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Beacon Technology Across the Curriculum

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Sunday, June 23, 2:30–3:30 pm
Location: 113BC

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Demystifying the Machine Learning Revolution from the Technology to Your Classroom

Jill Work  
Exploring the use of beacons and the related apps for lessons in social studies mapping skills, SMART science/tech projects, math measuring, coding, engineering, art exhibits, classroom stations and more. You'll get links to sample curriculum and an opportunity to try out some of the beacons and related apps.

Audience: Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS
Tablet: Android, iOS
Participant accounts, software and other materials: (optional) Bleesk on a mobile device
access to NearPod and Padlet
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Creativity and productivity tools
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Social studies, STEM/STEAM
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Empowered Learner
  • Students understand the fundamental concepts of technology operations, demonstrate the ability to choose, use and troubleshoot current technologies and are able to transfer their knowledge to explore emerging technologies.
Innovative Designer
  • Students develop, test and refine prototypes as part of a cyclical design process.
For Educators:
  • Use technology to create, adapt and personalize learning experiences that foster independent learning and accommodate learner differences and needs.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will be introduced to beacons as a technology tool that allows users to control physical web devices and provide real-world solutions through visual coding, strategic deployment, and the potential for custom coding. They will learn about the different beacon types and functions, and how these options can be used to meet curricular goals. Participants will view, discuss, and brainstorm on curricular uses for beacons, and discover how the technology is scalable throughout the vertical alignment of the curriculum, and how it can be utilized in a variety of academic disciplines.

Participants will have the opportunity to gain exposure to:
* Bleesk, a platform that manages multiple types of beacons
* RadBeacon, an app to configure Radius beacons
* Estimate app, an app to configure Estimate beacons
* Sony MESH app, an app to configure MESH beacons
* NearPod, a classroom response app
* Padlet, a brainstorming and visual cataloguing tool

Lesson plans will be demonstrated in real time demos, video demos/reflections, and on the slides. There will be beacons with iPads connected via apps; time-permitting, participants will be able to view/try the apps.

Instructional strategies will be modeled in the delivery of the presentation:
* using multiple media sources
* Q&A
* lecture
* slide show
* video
* discussion
* collective digital brainstorming
* physical movement around the space
* testing out and tinkering with new technology
* digital collective brainstorming
* real-time response
* student-initiated learning
* collaboration

Examples of lesson plans appear on the website, within the slide show, in the verbal descriptions, on the videos, and among the websites listed on the web resource links.

Success of the presentation would be measured by:
* numerous participants becoming interested in beacon technology for their schools
* the Padlet effectively doubling the amount of lesson ideas currently available from online sources
* more advanced participants (or those with more advanced students) deciding to explored the extended capabilities of beacons, such as custom coding of indoor navigation apps and interconnectivity to Little Bits, Alexa, Raspberry Pi, etc.


* The presenter will use NearPod to find out:
- degree of knowledge of beacons
- experience working with beacons
- app coding experience
* The presenter will use start PowerPoint and cover:
- What/why/how of beacons
- How Proximity beacons work
- Sample curriculum with proximity beacons
- How to set up Bleesk app
- Quick overview of other proximity beacon apps
* The participants will be able to try out proximity beacons with the Bleesk app with the presenter's pre-loaded beacon
* The presenter will use quick demo of how to initialize a beacon (Estimate and Radius)
* Q&A on intro/proximity beacons
* The presenter will continue PowerPoint with brief description of indoor navigation app and possible curricular use (this requires more advanced app development skills, and will not be covered or demoed in any detail for this introductory presentation; links and other resources will be provided on the website0
* The presenter will continue PowerPoint and cover:
- SMART beacons (Sony MESH)
- MESH app
- MESH curriculum ideas
- describe add-ons and connections for MESH via GIOP
- The presenter will show live demos of MESH beacons and show video clips of a couple of student projects
* Continue PowerPoint with brief description of external SMART device linking and app development (this requires more advanced app development skills, and will not be covered or demoed in any detail for this introductory presentation; links and other resources will be provided on the website)
* Q&A on SMART beacons
* Simultaneous activities:
- Invite participants to try out pre-set iPad/beacon set-ups with student projects
- Invite participants to suggest beacon curriculum idea on a collaborative Padlet

Supporting research

Analysis of Promising Beacon Technology for Consumers
Exploring the transformative potential of technology in BLuetooth

Beacons in Higher Education

Education: The Next Beacon Hotspot

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Jill Work, Stuart Country Day

Jill Work likes to incorporate new technologies into a cross-discipline curriculum. She became interested in the educational possibilities of beacon technology during her recent MLIS studies, and won a grant that paid for most of the hardware in Stuart’s collection. Ms. Work regularly presents at local, regional, and national conferences on library, educational technology, and “maker” topics. Recent presentations include the New York Maker Faire, the AASL National Conference, NJAIS Innovation Symposium, and NJECC.

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