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.
You’ve probably heard that virtual worlds like Minecraft, World of Warcraft and Second Life are fun. But did you know that they are also unique and engaging learning environments that offer unparalleled opportunities for student collaboration and creativity?
This video is of the first IMT French class for grade 5 students on Sept. 21, 2015.
Gord Holden's insight:
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.
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