Inland Empire Conference Explores Texting,
Augmented Reality as Teaching Tools

Sep 22nd, 2014 | By | Category: Chapters, Inland Empire
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By SHEILA MARTINELLIimage of phone for inland empire augmented reality

—Texting as a teaching tool? At the Inland Empire 2014 Spring Conference, held May 3 at UC Riverside Extension Center, presenter Susan Gaer shared many ways that mobile devices can be used as a tool to help students learn language in the classroom. Susan engaged conference participants in many activities using cameras and photos, Google voice, and instant student-response systems.

The momentum continued in the afternoon with presenters Ixchell Reyes, Kaz Shida, and Irina Bolkhovitina introducing “augmented image for inland empire augmented realityreality.” Augmented reality is a live direct or indirect view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are supplemented by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics, or GPS data. Conference participants watched videos of Reyes’s students presenting posters using augmented reality, and then they experimented themselves using the technology with items in the room. Participants left with ideas for the classroom that will appeal to diverse learning styles, help students use oral language as they negotiate the use of these technologies, and promote creativity and engagement.

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