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June 25, 2019
3D Bear - The starting line for AR creativity
This is a solid performing technology tool that teachers should keep close to their digital toolboxes. The vast options for items, characters, and more makes it so fun that students and adults can be carried away making creations. The support and customer service at 3D Bear is also friendly and willing to help users with courteous response time. If you have thought about AR and want to jump in feet first, look no further than 3D Bear.Continue reading
November 5, 2018
Students create, imagine, and discover a world that does not exist in our reality but one that can exist in theirs.
Students have experienced not only success but often times I am surprised by the student that emerges as a leader. Using augmented reality in my lessons does not lend itself to be something that is utilized with one student equalling one device. I have always assigned these projects in a group setting since having discussions about how to manipulate the reality and which choices to make from the gallery of objects is a component that adds value to whatever lesson I am using. Through experimentation and collaboration, students are able to discover the solution. They are excited about the opportunity to try something new, to try a way that is not asking them to read text that they don't understand or to write a paragraph using a specific formula for writing or to solve an equation where they are unsure how to begin. Students that struggle in a pen and paper world are able to express themselves through this new medium. I started using 3DBear with my students in January of 2018. Since then, 3DBear has gone through many upgrades, transitions and additions. All of which has added to the educational impact of the app; however, my devices can no longer support these new changes. Students are often frustrated by the technical problems that we face when using the app. The Samsung tablets cannot connect to the teacher dashboard nor is it able to get some of the new galleries of added pieces. The iPads have trouble locating a anchor and at times delete the objects that were placed by the students. I am looking for grants and other ways to upgrade my technology so that I can continue to use the app with my teachers.Continue reading