). This Saturday we are joining the Hudson Alumni Association at the Hudson Community Expo, where we will sell merchandise at a vendor table.

Some of the personalized products the Makerspace Marketplace can make include:

  • Coasters (a variety of materials available)
  • Fridge magnets
  • Coffee mugs
  • Water bottles
  • Vinyl decals
  • Keychains
  • Custom clothing (t-shirts, hoodies, hats, onesies, aprons)
  • Canvas shopping bags
  • Photo slates
  • Jigsaw puzzles
  • Mouse pads
  • Plaques
  • Dry-erase boards with custom image
  • Smartphone cases
  • Lawn signs
  • Banners

All of these products are fully customizable. This list is by no means exhaustive; it is merely a sample of products we can make. Customers can supply images, and our Makerspace students can help design graphics for merchandise. Below is a catalog and price list of some of the products we can make. If you have an idea, reach out to me, and we can discuss how to make it come to life.

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Makerspace Marketplace catalog and price sheet

Click here to see a sample of the products we can make in the Makerspace. Everything is customizable. Contact us with your ideas. If you can dream it, we can make it.


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