Learning2gether with David Winet on Virtual Reality Headsets and Robots

Learning2gether Episode 299

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Dave’s abstract:

The arrival of both virtual reality headsets and of remotely controlled personal robots presents an interesting step forward for teaching and learning.  This talk will touch on some of the possibilities and hurdles along this path. 

On Sunday, Nov 8, 1500 UTC, Learning2gether met David Winet to catch him previewing the presentation he is giving officially on Nov 14 at the CATESOL Conference in Anaheim, California
http://www.catesol.org/2015_annual_conference.aspx. In this presentation, Dave speculated on some strikingly interesting affordances to education of Virtual Reality Headsets and Robots for Teaching and Learning.

We were joined by Vanessa Vaille in the HoA and by Peggy George, Rita Zeinstejer, and Maha Abdelmoneim in the Chatwing text chat, http://chatwing.com/vancestev.

There is mention in our chat logs of Google Cardboard, which David showed us, with a cell phone inside running an app that split the screen in such a way that each split could be seen through Cardboard by one eye, creating a 3D effect, as with the old Viewmaster some of us used to have as kids. This has been exploited by the NY Times, as reported in this article, NYT VR: How to Experience a New Form of Storytelling From The Times:
(thanks to John Hibbs for calling our attention to this link)

Next day, Vanessa pointed us to an interesting take on VR by Brian Alexander, who checked out the NY Times VR project, http://bryanalexander.org/2015/11/09/impressions-of-new-york-times-vr/. Vanessa mentioned our hangout in a comment there. In reply to her comment, i said, “We liked the idea, shown in one of the videos, of a robot whose face is that of a learner as in a Skype call, interacting in the space through which the robot is moving, or instead of building worlds in Second Life for immersive education, sending a robot or drone or tiny camera (as in optical surgery) into the real location where the learner can view the panorama by turning his/her head. The potential would suggest a quantum development for POV (point-of-view) technology in learning, as reality checks noted in this post are worked through.”


This is Vanessa’s ‘excellent link’: https://anticap.wordpress.com/2015/11/10/rage-against-the-machine/

Many of our normal audience were at the EVO moderators’ Week 1 training wrap up below (scroll waaaay down).

Where? Google+ Hangout on Air:

Text chat copy pasted from Chatwing

you’re back
Do you have your Google Glass handy? It would be great to show it along with the other VR/AR novelties.
Good morning from Phoenix AZ. Planning to join you for this session. 🙂
Will you be talking about Google Cardboard? I just bought mine. 🙂
I lost the HOA.
Hooray 🙂 Thanks!
Hi George
I bought 3 of them to share at CATESOL next week 🙂
checked in at the hangout — nothing there but Vance’s blurred face
Hi V – starting a bit late. We’ll get there 🙂
we’re about to start
figured as much David — these are early for you in CA
Seeing the stream now 🙂
great Peggy, thanks for joining us
Hi Vance!
I remember the ViewMaster 🙂
Just learned about the new ViewMaster
wish I could afford Google glass
love Google Cardboard!!! can’t wait to start using mine.
I bought one when I was in the USA because I had a US mail drop and a US credit card, both necessary to purchase
this is the one I bought http://eightones.com/vrkit/
does Google Cardboard work with other things or just youtube videos? still learning!
I have two screens open so I can view the stream without scrolling up and down for the chat 🙂
me too I have the chatwing in a separate window
thanks for answering my question.
hi, all, listening on YouTube 😉
love getting this preview! Thanks Dave!
excellent! seeing your notes now!
that’s a great resource! Can’t wait to explore the links. Thank you!
some people say they get really dizzy trying to use the 3D viewmaster. have you found that to be a problem?
Interesting new developments with educational/ESL implications: immersive, dynamic (not stills) headsets, head turning, walking, immersive audio, AR overlay, robots.
yes there were lots of Minecraft sessions at ISTE this year. very popular.
did you try out the occulus rift there?
no I haven’t tried oculus rift. Know very little about it. Can you tell us more?
that’s really amazing! just like being there!
(Oculus Rift gaming)
(Ocuslus Rift virtual rooms)
thanks for the links to the sample videos!
which link?
the one above
great idea! put your mic up to the video
that’s hilarious and very creative!
Right? 🙂
love it!!
that would be a fun way to learn vocabulary 🙂
is this in SL or something else?
yes I can see point D
highlighted in pink 🙂 thanks
This is the link he’s reading from
that’s really incredible that the game can respond to your answers virtually!
how prohibitive are prices or cost of any of this at the moment?
(Google Expeditions – 3D VR synched with teachers unit for guided tours – go to minute 8:17)
does Google Cardboard work with AR triggers like you find on Aurasma or Quiver?
this is very promising that education is at the forefront this time
the Google Cardboard was very affordable. I think I paid $18. on Amazon. Bought several for grandkids for Christmas 🙂
the cardboard is good enough to have an idea until the technology is a bit more established 🙂
ah yes Vance! That makes sense. The phone inside Cardboard would have to be the reader.
then point it at the trigger 🙂 great idea!
exactly Vance! perfect entry point! and it’s true you can build your own
sounds like the cardboard may be affordable, but the connections and devices that constitute affordance add up
free google cardboard
for classrooms
which is more expensive in remote rural areas
I watched something about virtually reality world if I am not mistaken
something to do with FB may be?
where you get an avatar and watch movies with others
not to mention often more expensive, especially if you don’t institutional affiliation. I don’t have that or a cell phone but traded off long distance for wi-fi access. That adds up
you have to be a new subscriber to NY Times
to get the Google Cardboard
no this is sincked
it is something that was released a couple of days ago
let me search it
synched that is 🙂
exactly! incentive to get subscribers
thank you so much for all the information 🙂
cheaper to buy it–one time purchase 🙂 subscription to NY Times is expensive over time.
true that!
thank you so much Dave! very informative and I can’t wait to explore your videos and resources on the doc!
I like my young avatar to be she’s the younger me
very funny Vanessa!!!
can you contact me at david.winet@gmail.com for further discussion?
a doll that represents me not how I look
I am Olivetree Lighthouse there 🙂
Nice Maha! 🙂
Bron Stuckey is one of my favorite people!
Vance, thanks for hosting such interesting webinars/conversations!
Vance I’ll be at the conference for your 300th but lI’ll watch it on Youtube.
Thank you so much Davis and Vance 🙂
thanks again everyone, look for the archve in a day or two athttp://learnng2gether.net
will there be an archive for the EVO Training? I’m trying to follow that even if not in the G+ community
Great webinar! My browser crashed right at the end but we can view the recording again. 🙂
yes Vanessa! There were some great Makerspace presentations on the K12 Online Conference this year. 🙂
here is something


Earlier this week

Learning2gether Episode 298 – Sun Nov 1 1400 UTC Week 1 EVO moderator training meet and greet – and Curt Bonk at MM7


Sun Nov 8 EVO Moderator Training Week 2

EVO2016 Moderator Training continues with a Week 1 wrap-up chat and a look ahead to Week 2

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This session was originally planned as an introduction to Bb Collaborate. However, It was switched at the last minute to Hangout on Air because the grant from LearningTimes for use of the Webheads Room expired Oct 31. This was discovered Sat night Nov 7 in USA and there seemed little hope of having the grant renewed in time for the Nov 8 event, so we set up the HoA instead. However, 2 hours after Learning Times were contacted, Hope Kandel got back to us that she had renewed the grant for our continued free use of this facility for another year. That was midnight her time, great response from our sponsor company

So we had acted too quickly to get the HoA in place, but having done that, we went with it. For this reason, there were two events scheduled for this session:

Find that HoA and its Chatwing chat space here:



Lead Coordinator Mbarek Akaddar

with members of the EVO Coordination Team;

all EVO moderators are invited to join the HoA

and all interested parties are welcome to follow on the stream and participate in the live chat at


This was the original announcement for the Bb Collaborate event

This event has been set up at the convenience of EVO moderators and has been registered in the Webheads Room calendar here

Events posted in that space are by definition open to all who wish to attend.

As a condition for using the Webheads room, bookings must be made on the calendar, and as it says on that calendar:

“Items on this calendar are assumed to be open (OER) educational events. Posting here implies that other educators are welcome to attend.”

Thanks are due to http://www.learningtimes.com for an ongoing grant to Webheads in Action, and by extension Learning2gether, CALL-IS,and EVO for free and open use for educational purposes of this Bb Collaborate meeting room


Blackboard Collaborate http://webheads.learningtimesevents.org/

  • (Before the event, be sure to download Java Webstart (PC) or Open JNLP (Mac) and follow the tech recommendations at the site.)
  • Click CHECK NOW at the Tech Check http://webheads.learningtimesevents.org/tech-check/ to be sure
    (Should manage the necessary download for you)

Mon Nov 2 1500 UCT Anita Adnan  on MM7 – How to work from anywhere

Anita Adnan is an ELT and ICT  Consultant

In this presentation, I will illustrate how i have been doing my online work from basically anywhere – at home, from a coffee shop, at the airport and even in a moving bus! Abundant Wifi connections and mobile broadband have made this possible and all busy moms should learn the art of managing this approach to work. I will be sharing some of the tools and applications that i have used – and provide some reviews on them.

More information about my work www.anita-adnan.webnode.com

Mon Nov 2 Developing Online Experiential Learning through Educational Design Research – Thomas C. Reeves

Leaflet: http://www.trainingshare.com/pdfs/Reeves_Abstract_Indiana_November_2_2015.pdf

Invite to talk: If you are interested in task-based experiential learning, authentic tasks, design-based research, online learning, MOOCs, open education, the World Health Organization (WHO), or taking a bus ride in Turkey, you might want to attend the following session: Developing Online Experiential Learning through Educational Design Research Thomas C. Reeves, Ph.D. Professor Emeritus of Learning, Design, and Technology The University of Georgia

Date: Monday November 2, 2015 Time: 2:00-3:00 pm in Indiana, presumably

Livestreaming URLhttp://www.indiana.edu/~video/stream/liveflash.html?filename=Tom_Reeves_Colloquium

Archive URLhttp://www.indiana.edu/~video/stream/launchflash.html?folder=video&filename=Tom_Reeves_Colloquium_20151102.mp4

Optional Web Conferencing Participation: Web browser: https://bridge.iu.edu (Conference ID to dial: 233222878)

Talk Abstract: This presentation will describe how the World Health Organization took an award-winning experiential learning course that takes place on a bus traveling down the “cold chain” for time- and temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical products in Turkey, and moved it online as an award-winning authentic tasks-based experiential learning environment. This conversion was driven by the application of educational design research (also known as design-based research). Similarities and differences in the objectives of the two courses as well as of the learning activities, tools, and technologies deployed in two courses will be illustrated. The presentation concludes with examples of design principles that can be applied to the design of other online experiential learning environments.

Sat Nov 7 Digital Assessment Tools on Classroom 2.0

Date: Sat., November 7, 2015
Time: 9:00am PT/10:00am MT/11:00am CT/12:00pm ET
Location: Blackboard Collaborate (http://tinyurl.com/cr20live)Peggy George, Lorie Moffat and Tammy Moore will be hosting another Classroom 2.0 LIVE show. As an extension to the Classroom 2.0 Ning community, Classroom 2.0 “LIVE” shows are opportunities to gather with other educators in real-time events, complete with audio, chat, desktop sharing and closed captioning. A Google calendar of upcoming shows is available at http://live.classroom20.com/calendar.html.We are so excited to have a group of amazing teachers from the Madison Elementary School District in Phoenix, AZ joining us as our special guest presenters on November 7th. They will be sharing their stories and experiences using digital assessment tools focusing on Kahoot, Socrative, Plickers, Google Forms, & Answergarden. The presenters are: Kim Thomas, Rae Dewberry, Julie Leckman, and Jessie McKinley. Kim is the Tech Integration Facilitator for Madison District, Rae teaches language arts and social studies to 5th – 8th grade highly gifted students, Jessie teaches Kindergarten – 4th Grade General Music, and Julie teaches 8th grade Math. It will be a great opportunity for you to learn many ways you can be using formative assessment in your classrooms!More information and session details are at http://live.classroom20.com. If you’re new to the Classroom 2.0 LIVE! show you might want to spend a few minutes viewing the screencast on the homepage to learn how we use Blackboard Collaborate, and navigate the site. Each show begins at 12pm Eastern (GMT-5) and may be accessed in Blackboard Collaborate directly using the following Classroom 2.0 LIVE! link at http://tinyurl.com/cr20live. All webinars are closed captioned.On the Classroom 2.0 LIVE! site (http://live.classroom20.com) you’ll find the recordings and Livebinder from our recent“Marcie Hebert: Featured Teacher” session with our special guest Marcie Hebert. Click on the Archives and Resourcestab.When tweeting about Classroom 2.0 LIVE, be sure to use #liveclass20. Special thanks to our sponsors Weebly, The Learning Revolution and Blackboard Collaborate!Classroom 2.0 LIVE Team: Peggy George, Lorie Moffat, Tammy Moore, Steve Hargadon

Visit Classroom 2.0 at: http://www.classroom20.com/?xg_source=msg_mes_network

Sat Nov 07 1800 UTC Maha Hassan at MM7

JOIN Maha Hassan Saturday Nov 7 for her PRESENTATION on MM7 http://teachingenglishcafe.blogspot.com

MM7: Helping Interns integrate Technology in Teaching and Professional Development Step by Step


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