Category Archives: CTS

Learn Calligraphy with Augmented Reality

Sheridan College Professor of Interaction Design, Mark Shufflebottom, shared this resource with a group the other day. In three steps with a mobile device, you can use augmented reality to guide your calligraphic pen to make several interesting designs. First, print the marker so that your phone has a virtual connection to the paper. Secondly, load the web page on the mobile device and hold it over the marker and your drawing paper. The image will appear and you or your students can then ‘trace’ the a.r. image that appears. You might want to devise some sort of holder for the device so things don’t shift around too much.

The URL: https://learncalligraphy.today/index.html

This to That – Gluing Stuff Together

Well, things are in full momentum by now so I thought I’d start sending a few things on The Teacher List. Thanks for hanging around!

I found this while researching how to repair a rubber-to-metal part on my truck and realized it will be handy for my Design Studies classes. Simply pick a category of This, then a category of That – and this handy search engine will guide you to the best adhesive product. This is excellent for STEAM classes, Science, Construction and Art classes as well.

The URL: http://www.thistothat.com/

Doodle 4 Google – Canada 150

This one is generally for the Canadians. Doodle 4 Google Canada is a national contest for students from Kindergarten to Grade 12 to redesign the logo for Google.ca homepage for a day. If you haven’t heard, Canada is celebrating its 150th birthday this summer and the winning doodle will be featured on the Google Canada homepage for 24 hours. The winning student will also receive a $10,000 university scholarship, a Google Chromebook, and a $10,000 technology award for their current school along with a trip to the final event on June 13, 2017.

See the link below for entry details.

The URL: https://doodles.google.ca/d4g/

Adobe Apps Coming to Chromebook

As announced this week, Adobe is releasing newly updated Android apps will be optimized for Google Chromebooks, and will be available in the next couple of weeks. This is significant in districts like my own, where ChromeBooks are the dominant device for student and teacher work. You can find out more at the link below.

The URL: https://blogs.adobe.com/education/2017/01/24/expand-your-students-creativity-through-adobe-apps-now-on-chromebook/

STEAM

steamI started hearing about STEAM this fall and was delighted to realize that the ‘A’ was intentional. Science – Technology – Engineering – Arts – Math… Sounds like a good collaboration to author and scientist Adam Ruben, who explores the addition of Arts to a previously exclusive club. Thanks to Gary McFarlane for retweeting this article.

The URL: http://www.sciencemag.org/careers/2016/10/full-steam-ahead