You’ll never guess why I’m so tickled. You may even suppose it’s due to the Google Earth Ancient Rome announcement. If you haven’t heard yet, the winners of the recent competition were announced today and Jen Wagner and I won for the work we did as a team preparing a 3rd grade lesson plan to incorporate the Ancient Rome layer into the curriculum. Actually that is part of the reason I’m smiling, but allow me to share the second reason and you will be grinning too!
Allanah K from Australia posted Augmented Reality on the 7th of March about a unique holographic experience involving your web cam, a website, and a printed pdf file. What appears in her video example seems to be an optical illusion. I thought it was going to make me feel foolish (of course I tried it anyway) and it turns out to be a truly unexpected treat for your brain. It unlocks your carefully guarded sense of wonder. I have Allanah to thank for introducing me to the GE SmartGrid experience. I can’t wait to share it with my class tomorrow. It only takes a minute but it makes a long lasting impression.