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 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.

 pic1  pic2

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.

 pic 3  pic4

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/)?

Welcome to Immersive Technology with HCOS

Link

Welcome to the Immersive Technology (IMT) program of Heritage Christian Online School, where the learning goes beyond the text in books and on webpages. IMT encourages students to “experience” the learning, whether in real life or 3D virtual learning environments. Does it work? For most children it does a fabulous job of matching up with how their brains learn best.

What does this look like? To learn about wolves you might “virtually” become one. Running free in Yellowstone National Park you’ll soon discover facts about the food web and the challenges that wolves must overcome in order to survive. Think you’d be capable of raising a pack of wolf cubs? You’ll discover that being a parent is not easy!

Faced with a potential disaster with the drinking water of a community, you’ll become an environmental biologist sampling and examining the water for macro-invertebrates. Riding on your conclusions are the health of individuals, and whether or not the town’s main industry continues to provide income for local families.

Other role-playing adventures are augmented by meeting with real-life specialists as well to gain their perspective on the problems you are tasked with studying. These dilemmas are authentic ones requiring thoughtful and personal responses. You will learn that most important questions seldom have black or white solutions. Your options will not be the usual T/F or multiple choice solutions.

And yes, registered students in IMT 5-8 will meet ALL the BC Curricular Competencies for Language Arts, Applied Skills, Bible, and either Science (grades 5 & 6) or Social Studies (grades 7 & 8). In IMT 8, students will also be challenged to create an historical narrative to be placed in our time-travel resource called “The Chronicles of Entanglement.” Those so inclined can even begin building out these adventures, sharing what you are learning with your teacher(s) and other students. You can do this by taking the IMT Art 8 (grades 6-8) and AMT 10 (grades 8-10) courses with Mr. Titley and Scott Miller. They will take you far beyond what other platforms can offer. Mrs. Nimchuk will do the same with her IMT VBS (Simulations) course for experienced builders in grade 9 and above. In this course you’ll learn how to build business-ready and education-ready simulations.

For students who have Special Needs, we also have an SE specialist who works solely in IMT SE. April McLeod has dedicated herself to maximizing the transformational effects of this program with 12 students. Please contact her at april.mcleod@onlineschool.ca to hear more about the amazing results and/or visit her blog at http://imtechse.blogspot.ca/

The most exciting development this last past year has been the development of IMT French – level 1 and level 2. Set in a French-Canadian town, students will own their own 3D virtual homes, attend classes with Mrs. Hadley at a school, and then go out on field trips that range from skiing, to visiting a French Art museum, swimming with the sharks, or watching a French movie. There they will get the opportunity to put what they’ve learned into practice. This program was so popular and successful with both students and their parents that we have added and hired Jacquie Chelini to teach IMT Spanish – level 1 this fall.

As online courses, teachers are available Monday to Friday, to support and help ensure student success. Indeed, “others” in this learning community will be constantly available for consultation, feedback, and sometimes just plain old fun.

Welcome to the Immersive Technology Program at HCOS. Enjoy!

Click HERE for the latest IMT Brochure.