Spring in the Doucette

At this time of year, the Doucette Library of Teaching Resources becomes a little bit more of a sanctuary for grad students and those who want to just come and spend some time with the resources.
Does that mean that staff are on the down low? Not at all.  We are busy working away on the new resources that we have received over the last year.  Spending time with books and kits to plan how we can help students use them effectively in the coming year.  We also do loads of planning for the UPE program and for the graduates that are on site in July.

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As you can see from the picture, one thing that we spend time with are the new round of robots.  These young upstarts are known as E-Z Robots and we are hoping to introduce the full range of what they can do to graduate students in July.

As you know, Meccanoid, joined our staff late in February for the Maker Faire. His behavior is not as predictable as I would like but he is still a very fun 4 foot companion.  His Kung Fu maneuvers are the best.  And he has various dance moves that are …”interesting.”

Please come and drop in to see what is new and exciting in the Doucette.  We can introduce you to Ozobots, Sphero Sprk 2.0, Meccanoid and soon to JD and his brother JD, our newest E-Z Robots.  Oh, and we have great books too.

 

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On Graduation

Many of the second year students in our education two year after degree are finishing up their fourth practicum and anxiously awaiting information about new jobs.

But our commitment to theses students continues into the future.  Many of our students stay in the Calgary area and, therefore, have access to the many kits and books that fill our shelves.  We love nothing more than sharing these resources with our students and our alumni.

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Here’s the ticket.  Go to the Unicard Office at the Dining Centre and get an Alumni Card and then you have what you need to come and take things out.

Also available from your device are the many Pinterest Boards, and our blogs, Apples with Many Seeds and Doucette Ed Tech.  Alumni also have access to our Library Guides that include curriculum subject areas and specialty subjects like Design Thinking and Makerspaces.

Even though you graduate from the University, doesn’t mean the Doucette doesn’t have your back.  Let us know how we can help.

And congratulations on your graduation.

 

Augmented Reality App

ARFlashcards are a very fun way to use an app to give an augmented reality view to some alphabet cards.  Have a look at this video to see how they work.

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Augmented reality is defined by Merriam-Webster as “an enhanced version created by the use of technology to overlay digital information or an image  of something being viewed through a device (such as a smartphone camera.)”

Augmented reality apps are emerging as a fast way to integrate AR into your classroom.  Articles like this one on the TeachThought site includes a list of 32 apps that contain AR that you can include on your iPads to use in the classroom.

But why?

These are fun apps, especially the Alphabet cards that make A into an alligator and G into a gorilla.  But, when you get right down to it, once you and your students have seen it once or twice, is that it?  The caricature of the animal that appears, in fact, blocks the letter that it represents.

AR has a really cool tech vibe but I’m not sure the alphabet cards are where I would use this technology for the early literacy learning.

Once the technology is more robust, showing us the human body like the Anatomy 4D app (which I find very glitchy) or showing a real frog dissection or the way a tsunami looks as it approaches shore, maybe I will buy in a bit more but for now I am on the fence with this ed tech.

Don’t get me wrong.  This app and the accompanying alphabet cards are fun and when I showed my colleagues, we all found the AR fascinating until we started to think about how to use it in a classroom.  Nothing.  No ideas.  Nadda.

My opinion is to wait and watch.  Let’s see how the AR apps develop and how we can use it as an embedded technology in the classroom.  Perhaps, not yet.