Create Virtual Reality Environments With Your Class

 

 

Virtual Reality has been one of the biggest areas of technology growth in the last year. Many schools have benefitted from a visit from Google Expeditions to try out Virtual Reality in the classroom.

Whilst viewing virtual reality made by someone else is great the next step would be for children to make their own environments. This is now really easy to do with a fantastic new product called Co Spaces. This comes in two flavours. Co Spaces Maker and Co Spaces Edu.

Co Spaces Maker is the free version aimed mainly at individuals. This is a good place to start and explore what Co Spaces can do. It’s easy to create environments on laptops or iPads. You can then view them on a laptop screen, with an iPad or use a phone or iPod touch and a VR viewer to get the full VR experience. Co Spaces involves many more skills than developing the VR environment  including recording audio and programming.

Co Spaces Edu has a much larger range of objects you can use. It also giveds teachers total control over user accounts. It’s also quite cheap starting with fifty licences at € 70.

Here are a few examples of projects.

An Art Gallery for Art created by pupils at Horton Park Primary School. Use your mouse and arrow keys to move around.

Retelling part of Kensuke’s Kingdom by Michael Morpurgo.

 

You can also scan this QR code on an iPad or phone which will open the CoSpaces app if you have it installed.

I’ve made a series of seven video tutorials for subscriber schools. These take you through setting up Co Spaces, recording audio, adding scenes, programming characters and more. I’ve shown how this can be used in English to visualise a setting and passage in a story as in the example above.

Below is the first video tutorial. Schools who subscribe to Curriculum Innovation’s scheme of work can access all seven videos here. You will need to log in to ticbradford.com before you click the link.

If you’d like any more information with this or any aspect of our support please email tim.bleazard@theinnovationcentres.com

About Tim Bleazard

Tim has over 20 years experience as a primary school teacher, twelve of them as an ICT co-ordinator. In 2009 he was seconded to Challenge City Learning Centre and used the opportunity to assist schools in their understanding and use of a range of new and emerging technologies. He joined the team as a Curriculum Innovation Consultant in 2012. Tim is a qualified E-Safety Mark Assessor, CEOP Ambassador, Apple Professional Development Authorised Trainer and a Google Certified Teacher. Tim’s role includes evaluating a range of mobile devices (Apple, Android and Microsoft) and advising on their appropriate use in schools. Tim is passionate about blogging, programming and using creative digital technology such as video, animation, photography and audio to raise attainment across the curriculum. He leads the very successful ‘Media Literacy Leaders’ project in partnership with Bradford UNESCO City of Film, the British Film Institute and Cape UK.
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