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DISTRICT CIO

By Ariana Fine

Visiting the VR farm
City students from both coasts have donned
headsets to take virtual field trips wherein they
learn about the humane treatment of farm animals on a rural sanctuary in upstate New York.
The Farm Sanctuary provides schools in
in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and California with 20 VR headsets so
students can immerse themselves in 360-degree
videos of cows, pigs, sheep, goats, turkeys and
chickens in "Meet the Animals: A Virtual Tour of
Farm Sanctuary."
The tour, which was partially shot by drones,
focuses on cultivating compassion, says Ben
Araya, the East Coast humane educator for the
271-acre Farm Sanctuary in Watkin's Glen.
The experience also touches upon factory
farming's effects on the environment, issues with
the modern food system and meat production
process, and steps that can be taken to be more
plant-based.

VIRTUAL FIELD TRIP-Students at urban schools can tour The Farm
Sanctuary in upstate New York courtesy of an interactive VR program
that includes 360-degree video.

Staying healthy in virtual reality
Tips on how to safely use VR from Jeremy
Bailenson, head of Stanford University's Virtual
Human Interaction Lab.
Keep sessions
to 20 minutes.
Remove
dangerous
objects from the
space.

Unless walking
is critical,
sit down.
Have a second
person available
as a spotter.

If using room-scale VR, explore the
room with goggles on before the
simulation starts.

Better connectivity
Every school district in North Dakota should reach 1 gigabit
per second of connectivity by summer 2019. For some, that
could mean a tenfold increase.
The 100-gigabit upgrade to North Dakota's statewide
STAGEnet network will also provide faster service for
higher education institutions and governments. The state's
core network and internet capacity will see a 150 to 200
percent increase.
"North Dakota's rich heritage includes a strong agricultural foundation spanning dozens of rural communities,
which has long meant a focus on distance education to
support equitable learning opportunities across urban and
rural school districts," says Shawn Riley, CIO of the state
of North Dakota's Information Technology Department.
"Creating an educational foundation that spans 175 school
districts statewide has meant having a technology infrastructure that enables the speed and bandwidth needed for a
variety of online offerings."

Heed safety warnings.
Source: Common Sense

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