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General Questions

BioDive is an immersive virtual reality experience where middle and high school students are marine biologists studying the delicate ecosystems of venomous marine snails. Throughout their expedition, students discover abiotic and biotic factors that impact marine biodiversity.

Concepts taught: Biodiversity, Energy Pyramid, Producers/Consumers, Conservation, & Scientific Investigation

Some students have used BioDive in Spanish by using Chrome's translate feature. To use this, students can right-click on the page and select "Translate to language...". The first time this feature is used, it may say "Translate to English", which once you click on will give you options to select other languages.

A computer, Chromebook or tablet with a current browser for the online digital journal and a mobile VR headset (like a smartphone with Google Cardboard).

Teachers will need to register for an account on Killer Snails Accounts and create a classroom with their students.

BioDive VR experiences were designed with the idea that headsets may have to be shared between students, so a one-to-one for VR headsets is not required. Currently, the Digital Journal is optimized for Chrome, but will also work in Safari and Firefox.

In order for BioDive and the Digital Journal to function properly, the users must have Javascipt enabled in their browsers.

To enable Javascript in your browser:

  • For Chrome browsers:
    • Click the Chrome menu More in the top right hand corner of your browser
    • Select Settings
    • Scroll down and click on Advanced
    • Under the Privacy and security section, click the Content settings button
    • In the Javascript section, select "Allow (recommended)"
  • For Safari on Mac:
    • Go to the menu Safari -> Preferences
    • Select Security
    • Click on Web Content: Enable Javascript
  • For Safari on iOS:
    • Open up Settings
    • Select Safari
    • Under Security slide Javascript to "on"
  • For Firefox browsers:
    • In the address bar, type about:config, and press Enter.
    • Click I'll be careful, I promise
    • In the search bar, search for javascript.enabled.
    • Right click the result named javascript.enabled and click Toggle. JavaScript is now disabled.

For more information you can also check out Enable JavaScript.

Most browsers have spell checking enabled by default, but in order to check:

  • For Chrome browsers:
    • Click the Chrome menu More in the top right hand corner of your browser
    • Select Settings
    • Scroll down and click on Advanced
    • Under the Languages section, make sure Spell check is turned on
    • On Mac OS, you may also have to see if the menu item Chrome -> Edit-> Spelling and Grammar -> Check Spelling While Typing is checked.
  • For Safari on Mac:
    • Go to the menu Safari -> Edit -> Spelling and Grammar
    • Make sure the Check Spelling While Typing is checked
  • For Firefox browsers:
    • Click the menu button and then choose Preferences.
    • Under the General panel, go to the Language section.
    • Make sure the Check your spelling as you type is selected.

For more information you can also check out Enable JavaScript.

Either an Android device running a minimum of KitKat (4.4) or an iPhone 6 running at least iOS 8. The device also needs to be wi-fi enabled.

Note:

  • Smartphones just need the ability to connect to the internet with wifi, they do not require an active voice or data plan.
  • iPods are not supported due to lack of gyroscope needed for VR
  • iPads are currently not supported
  • Some models of Android devices may not have a gyroscope for VR. You can check your device by trying to play a 360° video from YouTube's Virtual Reality channel and see if moving your phone around changes the view

For students who don’t want to go into VR or for students with visual impairment.

Clicking on "Toggle VR" turns the VR into a full screen experience. Students still move the device to get a full screen 360 view without the headset and move forward by touching the screen.

To make the text larger, enlarge the page to the full screen. You can also enlarge the text by using the Zoom feature in your current browser.

In order to avoid phone overheating, make sure to close out of all other apps and to turn off text messaging before going into VR mode.

Students will be addressed with the names they used in their Killer Snails account.

To ensure the text is clear, line the phone up with the center line, as pictured below.

This may be because of a firewall. Please contact the IT administrator for your school and request access for biodive.killersnails.com.

You can send an e-mail to info@killersnails.com. We also encourage you to fill out this message form to help us record detailed responses.

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Standards Alignment

BioDive is aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards. You can view the BioDive Lesson Plan for more details on which standards are addressed.