Class VR Kit – Virtually Disrupting ‘Real World Application’ in Learning Design

With 8 headsets, a portal and an app the Class VR kit provides a measured mode of delivering Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) learning tasks in the classroom. The VR library groups collections into learning areas and topics and is growing rapidly. For me it provides a powerful insight into HaSS and Science topics in particular. In terms of skills, the collections provides ample opportunities to develop empathy, [...]

Redefinition in E Major (REM?)

Last week I attended a workshop that drew together Challenge Based Learning, online learning, and Ruben Puentedura's SAMR model of technology adoption.  As always, there was a lot of conversation around how applications of different technologies to learning in context is classified as Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, and the big elusive one, Redefinition. To me, this video is a stunning example of how technology has redefined an experience into something previously inconceivable. [...]

Google Chrome Addons (and Little Alchemy)

Just a heads up for anyone that wasn't aware - Google Chrome's addons, available from the Chrome store, are a great way to customise your browser and streamline your workflow. Addons are imported as large icons that are visible when you open a new tab. and can offer some sort of functionality designed to either entertain or assist you. Looking for a fun activity for budding scientists, or just want to [...]

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Khan Academy – The Downside

Many of us know of The Khan Academy already; a place to view tutorial videos on secondary school mathematics. The Washington Post recently published an article citing many of the pitfalls to learning via videos such as the ones in Khan Academy.   I think the videos offered by The Khan Academy are typically of a pretty reliable quality, but it is healthy to keep in mind that technology alone is [...]

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