After the first trip to the park, students began their research and work. Each team of students began looking through the resources on the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site's webpage, several publications ,such as Exploring Fort Vancouver, the Google Cultural Institute, and even emailing with Park Rangers Tessa and Bob to conduct their research. Each student is writing a script for a narration on their artifact, and building. This process allows the students to build their research, analysis, and summarization skills along with enhancing their speaking and collaboration skills.
During the days before the filming field trip, the students got to work in their teams to play and practice with the technology needed to capture the 360º images for the tour. We went over the basic operations of using the Theta S camera and how to use the iPad app to take the images so that they don't appear in the final product. This is done not only for student privacy reasons, but also so the user gets a more authentic visual experience. This allows the students the chance to make some mistakes and have some failure and success with the new technology before we get to the fort for the real photo shoot.
Stay tuned for more, including the photo shoot field trip and script narrations...