V.R is hailed to be the educational technology trend of 2016, with the introduction of wearable V.R gear and V.R apps on Smartphones (across any device: Andorid, Apple or Windows) becoming more accessible to a wider audience. Now that it’s widely accessible, how do you use it?
Equipment needed for V.R?
– Viewing Software –For the majority of V.R videos you can upload them to YouTube or a V.R specific app.
– Recording Software – Depending on how you’re going to stitch the V.R photo together you would need an online tool like Thinglink or a V.R stitching specific tool.
– Viewing Equipment –such as V.R headsets or smartphones which can be used through the B.Y.O.D schemes (which can be cheaper for colleges)
– Recording Equipment – Need to have a camera created specifically for V.R and for getting a full 360° angle multiple
A few examples of V.R uses in education:
Introductions/Tester sessions – Use a 360° video to show potential students what an average hour/day on a campus would look like, or show a sample/taster class. The 360 view allows for the viewer to experience the environment as if they were there.
Instructional – Using 360° video/photos of an environment, then layering over graphics to create instructional videos/photos of step by step processes.
Assessment – Video of the 360 environment means that those assessing classes can get a realistic view of the class environment. The 360 view leads to a wider scope of analysis.
There’s a lot of uses for V.R in education which could shape the classroom of the future. With the fact that V.R can be accessed in a variety of ways (Wearable tech or Smartphones) it means that no one is excluded in the classroom experience and with enough funding educational facilities can include V.R within equipment that can be loaned out to staff and students.
I know I’d look forward to having V.R tech on our booking systems – both recording and viewing equipment!