My student teachers and I have been making some initial attempts at trying out Google Cardboard with my English Language Learner students (I bought a few plastic ones from IMCardboard – the actual cardboard ones are just too flimsy for my … ...

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  1. A Beginning List Of The Best Resources On Virtual Reality In Education
  2. If You’re In The UK Or Ireland, World Book Day Is This Week – Here Are Related Resources
  3. Announcing “Question Week 2017”
  4. New National Geographic Video: “Would You Send Your Kid on a Deadly Climb to School? Here, It Happens
  5. Trayvon Martin Was Killed Five Years Ago – Here Are Related Resources
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A Beginning List Of The Best Resources On Virtual Reality In Education

My student teachers and I have been making some initial attempts at trying out Google Cardboard with my English Language Learner students (I bought a few plastic ones from IMCardboard – the actual cardboard ones are just too flimsy for my high school classroom).

Unfortunately, the WiFi doesn’t seem up to the task of streaming VR videos. Until we work out that problem, we’re going to experiment with using photos.  One lesson we’re planning to try is to write up a list of the elements that make-up a good VR photo, explore two of them, and then have students write a short argument essay about which one is better (we’re in the middle of an argument essay unit).  Of course, we could do the same exercise with regular photos, but I suspect engagement will be higher doing it this way.

After that experiment is complete, we’ll start using it in our World and U.S. History classes.  I’m still trying to figure out what value-added benefit it gives if we can’t access the VR videos.  All suggestions are welcome (we also have a camera that can take 360 photos, and I’m trying to figure out how we can use that, too).

In the meantime, I thought it would be useful to bring together my past posts about Virtual Reality in education, along with new resources I’ve been collecting.  Feel free to offer your own suggestions.

You might also be interested in  The Best Resources For Organizing & Maximizing Field Trips – Both “Real” & “Virtual”

Here’s what I have so far:

Google Rolls-Out The Coolest Way – Ever – For Students To Take Virtual Field Trip

20 Best VR Apps for Google Cardboard from MakeUseof looks interesting.

Is virtual reality ready for school? is from Brookings.

Reader Idea | New York Times Virtual Reality in the Classroom is from The New York Times Learning Network.

5 Apps to Use with Google Cardboard is from Class Tech Tips.

Ripping Learning off the Page is from Edutopia.

Teachers eye potential of virtual reality to enhance science instruction is from Ed Source.

Coincidentally, later today, Richard Byrne is hosting a Google Hangout on this very topic. If you can’t make it, I assume it will be archived.

    

If You’re In The UK Or Ireland, World Book Day Is This Week – Here Are Related Resources

April 23rd has been declared “World Book Day” by UNESCO, though it’s celebrated on the first Thursday of March in the United Kingdom.

The Mirror newspaper says “this date was decided after serious thought and lengthy discussion to take into consideration religious holidays, school terms and potential conflict with other charitable activities.

You might find The Best Resources For World Book Day — March 1st useful.

    

Announcing “Question Week 2017”

 

Warren Berger, author of “A More Beautiful Question” writes:

I am getting set to launch QUESTION WEEK 2017, an event I’m organizing in partnership with the Right Question Institute and a number of other leading organizations and programs focused on questioning. QUESTION WEEK 2017, runs from March 12 to March 18 (with a nod to master questioner Albert Einstein’s birthday on Monday, March 14). The event is designed to raise awareness of the power and value of questioning.

During Question Week, participating schools and classrooms across the US will conduct questioning exercises with students, sharing the results on social media (On the questionweek.com site, I am providing info that suggests/ explains possible questioning exercises or activities—or schools can do their own version). Visitors to the Question Week website will discover how “beautiful questions” have changed the world around us; they’ll also learn how to ask better questions themselves. And everyone will be encouraged to share their questions on the site, as well as on Twitter and Facebook.

I’ve previously posted many resources from Warren and others at The Best Posts & Articles About Asking Good Questions.

    

New National Geographic Video: “Would You Send Your Kid on a Deadly Climb to School? Here, It Happens

Images of this climb children had to make each day swept through the Internet awhile back. Now, improvements have been made. It still seems pretty dangerous, but every little bit helps:

 

    

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