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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.
about:config, and press Enter.
Most browsers have spell checking enabled by default, but in order to check:
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.
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.
If you log into Killer Snails Account, click the “+class” and add a class name. Once the class has a name, add students by entering their emails, first and last names.
You can manage your classes by logging in to your Killer Snails Account. You will be able to remove or add students to existing classes, delete classes, or create new classes.
When you log into Killer Snails Account, you can click on the button for your class to get a list of students. If a student has verified their email and created a password, you will see next to their email address. If not, then they will have a next to their email.
To remove students from a class, log into your Killer Snails Account and select the class in which you want to remove your student. Click on the . You will be asked to confirm the deletion. If the student had started working in the class, the seat will not be returned.
If you log into Killer Snails Account, and click on your class, you will be able to add students to an existing class by clicking the button. Fill out their information and click on the button.
If a student is removed from a class, and is not enrolled in any other Killer Snails classes, then their data will be deleted from our database, in accordance with FERPA guidelines.
Following FERPA guidelines, once the subscription ends, all data will be deleted within 45 days of the contract ending. Upon request, Killer Snails can provide a spreadsheet of de-identified student responses for teachers.
1 Mbps or better (broadband recommended). VR devices will need internet access via Wi-fi in order to connect to Killer Snails Accounts and the product being used.
You can create an account at Killer Snails Account register page. Fill out the information and click on “Register”. Once complete, you will receive an email to verify your account.
All account information is stored in a database and is encrypted.
Emails are used for log-in purposes only. Only teachers that have added students to their classes will be able to see the email addresses of their students. Emails will not be used for any marketing purposes.
Please check with your school or district’s IT department to ensure that they unblock the following domain:
They should not limit it to just the
www prefix (ie:
www.killersnails.com) since other subdomains will also be accessed by different products. For instance, to login to Killer Snails Account, you will need access to
accounts.killersnails.com. For BioDive, you will also need access to
We would be happy to speak with your IT department to help assist with this process- please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
BioDive is aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards. You can view the BioDive Lesson Plan for more details on which standards are addressed.