Creating with VR


Virtual reality is an exciting area of technological development which we at the CLC have been exploring for a few years now. Simply by downloading the free Google Cardboard mobile phone app and buying a cheap headset it’s possible for almost anyone to experience YouTube 360 videos, Google Streetview or any one of a huge number of immersive apps from the comfort of their own home. Instead of just looking at a location on a map we can put on a headset that really takes us there, which creates exciting possibilities for teaching geography, history and any number of other subjects.

But while there are many great ways these apps can be used to promote learning through experience we feel it’s crucial to give pupils the chance to become creators, not merely consumers, of technology. This is what makes the free app CoSpaces so powerful. In CoSpaces you can create a 3D world on a computer or iPad, before visiting that world through your phone using a VR headset.

To start creating you first have to sign up for a free CoSpaces account. Then you can create a space and begin adding objects or characters from the bottom of the screen. You can also change the environment by selecting one of a range of backdrops or even adding a music file.

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Once the objects are in place the </code> function enables basic programming in Blockly or Javascript so that you can bring your world to life. Characters can become responsive to inputs; e.g. they might speak whenever they are looked at.

To enter your VR world you simply click “share” at the top of the screen, then open the link or QR code on a phone with the free CoSpaces and Google Cardboard apps installed. You should see a goggle icon in the bottom right hand corner, which takes you into VR mode. Simply insert your phone into a compatible VR headset and you’re ready to explore.

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CoSpaces is still a relatively new app in a fairly young area of technological invention so we’re really excited to see where it, and the world of VR more broadly, goes next. If you can suggest any other useful VR tools or tips, please tweet us @LdnCLC – we’d love to hear from you!

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