I can remember the first time I ever heard about Augmented Reality in the classroom. I had just started following Brad Waid and Drew Minoch on twitter and saw they were starting their 2 Guys Show. I was watching it on my planning period the day after it aired. They were demonstrating different augmented reality tools. I was in awe during the entire show. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. I thought, "This is radically going to change things!" Little did I know how much I was right. I decided right then and there that I was going to do this for one of my upcoming lessons. I blogged about my lesson before, so I won't go into detail about it, but it was AMAZING!!!!
I started telling everyone on campus about it. I augmented the Homecoming shirt for the student council. I worked with the media specialist to do augmented book talks. After I gave a presentation to the faculty in the spring, an English teacher and I worked together to create an amazing lesson about Shakespearean humor. The excitement spread! I stayed in touch with Brad and Drew. I met them at FETC in January. Then, one fateful day, Brad and I had a Google Hangout (during a lightning delay at school... yes that's a real thing), and he proposed that my school be one of the flagship schools for DAQRI. I was thrilled. I told my principal, and he was on board from the beginning. I've been waiting for this day since May. Tomorrow is the day. I cannot tell you how excited I am to host Brad on Drew and be one of their flagship schools!
It's pretty awesome to be part of something big! I'm not sure if the rest of the faculty is ready for what's about to happen at our school. Students will be creating augmented reality, they will be engaged in learning, and classes won't seem so boring to them. I know this for a fact. I've used augmented reality with my AP and non-AP geography classes, and both are blown away with the technology. I know this excitement will carry over to other subjects.
In less than 24 hours, the #2guys will be in Florida! It's going to be an awesome 3 days.
I'll definitely post what went on after they leave. I know it's going to be mind blowing!