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Headset reality: The Poudre School District in Colorado uses an array of apps, software and high-tech tools, such as headsets, to have students
learn in great depth. Along the way, augmented reality exposes students to a variety of career fields.

can create a convincing virtual space. "It
connects learners to the content in a means
that is relevant to them and the world as
they know it," McMonagle says. "Learning
is fun, engaging and interactive."
In geography and social science classes
at Lincoln Middle School in the Poudre
district, students created an augmented
reality sandbox that simulated 3D landforms and a watershed.
Students dig their hands into a real
sandbox-but an overhead projector
shows virtual areas for mountains, ponds
and rivers on the sand, McMonagle says.
The sandbox can be a tool for learning
about the water cycle in science or about
maps in geography. Instead of just learning the concepts of a watershed or how a
swamp is created, students also can witness
consequences of changes on the landscape.

Get out of the way
Technology facilitators in the Poudre district are collaborating with teachers to
design learning opportunities, train on
how to use the tools, and evaluate their
effectiveness in achieving student success,
McMonagle says.
The ed tech team works closely with
IT to ensure apps and software adhere
to the district's student privacy policy,

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says McBride.
They also work together to evaluate
new technology and software as well as
best practices for rollout and implementation. A system called the "software center"
allows teachers and students to download
and install district-approved software
without administrator passwords, he adds.
When students collaborate with their
peers to create content, they learn not
only the content for the project, but also
the important communication, critical
thinking and collaboration skills they
need for success beyond the classroom,
Davidson says.
"The key takeaway is that there is
amazing innovation, personalization of
learning and opportunities to interact
with tools around relevant pedagogy," says
Gustafson of Greenwood school. CIOs
should be aware: "Kids can do amazing
things when we believe in them ... and get
out of their way."

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Angela Pascopella is managing editor. Bob
Violino is a freelance writer in New York.

Augmented reality
vs. virtual reality
Augmented reality is the blending of virtual reality and real life,
as developers can create images
within applications that blend
with contents in the world.
AR users can distinguish
between virtual contents and the
real world.
VR is creating a virtual world
with which users can interact.
This world should be designed in
such a way that users would find
it difficult to tell the difference
from what is real and what is not.
VR usually requires using a VR
helmet or goggles.
Both VR and AR aim to
immerse the user. But AR users
continue to be in touch with the
real world while interacting with
virtual objects around them. VR
users are isolated from the real
world while immersed in a world
that is completely fabricated.
Source: www.techtimes.com

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