Mathematical Nets + Digital Video Creation = H∅l∅gr⦫phi⋐ ∱un

Holograms, once thought of as a thing of the future, are becoming more and more prevalent today. Here’s how a math lesson became a chance in holographic creation.

The past two years I’ve worked with some amazing sixth grade math teachers (shout-outs to Linda S., Taylor S., and Raisa D.) during their geometry unit. One of the items students study are nets or patterns which can be folded to create 3-D shapes. An activity which can reinforce the concept is creating a holographic projector, maybe you’ve seen one on YouTube.

They kicked-off the lessons with a couple of pop culture references in which holograms were used:
CW’s The Flash ➔ 2×20
ABC’s The Good Doctor ➔ 1×09

Next, they worked with students in creating miniature holographic projectors for a smart phone. They extended the construction by having the students design & build larger ones for tablets or Chromebooks.

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Afterwards, the students had the ability to create their own videos for holographic projection. We utilized our licenses to WeVideo to create our recordings which are then layered & arranged in different quadrants. I supplied a video tutorial for the students.

Unleashing student creativity was AWESOME!!! Some students recorded themselves showing off some dance moves, others got more creative. I worked with a couple of students, some wanted to green screening and others wanted to do time lapse/stop motion animation. Here are two examples below:

What kind of project/activity have you been amazed by students’ creativity? I would love to read about it in the comments below.

Next Step in my Scripting Journey…

Back in November, I wrote a post on dabbling with Google Apps Script to create an Unconference Board with specifically formatted session Google Docs.

Well fast forward about half a school year and another event came up that needed a conference board created and session docs attached. One of the draw backs to my previous process was all the session docs were created in My Drive. I then needed to go and select all the files and put them into a folder for the event. I know, you’re probably thinking, ‘that won’t take that long‘ but I feel it should be automated.

Well after some digging and many, many failed attempts (let me just tangent here about failed attempts for a second, Google Apps Script alerts you to issues with a small red text box that tells you what line of the script is at issue but very vague as to what is the issue) I was able to get a script written/modified which will search My Drive for files containing a word or phrase in the file name, then move them to a particular folder while also removing them from My Drive. Take a look at the embedded ThingLink of the script below (I chose ThingLink so I could tag all of the different sources I used to compile my script).

What have you scripted lately? I would love to read about it in the comments below.

A HyperDoc About HyperDocs

Much like in the Seinfeld episode above, my colleague, Stacey, and I had the idea to introduce teachers to HyperDocs by having them complete a HyperDoc on HyperDocs. This way they are authentically going through learning and doing each component. Take a look at our embedded Google Doc below:

I’m planning on facilitating some online digital learning through a Google Classroom this summer. In the Classroom, we will explore some different ways to incorporate technology through a variety of activities (“Assignments”). This HyperDoc activity is one of the items we will explore. Keep an eye out for more information on this FREE learning opportunity.

Have you ever used HyperDocs? I would love to read about your experiences below. 

NJAGC’s Annual Conference

The New Jersey Association for Gifted Children (NJAGC) held their annual conference this past March at the Conference Center at Mercer. While I am not a member of the organization, my classroom-mate, Rebecca McLelland-Crawley, is and asked if I would be able to facilitate a session on technology integration. I said, “sure!”

Now last summer, when the teacher resource specialists for technology, a team which I am a part of, planned summer trainings my colleague, Kim Lowden, designed a Breakout EDU activity around SAMR. I thought this would be perfect to launch the session at NJAGC. I asked Kim if we could collaborate on this session (unfortunately, she was unable to help facilitate with me).

At the start of the session, I was introduced and asked if the announcement could end with, “I hope you are ready for an outside of the box session!” Hopefully it was. We started by breaking into the box which had the ‘key to effective PD‘ then we watched a video explaining Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and Redefinition (SAMR). I tried to clear-up the common misconception of SAMR being a ladder, or linear progression in your instructional approach to technology integration. I used two infographics to showcase how somedays it’s perfectly fine to use technology for substitutional purposes. Then we did a scaffolded activity where the participants looked at various tech tools categorized in a SAMR Google Drawing. The initial task was to determine the ‘why’ & ‘how’ of a particular tool categorized the way it was. Then we worked up to filling in a Padlet where the participants took a tool they are familiar with and show ‘how’ it can be utilized at each part of SAMR. Check it out…

Embedded below are the Slides we prepared, underneath it is a video recorded by Roberta Braverman of the Breakout activity in action.


Cool tech session at annual conference. School friendly (like Escape room) tech trainer Dan Gallagher teaches us SAMR! Roberta Kaplan Braverman Alex Law Cilla Ricciardi Hernandez

Posted by New Jersey Association for Gifted Children on Friday, March 23, 2018

What was a session you recently facilitated or participated in which was outside-the-box? I would love to read about it in the comments below.

How Can We See Superman Fly?

For the third year in a row, I was invited to one of my district’s elementary schools for their annual Math/Science Day (previous posts: 2016 & 2017).

My teammates also joined me and the session wouldn’t have happened without them, huge thank you goes out to Stacey, Laura, and Kim!

The TL;DR version is simply two parts focused on green screening. The first part I head up by running a Nearpod lesson (embedded below) which shows examples of green screening in action. Nearpod allows it to be interactive; the highlight of the lesson is a virtual exploration of a green screen studio. The second part is where students get a chance to have their picture taken in front of the green screen, facilitated by my teammates. For the second year in a row, the day takes place on the school day before St. Patrick’s Day. Thankfully, not many of the students wore green, but the same can’t be said for some of the teachers.

Embedded is the Nearpod lesson (self-paced mode) which only remains active for about a week, so I also have the Google Slides which the lesson is created from embedded underneath.

How do we see Superman fly? I would love to see what you learned from this lesson in the comments below.

Boldly Expanding to New Frontiers

Ever since the fourth grade, when I had a project on Alaska, where there was choice in what products I wanted to complete; one being a soap carving of native animals of Alaska, I have carved as a hobby. Every now and then, I have been asked if I would sell my carvings but never did thought of it becoming an enterprise.

Well, enough different voices have given the same suggestion, “Have you ever thought of opening an Etsy store?”

So I have… GOOFBALLSbyDan

Here is a collection of Goofballs I’ve created:

What do you do as a hobby or items you sell as a side business? I would love to read about it in the comments below.