How would you like to enable teachers and health care providers across the country to take people to outer space or to the rainforest? Can you create tools and interactivity through code? If so, we want YOU!
Our new software is coming your way!
There’s been lots & lots of work behind the scenes at 4D HQ over the last few months. Our software development team have been busy creating, developing, testing, trying out new things, testing again & again until we reached a final result that we’re really happy with.
Introducing 4D Genie 2, our latest web based software! Continue reading “Introducing 4D GenIE 2!”
The spaces we install allow schools to go to new worlds, expand learning through immersive experiences and support all aspects of the curriculum in a customisable way.
But the 4th dimension of 4D are the people who use the spaces long after we’ve packed up our toolboxes. It’s the people who make the spaces come alive using the tools we’ve given them of lights, sounds, projections and easy to use software.
So, we thought we’d share a few examples of how some of the schools we’ve worked with have been getting on with their spaces over the years… Continue reading “Behind the scenes in some of our immersive spaces…”
Just over a year ago we installed a unique permanent immersive space at Share Community in London.
Can you believe it? Liverpool FC is 125 years old today!
To celebrate 125 years of the club, they visited Four Oaks Primary School in Anfield to get some help from their pupils. Students from Year 6 at Four Oaks were asked to recreate the beginnings of the club through drama with the help of a local historian.
Using their immersive space, they portrayed the whole story, moustaches and all.
Take a look at the video below created by LFC TV:
We believe that storytelling is a fundamental part of learning.
Stories themselves are one of the first immersive experiences anyone can have. A 4D room simply allows users to take people on a journey using technology, whether it be to space or to your own back garden. By adding images, sounds and lights and a touch of magic – you can transport people into their very own stories. Continue reading “Storytelling”
As it’s World Book Day, we thought we’d share some our favourite books from when we were children…
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Are you a daydreamer, doodler or designer? Do you have an amazing and creative imagination?
4D is getting a new look and we’re looking for someone who can design us a new logo. So we thought, who better to ask to design it than the people who use our spaces – YOU! We’re looking for a design that represents how your immersive space makes you feel and think! What we need the design to do:
- Be original, interesting imaginative and creative
- To include ‘4D’ somewhere
- To sum up what you think a 4D room does
- Be simple and to the point
- Be easily transferrable onto computer – you may want to design it on the computer yourselves (in which case send us a file format such as jpg, bmp, png) or you may want to draw it with pen and paper – as long as it can be scanned in, we can use it!
Teachers you may want to set this as a piece of work for your class – why not step into your immersive space to set the challenge.
Once you’re happy send us your logo design to: email@example.com (and include your name, age and the name of your school) by 12th February 2016
There’s a prize for the best design – so, what are you waiting for?! We’re already looking forward to seeing what you come up with…
The beauty of having an immersive space at your fingertips is that you are able to transport your pupils back through time, space and location. You can allow them to empathise with people and situations they may not ever come in to contact with in their daily lives. What’s more, you can uncover, discover and dig deep into topics which are difficult to understand on the surface.
Evolution is just one of those subject, and with it added to the National Curriculum in recent years teachers are finding various ways to introduce and explore the topic.
We often say to our schools who have immersive spaces to not forget that it is a learning environment as much as their regular classroom. You can create fun activities with real impact within the spaces, not just as an introduction to a particular subject. Another things we often say is to remember to not be afraid to play in the space, bring other things in and add to immersive experience with props and activities.
Here’s a lovely activity we found on the Innovate My School website that you could do within an immersive space or in the classroom:
‘Fossil samples are a fantastic starting point for teaching about evolution as they are a physical thing that students can explore. Of course, for an even more hands-on lesson, you could ask learners to make their own!
For this activity, you can either make the dough in advance or give children time to make their own, as long as you don’t mind an extra messy classroom!
- Give small groups of children some fossil dough (you can find a brilliant recipe here).
- Place a selection of everyday objects such as cutlery, building blocks, jewellery, paint brushes or animal models on an investigation table.
- Get children to choose an object to make an imprint in their fossil dough. Encourage them to think carefully about how to make the impression so it isn’t too easy to guess.
- Once all the groups have made their imprint, display the fossils somewhere to be examined.
- Ask each group to take it in turns to guess what the fossils are.
- Once all of the guesses have been recorded, each group can reveal what their fossil is. There are bound to be some surprises!
You can encourage children to talk about the fossils they made. Is it easy or difficult to identify what made the imprints? Did everyone have the same or different ideas about what made the imprints?
Have a discussion about how easy or difficult it is to identify what real fossils show. Draw attention to the things fossils can’t tell us, like what colour something was. Can the children think of any problems with making predictions about ancient plants and animals from fossil evidence? At this point children could examine some real fossils and talk about what animals or plants might have made them.’
With this in mind it is also possible to reach other aspects of the curriculum in a cross pollinating way – look at the shapes and patterns made by the imprints (Maths), create wrapping paper from prints made (Art and Design), explore the geographical areas that dinosaur bones have been found (Geography), discuss types of foods that might have been eaten in the stone age (History)…the list goes on.
We feel it is vital to get the most of your immersive space is to reiterate learning done within it back in the class room and vice versa. Create a learning journey that integrates all the tools your school offers to have better impact and measurable outcomes for all involved.
To see more of the article from Innovate My School click here