A group of math educators came together to experience what teaching math in the virtual reality metaverse might look like. We tried out two Open Middle math problems and reflected on the experience. We recorded the whole thing and I wanted to share some of the highlights so you could get a feel for what it might look like.
Also, in the app, the volume of people’s voices got quieter when they were farther away or when they turned away from you, just like real life. In the recording, everyone was equally loud, which made the recording harder to listen to when everyone was taking at the same time.
Most motion based virtual reality games (and every single virtual reality ride like Star Tours) makes me extremely nauseous these days. Fortunately, this doesn’t make me feel that way at all.
How’s the battery life?
The battery life is still not that great and the headset lasts around two hours. The controllers last a very long time though.
What else should I know?
Wearing the headset also really messes up your hair. It gives you something of an inverted mohawk. I don’t wear glasses with it but you need to insert a provided adapter to comfortably wear it.
It would be amazing if we could import virtual tools to use in this space. Imagine base-10 blocks, shapes, number tiles, or even a calculator. I imagine this will come one day, but it’s not here yet.
Individual Desk Whiteboards
Currently everyone has access to a shared whiteboard. So everyone is working on the same writing space at the same time. That’s great for a meeting and less great for a classroom. It’d be even better if each student could have their own whiteboard and then the facilitator could select the one to display and share.
Viewing Other People’s Whiteboards
Building on the last idea, I wish there was a way to see what other people were doing with their whiteboard. I totally get that it’s most likely related to privacy concerns, but as a teacher I’d love to be able to walk around the virtual space and see what students are doing. That currently is not possible unless everyone is working on the same whiteboard at the same time. Then you’d have to partition it into sections so each person could work in their same area.
Make It Easier To Record A Room View
Right now there’s no easy way to record the whole room. I had to join the meeting as a computer based participant, make the screen as big as possible, and then use a screen recording tool to record the view. Even then, the audio did not sound like it did in the room.
You can record from your headset, but then it only records what you see, which is not ideal and can be nauseating to watch, like a really bumpy camera.
It’d be nice if you could select which people you want to be grouped with and mute everyone else. Maybe it could also let you see each other’s whiteboards.
As far as I can tell, only one whiteboard can be active at a time. It would be nice if each people could have their own whiteboard and then we could switch to that whiteboard to share what they did.
What do you think? Please let me know your thoughts in the comments. What are you excited about? What questions do you still have? What parts could I better explain?