In this week’s episode, I’m chatting with my friend and augmented reality expert Jaime Donally.
Jaime shares some incredible insights and ideas for using AR in the classroom, including unique apps and resources from Verizon Innovative Learning HQ (a free online education portal).
She also shares the “Career Day” AR app that can help inspire your students all year long.
Jaime always shares great ideas and tips, so you don’t want to miss this episode!
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This episode is sponsored by Verizon Innovative Learning HQ.
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Inspiring Students with AR All Year Long
What if you could help inspire your students to discover exciting careers they never thought possible?
And what if students could interview leaders in the field?
Oh, and you DO NOT have to recruit parents or members of the community to do it!
That’s precisely what they can do with the Career Day AR app!
“Unlock new potential paths to the future with Career Day, an Augmented Reality app that invites accomplished professionals into the classroom. Students use their voice to navigate the experience and converse with interactive, digital holograms from a variety of fields. This unique interview experience will open your students’ minds to what’s possible, and potentially inspire them to pursue a career they once thought out of reach!”
This app will spark inspiration in your students about what jobs are possible–where they can go, what they can do, and hear about newer career possibilities.
The experience is student-centered and students can lead the interview with their own questions.
There are four different individuals with unique STEAM careers to bring into your classroom through augmented reality:
- Frank, an animator at Pixar
- Saba, an interactive designer at Google
- Aaron, footwear designer at Nike
- Arleny, mechanical engineer at Verizon
You only need a tablet or a smartphone and install the Career Day app to start.
Remember that you do not need this to be a whole group activity with 1-to-1 devices. This would make a fabulous group activity, rotation, or even enrichment.
Be sure to sign up for your Verizon Innovative Learning account here to get the access codes to launch the app in teacher or student mode.
Students can explore the app and see the holograms in their classroom!
When students see the person in their space, in the augmented reality of their classroom, it makes it real, authentic, and accessible.
You will find related teacher resources for the Career Day AR app, including lesson plans, app setup, FAQ, and more in the Verizon Innovative Learning HQ portal!
This is all completely FREE!
Spend a few minutes explaining the portal and all of the free lessons, apps, and even free professional development for educators.
Related: 10 AR Math Lessons You Need to See
Will you try Career Day?
About Jaime Donally
Bio: Jaime Donally is a passionate technology enthusiast. She began her career as a math teacher and later moved into Instructional Technology. Her desire to build relationships has brought about opportunities to collaborate with students and educators around the world. She provides staff development and training on immersive technology as an edtech consultant.
Her latest adventures include the launch of Global Maker Day and the #ARVRinEDU community, events, and presentations. She works as an author and speaker to provide the practical use of augmented and virtual reality in the classroom.
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