Activity 2: Vocabulary Across All Languagues

Every ThingLink starts with an image.

This week’s ThingLink Summer VR Challenge activity will help educators learn how to create a simple, yet powerful vocabulary lesson that starts with a 360 image. You will add tags to the image to introduce students to new words and concepts and build vocabulary.

Pedagogy 1st: Why Vocabulary?

There is a wealth of research to suggest that vocabulary knowledge is the single best predictor of student academic achievement across all curriculum areas. Experts agree, if given the opportunity to receive effective vocabulary instruction, most students can acquire vocabulary at rates that will improve their comprehension and also their chances for success in school. Even the Common Core identifies Academic Vocabulary as one of the six big shifts. It’s clear that investing in teaching vocabulary will be beneficial to our students.

Digging deeper into vocabulary means more than just sending students to a dictionary to look up the definition. Students must interact with  new vocabulary.  Opportunities to use words, explore them within different contexts and create non-linguistic representations of words will help them increase their vocabulary.

ThingLink 360/VR provides teachers and students with the opportunity to explore a castle, dive deep into the ocean, or visit a museum and become totally engaged in the experience. Focusing on vocabulary as you design, create and share these lessons will help students achieve success!

The Coral Reef Ecosystem

Explore this example and get ready to create your own. Click the icon on the right to view full screen.

Create a Vocabulary Lesson

Task

You will add rich media tags to build an engaging, interactive 360/VR vocabulary lesson. There are a few approaches you might take when deciding how to turn a 360 image into a lesson.

A: Add tags to what you see in the image to provide details about this coral reef.

B: Add tags for what you do not see in the image, to build a vocabulary lesson.
As you explore this 360 image,  imagine what is not there. Think about the dinosaurs who may have lived here and add them into this 360 image through rich-media tags.

Get Started: Find Your Comfort Zone

Participants in the Teacher Challenge posess a wide range of skills, knowledge and expertise in working with 360 images, so this challenge has a few levels to meet everyone’s learning needs. The goal is to progress through the levels throughout the challenge until you are comfortable.

Level 1: Find and use your own image.

  • Search for properly licensed 360 images for reuse in one of the Flickr groups or search for “Equirectangular Images”
  • Be sure the image has a CC license for reuse and remember to add a tag with attribution and a link back to the original image.
  • Check the Aspect Ratio or size of the image. In order to upload a 360 image has to have a ration of 2:1. This means the width must by 2 x’s greater than the height. The maximum resolution ThingLink accepts is 5376 x 2688.
  • Images can be resized on a PC or a Mac.
    • On a PC, open the image in MS Paint and use the Resize button to adjust the size in pixels.
    • On a Mac, open the image in Preview and in the Tools menu select Adjust Size, keeping the width no larger than 5376 pixels.

Level 2: Take your own panoramic photo and use it.

  • Take your own 360 images with a camera and app and upload them to ThingLink for tagging.
  • Check the Aspect Ratio or size of the image. In order to upload a 360 image has to have a ration of 2:1. This means the width must by 2 x’s greater than the height. The maximum resolution ThingLink accepts is 5376 x 2688.
  • Images can be resized on a PC or a Mac.
    • On a PC, open the image in MS Paint and use the Resize button to adjust the size in pixels.
    • On a Mac, open the image in Preview and in the Tools menu select Adjust Size, keeping the width no larger than 5376 pixels.

Polish Up Your Lesson

Please remember to

  1. Add tags to credit the source of the original work.
  2. Add a tag to credit yourself as the source of the modifications.
  3. Add hashtags to help others find your lesson. #vocablulary #Grade3 #science #dinosaurs, etc.
  4. Consider adding tags to list standards addressed.
  5. Remember to turn in your finished VR Lesson via the Teacher Challenge In Box

Resources

ThingLink Summer VR Challenge Discussions

ThingLink Summer VR Challenge InBox

360 Images for Schools, a Flickr group by Kathy Schrock

If you have a camera or app capable of taking 360 images, please join Kathy’s group to contribute your properly licensed photos for reuse for education. You may also use any of the images submitted by educators, but we hope you will explore ways to create your own images and contribute them to the group as well. Kathy has a treasure trove of expertise and advice and the group is clearly organized to help educators embrace 360 photography so please spend some time on Kathy’s site.

Equirectangular Flicker Group

This group has 17.9 equirectangular images that have been resized with the correct ration of 2:1. This means these images are sized correctly and ready for uploading. Please explore this page when searching for images.

Quick Links to ThingLink Summer VR Challenge Posts

 

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Susan Oxnevad
Susan Oxnevad is the Director of Education at ThingLink. She strives to build a powerful network of educators who share a passion for using ThingLink to transform teaching and learning. In addition, she also hosts ThingLink webinars for educators and blogs about thoughtful ways to leverage the power of technology for teaching and learning on the ThingLink Blog for Education. Follow her on Twitter @soxnevad
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