Special thanks to the Valencia Foundation and the Dr. P. Phillips Foundation Chair in Free Enterprise for “Connecting the World to Valencia and Valencia to the World – A Virtual Reality.” This year, as part of my endowed chair work, I got the opportunity to learn about some amazing teaching applications for Virtual Reality and also purchase some classroom kits so that all of us here at Valencia could get to try out Virtual reality in the classroom. I will share some ideas below, but if you are interested in visiting the seven wonders of the world, the bottom of the sea, the surface of Mars, and more all from the comfort of your classroom, please Know that you now have the tools to do it. Starting in July, Faculty at Valencia will be able to go to their respective Campus Centers for Teaching and Learning Innovation and check out a VR Class Kit. Each kit comes with 25 VR headsets and information and ideas for how to use them in the classroom.
Starter Apps for VR in the Classroom
Google Cardboard – Google Cardboard is a virtual reality (VR) platform developed by Google for use with a head mount for a smartphone. Named for its fold-out cardboard viewer, It is a great starter app to learn and explore VR. Android – Apple
Google Expeditions – “Bring Your Lessons To Life! Imagine exploring coral reefs or the surface of Mars in an afternoon. With Expeditions, teachers can take students on immersive, virtual journeys. Android – Apple
Discovery VR – Discovery has entered a new chapter of story telling. Their Virtual Reality can take you to new worlds like never before, immersing you in time, space and story. Try this app to get a first look at their latest productions — from shark-infested shipwrecks to free boarding the windiest street in the world — with much more to come. Welcome to Discovery” VR. Android – Apple
Next year I hope to be working with creating Interactive 360 Environments for learning. Below you will see a demo, or proof of concept, of what I am talking about. How could you use 360 to give campus or library orientations? What about lab orientations or remote reality teaching tours? If you have some ideas, or are interested in this work, please don’t hesitate to contact me. I would love to work with you and help bring your ideas to 360 Virtual Reality.
ThingLink Interactive 360 Demo
To experience the demo, click the start button and then left click and drag around the 360 image. This will allow you to see the entire 360 perspective. There are a variety of interactive tags in the image. Click on them to explore and while you play, think of some ways you can employ this technology in your classroom. If you would like to mute the sound, share the demo, or maximize the demo on your screen, use the buttons on the top right. If you would like to see what this looks like on your smart phone or tablet, click on this link or scan the QR Code below. Enjoy!
Here is a QR code for you to explore the interactive 360 with your smart device. Simply open up your favorite QR code reader and scan. Not sure what a QR code is? Would you like to learn more and get a free QR Code scanner? Click here to learn more.