Aug 24, 2016

Repost: UPDATE: NUITEQ's Snowflake: Updated, improved, and retitled-- Snowflake MultiTeach®


I wrote a post published on October 13, 2013 about Snowflake ABC, a software suite of entertaining educational apps developed by NUITEQ®.

Fast forward to 2016, and I now work with NUITEQ® as a K-12 technology specialist, and realized that the post needed some updating.  So here's the update!

Many great improvements have been made by the NUITEQ® team since Snowflake ABC was released. Along with the changes came a new name, Snowflake MultiTeach®

Snowflake MultiTeach® was designed for multi-touch, multi-user displays and tables, but can be used on single-touch displays or traditional computers/laptops with a mouse. It works well for "front-of-class" presentations and has many features that support collaborative group work.



So what is new?

The Lessons app was added to the suite of applications, along with Nodes, a concept-mapping and presentation application that supports project and problem based learning, STEM, and STEAM.

The Lessons app is a powerful addition to Snowflake MultiTeach®.  Within this app,  teachers (and students) can build a variety of interactive, engaging lessons, learning games, and quizzes, with little effort. 

Snowflake MultiTeach® can support several lessons and apps running at the same time, using the Zones feature, which makes it ideal for students working in pairs or small groups.

To compliment the Lessons app, the online MultiTeach® Lessons Community  was developed to provide a way for teachers to share lessons they've created.  The lessons posted on the MultiTeach® Lessons Community can be accessed from within the Lessons home screen.  Lessons can be searched by subject and level and imported directly into the Lessons home screen.  

Lessons created with Snowflake MultiTeach® can be exported directly from the Lessons home screen to the MultiTeach® Lessons Community so they can be shared with others. Snowflake MultiTeach® and sign-up to the MultiTeach® Lessons Community is required for access.

To support teachers as they make the transition from single-touch whiteboards to multi-user displays, the MultiTeach® Pinterest site was created.  There you can find curated and regularly updated information about how to use Snowflake MultiTeach®, 21st century teaching and learning, free digital resources for the classroom, and much more.

For information about how teachers can integrate Snowflake MultiTeach® into their classrooms, take some time to read the following blog posts. Share with your peers!

Infuse Arts into STEM Projects Using Collaborative Touch Screen Technology

Collaborative STEM Education and Careers Exploration

How to MultiTeach®: Introduction to Snowflake MultiTeach® Nodes App

Differentiated instruction through Snowflake MultiTeach®

Like what you see?

If you are interested in replacing your current single-touch interactive whiteboard with a multi-touch display, contact a representative fromNUITEQ® by following the email link on the website, and you will be connected to someone in your region who can assist you. 

(Here is the old post for reference, scroll down to see information about ABC.)

Jul 19, 2016

Blast from the Past: My 2006 Post on Virtual Reality and Convergence with Gaming Technologies.

I started this blog in 2006-- and I do plan to get into the routine of blogging more more frequently.  

I'd love to update the posts that were the most popular in the past,  and add links and resources that reflect what is going on with interactive multimedia technology in 2016.

So much has evolved since I started this blog!

2006:  Virtual Reality & Convergence with Game Technology


Note:  Some of the links are broken.


FYI:

I still write blog posts from time to time.

Here are links to the blog post I've written for NUITEQ® about collaborative interactive technologies:

COLLABORATIVE TECHNOLOGY IN A 1:1 WORLD




Jan 1, 2016

Intro to "Empowering All Learners (and Teachers)" Blog

I'd like to welcome the New Year with a link to a blog I've just started:

Empowering All Learners and Teachers

One goal I have for the new blog is to support multi-media sharing among educators and others about ways they are successfully implementing new technologies into teaching and learning experiences. 

The blog is open to all learners and educators -  in traditional PK-12 settings, colleges and universities, community organizations, and of course, families.


Background:
In 2006, I started the Interactive Multimedia Technology, blog, initially as an on-going resource for participants some of the workshops I presented during that year that focused on the topic of "Interactive Multimedia Technology: A Tool for Prevention and Intervention". It quickly gained a solid following and for many years, I posted more than once a week. 

I will continue to post on this blog - as of today, it has received 1,367,673 page views and maintains a core of followers!

RELATED: FOOD FOR REFLECTION

The first video is a brief overview of Richard E. Mayer's Theory of Multimedia Learning. The second one is a presentation about visual thinking and learning, by Thomas G. West, author of "In the Minds Eye" and "Thinking Like Einstein".  

The last two videos are presentations by James Paul Gee on the topics of learning, language/literacy, and the positive aspects of videogames. James Paul Gee has authored books such as "What Video Games Have to Teach Us About Learning and Literacy" and "Good Video Games and Good Learning".