HCOS IMT Language Program Overview

The latest overview of the IMT Language Program and class times is available here: http://goo.gl/Iq0Mys

The following IMT Language Courses that are currently available:

  • French Level 1 Linear, Grades 5-7
  • French Level 2 Linear, Grades 6-9 (Level 1 prerequisite strongly recommended, or placement test and introduction to technology)
  • Spanish Level 1 Linear, Grades 5-7

Course descriptions:

French Level 1

Set in a richly diverse and comprehensive 3D interactive French Canadian town, the students in Immersive World French enter as 3D avatars. There, the students attend a fully functional school where they get live 45 minute classroom instruction once per week, can ask questions, and interact with peers and mentors. Their class will visit the game preserves and the aquarium, ski the slopes of the local resort, and meet in cafes and restaurants to experience French culture. Students get to furnish and decorate their own homes for visits by friends and the teacher. Throughout such activities the students learn and master French vocabulary, oral skills, and grammar in an experiential and immersive manner. They will subsequently record their assigned interactions with the teacher and/or others for assessment.

French Level 2

In the second level of Immersive Technology French, students meet weekly in Active Worlds 3DU with Madame Hadley for live classroom instruction where they can ask questions, and interact with peers and mentors. Their class will visit the TV studio to develop features for the local news, learn to travel through the town using different modes of transport, and practice hospitality in their own homes that they have furnished and decorated. Throughout such activities the students learn and master French vocabulary, oral skills, and grammar in an experiential and immersive manner. They will subsequently record their assigned interactions with the teacher and/or others for assessment.

Spanish Level 1

Set in a richly diverse and comprehensive 3D interactive Spanish town, the students in Immersive World Spanish enter as 3D avatars. There, the students attend a fully functional school where they get live classroom instruction once per week with Senora Chelini (and Madame Hadley part-time). They can ask questions and interact with peers and mentors. Their class will visit the game preserves and the aquarium, explore the beaches and outdoors, and meet in cafes and restaurants to experience Spanish culture. Students get to furnish and decorate their own homes for visits by friends and the teacher. Throughout such activities the students learn and master Spanish vocabulary, oral skills, and grammar in an experiential and immersive manner. They will subsequently record their assigned interactions with the teacher and/or others for assessment.

The following link will take you to a video showing some of the highlights of Language World:  IMT French Demo

Minimum Tech Guidelines:

Classes meet weekly online and complete assigned course-work following each lesson. Access to a computer with broadband internet connection and a headset with microphone are required. While the program works with most MACs, Apple upgrades may or may not support this software. The following specs are recommended in order to take advantage of the powerful 3D virtual world experience.

  • 2.0Ghz or better
  • 2GB
  • 500MB (client plus cache)
  • Microsoft Windows Vista, 7, 8.1, 10
  • Mac OS X 10.6 or newer
  • Card with 32MB of VRAM
  • Source: Atlantisremixed.org

IMT News: Moving Onward with 21st Century Immersive Technology Program

Immersive Technology – Gord Holden

I just got off the phone with a parent who attended a job skills course. She was completely shocked by the huge demand in BC for employees with the skills to work in 3D environments. This includes programming, art work and gaming and movie development aspects as well. It’s not uncommon to hear of positions for $100/hr going unfilled due to a lack of skills in these areas. It continues to be my dream to see a multitude of HCOS students taking what they’ve learned in the Immersive Technology (IMT) program into those industries, along with their faith and witness.

It was another great year of IMT growth. There were approximately 150 students participating in a variety of courses within our 3D interactive environments. These courses included Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Bible, Art, Health & Career, and French. In the coming year, Health & Career (dropped by the Ministry of Education) will be replaced by Applied Skills. We’re also expanding the IMT French program to include a second level. The feedback from parents and students was so spectacular that we have also hired Jacquie Chelini to take on IMT Spanish Level 1 in the fall. A picture of the main square of the new Spanish world called Mundo Mañana is featured on the cover of the latest IMT brochure, featured here: Immersive Technology Brochure. Please check out the brochure for more information about Immersive Technology programs. Missing from this brochure is information regarding some of the other resources we use such as Thinking Worlds and DimensionU. We are looking at the possibility of introducing another very popular 3D resource as well.

 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B63IbH4pG0QTdEw5dXhsQ1FnUEk/view?pref=2&pli=1

 

The greatest challenge this year was with the Quest Atlantis upgrade to Windows 10. While it didn’t affect the students who had already completed the introductory missions, many new users struggled with it. Next year, we will be moving necessary QA quests and missions into our 3DU environments where we will have much more control over the content and the ability to address any concerns fully and immediately.

I’m already being flooded with requests to take on new students. Some requests from as far away as New Brunswick. Many interested families are again wanting to have a look at the program before committing, so the IMT teachers are providing IMT Introductory Camps over the summer. You can register for these camps with this registration form. These Introductory Camps help ensure that families will be well prepared to make an informed decision ahead of time. You’ll notice that there’s also an Introductory IMT French course as well in August. M. Hadley will teach the course and give a placement test at its conclusion to ascertain if new students (grade 6 and above) are ready to start with the IMT French Level 2 course in the fall.

Please don’t hesitate to email me, Gord Holden, with any queries.

Originally published: http://newsletter.onlineschool.ca/june-2016/imt-news-moving-onward-with-21st-century-immersive-technology-program/

IMT Program update

Below is an update regarding the Immersive Technology (IMT) Program (grades 5-10) at HCOS, as many great things have been happening since our IMT grad ceremonies.

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We have expanded our IMT core offerings as follows:

–          IMT 5 (LA, Science, Bible & Applied Design/Skills) with Sinead Roy (sroy@onlineschool.ca);

–          IMT 6 (LA, Science, Bible & Applied Design/Skills) with Heather Douglas (hdouglas@onlineschool.ca);

–          IMT 7 (LA, Social Studies, Bible and Applied Design/Skills) with Danny Snodgrass (dsnodgrass@onlineschool.ca); and

–          IMT 8 (LA, Social Studies, Bible and Applied Design/Skills) with Shannon Beglaw (sbeglaw@onlineschool.ca).

Perhaps the most exciting news however is that we have hired Alisha Hadley. Alisha is a very experienced French teacher who is excited to be offering Immersive Worlds French in our French World for grades 5-7 ($125). Alisha plans to subsequently continue this highly oral and immersive approach up to grade 12. 40-50 students found their way onto the waiting list before registrations even opened. Here’s a brief video showing about 15% of the environment that will be used. http://bit.ly/1ekjVVz Parents can now enroll on Encom, or contact Gord Holden at gholden@onlineschool.ca for more info.

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We also have Virtual Worlds Art 08 and 10 courses with Ryan Titley (rtitley@onlineschool.ca), but we’ve also added an IMT VBS Simulation Development 09 course by Michelle Nimchuk (mnimchuk@onlineschool.ca). This VBS course will not only cover the Applied Skills 9 outcomes, but will equip students to create virtual simulation games for business, education, and commercial gaming.  To view a student-made VBS Simulation check out http://bit.ly/1D0YNd4

 

 

 

IMT doesn’t excludes those with Special Needs either. April McLeod (aprilmcleod@onlineschool.ca) provides both group and one-to-one support to students across 3 levels of experience and ability. This is a truly incredible program with transformational results. If you know of a student that might benefit from this, please contact April directly for additional info. (aprilmcleod@onlineschool.ca)

Still confused about the IMT program (http://bit.ly/1flIK4x), or DimensionU (https://www.dimensionu.com/Parent/home/)?

HCOS Students Ranked Among Top Ten!

One of the great online subscriptions that IMT HCOS students have acccess to use is DimensionU.  It is comprised of “engaging and interactive multiplayer video games that focus on core skills in mathematics and literacy.”  Several HCOS students have been busy putting their literacy and mathematics knowledge to the test by playing with other students in this 3D virtual world.  They get the chance to “goop”others with their goop soakers, play in team-based games, and participate in high-speed obstacle course all while learning and testing their knowledge.  Of course, they work on their own time (there are no set hours), but there are also special events. For instance, the HCOS IMT team has created a “Friday DimensionU Free4All” which happens every Friday from 11:30am-12pm. In the near future, as student numbers permit, we hope to put together a live DimensionU tournament event!

Over the last three weeks our school has ranked among the top ten schools in North America on the DimensionU leaderboards.  As you can see, below, for the week of October 12th-19th, HCOS was ranked 7th in all of the schools that participated during that week.  One of our students, “hcnathaneGN,” is to be congratulated for achieving 8th place for that same week!

 

Leaderboards 1

For the week of October 26th- Nov. 2nd, HCOS was ranked 3rd in all of the schools that participated during that week.  Four of our students: “hcjoshsGN,” “hcelliotlGN,” “hcnathanhGN” and “hcmicaellatGN,” are to be congratulated for ranking in the top ten!

Leaderboard 2

For the week of Nov. 9th – 16th, HCOS was also ranked 10th!

Leaderboards 3

 

There are also a number of students that have been pouring their energy into the game.  I would like to extend a round of applause to their efforts in the DimensionU games each week.  For the week of October 12th-19th:

DimensionU students making good effort

For the week of October 26th- Nov. 2nd:

DimensionU students

Lastly for the week of Nov. 9th – 16th:

DimensionU Students

Originally published: http://newsletter.onlineschool.ca/archive/vo12_ed3_122015/Announce01.html