a new reality in virtual reality:
student agency and self determined learning
Educators need to explore how their practice can simultaneously evolve with science, research, technology and future careers. Through citizen science projects and virtual reality, we can create a learning environment that cultivates and brings it all together = the solution. There is a new reality in virtual reality.
what is citizen science
Citizen science occurs when the public voluntarily participates in real-world scientific research projects doing activities such as contributing data, making discoveries and coming up with solutions to problems.
citizen science & syGlass
syGlass software allows you to view your data in its actual 3D or 4D (over time) form through virtual reality.
syGlass specializes in presenting very large data sets that are generated by microscopes, patient, and industrial scanners. It allows you to use its tools to quantify your data with enhanced precision, or import your results for rapid correction in VR.
The software available through syGlass allowed high school students in Ector County Independent School District to contribute to citizen science projects such as intervillous space tracing in placental research (Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, syGlass) and circuit mapping of Drosophila olfactory system (University of California, Santa Barbara, University of Vermont, West Virginia University, Mount Holyoke College, Appalachian State University)
In the News:
benefits of virtual reality
Real Time Instruction -
Students, instructors, and
experts collaborating on
authentic research projects anytime, anywhere.
Student Agency and Self-Determined Learning
Meaningful, relevant, driven by interest, and self initiated learning experiences for students.
National and Global Partnerships
Using VR to forge true,
between K12, higher
education, and industry.
Enhances Learning Experience
Nearly 92% of ECISD students using syGlass said it made their learning experience fun and engaging.
Helps students focus while doing coursework
Nearly 80% of ECISD students using syGlass said it allowed them to be more content focused.
Personalized Professional Development for Instructors
Instructors learn from experts in the field and bring the learning back to the classroom with on-the-job support.