Virtual Reality… 3.0

23 11 2016

As with every technological advancement there a lot of things that a teacher could use in their classroom to provide an additional opportunity to students that may be different from the everyday classroom discussion and assignments. One of the VR technologies that stands out to me in that of the Google Cardboard. At first sight it seems very primitive, however, a person is able to see its true value as more information is obtained. This technology is clearly attempting to provide an affordable version of VR to the consumer and with that comes the opportunity to use and participate in a world that is not necessarily lived experiences. Google has a website that explains the value of using this in the classroom as an expedition. The website can be found by going to:

https://www.google.com/edu/expeditions/#explore

Although Google has attempted to keep the cost of this technology lower, if a teacher is interested in getting a classroom kit of thirty, it will cost them a very large sum of money. The current value of a full class sized kit is $9,999, meaning a Canadian teacher or school division would be spending $13,480.03 in current conversion. Although this is a phenomenal kit that would give the teacher the option to experience virtual field trips, it is unaffordable for most school divisions. As with most technologies, it is assumed that the cost of this new tools will come down in the next little while. I would not be opposed to buying a couple pairs of Google Cardboard glasses for the classroom, but the kits at this time are not attainable.

A tool that I feel would be beneficial in the classroom would include the Skyveiw Free App that is available both on IOS and Android. Students would be able to download the pp and use I in class to locate where certain planets and stars are, in the actual sky. This is a really neat idea and could include assignments that would occur at home at night where the student would be able to locate and view the stars in real time. There are a number of lesson plans and ideas for classroom teacher to use and explore this application. I would use this in the teaching of the constellations and planets in science class, because of its unique ability to provide yet another view for students to connect with.

It’s obvious that the use of VR technologies in the classrooms will become an extremely popular thing in the very near future. The diversity and portability it is able to provide will take the classroom by storm, allowing for field trips to occur in any part of the world that subscribes to the internet. I can see this idea continuing to transform in the classroom and move into the lived experience that the film maker is trying to get across. I do not think that interactive classrooms are out of the realm of possibility in the next few years. By interactive classrooms, I mean VR viewing with fans set up to replicate wind conditions and mist sprayers set up to replicate rainfall or water splash back. Although this may seem far fetched, we are already seeing it in some specialized movie theaters and as such it would not be impossible to implement into an educational setting.

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24 11 2016
jaymeleelazorko

I also like the idea of Google cardboard. I found a ted talk on youtube and was able to see Google cardboard in action. The students were so engaged and in awe I loved the idea. My only issue with Google cardboard would be can our classrooms/school boards financially afford to purchase these types of technologies for our classrooms?

25 11 2016
Natalie Schapansky

Thanks for the video of Google Cardboard. I didn’t understand how this cardboard contraption could simulate reality. Crazy!

26 11 2016
warren3h

I am very interested in this google cardboard. The video mentioned that you could build your own out of regular cardboard. Is this correct? Have you used google cardboard or built your own? Looking for more info!

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