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EdCamp Elmbrook 21

  We had out 5th annual EdCamp this past Saturday and it was a very different PD experience. Due to the pandemic, we help the EdCamp virtually. That meant that anyone across the globe could attend. While we usually only have educators from out region attend, we had educators across the nation and in some in Canada attend. In addition, we had an attendee from Turkey! The conference was conducted using Zoom and Zoom breakout rooms for the sessions. The team did a great job of organization and management. I could go on, but this is my first blog post in a while and I'd like to keep it brief. Below you'll find the session board for the day with notes docs linked. We had some wonderful sessions and the notes documents house some wonderful thoughts and resources. So, I recommend checking them out. Although this EdCamp was only for the morning, there was a lot of learning to be had. We had no technology issues from our end as organizers but I can imagine participants may have had iss

Tour Creator Unleashed


We help out 7th Passion Project Expo this week. We had a lot of interesting projects but there was a first that I thought was pretty cool.

For the past 3 years, I have had a few students build VR spaces to present their projects using CoSpaces. This year though, I had a student decide to use Google’s brand new Tour Creator to create VR experience. Now, Tour Creator may have been created initially with the idea of using landscape images to create a “tour”, but Emily Taylor did something a bit different. She used images and text to create an informative experience exploring theories around interdimensional beings.

Her experience is embedded below, but what’s even cooler is if you go to the link:

https://poly.google.com/view/a3LxyoasCTj


You can export it to the Expeditions App and view it in VR on your own or guide a tour.





In this tour, the hotspots are not specifically tied to their location on the background. But I could image this being done with great effect on something like an anatomy diagram where each hotspot corresponded to a specific part of the body being discussed. Or, an image could be created of some sort of cycle as a background and hotspots could be designed for each stage in the process. Even a student art galley could be used as the background and hotspots could be used to highlight each piece creating a virtual gallery space. I see lots of possibilities for creation of learning experiences by students. I’ll be excited to dig deeper into the possibilities. Just wanted to share out this one because it really pushed my thinking of the possible.


Here is another space that was created by another one of my physics students, Meagan Mullins.

https://poly.google.com/view/cY8_nTXbU6i



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