After the success of our VR Haunted House Project in my Spartan Tech Squad course, I started brainstorming ways that I could incorporate a VR project into our AVID classroom. For those that are unfamiliar to AVID, AVID is a program whose goal is to “close the achievement gap by preparing all students for college readiness and success in a global society”. What does that look like in a middle school classroom? Basically, the AVID elective teachers and tutors provide students support by teaching them organization and critical reading/writing skills, monitoring their grades, facilitating weekly tutorials to assist in their content classes, and introducing them to colleges and universities. It’s a program in which I have completely and utterly fallen in love. It’s amazing to see the progress of these students over the two years in middle school. I love the stories of students who were C and D students who have gained the skills to become A and B students. More importantly, I love hearing stories from our feeder high school on how these students are doing in high school and where they plan to attend college. It’s an amazing program.
Recently, I realized that our AVID students had been doing a lot of “work” work. They had been participating in their weekly tutorials and binder checks, they had completed a research-based college presentation and participated in several in-depth critical reading and writing activities. Don’t get me wrong – all of that stuff is great. However, I try to be very cognizant of the fact that AVID is their elective class. It is their “fun” class and yet they are still choosing to be in a rigorous program. So, I felt it was time for our students to take a “mini-break” but still focus on something that was relative to the AVID elective class.
Just a few weeks ago, our AVID students had completed their research-based college presentations. They were good – seriously, so good for 7th grade students. It was about this time that my Spartan Tech Squad students completed their VR Haunted House projects. The VR Haunted House Project was such a success with my Spartan Tech Squad class that I wanted to incorporate it into AVID as our “fun” activity and I realized it would work perfectly as a follow up to their presentation. In addition to this, it also gave me the chance to develop a HyperDoc and take the VR project to a more rigorous and reflective level.
Interested in this project…? Check it out below!
College Virtual Reality Project
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Objective: Students will create a virtual reality design of a college that they have researched.
Groups: Individual or Small Groups (2-3 Students)
Tasks: Students will:
- Research a college and/or university to find maps, photos, and 360 views of the college.
- Research specific buildings and landmarks within the college/university.
- Create a virtual reality design of the college/university via Cospaces.
- Reflect on the difficulties that were presented when designing their college/university.
- Reflect on what they have learned while designing their college/university.
View the template and a sample below:
College VR HyperDoc Template (Link)
Overall, our AVID students really enjoyed this project. There were definitely times in which they were frustrated as they learned a new program (Cospaces) but it was an excellent way to teach perseverance. More importantly, our AVID students continued to learn about the college and/or university in a way that did not feel like work – it was just fun!
Have you done any VR projects in your classroom? How might you modify this HyperDoc for your classroom? Share in the comments below!