Tuesday, July 19, 2016

4 Easy Steps to Start Google Expeditions in the Classroom

1. Install the App
The Expeditions app is currently only available for Android devices but an iOS app is promised to be available soon.
Google Play 

2. Get the Kit Expeditions can be used with many of the devices schools or students already have—either smartphones with Google Cardboard or tablets in 2D full screen mode. Best Buy Education will be making Expeditions kits available for schools to purchase.
Order your Kit 

3. Connect Connect devices over the same WiFi network. Once the Guide has downloaded some Expeditions, there is no internet connectivity required to run the Expedition.

4. Select Your Adventure With more than 200 Expeditions to choose from, students can journey far and wide, learning from immersive new experiences.

Educational content providers include:

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Each expedition includes:

a curated set of Virtual Reality imagery
integrated descriptions
talking points and questions

Create your own Expeditions experience with Mobile Apps:

1. Google Cardboard Go on an Urban Hike - Visit the Eiffel Tower, Venice Canals, the Old City of Jerusalem, and underwater at the Great Barrier Reef.

2. Cardboard Camera Takes 3D VR photos. Hear the sounds as they happened,and look around to see the scene in every direction. Tip: Take a 360 degree panorama while capturing sound. 

3. StreetView Use the Google Street View Camera to create your own 360 degree Photospheres.

4. Create 360 Video Start taking 360 Video with the Rico Theta (hardware to purchase) Camera and upload to YouTube to view in Cardboard.


5. Storyspheres allows you to upload 360 degree images and create audio triggers.

6. 360 YouTube Video Experience 360 Video on YouTube by searching #360 or go to the 360 channel @ 360 Videos  Cardboard not needed, just move the video around on your computer screen.

Want more? Check out Teacher Resources List Here

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Tech & Learning Best in Show Winner for ISTE 2016: The FlipOut

If you came by our booth at ISTE 2016 this year in Denver, Colorado, you may have had a chance to see some of our books from EdTechTeam Press, play with a BreakoutEDU box, see a great presentation from our many amazing presenters and trainers, or win a customized MAXCases EdTechTeam Cardboard. What you may not have known was there were anonymous educator judges in the exhibit hall looking for great products for educators as part of Tech & Learnings's Best in Show at ISTE 2016 Contest. We are thrilled to announce that MAXCases and EdTechTeam's product, the FlipOut Virtual Reality Viewer, won Best in Show!

MAXCases provides all of our great laptop bags, backpacks, and more for our Summits, and we're thrilled to partner with them on designing great products for educators. EdTechTeam and MAXCases are proud to have introduced at ISTE 2016 a new design in Virtual Reality (VR) devices for the classroom. With the advent of affordable VR devices, teachers are being inundated with cardboard boxes and expensive headsets clearly not designed for classroom use. The FlipOut is an easy to use, lightweight virtual reality viewer that can be easily stored in a classroom, even the teacher’s pocket.

 EdTechTeam has this device reasonably-priced that can be used with many portable devices while providing unmatched virtual learning and excitement in the classroom. They can tour inside the human body or be immersed inside a 360° video. With existing free mobile applications like Google StreetView, kids can even create 360° images in placed-based lessons. FlipOuts are currently available to pre-order at the MAXCases store! 

Thanks again for all who came by the booth at ISTE 2016 this year and explored what can be possible in your classrooms. Let us know what you think of the FlipOut!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

17 Summits, 34 Bootcamps, and 74 Custom PD Events? June rocked!

Director of Professional Learning, EdTechTeam

We're thankful to have seen so many of you face-to-face in the month of June!

We hosted 17 Summits, 34 Certification Bootcamps and 74 custom professional development events in the month of June! The events ranged from our Summits in Northern New MexicoUtah and the Texas Panhandle to Certification Bootcamps in Pennsylvania, Minnesota and California. We also went into districts with our customized professional development including pd in Arkansas, Illinois and Melbourne, Australia. 
EdTechTeam reported a combined 1,085 hours of professional development on behalf of 98 different Google Certified Trainers

If you were at ISTE, thanks for stopping by our booth!  We'd love to work with you soon, so take a moment to fill out our request form for Summits, Bootcamps, PD, Keynotes and more!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

5 Ways to Get Going with the New Expeditions App

Jim Sill
Director of Global Development

1. Get the app for Android: bit.ly/downloadexpeditions
Start playing right away; press and hold an image to highlight a region.

2. Create a narrative for the Expedition to connect the images
Activate wonder with beginner, intermediate, and advanced questions on the Expedition. Climbing El Capitan is great for literature and writing connections.

3. Students and Teachers can take turns being the Guide.
The Pause Button naturally makes your student explorers remove the Cardboard from their face, great for redirecting the whole room.

4. Have Students Create Their Own Expeditions
Using the Street View app, have your students visit your own city to create their own expeditions.

5. Students Getting Dizzy? Use Full Screen

Just remove the device from Cardboard and press the "Full Screen" button.

You can also buy EdTechTeam Cardboard and the FlipOut Viewer with MaxCases! Check them out here.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

10 Tips to Expand Your Teaching with Google Street View

1. Global Views View 360 Photospheres from anywhere in the world!
2. Use Your Phone Click on the Compass icon to view 360 as you turn your phone
3. Google Cardboard Click on the Cardboard Icon to experience the world in 360 Virtual Reality
4. Create Your Own Photospheres Use the Google Street View Camera to create your own Photospheres
5. Share with the Community Upload and contribute your Photospheres to Google Street View
6. Take 360 degree Photos Connect your Spherical Camera to the Google Street View to snap 360 view in one take
7. Travel the World Explore Collections of amazing Google Street View locations around the world
8. See Who's Watching Track how many views you have on your uploaded Street View Photospheres
9. Get Help from Pegman Watch Pegman stitch together your custom photosphere together and then explode!
10. Expand Your Knowledge Use Google Street View as your textbook and connect to any content or subject in your curriculum

Want more? EdTechTeam's Molly Schroeder will be doing a demo of street view LIVE from ISTE 2016. RSVP and watch here!

Friday, June 10, 2016

413 Hours of Professional Development-- Just Another May at EdTechTeam!

Director of Professional Learning

EdTechTeam met some amazing educators during the month of May!

We hosted 44 events in three countries and 16 of the United States in the month of May. 

The events ranged from our Summits in EdmontonNew Orleans and Breckenridge to Certification Bootcamps in Indiana, Texas and Connecticut. We also went into districts with our customized professional development including pd in Canberra, Australia and Scottsdale, Arizona.

We reported a combined 413 hours of professional development on behalf of 56 different Google Certified Trainers

We are looking forward to seeing many of you at our ISTE Booth #2728 in Denver, Colorado later this month.

Ask any one of us about bringing EdTechTeam to your school or district!

Stay tuned for June, which has the most summits in one month we've ever had!

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

5 Reasons to Join EdTechTeam Online!

Tracy Purdy
Program Manager
EdTechTeam Online

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Over the past twelve weeks, I have had the honor to work with 100 educators from 10 different countries in the EdTechTeam Teacher Leader Online Cohort.

Participants completed six different courses as part of the Cohort; Global Collaboration and Community, Project Based Learning, Flipped Learning, Visual Literacy, Assessment and Redesigning the Learning Space. During this cohort, teachers had to push beyond their comfort zone to try new things and question their current practices. The result is a group of leaders who are ready and willing to take chances to help students become the problem solvers of our future. They are ready to spark curiosity, ignite creativity, connect globally, and change education. 

It was an incredible opportunity and I am inspired by the inaugural EdTechTeam Teacher Leader Cohort.  We are excited that we have begun a Sold Out Summer Teacher Leader Cohort and space is filling fast for the Fall Cohort beginning in September.  Join us on this amazing journey with EdTechTeam Online.

To find out more about EdTechTeam Online or to register for the September Cohort go to
5 Reasons You Should Join the September Cohort for EdTechTeam Online
Technology and Creativity: 

This cohort is more than just a place to learn.  It's a place to connect with like minded people from around the world who are excited about the newest trends in teaching today.  In this cohort you will learn how to engage your students better and empower them to want to learn at their own pace, and in their own way.  Want to transform your classroom?  Then this cohort is for you! - Laurie Guyon, 6th Grade ELA Teacher, NY

21st Century Learning Exemplified

I honestly believe this cohort contained the best courses I have taken in my 12 year teaching career.  The courses are quick and keep you busy, but every single project or assignment is directly usable in your classroom.  There were no "papers"... instead, there were projects, articles to comment on, and real-world (classroom) examples to work around.  I highly recommend this cohort to anyone who wants to become a better (21st Century) teacher. -Joe Cernak, 4th Grade Teacher, IL
Amazing Experience
To everyone in this cohort- I came into this course not knowing what to expect, but I came out of it a better educator and lifelong learner with amazing like-minded individuals from around the globe. From Google Hangouts,  to EDpuzzle, to Slack, I've come away with a new tool belt ready to build a new foundation for tomorrow's youth. #keepintouch #wedidit #edteachteamonline  
I loved every course. I agree with those who say the tools and ideas learned could be implemented in the classroom right away. I found the material invigorating. The assignments were challenging. I used all assignments with my class unlike other courses where I created assignments but never used them. I have made connections and developed habits that I will continue beyond these courses. I thought I was knowledgable about tech and trends but now I know so much more. Being part of this cohort changed me as a teacher. Thank you.  -Karen Moulton
One stop PD for Future Learners, Leaders, and Teachers

Our district is focused on many of the areas presented in this course.  It was awesome to have them all in one place with a collection of strong resources and the opportunity to watch or participate in Hangouts with experts and teachers that are shifting the way they teach and students are learning.   I would definitely recommend this cohort and course to any teacher that is looking to expand their use and and understanding of digital tools within the context of best practice and learning.  -Ben Stanerson, Science Teacher, MN