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Re-engaging students using virtual world simulations – Hypergrid Business

Re-engaging students using virtual world simulations – Hypergrid Business | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it

Learning in “simulated worlds” is not a new idea – but the HP Catalyst team at City Academy in Norwich (UK) has a new approach… and some fascinating insights about its impact on at-risk students.

Jerome Thompson, a teacher at City Academy Norwich, is one of the lead developers of theEco-Virtual Environment (EVE) Project. He presented recently at the BETT Show in London, sharing how they are using an open source immersive simulation platform (www.opensimulator.org) to engage students in science and math inquiry.

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In a 3D virtual world, where you come as an “avatar”, students have partial anonymity. Though their names are still visible, in EVE there are only two avatar types (male and female). Because they don’t look like themselves and because all communication is accomplished via text chat in-world, the EVE teachers have observed important social changes.

“Students at our school (as with many) are developing their confidence. They do not always feel comfortable sharing an idea with a class due to the peer pressure and possible historic experiences with less sensitive teachers. In EVE they are all happy to contribute. They have the freedom to walk, run, fly, dive, zoom in and out on details – they find themselves in a surreal classroom with no walls and an utterly different set of social rules. Peer pressure / bullying is often a complex and refined interaction that involves tone of voice, expression, physical stance etc. In EVE these things just don’t exist and all of the students are equal.” (...) The class, as Mullis tells me, goes silent as the students immerse themselves in a distant world to take on the challenge together.

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According to David Brunton, principal at City Academy Norwich, “What an honour and opportunity for staff and pupils to demonstrate their skills and achievement with this cutting edge development. The learning software unites game theory, team work, decision making and knowledge to produce an absorbing way to learn. This type of learning ensures the future success of City Academy Norwich students, which is the ultimate aim of our academy.”


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Virtual And Augmented Reality Rising

Virtual And Augmented Reality Rising | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Virtual Reality technology places users in artificial worlds built with computer-generated scenery. First developed for the space program, military simulations, and industrial applications, VR technology entered the entertain
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Qantas introduce world-first 3D virtual reality technology headsets allowing virtual tours and cinema-style movies

Qantas introduce world-first 3D virtual reality technology headsets allowing virtual tours and cinema-style movies | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Passengers have long pined to transport themselves from the mundane reality of economy class into first class.
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Avatars, rubber hands, virtual reality, and racism

Avatars, rubber hands, virtual reality, and racism | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Can changing your body, even just for a few minutes, change your mind? Can a psychological body transfer melt away your long-held opinions and unconscious prejudices? Maybe so.
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Gadsden State students get a virtual view inside the body with anatomy software

Gadsden State students get a virtual view inside the body with anatomy software | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Using an Xbox controller, students can manipulate 3D images of body scans.
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Competition can generate innovation and change - University World News

Competition can generate innovation and change - University World News | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
As higher education increasingly becomes viewed as a private good in addition to a public one, pressure is increasing to report outcomes and demonstrate return-on-investment as both consumers and governments appropriately focus on the interplay of higher tuition and fees, debt levels and job market outcomes.
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HoloLens: The Future or Just a Sideshow? - GeekDad

HoloLens: The Future or Just a Sideshow? - GeekDad | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
GeekDads James Floyd Kelly and Erik Wecks debate the merits and the pitfalls of Microsoft's jaw-dropping HoloLens. Continue reading →
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Three of the first ever 360-degree news documentaries have been launched today. But why?

Three of the first ever 360-degree news documentaries have been launched today. But why? | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Three companies today launched virtual reality-enabled news documentaries, hoping that the 360-degree films can lure back people turned off by conventional news.
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Disabled Boy Plays Piano with His Eyes using Virtual Reality Headset

Disabled Boy Plays Piano with His Eyes using Virtual Reality Headset | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
The Japanese VR headset manufacturer Fove has created Eye Play the Piano, a type of VR application that allows children with physical disabilities to play the piano.
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ATEC Building Offers Bigger Frontier for Jonsson School Researchers- Arts and Technology at UT Dallas

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Understanding Calico: Larry Page, Google Ventures, and the quest for immortality

Yesterday, Google CEO Larry Page announced what is perhaps his company’s most audacious project: a life science startup called Calico that will pursue solutions for aging and its associated...
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3D Printed Electronic Devices Are Coming

3D Printed Electronic Devices Are Coming | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
The handheld computers we carry in our pockets represent almost unimaginable complexity. Batteries, sensors, chips, circuits, and touch displays
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Disabled boy learns to play piano with his eyes using virtual-reality headset

Disabled boy learns to play piano with his eyes using virtual-reality headset | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
VR headset maker Fove is raising money to distribute its Eye Play the Piano device to Japanese schools for children with disabilities
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People Can Predict Your Personality From Your Online Avatar

People Can Predict Your Personality From Your Online Avatar | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
From Facebook and Twitter profile photos to online dating pictures and gaming avatars, we face a growing number of decisions about how to represent ourselves on the Internet. And according to new research, suggests that the way we style ourselves onl...
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The dawn of augmented and virtual reality technologies - Tech Weekly podcast

The dawn of augmented and virtual reality technologies - Tech Weekly podcast | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
As Oculus Rift's foray into film begins and Microsoft reveals its HoloLens headset the team discuss the dawn of AR and VR tech
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Could Virtual Reality Make Us Better People?

Could Virtual Reality Make Us Better People? | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Scientists are using new immersive technology to have people virtually walk a mile in others shoes. Can we create empathy with just a silly headset?
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Overweight video game avatars 'play' worse than thin ones, study says

Overweight video game avatars 'play' worse than thin ones, study says | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Women assigned an overweight avatar in a video tennis game didn't play as hard as those assigned a slim one—regardless of the player's actual size, according to a new study by the University of California, Davis.
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Higher ed jobs changing with technology, students - The Boston Globe

Higher ed jobs changing with technology, students - The Boston Globe | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Demand for professionals to work in online learning, fund-raising, and services for an increasingly diverse pool of students is booming.
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For $25 you can buy your very own 'Invisible Boyfriend' — but what happens when you fall in love with him?

For $25 you can buy your very own 'Invisible Boyfriend' — but what happens when you fall in love with him? | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Swipe your credit card and the imaginary man of your dreams starts texting you, providing 'believable social proof' that you're in a relationship
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Making Virtual Reality a Reality at Sundance

Making Virtual Reality a Reality at Sundance | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
When Shari Frilot first kicked off New Frontier, an exhibit that pushes the boundaries of traditional storytelling through art and technology, at the Sun
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The ‘Oscars of Innovation in Higher Education’

The ‘Oscars of Innovation in Higher Education’ | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Outside-the-box approaches in today’s higher education landscape were celebrated at the recent inaugural Reimagine Education Conference.
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Help The Blind Through Video Chat With This New App

Help The Blind Through Video Chat With This New App | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Talk about using technology for a good cause....
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Virtual Reality: changing games or game changer? - Mumbrella Asia

Virtual Reality: changing games or game changer? - Mumbrella Asia | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
This means we can draw into the VR experience the other important elements of our lives – the people, the utilities, the shopping, the health diagnostics, the work. The lot. As always, technology begets technology.
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Digital avatars help children with autism – w/video - Autism Daily Newscast

Digital avatars help children with autism – w/video - Autism Daily Newscast | cool stuff from research | Scoop.it
Ashburn, VA- Michael Mendoza, a nine year old with autism, has his own digital avatar to help him learn. His avatar helps him do things most autistic children can’t do. He is recording social stories in video form to remind him how to act in certain situations.  Children with autism tend to interact easily with …
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