Turn all of the sensors in your Android devices into learning tools

I recently read a great article from Matt Miller’s Ditch That Textbook blog about utilizing all of the different sensors that are part of so many mobile devices and turning them into learning tools.

Matt, a fellow Google Certified Teacher, recently did a Hangout with Rebecca Vierya. Rebecca and Matt met at the Austin Google Teacher Academy and she shared some of the Android software she and her husband developed to tap into all of the power that phones and tablets possess but isn’t easily accessed for learning.

The Vierya’s free Suite of Tools at Google Play is simple to use and contains the following apps:

  • G-Force Meter – ratio of Fn/Fg
  • Linear Accelerometer – acceleration
  • Gyroscope – radial velocity
  • Barometer – atmospheric pressure
  • Roller Coaster – G-Force Meter, Linear Accelerometer, Gyroscope, and Barometer
  • Proximeter – periodic motion and timer
  • Hygrometer – relative humidity
  • Thermometer – temperature
  • Magnetometer – magnetic field intensity
  • Light Meter – light intensity
  • Sound Meter – sound intensity
  • Tone Generator – frequency producer
  • Orientation – azimuth, roll, pitch
  • Stroboscope

According to the developers, “Useful for education, academia, and industry, this app uses device sensor inputs to collect, record, and export data. in comma separated value (csv) format through a .txt file sent via an e-mail or through Google Drive. All analog data is plotted against elapsed time (or clock time) on a graph. Users can export the data for further analysis in a spreadsheet or plotting tool. The app also allows for a tone generator output.”

Through the user interface a number of the sensors can be used together for all kinds of different explorations of math and physics concepts in the real world.

On her own site, Rebecca has compiled a ton of links where the tools have been referenced at all levels of academia from elementary schools to higher education.

Catch my MiGoogle Conference sessions on live streaming

The Michigan Google Conference will live stream my two featured sessions Become a SAMR-ai with Android Devices and These ARE the Droids you are looking for via live stream beginning at 1:10 EST on Tuesday November 4.The conference will also stream the keynote from Cyrus Mistry, head of Chromebooks at Google, as well as Kelly Kermode’s featured morning  sessions.

The action kicks off at 8:30 EST.

Live-Stream – migoogle14.

Only 2 weeks left to register for the Michigan Google Conference

Register NOW for the  2014 Michigan Google Summit (miGoogle) at Brighton High School on November 3-4, 2014. Registration deadline is 12pm, October 30, 2014.


Four conference highlights you DONT want to miss:

  • 8 Full and half-day Hands on Workshops! Additional sections added due to high demand. REGISTER NOW!
  • Opening Keynote – Cyus Mistry, Senior Product Manager, Chromebooks for Education, Google. LEARN MORE
  • 95 breakouts sessions on every imaginable Google topic. Click to view sessions!
  • Closing demo slam featuring 8 top technology using educators and product give-away! LEARN MORE

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Registration deadline is Thursday, October 30, 12:00 pm.

Google for Education: Announcing Drive for Education: The 21st century backpack for students

Check out the recent announcement from Google.  As a teacher, I hate paper and ask students to work exclusively with Google Drive. I see Drive for Education to have incredible possibilities.

Here are the selling points root explorer apk Google is promoting and I see life for educators and students getting easier from each one.

Drive for Education will be available to all Google Apps for Education customers at no charge and will include:

  • Unlimited storage: No more worrying about how much space you have left or about which user needs more gigabytes. Drive for Education supports individual files up to 5TB in size and will be available in coming weeks.
  • VaultGoogle Apps Vault, our solution for search and discovery for compliance needs, will be coming free to all Apps for Education users by the end of the year.
  • Enhanced Auditing: Reporting and auditing tools and an Audit API easily let you see the activity of a file, are also on the way.

Check out all of the details at Google’s Education Blog.

Google for Education: Announcing Drive for Education: The 21st century backpack for students.

Tailor reading level for student Google searches

I just saw a great tweet from Tara Becker-Utess.

Tara is building upon an idea that Tammy Lind presented at Best of MACUL presents CUE Rock Star this summer in Saugatuck. The cool thing about most techniques designed for struggling learners is that almost anyone can benefit from them. Tara and Tammy inspired me to lay out the quick and easy steps that allow students to search by reading level. This will come in hugely handy this year as I teach my elementary students to formulate effective searches.

Here you go.

  1. After performing a Google Search, click on Search Tools
  2. Next click on reading level
  3. Choose the reading level. In my example I am simulating third graders doing African animal reports. I will ask them to click “Basic” and this will return only results that are the easiest to read.

These three clicks can greatly tailor the types of search results students receive, making the experience more useful for everyone.

Here is more great stuff from Tammy’s ISTE 14 presentation on this very topic.

Mobile Reach #55: Summer Acronym Summary ~ ADE, DEN, GCT, and More

Last week I had the chance to join the hosts of the Mobile Reach Show and talk about the various professional learning organization that fuel our teaching.

Hosting the show are Jennie Magiera, Sue Gorman, and Dave Freeburg who I first met face-to-face in 2011 at the Apple Distinguished Educator institute. We were joined by Josh Mika and Scott Meech who both became ADE’s with us that summer.  Scott and I first met in 2008 as we became Google Certified Teachers together at the Google Teacher Academy in Chicago.

Prior to the show I had just returned from my week at the Discovery Educator Network Summer Institute and shared how that experience compared to the acronym opportunities other teachers are attending this summer.

Head on over to the Mobile Reach homepage to either listen or watch this episode.