AR for Education Ambassador: Kathi Kersznowski

 

Name: Kathi Kersznowski
Twitter ID: @kerszi
Class/School Website: kerszi.weebly.com

Bio: I’ve been teaching at the elementary level for over 20 years.  I’ve taught grades 1-5, Special Education, Computers, and now I’m a Technology Integration Specialist and an aspiring school administrator. I’m an advocate for STEAM Education and authentic problem-based learning.  As for augmented reality, I’m still evolving.  I am awed by it, but still relatively new to the phenomena.  

Favorite Quiver Resource: Pukeko!  The first time I ever even HEARD of augmented reality was at a conference where someone just asked me to color that paper.  I had no idea what was about to happen.  When the presenter held the iPad over my paper and made my rainbow-colored bird actually come to life, tears literally sprang from my eyes!  I’m not kidding.  I was so overjoyed and in awe of the technology!  I LOVE to give others that same experience!

Moto: Do not follow where the path may lead.  Go instead where there is no path – and leave a trail.
What is your Favorite Teaching Moment? To be honest, I seem to have new ones every day.
Why do you use Augmented Reality in your classroom? It is so outrageously engaging and fun for students!

Why did you want to become a Quiver Ambassador? I am absolutely enamored by the power of augmented reality for engaging students and creating such personal interactive experiences.  Quiver is the most fun, kid-friendly, easy-to-use app for my elementary students, and I love that the QuiverVision is dedicated to creating educational resources and lesson plans that tie AR to curriculum.  I wanted to be an ambassador because I want to learn from and with others who find this all so fascinating, and because I’m driven to find creative implications for using AR to enhance learning.

How do you share Quiver’s Resources with other educators? As a technology integration specialist, I teach teachers about ways to infuse purposeful and meaningful technology into their teaching.  I do staff development sessions, workshops, presentations in & out of district, and best of all – I do model lessons in class with students so that teachers can see how fun and easy it is to provide these experiences for their students.
Where have you presented? I have demonstrated Quiver as part of a presentation that I have done on Makerspaces and STEAM education.  I’ve presented this at the NJEA Convention, the NJAGC Conference, and at Edcamp Garden State.

 

Lesson & Activity by Kathi Kersznowski

Title of Lesson/Activity: Colorful Dancing Pumpkin Pairs

Grade Level: K-2

Subject or Topic: Math & Art

Duration of Lesson/Activity: 60 minutes

Objectivity of Lesson/Activity:

  1. To be able to find and identify matching items in a set  
  2. To identify primary and secondary colors

Standards that the Lesson/Activity Meets:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.K.5
Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions as desired to provide additional detail.

Materials Needed for Lesson/Activity:

Lesson/Activity:

  • This lesson can be done with students as young as kindergarten, but may work better with students in first or 2nd grade after they have learned about primary (red, yellow, blue) and secondary (purple, orange, green).   Make sure each child has crayons, pencils, or markers of these colors.  
  • Distribute the QuiverVision Pumpkin coloring page from the Dover Vol.1 coloring pack.  
  • Explain to the students that there are five matching pairs (partners, twins) of pumpkins, and that their task is to find and color each partner pair so that they match exactly.  
  • There is a second task – students must use their knowledge of primary and secondary colors to finish the coloring task.  (Directions linked here: http://bit.ly/2u6th3j )

 

Key Vocabulary:

  • Pairs
  • Pattern
  • Primary colors
  • Secondary colors

Assessment:

The teacher will be able to assess visually whether students are able to identify matching pairs by assessing whether each pair was colored in a matching way.  Similarly, teacher will be able to visually assess students’ understanding of primary and secondary colors.

Notes, Suggestions, Tips, etc…

Depending on the age, ability, or understanding of your students, it may be helpful to display the directions and model the coloring of one set of pumpkins for the whole class using a document camera.  Here is a link to a copy of a correctly completed paper:  http://bit.ly/2ubviLf  

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