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App Provides Augmented Reality for Students, Teachers

posted Jun 25, 2015, 10:13 AM by Jim McNeil




EDUCATION/EARLY CHILDHOOD DEVELOPMENT--
App Provides Augmented Reality for Students, Teachers
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Grade 10 students and teachers are using leading-edge technology to learn and teach math in the classroom with a new augmented reality application.

Education and Early Childhood Development Minister Karen Casey officially launched the app -- EECD AR, today, June 23 at Sir Robert Borden Junior High School in Cole Harbour.

"Providing students with more opportunities to integrate technology and learning is an important part of preparing them for the future," said Ms. Casey. "This app is about providing new ways of learning, embracing technology and encouraging imaginative and creative thinking."

The app allows students and teachers to use their phone or tablet's camera to augment reality to enhance learning. It can produce a 3D image of an object based on text, read the text to students or provide supplementary information to provide more context. The app uses a selection of questions from the Pearson Foundation and Pre-Calculus Mathematics 10 and Mathématiques 10: fondements et pré-calcul textbooks, with the possibility of supporting more questions and different textbooks in the future.

The EECD AR app was developed by John Munro, a teacher at Sir Robert Borden Junior High School, in partnership with E-Learning Media Inc.

"This app lets students bring schoolwork to life and observe it in a way never before possible," said Mr. Munro. "Students are able to tackle problems that are typically difficult to visualize, and find the solution using a new perspective."

The app was inspired by his work with Devon Harvey and Matthew Van Leer, two Grade 12 students at Lockview High School in Fall River, who he worked with on an augmented reality app that won first place at a Saint Mary's University Hackathon competition, last year.

The app is available on the Google Play Store and the App Store. It is an example of how the department is introducing new hands-on learning activities for students to develop their technology skills and to enhance learning as part of the 3 Rs: Renew, Refocus and Rebuild, Nova Scotia's Action Plan for Education. The action plan can be found at http://www.ednet.ns.ca/.

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Grade 10 students and teachers are using leading-edge technology to learn and teach math in the classroom with a new augmented reality application.

The app allows students and teachers to use their phone or tablet's camera to augment reality to enhance learning. It can produce a 3D image of an object based on text, read the text to students or provide supplementary information to provide more context.

The app uses a selection of questions from the Pearson Foundation and Pre-Calculus Mathematics 10 and Mathématiques 10:
fondements et pré-calcul textbooks, with the possibility of supporting more questions and different textbooks in the future.
The app is available on the Google Play Store and the App Store. It is an example of how the department is introducing new hands-on learning activities for students to develop their technology skills and to enhance learning as part of the 3 Rs:

Renew, Refocus and Rebuild, Nova Scotia's Action Plan for Education.

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Media Contact: Michelle Lucas
902-424-8307
Cell: 902-222-1784
Email: Michelle.L.Lucas@novascotia.ca

Google Apps for Education

posted May 28, 2015, 5:52 AM by Jim McNeil   [ updated Jun 15, 2015, 7:14 PM ]

NS Google Apps for Education
Google Apps for Education accounts are now available to all CB-VRSB students and staff. Accounts can be created using existing STAFF.EDNET.NS.CA or NSPES.CA accounts. 

Instructions for activating staff accounts is available here and for student accounts here.  Guides for using Google Apps are available from our resource page here.  Our support contact information is available here


NSPES - Email Account

posted May 18, 2015, 8:06 PM by Jim McNeil   [ updated May 18, 2015, 8:09 PM ]

Mail
EDnet is providing a new email service. Employee self service forms are available to create new NSPES accounts or to migrate your existing staff account to NSPES. The forms are available here: 

Mac OS X Basics

posted May 15, 2015, 7:58 AM by Jim McNeil   [ updated May 18, 2015, 7:57 PM ]

Desktop basics
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Dock




The Dock provides quick access to frequently used applications (shortcuts).

Adding or removing an application shortcut:

To add an application shortcut to the dock, find the application in your Applications folder (finder) or in Launchpad and click and drag the file or icon down to the dock. Alternatively open the application and control click the application’s icon in the dock, select ‘options’ and click ‘keep in dock’ to retain the icon in the dock.

To remove simply click and drag the icon off the dock into an empty space above on the desktop above the dock, when the cloud icon appears above the icon click the application icon is permanently removed from the dock. Alternatively control click the application icon, select ‘options’ and click ‘remove from dock’.

Another feature of the dock is the ability to view multiple instances of a particular application in use. Control click the application icon and select ‘show all windows’. Alternatively you can cycle through multiple instances by click the application icon, once it moves to the foreground hold the command key while tapping the tilde key (~).
Launch pad



Launchpad provides access to all applications available on your mac. Click the Launchpad icon in the dock to view all available applications. Whenever new applications are installed on your mac an icon is created in Launchpad. To launch an application click the associated icon. There may be more than one screen of icons if many applications are installed. To navigate through multiple screens click and drag left or right to move to the left or right screen. Launchpad screen navigation is also available by directly clicking the small white dots near the bottom of the screen.



Icons can be grouped together in Launchpad by clicking and dragging one over another. This creates a folder into which other icons can be added. Icons can be move out of the folder back to Launchpad or into another folder by clicking and dragging the icon to a blank space in Launchpad or directly to another folder.

Folders can be renamed to reflect the group of icons contained within. To rename click the folder to expand, select the text at the top of the folder icon listing and enter the text you would like to use for the folder’s name.


Mission Control



Mission Control provides an overview of applications and documents currently in use on your desktop. Click the Mission Control icon in Launchpad, on the dock or use the keyboard shortcut, control + up arrow. Clicking any window in Mission Control brings that window to the foreground on your desktop. To close Mission Control click any empty space outside of a window or use the keyboard shortcut, control + down arrow.

Stacks



Stacks can also be added to the dock. A stack is a listing of files or folders that can be quickly accessed from the dock. To add a stack, click and drag the folder you want to use from finder to the right side of the dock, release the mouse when the folder is passed the gray hashed line. To open any item in a stack click the associate icon.

The stack view style can be changed by control clicking the stack’s icon and clicking the settings you would like to use from the ‘display as’ and ‘view content as’ options. Each setting has different view and animation styles, which may be adjusted accordingly for the content contained within that stack.

You can add multiple stacks as space permits on the dock.

Menu



The menu is always available whenever any application is running in the foreground and is located along the top of the screen. The menu contains a list of commands specific to whichever application is currently running in the foreground although some of these commands are common to all applications.

Clicking a menu item will display a list of commands, to the right of these commands keyboard shortcuts are display using key icons and alphabetic or numeric key combinations. Here is a table listing the symbols and the key name.



Finder




Finder is used to navigate, access, or move files and folders on your mac. To access finder click the associated icon in the dock. Alternatively you can press the option + command + f keys simultaneously to open finder in search mode.

The section in the left side for the finder window is called the sidebar. This is used for general navigation in to file locations on the mac as well as to available devices and network locations.
Spotlight

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Finding files

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Notifications

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Mouse Gestures (Magic Mouse)

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Miscellaneous

Screen shots:

Use the keyboard shortcuts below or install third party software:
  • Command-Shift-3: Take a screenshot of the screen, and save it as a file on the desktop
  • Command-Shift-4: then select an area: Take a screenshot of an area and save it as a file on the desktop
  • Command-Shift-4: then space, then click a window: Take a screenshot of a window and save it as a file on the desktop
  • Command-Control-Shift-3: Take a screenshot of the screen, and save it to the clipboard
  • Command-Control-Shift-4: then select an area: Take a screenshot of an area and save it to the clipboard
  • Command-Control-Shift-4: then space, then click a window: Take a screenshot of a window and save it to the clipboard

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