As an educator, you are likely excited (perhaps a little nervous) about introducing immersive virtual reality and 360° film into the classroom. SESQUI has been ambitious in offering SESQUI educational learning in six original Canadian stories and three formats for your 360° classroom in time for Canada 150. The film and VR stories cover off 9 key curricula (see bottom of this page).
Let’s start with the physical setup, we have provided you three options for your educational needs :
- You may already have VR headsets and smartphones (or have access to Apple’s iOS, Google’s Android or Facebook’s Oculus technology and apps)
- You may have received cardboard VR viewers from Historica as part of their ExploreSESQUI program in conjunction with Canada 150 (these viewers were ordered by schools in Spring’17 and now have been fully deployed)
- You may simply want to have students watch the HORIZON film as a student group or as individuals without a need of VR headsets.
In any scenario, we’ve got you covered in the steps below. Now let’s talk about what content you will experience…
SESQUI’s CANADIAN STORIES
HORIZON 360° – “A Visual Symphony of Canada” and SESQUI’s showpiece film – 22 minutes and 90 scenes of all provinces and territories in Canada, uniquely celebrating Canada’s landscapes, peoples and freedoms in a pioneering 360° format. The film is available in three formats for your classes (see below).
MERIDIAN VR App – “Immerse Yourself in Canada” – Five interactive and original stories all celebrating Canadians shaping their worlds through creativity. Enjoy each of these stories covering off the Canada 150 themes of youth and inclusion, diversity, environment and Indigenous reconciliation. To experience these stories, you will need to download SESQUI’s MERIDIAN VR app to the smartphones being used.
So I received my VR Viewer, What Do I Now Do:
Let’s take you through the simple steps below.
Headsets and Smartphones
You may have existing VR headsets and smartphones for your school’s use (our app works across all iOS, Android and Oculus-enabled headsets). Here is what a Samsung version of a VR headset and phone look like (below). All headsets are a little different but require placing a phone into an optical headset (consult the headset manufacturer for installation instructions and compatible smartphones).
Or you may have received a cardboard viewer from Historica that looks like this (see below). The headset provides a basic viewing environment and Historica has provided a 6 step instruction guide for assembling them together. You will need a separate smartphone to insert into the cardboard.
In either scenario, ensuring that the smartphones have a full battery life and are fully charged is key for maximizing the amount of students who can experience our stories in a day.
Although VR headsets provide our most vivid interactive environment, students may also see our film HORIZON by means of a digital wall projector, a desktop/laptop or mobile smartphone. Consult this post on which browsers and apps support 360° viewing (not all do) as well as loading speed and ability to control viewing angle.
Accessing the HORIZON and MERIDIAN Stories:
We have provided three options here:
I) If you want to experience the 360° film HORIZON and the 5 MERIDIAN VR Stories as part of your curriculum
Consult our SESQUI Digital Toolkit that covers off all key steps and questions.
Two additional important notes here:
- For a quick overview, to access the MERIDIAN VR installation and key FAQ, click on our MERIDIAN VR Page.
- Remember to access our SESQUI Learning Hub to design a custom approach to education in your classroom.
II) If you want to access the HORIZON film in conjunction with Historica’s educational guide (for grades 7 and above),
III) If you want to access the HORIZON film for individual or group viewing,
Please also consult our HORIZON Guide for all the places we shot our film, director’s comments and behind-the-scenes work for each scene.