xR in EDU Event Next Week in the Bay Area

Next week, I will be heading with a few colleagues to a very cool event – xR in Edu, hosted by EdTech Times at SRI International. Check out this article for more information!

xR in EDU Article

 

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Pandora’s 1st annual “Women in Tech” Summit

I had the opportunity to attend Pandora’s “Women in Tech” summit yesterday, and was very inspired by the sessions. Both a parent of a student in my “Computer Science Foundations” class this Fall, as well as a close friend and colleague had invited me to attend, and as a woman who has been studying, and working in technology fields since 1999, I felt that it was important to attend and represent the Women in Tech in Education.

The opening keynote by Girls Who Code’s Kelly Parisi was very inspiring, and was a call to action for young females to join the coding evolution. Other sessions included:

  • Machine Learning and Data Science 101
  • Product Presentation: From Ideation to Realization
  • and a Panel on How to Navigate Tricky Scenarios

The presentations were very inspiring, and the panels helped me to re-consider some trick situations that I am currently navigating, and helped me to realize that there are common scenarios that exist in the workplace, and I am not alone!

Thank you to all the organizers of this fantastic event.

Google Classroom Workshop (Updates, Tips & Tricks!)

Yesterday, I hosted a lunch-time workshop for Faculty at my current school. Many teachers are trying out Google Classroom this year, and I wanted to share some updates, hear from teachers about their experience, and provide some time to work on projects or optimizations in this area. The presentation from this session is below!

Google Expeditions (Virtual Reality) Classroom app – now has a Solo Mode!

Google for Education just announced that you can now run a Google Expedition in Solo Mode! Previously, to run a Google Expedition, a teacher needed to run the app on their phone, and all students (participants) needed to be on the same Wifi network, and then run the app as “followers” of the teacher. So, in essence the Teacher led a virtual field trip in VR, using Google Cardboard viewers & phones. This made it complicated for a teacher to try out an Expedition, for at least 2 phones were needed.

Now anyone can take a Solo Expedition! The app is now available on Android and will soon be out for iOS (iPhones).

Audio & Video Editing Workshop for Teachers!

Today, I hosted an Audio & Video editing workshop for Teachers! We explored some really great software that comes with our MacBooks, such as Image Capture, iMovie, and more! Check out more information and links below!

Audio & Video Editing for Teachers
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Agenda:

During this workshop, we explored the following tools that are available to you for video & audio, for you to create/ use and/or for students to complete projects:

Audio/Video Formats:

Audio
  • MP3 (smaller size), Wav (CD quality), Aiff (mac higher quality, similar to wav), m4a (iTunes)
Video
  • Mp4 (mpeg-4), .mov (quicktime format), .avi (pc only)

Software:

  • Image Capture

    • Very useful app on our school laptops (& any mac) that allows you to quickly copy images/video from your iPhone or iPad > laptop
  • Preview.app info

    • Useful for preparing or simple edits of images (titles etc.)
  • Quicktime (audio or video) [ check on recording YouTube videos ]

    • New Movie Recording…
      • To record with a camera
    • New Audio Recording…
      • To record sound only
    • New Screen Recording…
      • To record all or part of the screen
    • In all cases be sure to check on Audio settings:
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Web Tools:


Sources for Video/ Audio/ Photos

(that are not recorded by the user):