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Google Cardboard and Perspective Drawing

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This lesson was written by our junior high art teacher who is amazing. Please check it out!

In the past I have taught one, two, and three point perspective drawing. One point perspective is a much easier concept to grasp. Plenty of real life examples can be demonstrated right inside the classroom or walking around the school building. With google cardboard the students can watch this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f0-89v4Fk-M and be able to visualize what the 3-D version of 2 point, and 3 point perspective would look like. Then we could get into the steps of drawing in two point perspective…

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(Show drawing demo and examples and have students create their own city view)

Demonstrate knowledge of basic vocabulary by labeling photographs:

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Diagonal

Vertical

Horizontal

Horizon Line

Vanishing Point

Parallel

Depth

Height

Perpendicular

Perspective

Recede

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Follow up with another google cardboard view of New York’s Times Square https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a-gQK9V1zrU

 

A brief demo and student drawing of 3 point perspective:

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And a few real life examples for the student to demonstrate knowledge of vocabulary and basic steps.

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I am also on the waiting list for Google Expeditions… a brief description of the program from their website:

https://www.google.com/edu/expeditions/

 

THE EXPEDITIONS PIONEER PROGRAM

Expeditions teams will visit selected schools around the world, including the United States, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Canada, Singapore, Denmark, Mexico, Ireland and Northern Ireland. Each team will bring a complete Expeditions kit with everything the teachers need to take their students on journeys anywhere. The team will show teachers how Expeditions works and help set it up before class.

WHAT ARE EXPEDITIONS?

Expeditions is a virtual reality platform built for the classroom. We worked with teachers and content partners from around the world to create more than 150 engaging journeys – making it easy to immerse students in entirely new experiences.

Expeditions are guided tours of places schools buses can’t go. They are comprised of virtual reality panoramas and are led by a guide or teacher.

Using a tablet, teachers can guide up to 50 students wearing virtual reality viewers.

Teachers can guide their class and point out highlights while referring to editable notes.

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This post was written by WISD’s culinary teacher and head volleyball coach. I am really excited to see how she is going to utilize technology in her classes this year. Please read her thoughts and give us feedback. We are looking for ways to use Google Cardboard in the culinary classes.Screen Shot 2016-06-02 at 8.34.11 AM

Google Cardboard ideas- Michelle Weichert

 There are lots of things for science

Rollercoaster (Physics)

Jurassic (Biology)

Sea World (Biology)

Gravity Pull (Physics)

Discovery VR (Science in general)

Fish Schooling (Biology)

National Geographic Wildlife (Biology)

View Master – Space (Astronomy)

VR Safari (Biology)

Molecule VR (Microbiology, Chemistry)

Chemistry VR (Chemistry)

Cardio VR (Athletics, Anatomy)

5d Planner (Interior Design)

Driving simulators

Public Speaking (english)

Virtual tours (History)

Several different locations, Paris, London, etc

Earth tours

I did not find a lot on cooking.  It would be a GREAT supplemental to lessons as this technology grows, and apps come on board.  The fact that it’s cheap, I would be willing to buy a class set.  Many of the apps are free, but are limited, but with anything new, kids would love it!  

Strengths

  • Great at keeping kids occupied when you have down time
  • Cheap, free apps
  • Cardboard is relatively cheap
  • New technology, very lifelike.

Weaknesses

  • Kids may not have phones
  • Rollercoaster is NOT FUN lololol
  • Still pretty new, not a lot of educational apps
  • Number of google cardboards available
  • Durability, oil stains from faces, sanitary issue

Questions

  • Does it work with any phone?
  • Will the district buy this?

I’m not sure HOW I would integrate it into classes that I teach, but I can see (no pun intended) how it can be very useful to other subjects.  I feel that older kids would find fun in working with some virtual reality things, and can really supplement lessons.  (For example, biology studying sea life, can see schools of fish, competitions to identify species of fish, see animals and sea life they may have never seen before)

It could be used as a reward, as there are many games available to use.  It is very lifelike, which really is the point of virtual reality.