The ILC is popular with staff and students, and Centennial School is making daily use of the system, both as a space for teaching students and providing training to the teachers learning best practices in education. Graduate and undergraduate students from select classes at Lehigh University also experience content in the ILC as part of their coursework.
Staff use Igloo’s flexible software to display a range of content types in the ILC, including 360° video and images, presentations, web content, YouTube 360°, Matterport, Blockade Labs and Google Street View.
Students are free to move around the room and engage with the entire display. Using Google Slides teachers have developed a method of slowly revealing new content around the room to retain student attention. Students also present content to their peers.
Field trips and background context
Teachers find that 360° videos and images provide excellent background context for topics being taught in class. Centennial’s director Dr Julie Fogt explains, “allowing students to be immersed in something here in the ILC is a little bit closer to real life than simply reading a book or showing them a picture”.
It’s great for virtual field trips to settings such as a farm, mountaintop or zoo, which might otherwise be inaccessible. Teachers can also capture 360° content of field trip locations and have found that exposing students virtually to an environment in advance of a physical visit can help to them to have a more positive field trip experience.
The ILC is used for immersive relaxation and yoga. Marc Corsi, who taught physical education (PE) at Centennial, found that the ILC can have a calming effect on students, particularly after a high-energy PE session. Students also participate in meditation videos between academic classes.
Centennial School teachers who are studying special education use the ILC as a debriefing space. Classes are filmed using a 360° camera and this content can then be watched inside the Igloo to review classroom management strategies and re-watch the footage for additional training opportunities.
Teachers also have the opportunity to participate in the ILC Ambassadors program, learning the components and best practices of the Igloo system to facilitate running the space independently.