VR: What really happens in our classrooms?

What if we create VR experiences of what happens in our classroom?

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Parents, especially middle school and high school parents, want to know what's happening in the classroom but a 5 minute or so conversation with a teacher doesn't allow for this. What if we could create 360 VR clips of what happens in our classrooms so that parents have a better understanding of  the education journey of their child? This would allow for increased understanding, communication, empathy, and relationship building. 

What if we let students and/or parents borrow the camera to record their context and/or other learning experiences? Greater understanding of context leads to increased empathy and helps build a deeper relationship.

I have watched some absolutely incredible VR experiences, including on a Syrian Refugee Camp (Clouds Over Sidra by Global Nomads), and they can be incredibly moving. What a way to create excitement and trust about what is happening in your classroom!

Purpose

To create an experience where you feel like you are there so that empathy, understanding, and greater communication leads to deeper relationships and trust. The you could be a parent, a teacher, or a student. The there could a classroom, a house, or another sort of learning experience.

Materials Needed

VR headset such as a google cardboard (Virtual Reality Viewers--Unofficial Cardboard)

a 360 camera such as Ricoh Theta 

Tripod such a Joby Gorillapod

A way to watch the clips

A way to edit the clips


Let me know if you'd like to join the team!

Check out our Google Doc of work


How to Create a 360 Movie

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Jessica-- I meet the Founder of Unofficial Cardboard, the provider for VR headsets for Google for Education http://www.unofficialcardboard.com

He could help get a school set up with a VR experience. I thought of your idea and how you might know of a school that would be interested in trying this technology.  Let me know if you want me to connect you or if you know someone that would like the connection. K

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Karen,
That's super cool. Thanks for the link--I will definitely check it out. 

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