Immersive Technology and Digital Citizenship
This is the first post in our Immersive Technology Series as we explore emerging technologies in relationship to Digital Citizenship.
Growing up I thought George Jetson and his family were just a cartoon predicting the future. I never thought any of it would be possible in my lifetime, but as we all know, George Jetson and the future are already here.
Stepping into the present with the Jetson family, I have my Personal Learning Network (PLN) to thank for knowing the difference between Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Reality (VR), Mixed Reality (MR) and Artificial Intelligence (AI).
Today, we’ll be exploring 3DBear which combines both AR and 3D on their learning platform:
“3DBear AR is an innovative learning application that allows users to build Augmented Reality scenes using virtual 3D models and their surroundings. It adaptably allows educators to teach various content in any grade level and any subject using Augmented Reality, 3D-printing, and 21st-century skills. In addition to the app, our gamified lesson plans, class management tool and professional network are available to help teachers to integrate the technology effectively.”
Understanding Our DigCit Community Mindset
As I created in 3DBear, I experienced it through our DigCit Community Mindset. I wanted to see how this learning platform was accessible for all. I wanted to walk in the shoes of someone who is Deaf or Hard of Hearing. I wanted to create and consume from this perspective as a way to experience and humanize the person sitting next to us, around the world and across the screen.
3DBear had my full attention once I read their tag line, “empowering and engaging every student.” Couple that with this statement on their homepage and I knew our common denominator was all about providing opportunities for all students to experience the art of being human.
“Every child has special needs. Teach the way they learn. It’s not just about languages and math. It’s about growing as a human being.”
As I started to create, I began to think how would someone know what I was saying without closed captions? I decided to app smash 3DBears with Clips and this is the moment I knew I had a new favorite creation tool.
What surprised me the most was how easy 3DBear was to use. I was completely engaged in the creative process and was immediately aware of the multiple layers for students to think critically and act creatively. In the palm of my hand were Augmented Reality based lesson plans for PK-12, a community to share ideas and lessons, access to 3D models to bring into Augmented Reality and ample opportunities to put digital citizenship into action.
This leads me to question what other ways I could make my creation accessible for more people to be able to access and experience it? Twitter’s Help Center provides ways to make images accessible on Twitter and just like closed captions for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, these steps provide someone Blind or with Low Vision to access the visual. Instagram’s Info Center also has steps available to make Instagram more accessible.
How to Get Started with 3DBear?
Sign up for the FREE 3DBear Trial and start creating today!
Plus, get your students interested in coding with the 3DBear in the Mars Pioneer lesson as part of during the Hour of Code activities, The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching millions of students in 180+ countries and is available in over 45 languages and 3DBear has partnered with Thingiverse to provide a project-based learning module that teaches facts about Mars as students build a colony using AR with the option to 3D print the colony too.
Beyond the Hour of Code, 3DBear lessons also include materials for Social Emotional Skills (Grades 1-6), Create Your Mesozoic Park (Grades 7-9), My Novel Comes Alive (Grades 1-6), Recreate a Historical Scene (Grades 10-12), Redesign Your School (Grade 1-6), The World of Shapes (Grades 1-6) and Build a Castle Challenge (Grades 1-6).
This is a great tool for all students, so sign up today at https://3dbear.io/freetrial/ and be sure to include #DigCitAR in the trial form. Looking forward to learning and creating with you.