AR for Education Ambassador: Elissa Malespina

Name: Elissa Malespina

Twitter ID: @elissmalespina
Class/School Website: http://somervillemslib.weebly.com

Bio: I have been an educator for over 17 years first as a history teacher and now as a school librarian. I have been using AR for the last few years with my students and in my library and have a book entitled Augmented Reality – Bringing Interactivity to Libraries and Classrooms coming out soon. In the book I show people how ways to use AR.

Favorite Quiver Resource: All of the Science Coloring Pages because they really make it easier for student to visualize things that usually are hard to visualize.

Your Motto: Failure is the First Attempt in Learning

What is your Favorite Teaching Moment? When I see that light bulb moment. When student finally get something they have been struggling with. It is the best!

Why do you use Augmented Reality in your classroom? Cause it really helps students to visualize hard concepts. It also is a way to make things fun and exciting for students.

Why did you want to become a Quiver Ambassador? Having used and written about the products I know what a great product it is and want to help others learn more about it.

How do you share Quiver’s Resources with other educators? I am constantly talking about the Quiver products with other. When I do AR workshops Quiver coloring pages are always featured. When I am being interviewed for articles I always discuss Quiver. I also featured it greatly in my book.

Where have you presented? ISTE, Nashville School Librarians, Tennessee Association of School Librarians Conference, NJETC and more.

Here are some ways I use Quiver in my Library:

  • It is a makerspace activity that students can choose to do when the kids come and use your makerspace.
  • During Dot day they create AR dots after we read them the book The Dot.
  • My special education students love using them because they really like to “see the pictures come alive”.
  • My science teacher used the plant cells page when she was teaching a unit on plant cells. The kids loved coloring them.

7th grade science