This week, kindergarteners in my building were introduced to zSpace. For those who may be unfamiliar with zSpace, it is highly engaging virtual learning experience that involves students interacting with a computer program while wearing tracked glasses and using a stylus. Our district received a grant that allowed for the devices to be purchased, and the devices are shared across all eleven buildings.
For our lesson, students began by exploring the demo program, which allowed them to become familiar with maneuvering the stylus and the structure of the system. We have ten devices, so students were partnered up, with one student being the “driver” and the other the “passenger.”
After becoming familiar with zSpace, students entered other programs, including letter recognition and identification. There are several premade programs available for educators to search, however I found the options available for elementary students to be limited. There is an option to create your own content, so I plan to explore that further to see how I can connect this virtual learning to the Common Core State Standards. I look forward to getting first through fourth grades on zSpace as the year continues, however I want to make sure it is connected to concepts they are learning within their daily instruction.