Google Cardboard – Abby Paben

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Mrs. Abby Paben – WJH Tech Champion 2016-2017

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Overview & Purpose

The purpose of this lesson is to engage students while utilizing technology to describe their surroundings in vivid detail. This, in turn, will help students develop more effective sentences in their writing.

Education Standards

  1. Students will use a variety of complete sentences to convey their message clearly to the reader.


  1. Students will lift off to outer space and then recreate the experience in detail through their writing.
  2. Students will write an expository essay detailing the event as it happened.

Materials Needed

  1. Google Cardboard
  2. LiftOff VR App
  3. Notebook Paper/STAAR Lined Paper
  4. Writing Utensils


Steps to check for student understanding.

  1. Monitor students as they journey off into their virtual reality.
  2. Ask students questions once their adventure is complete to trigger certain details that stuck out to them on their experience.


Describe activity that will reinforce the lesson.

Students will brainstorm, draft, and write a final expository essay detailing the journey they took through LiftOff VR. Students will spend a day reading their essays to the class to see if we can recreate the adventure through our words.


Tech Champions- The Unveiling


Today I officially announced all of my Tech Champions for the 2016-2017 school year. The WISD Tech Champion program will focus on integrating technology seamlessly into classrooms to enhance student learning. I presented each teacher with a surprise right off, which happens to be their first challenge. They were gifted tape and Google Cardboard. They have to figure out how to put it together on their own (not easy) and then come up with a plan to use it in their classroom. In true teacher fashion I assigned them a due date. On May 27th be looking for some pretty cool ideas on how to use this tool in your classroom. How do I know that the ideas will be awesome? My Tech Champions have already started messaging me ways to incorporate Google Cardboard into their class. Let me say, I may just go back to school and be in their classroom. If anyone else is curious about Google Cardboard please reach out to any of my Tech Champions!!!

Congratulations Crystal Fea, Michelle Weichert, Natalee Foret, Sara Moore, Abby Paben & Kristen Elliott. I know that you will do great things.


Sample Lesson – 1st Grade Reading

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Mrs. Fea, 1st grade teacher at Fred Elementary, sent me this audio book that one of her students created. This is such a great idea for the student creating the book because they are recalling and using skills that they have learned to help others. This is also wonderful for the student listening because hearing other people model reading and fluency is an incremental building block for new readers. Another aspect that I love about this is the ease in which the 1st grader used technology to curate a learning tool that other children can easily use to help them become successful readers. Read the short blurb sent by Mrs. Fea to see what they did:

“I am so excited to share this audio book that one of my 1st graders created today. I wanted my students to create audio books to share with kindergartners. My students were only allowed to create a book if they could read the book fluently. Getting them to reread for fluency can sometimes be a struggle, but today they worked harder than ever.  They were so eager to use this new app.  I introduced the app Puppet Edu today and students were able to use it with ease.  I used QRstuff to create the QR code.  I can’t wait to have students make more audio books and use this app in new ways.”