How I Use It
After spending quite some time investigating and using google cardboard I’m intrigued by its possible uses for students k-12, I just don’t think that I can apply it with my students. I work in the learning department of a financial services firm. Most of the training we do doesn’t involve stories or environments that need to be explored. One place I did think this could be useful would be in compliance and scenario based training. Putting a student in the banking world in a 3D environment and have them play out different scenes around what you should and shouldn’t do as an employee. The scenarios could be pulled right from historical situations like the Madoff Ponzi scheme and other famous intuitional breakdowns. This might remove some of the tedium around compliance training by making it more personal and interactive.I could see that as helpful because of the lack of interesting content in compliance training is a global issue (). I can’t yet see many other ways to apply this to my core audience.
As a tooI, I do believe it has value for those students outside of my limited scope. In testing it with my son, I found that he was riveted by the ability to explore space. He shouted about the Saturn and the "solar system" around that planet itself. He was a bit frustrated by the speed of movement through space and the initial awkwardness of the device (you must get the head strap). Overall he found it be a great way to explore and that is where I think this excels. Wonder and exploration are missing from their lessons sometimes, and this tool can bring that back at a relatively inexpensive price.