CoSpaces is a mixed reality web-based application that allows users to create and engage with interactive media content. CoSpaces affords the student the ability to demonstrate their knowledge in new ways by building virtual interactive worlds, simple or complex, that is approachable to the uninitiated.
Users can create:
- Virtual Reality (VR, 3D, and 360-degree photo/video)
- Augmented Reality (AR)
- Interactive 3D content using a visual programming language
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|Class Size||30, including teacher|
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- Virtual Reality – Immersive digital experience in a simulated environment. The user wears a headset and sometimes has controllers to engage with the virtual environment.
- Augmented Reality – Digitally-created content is overlaid in the real world. A person uses either a device with a camera (e.g., a phone) or uses a device that produces holographic images to view/interact with digital content. One example is Pokemon Go.
- Mixed Reality – A combining of virtual and augmented reality content.
- Visual Programming Language: This allows users to create programs graphically rather than textually. This type of language alleviates issues related to programming syntax (the writing structure of code) and semantics (the meaning of programming elements).
- 360 Photos/video – Content that captures a spherical view of an environment (see the coral reef with textual data overlain the photo)
CoSpaces Overview Video
CoSpaces & the SAMR Model
Dr. Ruben Puentedura’s SAMR model offers a lens for examining how technology is adopted in a classroom. As you strive to incorporate online tools into your classroom, we encourage you to use this model as an analytic tool.
Here is an example of how CoSpaces might fit within the SAMR model:
- Substitution: Students use CoSpaces as a simulation of real-world activities and engagements.
- Augmentation: Students create virtual environments instead of a slide show presentation.
- Modification: Students engage in problem-based learning via activities such as a storyline and dialogue.
- Redefinition: Students can engage in virtual training (that avoids safety hazards) and recreate real-world locations, past or present.
Source: SAMR Model: VR & AR 3D Technologies
Far too often, technology is used as a direct substitute for other low-tech tools (e.g., pencil and paper). While substitution has some benefits (e.g., students develop their technological skills and knowledge), we encourage you to think about how you might use CoSpaces to modify or redefine learning.
- Game Development
- Historical recreations
- Scientific models
- Art exhibits
- Interpretations of literature
- Learning language
- Programming: Learn to create interactive content with a visual programming language. An example is Scratch
- Pinterest by CoSpaces
Example interdisciplinary lesson: Transcend the Classroom with Virtual Place-Based Learning – Students designed a virtual representation of District 2020 as an urban area emphasizing sustainability and food security and reflecting the area’s social history. This created a place-based interdisciplinary project where students drew from English, history, and geography learning and applied their knowledge to a contemporary challenge in a local context.
How to Use CoSpaces
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