From the moment I pulled out Google Cardboard, she was hooked. Immediately afterwards, she was buying one for her grand kids. My two TAs caught sight of us playing around and immediately wanted to know what we were doing.
My favorite moment so far with the device was watching my TAs play with it. They were incredibly engaged with it and wanted to learn more about it. One of them hopped onto Amazon to buy one.
The implications for this technology are awesome. Google Expeditions is quickly making its way across the country with Google Cardboard to immerse students in virtual field trips. I look forward to the day Google releases more content, but in the meantime, I definitely signed us up to beta test it!
However, in order for teachers to see this as more than just a fun little gadget, they need to see how it can be used in the classroom.
Some of the more interesting ideas I have found have involved students viewing a VR story on New York Times VR or Vrse and writing a response to the piece they watched. It brings so much more than just watching a video on your Smart Board. It puts you there, practically experiencing it.
As I explore it more and as it evolves, I'll come up with more exciting uses for it in the Classroom, and it could become a great grant application to get a bunch of viewers the library can check out to classes.
In the meantime, I found THIS wonderful Symbaloo I'll be exploring. How much do I love my job today?!
I look forward to the possibilities VR brings to education and the world in general!
Jennifer Zimny has been a teacher librarian at Ponderosa High School for the past three years and previous to that, she was the drama teacher for 9 years. She holds a BA in Theatre from CSUS, a teaching credential in English, and a teaching credential in Library Media Services from Azusa Pacific University
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