This video is of the first IMT French class for grade 5 students on Sept. 21, 2015.
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For those who say it can't be done. This video shows how quickly a new teacher to this methodology and her new students can quickly adjust. Students here are from across the Province of British Columbia, Canada, and from as far away as Quebec. By the time you've read this the students have become an effective learning community, all from the comfort and safety of home.
IMT's newest design for large conference audiences
Gord Holden's insight:
Thanks Scott Miller for both the build and the guided tour. This is a game-changer for education and business. Amazes me how some cannot see that. Nice to see this coinciding with the 20 year anniversary of Active Worlds.
Questing. It's firmly imbedded in out literature, history, entertainment, and personal lives. The blatant exception is education. The consequences of this are clearly evident, the response is not. My students thrive on Quest-based curriculum. Little curiosity from those stuck in the 20th century though. Sad. The students are their already in their recreational world, waiting for their teachers to catch up.
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The Metagame June 2014 issue of VEJ is filled with examples of how teachers and students are using immersive, virtual, collaborative gaming communities to communicate, collaborate, innovate, think critically and evaluate their own learning while becoming productive and respectful global citizens.
Gord Holden's insight:
Was fortunate enough to have a continuation of my interview with Scott Merrick published in the Virtual Education Journal again. For those interested in what the Immersive Technology division of Heritage Christian Online School is doing that's getting so much attention, check out p. 73 for the start of the interview.
SIGVE sponsors a periodic "Connected Hour". These are live sessions within virtual worlds that are also broadcast, providing an active and passive option. The Connected Hour is taped, edited slightly, and can be viewed on YouTube after the event.
This content resource is an interactive tour of Ellis Island. Students can explore different rooms in the main building at Ellis Island, and can view original photographs, listen to audio, or watch video.
At this point, attendees of Google I/O eagerly anticipate the big “Oprah moment” at the end of each keynote address in which some digital goodies are revealed as giveaways for everyone in attendance. But the biggest “what the?” moment of the Google I/O 2014 keynote was the reveal of Cardboard, a virtual reality headset that is actually made of cardboard, as one of those gifts.
Yet Cardboard is no joke. It’s actually a full-fledged virtual reality delivery system based around an Android smartphone that just happens to be recyclable.
It has lenses similar to any of the other phone-based headsets on the market and even has a button in the form of a magnet on its side. At an I/O talk Thursday, Cardboard creator David Coz said Google chose to work with cardboard because it’s dead simple. The headset can be assembled in 30 seconds and modified with paper and scissors. It’s just a simple way to get the hardware component out to as many people as possible for $2 or less a unit.
Durability isn’t as important because Cardboard is not meant for everyone (though it is already usable enough for anyone that wants to give it a try). It’s for developers, who are going to help Google build its actual consumer virtual reality headset.
"In particular, that means support for WebGL — which was used most recently by the Cloud Party virtual world to create a Second Life-style immersive experience right in a Web browser, no download required. The end result should make it easier to create Web-based virtual world browsers without worrying about making it work with particular equipment." wrote Maria Korolov.
Here's my brief presentation for ISTE 2014. If it seems like an advertisement for AWEDU, well, this development is worth the attention. To my way of thinking, while many 3D virtual platforms offer a lot, they each have a weakness. This one has none that I can see.
Welcome to this generation's future. One can generate any number of negatives they might wish to, but this trend will not be driven by such opinions. They are irrelevant. Economics drive business, and this is the most economical way of doing business. The concept of virtual companies is exploding across my inbox and desktop, and I write this from my desk downstairs at home, where I do 98% of my job with Heritage Christian Online School. We are preparing children for their future, not our past.
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