Just imagine this… Fully immersing your students, taking them anywhere in the world to engage, explore and learn through the lens of a new, shared, virtual reality – the simulation of an environment – what we could call ‘real reality’ or the coded creation of an imagined world. A ‘reimagined past reality’, enabling you to explore the redefining scope of student learning through experiential, sensory engagement to create a previously inconceivable learning opportunity using current immersive virtual reality technologies.
In tonight’s #aussieED twitter chat, join us to wonder more about this.

Consider journeying with your students to see, think and explore

  • The most remote
  • The most dangerous
  • The most sacred The most scientifically fascinating
  • The most scientifically fascinating The most mathematical perplexing/ intriguing
  • The most mathematical perplexing/ intriguing The most geographically untouched
  • The most geographically untouched The most historically defining moments
  • The most historically defining moments The most exciting, unusual, unimaginable
  • The most exciting, unusual, unimaginable

Consider the impact of immersion into an alternate perspective; adopting a human, bird’s eye, worm’s eye or universal worldview without needing to interpret the experience through another person’s filter.

Just stop for a moment and think it through…..and this is just the consuming experience.

We haven’t even touched on the learning possibilities inherent in this medium or the wraparound pedagogies, moving to a place of critical thinking, creation and ultimately curation – the adding value, the path whereby the student finds a personal synergy in this virtual space, a space open to multiple intelligences.

To contemplate this further, take a look, if you like, and prepare for our fast-paced twitter chat. Chris Milk takes us on an inspirational personal journey through his passionate connection to designing and creating powerful immersive virtual reality stories and experiences.

 

Then consider this. An educational overview which provides a practical take on introducing students to virtual reality within the classroom.


And finally for the more academically inclined – for those of you who enjoy a movie length traditional lecture on a Sunday night, sit back and listen to this and jump around it to find the interesting bits!

 

So, for anyone who’d like to continue reading, our twitter chat will have a genuine teaching and learning focus, not led by tech! We are solidly feet on the ground educators with a true evidenced based, reflective practitioner hat on, ready to be challenged and ready to share!!

What pedagogical insights would you like to reveal? Could we use this platform to design an immersive pedagogy, considering a new social constructive slant – featuring a multi-perspective approach whereby alternate perspectives within the student-self are elicited and shared, applying metacognitive thinking routines? Deepen the student experience of learning, moving beyond the surface level, introducing more relational learning?

So, join us Sunday night on on the twitter hashtag #aussieED to enjoy more food for immersive thought. See you 8:30pm AEST.

Here are some questions for the chat*:

Q1. What experiences have you had with VR technologies and what are you looking forward to learning tonight? 

Q2. What have you learnt so far about VR tech?

Q3. What role might VR play in a 21st century learning landscape?

Q4. What impact do you think VR will/is having on teaching and learning?

Q5. What are the biggest barriers to VR adoption within education?

Q6. What VR learning experiences would you like to explore further?

Q7. How might educators redefine/transform teaching and learning using VR experiences?

*They could be switched up a little during the chat.

And, if you would like to take this further from the page into the classroom – connect with me.

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BA, PGCert eCom, PGDip ER&HRM, MTeach, NLP Practitioner ICT & VR Education Partnerships Manager with CoderFactory Academy Teacher F-10

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