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Creating Alaska VR Experiences
Help me give my students a Ricoh Theta V4K 360 Spherical Camera to provide a tool for them to create virtual reality content.
My students are 2nd graders growing up in the same small rural Alaskan community that I did. My students and I are blessed to live in a beautiful southeast Alaskan rainforest. We are surrounded by breathtaking scenery and wildlife. However, opportunities are limited. You must take a plane or boat to get off the island. The cost of living is extremely high and many of my students and their families can't afford to travel off of the island.
Through the use of Virtual Reality not only can my students travel the world but they can be producers and creators and share the wonders of our community with the world.
Their learning is not limited to the space inside the classroom walls. They can be global learners, learning hoto live in a global society.
Imagine sitting in a kayak in Alaska and watching humpback whales bubble feed or walking on a beach with an Alaskan Native elder as you listen to them pass down important information to preserve their culture. Now imagine you did all this through virtual reality content created by elementary students with the simple use of a 360 camera.
Virtual reality is becoming a very real thing for our children.
I want to teach them to be more than just a consumer of VR content; I want my students to be producers. They are the global innovators, thinkers, and problem solvers of tomorrow. When learning is interwoven into creating and making, students become empowered and take ownership of their learning. When students create free Alaska VR content to share with the world they will be gaining important design thinking skills and will be learning the rich culture, history, and sciences of Alaska.
To complete this project I have already purchased with personal funds an Oculus Go (VR Headset) but I still need to raise funds to purchase a 360 degree camera - the Ricoh Theta V4K 360 Spherical Camera.
With the right focus, VR technology can reshape the learning environment and prepare our Alaskan students to be the global creators, problem-solvers, and leaders our future will need. Please consider partnering with my students, as we show the world that learning can be irresistible. Thank you.
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