Common Core State Standard L.CCS.1/2/3/4 Grades 6-12: Video of a current news event is presented for discussion to encourage student participation, but also inspire the use of evidence to support logical claims using the main ideas of the video. Students must analyze background information provided about a current event, draw out the main ideas and key details, and review different opinions on the issue. Then, students should present their own claims using facts and analysis for support.
Google working on a stand-alone virtual reality headset
The next version of Google's Daydream headsets will be stand-alone models, which means there are no cords, no wires and no additional devices required. They also will have a motion tracking ability, that gives the wearer the ability to move within the virtual space the headset created, rather than just looking around. The models are projected to cost in the mid-hundreds and could compete with upcoming stand-alone headsets from industry giants like Oculus.
■Class discussion: Would you be willing to spend several hundred dollars for one of these new virtual reality headsets? Why or why not? Have you ever tried a virtual reality headset? If you have, was it interesting or boring? Why do you think some producers have cut back on producing virtual reality movies or software? What would you like to see or do with virtual reality? Has the technology been overhyped? Is it overpriced?