ACT wanted to create immersive spaces which its teachers could use, no matter which college they were at, and which would offer new learning experiences throughout the A-level curriculum, consistent across the colleges.
We worked alongside leaders at each college to get their immersive space just right. The Igloo at John Leggott College is a 180° solution with floor projection that offers an ideal space for presentations as well as immersion for smaller groups. Franklin College chose to upgrade an existing classroom with Igloo immersive technology. And Wilberforce, after visiting an Igloo demo centre, chose a full 360° cylinder, installed in an internal courtyard. The Igloos at John Leggott and Wilberforce are powered by an IMP1 and Franklin College uses an IMP2 to handle the powerful 10-projector array.
So that teaching staff could use any of the immersive spaces, each Igloo benefits from the Igloo Enterprise software suite, giving them a range of capabilities. They can access traditional format content such as regular videos and images, as well as use cloud-based content such as Google Street View and YouTube 360 videos. They’re also kitted out with videoconferencing tools so those using the Igloos can communicate with each other across the campuses. And teachers can easily work with content thanks to the CMS created by Feel Created.
To begin with, Feel created ten videos with partner Boardwalk Studios to be used in the Igloos and on ACT 360’s YouTube channel. The videos were interviews with people in the green sectors involved with ACT 360. But Feel saw a chance to go further and create a system that meant teachers could work with dynamic assets and content. So, it built a content management system using WordPress, which accounted for the different shapes and sizes of each Igloo screen. And for more details on just how the CMS works, you can check out Feel’s excellent case study too.