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Classroom Sorcery and Tech Magic

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Participate and share

Participate and share : Interactive lecture

Sunday, June 24, 2:30–3:30 pm
Location: W175ab

Robert Joyce   Bonnie McClelland  
People's Choice winner. EduMagic secrets revealed! Have students take the wand and create imaginative learning solutions and unforgettable experiences. Witness green screen illusions, virtual AR worlds, cryptic codes behind Digital Breakouts, spellbinding Google tricks and enchanting apps and extensions. Collect a mystical menagerie of purposeful and fantastical tools for your bag of tricks!

Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook
Tablet: Android, iOS
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Innovative learning environments
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students articulate and set personal learning goals, develop strategies leveraging technology to achieve them and reflect on the learning process itself to improve learning outcomes.
Creative Communicator
  • Students create original works or responsibly repurpose or remix digital resources into new creations.
  • Students choose the appropriate platforms and tools for meeting the desired objectives of their creation or communication.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Paving the path from engaging our students, to creating a unique learning experience, and finally empowering them to make individual choices, can seem like a magical mystery. In our session, we will divulge some classroom sorcery tips and tools that will create unforgettable lessons for your students.
We will showcase examples of unique lessons leading into student multimedia projects created in the classroom using cutting edge tech tools. Participants will have opportunities to be the student, try the technologies, and then walk away with strategies on how to empower their own students.
Learning Objective 1: Participants will witness examples of how green screen technologies Veescope, WeVideo and DoInk allow students to activate project-based learning and create worlds of knowledge that truly transcend the limitations of the walls of the classroom.
Learning Objective 2: Virtual reality tools are teaching students global awareness, cultural understanding, and historical perspective. We will showcase such tools as Discovery VR 360 videos and Google Street View as a way for students to explore, and then simulate, their own realistic experiences.
Learning Objective 3: With the overlaying of digital images over the real world, augmented reality technologies allow us to maximize our current reality into one where the learning is an adventure. The Metaverse app easily hands over that magic AR wand for anyone to create an interactive experience right in the classroom. Examples will be shared, and attendees will create an experience of their own.
Learning Objective 4: Google apps allow for many types of creation in the classroom. We will showcase some photo editing tips and stop motion on Slides to create illusions that make for engaging student presentations.


Sir Arthur C. Clarke, science fiction writer, futurist, and lifelong proponent of space travel, famously formulated the adage “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from MAGIC”. It became the most widely cited of Clarke’s Three Laws, and the focus behind our session.

We will share some truly magical classroom technology tools that engage students, provide an immersive learning experience, then lead to empowerment of creating on their own. During our interactive presentation, we will share our classroom examples, then allow for equal participant time to try out the tools and create some magic of their own. Attendees will leave with tricks and ideas of how to implement with their students as soon as tomorrow. Technologies to be highlighted and focused on include green screen with Veescope and Do Ink, WeVideo, Metaverse, Discovery VR, Google Street View, and...well, we can’t reveal ALL of our secrets, now can we?!

Supporting research

"Create Magic in Your Classroom" Metaverse AR

"The 9 Hottest Topics in EdTech" Team ISTE

"Passive Learner to Active Creator" George Couros

"Immersive Tech is Bringing New Learning Opportunities to Classrooms" Jaime Donally


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Robert Joyce, Massapequa Public Schools
Bonnie McClelland, Farmingdale School District

Bonnie McClelland is the Instructional Coach for Digital Learning in Farmingdale, NY, and a former elementary classroom teacher. She's a strong advocate for student voice, choice, and providing students with purposeful technology. She is a Flipgrid Ambassador, a Buncee Ambassador, and a leader for #GridPals. Follow her at @BMcClelland24.

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