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Travel back in time with Virtual Reality!
Virtual Reality is getting more and more popular. Having used Google Cardboard in the classroom for the past year, it never surprises me how immersed and engaged children can are when exploring different environments straight from the classroom.
The Google Expeditions project looks like it will take Virtual Reality to the next level in the classroom -
There are a variety of virtual reality apps available on the app store, plenty of which have a 2D option so the app can be viewed on an iPad if you don't have enough headsets and devices. A couple I have stumbled across have come from the brilliant team over at Computeam.
Trench Experience VR
Both these apps allow you to immerse yourself and travel back in time to explore an ancient Iron Age roundhouse and First World War trench. These would link perfectly with certain topics in the classroom and will surely inspire writing as children will have a fully immersive, multisensory experience.
Unfortunately, these apps can ONLY be viewed with a VR headset, I would love the option to view in 2D so children can use these apps on the iPad too.
Watch this space for how we will be using these apps in class over the next half term.
This week celebrates World Book Day (Thursday 6th March,) although I hoped to share these ideas a little earlier, I have been stuck in bed ill for the past few days so have been unable to do so.
However here are 10 ideas for celebrating World Book day using iPads. Well not all are strictly iPad based, but more incorporating some aspect of technology into your World Book Day theme.
1. Extreme Reading - This was something we did as a whole school last year. The idea is that you ask parents to take pictures of children reading in the most weird and peculiar place. We had over 200 entries and children really enjoyed creating and sharing their efforts. It really promoted how we value reading as a school and the two massive displays within the school reflect this.
2. Blog a Book Review - Fairly straightforward for those schools who blog, but get your class to choose their favourite book and blog a book review. Remind the children that when it is blogged it will be shared with a worldwide a…