Virtual Reality and Autism Part 2: Instructional Design Phase

You can find Part 1 of this series HERE.  We have been doing a lot of work behind the scenes and are ready to move into the next phase.  Three groups have been created, each with a different focus and goal.   Group 1 is made up of several of our social workers.  They will be focusing on play and social skills, creating a virtual reality experience aligned with these.

Virtual Reality & Autism: Part 1

This is Part 1 of a series of blog posts around a new endeavor for our program, exploring immersive virtual reality (VR) and it’s potential in our setting. Several weeks ago I had the pleasure and luck to cross paths with Jaclyn Wickham. Jaclyn is a former classroom teacher-turned-technologist exploring the potential of technology to enhance teaching and learning. She holds a B.A. in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree.


This was the original blog post from about a month ago. Since then, a dozen or so classrooms around America and Canada took part in this project and the wonderful artifacts are starting to roll in. I will share them as they come in by attaching them to this post. The initial goal of the project was to start to capture, focus on, and remember the special moments or the.


#projectmoment To paraphrase a favorite saying of mine: we cannot just wait around  for those elusive perfect moments. We need to take hold of the moments we are given and make them something special before, they too, pass us by. Goal: Use the app “1 second everyday” (WEBSITE) and take a clip of your classroom/students/event/etc. one day every day for 30 consecutive school days. Why: Our classrooms oftentimes represent life.  Days.

Full Circle…Like the Universe.

One of my latest endeavors is creating a PD series called “Dings in the Universe”. These may take the form of a short movie clip, iBook, or other form. Basically, they will be quick-hitting PD resources that show/teach/share, etc. Essentially, a ding is a small mark in space…but many dings can make a big difference. I like the quote and the idea because it shows that even small contributions when.