Friday, October 30, 2015

Immersed Interaction

Wow! It has been a long time since I have posted here!

I figured this would be a good place to post about something new we are trying out in district. 

The background on this is I am always looking for ways to increase interactivity with the professional learning content produced. I hate to have a video be the only way for people to learn. I want a video embedded with interactive elements to increase engagement. Videos are static. They don't offer ways to interact. I know that people can hit play on the video controls and then walk away. And I don't know that they watched the video or not unless I put a quiz at the end to test their knowledge. 

Our PD model for using online resources for training is to have a video for a shortened length of time to play with an activity or task or quiz at the very end to test if the person learned from the video. 

In order to do this type of PD, I have to use multiple resources: YouTube to hold the video, a Google Form for the quiz, and then a feedback form or Twitter chat to get feedback. I know I could go with a CMS/LMS to hold all these in one area but then I have to create and manage a whole other system. 

I recently visited a site called "Touchcast" that allows you to create layers of interactivity on top of videos you publish on sites like YouTube or Vimeo. You can create interactive polls and connect videos to other websites and videos where users can click while videos play.

While learning about TouchCast, I watched a video in a 360-degree view like the one below. As you watch the video, click and drag the view window to see what I am talking about. 

This is called Immersion filmography. And I am excited that we will be testing this out soon in our district with a Kodak 360-degree camera arriving soon. I hope to test it out in a band performance or theater rehearsal to get that immersive experience that a flat single camera view cannot capture. Instead of viewing from a side-angle, imagine being an invisible audience member in the center of the stage with the ability to turn around to view the different pieces of the performance at any given point. Rewatch the video again with a different view. 

Imagine using it for creating your example teacher lessons where you film from the perspective of the students in the room. The interaction of your students as materials are used or discussion flows can be viewed in multiple ways. Professional Development videos are not speaker focused but entire room experience. 

Add on to this the use of Google Cardboard to immerse the viewer into a play mode where their physical movement and turn of their head moves the view of the camera, and we are creating immersive and interactive experiences for our viewers. 

Facebook purchased Oculus Rift to develop this type of augmented immersive experience for users but the cost of that device may be too high compared to the $14.99 kit from Google Cardboard. 

The Kodak camera costs below $300 with the extra waterproof casing and attachments. 

I think this immersion experience could catch on to other areas: conferences, edcamps, meetings, makerspaces, and all the various experiences of community activity to share. 

I can't wait! What are some ways you think we could use this camera or interactive video?