I have admittedly been sitting on this for a while now and have just had the opportunity to post about it. How can we take advantage of Google's Tour Creator in education even when we don't have a 360 camera? Make Tour Creator Drawings with your class!
If you don't know Tour Creator yet it's a web browser app online from google which allows users to create 360 immersive tours. Traditionally we think of these tours using photos. Here's my tour I made of Auschwitz. But we can also create the tour using drawings. Here's my sample drawing tour (turn the sound on for this).
Well how did I do that and how can you do it? Easy. Below is my brief intro video.
After reading Mike Hadlow’s post on his blog titled “Code Rant: Visual Programming - Why it’s a Bad Idea” I feel I need to respond. Mike references block based coding such as the education tool “Scratch” from MIT. He points out three reasons why he thinks block based coding is bad. "1. Textual programming languages obfuscate what is essentially a simple process. 2. Abstraction and decoupling play a small and peripheral part in programming. 3. The tools that have been developed to support programming are unimportant."
What he doesn’t take into account is how we learn to code and think computationally. There is a process of learning how to identify a problem, pull a problem a part, break it down into abstract representational ideas, and build a step by step procedure to solve the problem. These parts can be looked at using a design thinking flow where we continually reconsider what we are doing and if out solution works. As we teach young students how to think computationally…
We often send our students to complete independent writing work. We circulate the room and the students that are vocal get the attention. But what about those students that don't raise their hand to ask for help? How can we provide an easier way for them to reach out to us? Well, here's a way to create a custom menu for a document and collect some formative feedback.
Our starting function is the onOpen function. This is a reserved word which the doc looks for in the script. As the document is opened this script is run. In this case we engage the DocumentApp library of code. The getUi begins the user interface. We createMenu and name it something. I've named it with a emoji of a hand to support the idea that we don't always need menus with words. This menu will show up as a new main menu like File or Edit. We then add a menu item with addItem. The first item is a sad face. the sad face is co…