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Virtual Worlds 7

Course Overview

Immersive Technologies is unique in its ability to combine four core courses into one program.  Through the use of inquiry based learning we are able to study topics from a variety of angles, providing a deep and meaningful learning experience which addresses many cross-curricular outcomes.

ADST

In Immersive Technologies 7 the class  is literally immersed in Applied Design, Skills, and Technologies.  The very classroom we teach in reflects this philosophy.   We are constantly changing our virtual learning space in order to suit our needs and we learn how these adaptations make our lives easier. Remodelling our classroom is a lot more work than it might at first appear- writing the code to make these changes is a skill which must be learned and then mastered over a long time.  Beyond working with programs such as Tynker, our projects frequently delve into the realm of ADST as they  require the use of several different programs.  (For example: creating a crossword puzzle- in which software for making the puzzle is used, the online or audiobook is used, printers are often used as well as cameras and usb cables all to accomplish the complex task of making a submission of this puzzle.)

Bible

One of the biggest strengths of the IMT program is the community learning experience we are in the unique position of being able to provide through our virtual worlds.  As a community of Christians our students are able to pray together in class and through class forums, growing together in Christ.  On top of doing Bible studies and being able to integrate Biblical questions and values into our core subjects, we also have the ability to visit historical scenes from the Bible to better bring them to life for students.

Language Arts

We read literature from a very wide variety of sources, including titles such as Chuck Black’s Kingdom’s Dawn, and Lost in the Barrens, by Farley Mowat with the aim of finding something that every student can like or relate to, no matter the path of life they have walked so far.  As a way of bringing what we read to life, we search out  (online) world connections and/or contrasts with the stories we read.  We also encourage both formal and informal writing as a means of both expressing themselves and stretching their imagination muscles.

Social Studies

We look at several civilizations ranging from modern to ancient and study the different geopolitical and societal characteristics necessary for their formation including those of the land itself. (Mesa Verde, Egypt, Vikings, Incas)  Unique to IMT is our ability to “visit” these areas in our online world for an enriched learning experience as we study these civilizations and compare them with our own.  On top of this we also begin learning how to write persuasive and thesis-driven essays on a variety of topics.  Lastly, students are encouraged to begin keeping their finger on the pulse of their communities and the world, bringing forward relevant current events for us to discuss as a class.

Details

Time Commitment:

1hr per week for class sessions.  Because assignments are typically cross-curricular, our homework actually works out to be substantially less than if the four courses were taken individually.  1-5 hours per week is average for homework depending on the pace and motivation levels of the student.  Just like any school though, some weeks have more homework than others.

Requirements:

  • High-speed broadband internet
  • Firefox web browser
  • A good headset with a mic.
  • Mouse - not a requirement, but it makes the programs easier to use

PC users (the preffered platform for 3DU.)

The programs we currently use are capable of operating on relatively old PC systems, however, the recommended technical specifications of your PC should include:

Processor Speed: 2 Ghz or better
System RAM: 2 GB or more
Free Disk Space: 50 GB+
Operating System: Windows 7, 8.1, or 10
Video Driver DirectX® 9.0c or newer
Video Card Hardware accelerated 3D graphics (256MB+ VRAM) is highly recommended
Media Viewer Windows Media Player

MAC users

Processor Speed: Minimum i5 Dual Core 3.0 GHz processor. Recommended, i7 Quad Core 2.5 GHz.
RAM: Minimum 16 GB. Recommended 32 GB.
Hard Drive: Minimum 256 GB. Recommended 512GB.
Operating System: Mac OSX 10.6.8 or later (Snow Leopard or newer).

Please be aware that Apple updates to the MAC Operating System (OS) may preclude non-Apple products from working. This is why the PC platform is preferred. Updates to Windows will grandfather existing pieces of software and not present the possibility of a disruption. Having said that, should some resources need to be run under Microsoft Windows, Windows can be installed on a Mac. 2 popular methods are Parallels, and Bootcamp. Here’s an article on the subject www.theverge.com/2015/7/29/9058825/windows-10-macbook-how-to-install-osx

Enrollment Information

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