How To Use The Immerse Facilitation Tools

VR Lesson Facilitation Tools

Animation Tool

Engage your students using common gestures

  1. In your left toolbar, click the “open hand” icon labeled “Animations”
  2. Select an animation you would like your avatar to perform

Tip:  The animation tool lets you greet your students as they enter the experience, congratulate them when they successfully accomplish a goal, or encourage them when they are having trouble.

When to use this: Use the animation tool often to build rapport with your learners. 

Student's In-VR View: 

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Rally Tool

Rally (omnisciently place) all of your students anywhere 

  1. In your left toolbar, click the “rally” icon labeled “Rally”
  2. Select the location where you would like to rally your students (circle will highlight green \to indicate valid placement) 
  3. Click to select location
  4. Orient the students’ direction
  5. Click again to rally

Tip: Whether it is you, a whiteboard, or an object in the scene it’s helpful to use the rally tool to position your students in front of things you want them to pay attention to.

Student's In-VR View: 

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Whiteboard Tool

Write phrases, provide examples, record information etc. for the students to view during learning experiences 

  1. In your left toolbar, click the “add placeable” icon labeled "Placeables" 
  2. Select “Whiteboard”
  3. Select the location where you would like to place the whiteboard (circle will highlight green to indicate valid placement) 
  4. Click to select location
  5. Orient the whiteboard’s direction
  6. Click again to place
  7. Click on whiteboard and begin typing
  8. Click the 3 “dots” in the bottom right-hand corner of the whiteboard to change the color of the text
  9. Click the “trash can” icon to delete the whiteboard 

Also, used to provide you and your students with a surface to draw on

  1. Follow steps 1-6 above
  2. Click the 3 “dots” in the bottom right-hand corner of the whiteboard 
  3. Use the “switch” to toggle the whiteboard to Draw mode

Tip: Try placing the whiteboard tool in a location with plenty of room around it — that way all of your students can gather around it if necessary. 

When to use this: Use the whiteboard to present language models to support dialogue communication, clarify mistakes and misconceptions, organize elicitation and brainstorm activities, and to provide additional steps and instructions during task and problem work. 

Student's In-VR View: 

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Character selector

Change your character 

  1. In your left toolbar, click the “person” icon labeled “Characters” tool
  2. Select your desired character

Tip:  You have lots of characters to choose from, do your best to change your character to fit the experience context and enhance students’ feelings of immersion. 

Label

Place words on objects and surfaces within the scene

  1. In your left toolbar, click the “cursor” icon labeled “Label”
  2. Select the surface where you would like to place the label, click to place
  3. Begin typing
  4. Adjust font color or size, click enter to populate

Tip:  Don’t forget that you can adjust the font size and color of each label to ensure that it stands out and is visible to your students. 

When to use this: Use the label tool when introducing new vocabulary, reviewing known vocabulary items, or clarifying misconceptions for learners. 

Student's In-VR View: 

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Timer Tool

Show students a “timer” for timed activities

  1. In your left toolbar, click the “timer” icon labeled “Timer” 
  2. Control the time using the “Start” “Stop” and “Pause” icons

Tip:  When you select the timer tool it will appear to your students in VR. It will remain in their view until you close it, even if you press “Stop.” You must press the close icon to remove it from your students’ view. 

When to use this: Use the timer tool to keep learners focused on abstract tasks, and to time box activities and task work. 

Student's In-VR View: 

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Prompt Tool

Display a custom prompt in real time for all your students or an individual student

  1. Click the “Talk” icon with the label “Prompt.” 
  2. Choose who you would like to send your prompt to.
  3. Type what you would like them to see. and Click “Send” to share

Tip:  This is a very helpful tool to subtly provide scaffolding for your students in their moment of need.

When to use this: Use the prompt tool to provide point of need scaffolding to learners, like language models to support dialogues. The prompt tool allows you to provide additional support without interrupting conversation or breaking up the flow of discussions. 

Student's In-VR View: 

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Student Manager

Split your students into teams and create audio groups so that only students in the same group can hear one another. From this panel you can also remove students from a lesson if they are not supposed to be there. 

In your left toolbar, click the “gear” icon labeled “Student Manager” on the left-hand side of your screen. Explore the following sections. 

  1. Audio Teams
    • Drag your students into the teams you would like them to be in.
      • Members of teams with opposing colors will not be able to hear each other.
  2. Classroom Management Tools
    • Auto Assign Teams
      • Click to randomly assign teams.
    • Clear Teams
      • Click to clear the team assignments and put all students back on the same audio channels.
    • Enable Focus Mode
      • "Focus Mode" disables student teleporting and object grabbing.
    • Clear All Objects
      • Click to clear all of the object generated by grabbing new items.
      • Example: 10 basketballs bouncing around? Push "Clear all objects" to clean up the scene and return them to the "parent" object that they came from. 
  3. Voice Options
    • Toggle Proximity Voice
      • When Proximity Voice is toggled "on" students sound like they would to each other in real life (when students are close together they hear each other loudly, when they are far apart they hear each other less loudly.)
    • Toggle Team Chat
      • When Team Chat is toggled "on" only students on the same team will be able to hear each other. You can join any team to listen in. 
    • Mute Learners to Each Other
      • When learners are muted to each other they won't hear each other, they will only hear you.
    • Mute All Learners
      • Click "Mute All" to Mute the entire group. The teacher will not be muted to continue to teach.

Student's In-VR View of "Focus Mode":

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Interacting with Objects
  1. Click an item with your mouse to pick it up 
  2. To use the item: Press the "use item" button on the bottom of your screen
  3. To throw an item or place it in a specific location “right click” the spot where you would like the item to go
  4. To place an item, with the item in hand, click "Place" + choose the direction of orientation + click to place.

Tip: It’s helpful to use “right click” to place objects where you would like them to go. You can use right click to place objects accurately from a distance by simply right clicking exactly where you want the object to go. 

When to use this: Use interactive objects as discussion prompts, and active engagement resources for pair and group discussions, role plays, problem solving, and task work.  

Student's In-VR View: 

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