There’s been lots & lots of work behind the scenes at 4D HQ over the last few months. Our software development team have been busy creating, developing, testing, trying out new things, testing again & again until we reached a final result that we’re really happy with.
The World Museum in Liverpool is playing host to the Cosmic Classroom live event and we’re over the moon to announce space medicine scientist and TV personality, Dr Kevin Fong, as our expert presenter.
There will be 11 classes from schools around the country in the audience at the museum, who will be watching and taking part just like the pupils in your class.
Tim Peake will also be answering questions posed by schools via the video messages they sent to us earlier this month!
This is the perfect opportunity to integrate your immersive space in with your pupil’s learning in a really experiential way.
Why not take your class inside a rocket and experience a ROCKET LAUNCH with sound effects and visuals
Show them Space as they fly through the atmosphere and approach the International Space Station… where they can eventually meet British astronaut, Tim Peake as he answers questions from school children all over the country.
Cosmic Classroom is taking place HERE on 2 February at 2pm GMT. Bring space to life for your students with a LIVE broadcast with British ESA astronaut Tim Peake!
BLAST OFF live with the International Space Station at 2pm GMT on Tuesday 2 February.
Find out more information about the timings and structure of the broadcast in our blog post
Check our this up to date timeline of all our immersive spaces in UK…with more spaces being created every month, plus more Pop Ups currently being manufactured, we’re reaching 100 immersive environments nationwide. People are unlocking the potential of immersive learning experiences and providing rich care environments with the aid of their customisable content library and bespoke 4D software all over the country!
4D exchange is our regular networking event where practitioners come to share new lesson ideas, immersive content and best practice.
Our April event was held in Liverpool and we had an enthusiastic and passionate group of staff join us to explain how immersive learning has impacted a huge variety of lessons.
From WW1 to Mr Tumble, we explored lots of ideas and also discussed how staff roles can play a huge impact in implementing immersive learning. Finally we looked at how to carry on these engaging experiences when back in a traditional classroom.
Many thanks to all those who attended and Kensington Primary for being our host for the afternoon.
Explore lots of great ideas in our Prezi below:
Our next 4D exchange will be announced very soon. If you’re a London based practitioner, you’ll want to keep checking back and also keep the end of June free in your diary!
If you’d like to host a 4D exchange or find out more about our range of training programmes, get in touch with the 4D team here.
At 4D we are always looking for new ways to support and understand the wider communities that we work with. Although our main focus has been within education for many years, in the last 18 months we’ve been working closely with Mersey Care NHS Trust creating immersive spaces for people living with dementia. The spaces are being used to encourage communication, inspire memories and create a sense of well being through person centred immersive experiences.
So, with that in mind 4D Group are developing ways of bringing the two worlds of education and healthcare together as part of an intergenerational project.
‘Educating children and young people about dementia is an essential aspect of creating dementia-friendly communities. Children and young people will increasingly come into contact with dementia through friends, family, neighbours or the media as the population ages and many may take on caring responsibilities at some stage in their lives.’ The Alzheimer’s Society
After the whole 4D team were trained to be Dementia Friends at the end of 2014, our training coordinator Inés and content developer Lauren went one step further to become Dementia Champions. The aim being for both to be able to spread the word even further to our schools and help develop dementia friendly communities.
If you’d like us to come to your school to run an immersive dementia friends event, please get in touch. The events are free and will give your pupils information on people living with dementia as approved by The Alzheimer’s Society. Just get in touch here and we can make a plan.
Explore some images of our immersive spaces and then read on for Lauren’s account of her day’s training to become a Dementia Champion:
The day was split into two sections – the first, a general introduction to Dementia Friends with a Dementia Friends Information Session given by Becky, the course leader. The second part of the day was focussed on presentation skills, planning and what it means to be a Dementia Champion.
When we arrived we were within a group of about 30 people, people from all different walks of life and different reasons for attending the session. It was really interesting to hear why people wanted to become Dementia Champions. The group ranged from a neuroscientist who has studied dementia for years to an African support worker who wanted to dispel myths within the African community that dementia doesn’t even exist and also included nurses working closely with people living with dementia, as well as individuals who have been affected by dementia on a personal level.
The day started with looking at typical Dementia Friends Session – this is what we were being trained to present and what we could bring to your school. The whole aim of the session is to understand the five key messages:
Dementia is not a natural part of ageing
It is caused by diseases of the brain
It’s not just about memory loss
It’s possible to live well with dementia
There is more the person than the dementia
Throughout the sessions, which last only about an hour, you participate, are asked questions and most of all, you have fun! Overall though, you come out with a much better understanding of people who are living with dementia and people who are caring for those people.
The next session looked at the Dementia Friends Workshop in more detail and allowed us to ask questions. We were pleased to find that The Alzheimer’s Society have created resources especially for young people and a variety of different exercises to help make the concepts easier to grasp. Becky also confirmed that the sessions have worked really well in schools with pupils really gaining knowledge, understanding and readily becoming Dementia Friends.
The second half of the day looked at presentation skills and how to arrange your own sessions. It’s all well and good knowing the workshop but if you can’t inspire and engage people, the information is not going to be shared. Lots of practice and feedback later, I’m very pleased to confirm we passed and are now officially Dementia Champions ready and able to deliver this wonderful information to the public, businesses, your school staff or your pupils!
If you’re interested in finding out more about Dementia Friends or our Intergenerational project for schools or if you’d like to have a Dementia Friends Information Session in your school delivered by Inés or Lauren please get in touch.
This week we welcomed practitioners from our network of schools for our first 4D exchange of the 2014-15 school year.
4D exchange is a regular event where teachers working in 4D immersive spaces can exchange ideas, best practice and resources with each other. It’s also an opportunity to hear from the 4D team about new tips and tricks that will help you make the most out of your immersive space.
This time we welcomed teaching staff from a range of schools from Stoke, Manchester, Blackburn, Chorley and beyond who all got into the spirit and shared some of the ideas that have been having a positive impact on their pupils.
Ormiston Horizon Academy shared their crime scene maths lesson including QR codes giving clues and a clever use of Powerpoint to create immersive themes
St Barnabas and St Paul’s Primary shared their whole school approach to immersive learning and how their 4D Pop Up is being used everyday of the year. In particular we also saw a great lesson on how Viking ships were built.
Bowlee Park Primary also shared a whole lesson about a journey across the sea to a secret island. This experiential approach has seen a dramatic improvement in boys literacy and language skills.
The 4D team also shared some new content we’ve developed and some top tips on creating your own immersive themes
It was great to get a packed room of practitioners excited and enthusing about how immersive learning is having a positive impact on their lessons. It was also brilliant to see staff eager to swap content, contact details and to start seeing how partnerships could be formed. This is exactly why we wanted to host a networking event like this!
If your school has an immersive space then we want you to join us for the next 4D exchange! All the information you need is here or you can register below. We limit numbers to make the event as useful as possible so if you want to be involved, don’t delay, get registered.
In 2015 we are also looking to find host schools to run a 4D exchange in their immersive space, if you want to be involved, drop the 4D team an email.
Our next event is scheduled for the 25th November and you can register via the form below:
This week we have commissioned our 50th immersive space. What started as a one off project has now grown into a multi award winning company with 13 staff.
To celebrate, we have built a timeline which you can explore below – you can see all the spaces we have completed, watch videos and read testimonials from the practitioners creating powerful and engaging immersive experiences. We recommend the 3D view of the timeline!
With two further installations lined up before Christmas we should be able to commission the 4D immersive spaces deck of cards very soon!