Commonwealth Shakespeare Company has taken Shakespeare’s most iconic play to the cutting edge of immersive storytelling in Hamlet 360: Thy Father’s Spirit, using the power of virtual reality (VR) to plunge viewers into Hamlet’s harrowing journey. This cinematic 360-degree adaptation explores new dimensions of the photoplay medium by casting the viewer as the Ghost of Hamlet’s dead father. In this role as an omniscient observer, guide, and participant, viewers get a sense of agency and urgency throughout the 60-minute experience. The film plays out in a single location, at the center of a large, rundown hall with a stage to one side. It is a cavernous room outfitted with lamps, a collection of shabby and ornate furniture, a patchwork of rugs, and an old car. Actors move around the room, encouraging viewers to explore the space. Sometimes a sound that seems to come from over the viewer’s shoulder is a prompt to turn around. Hamlet 360 was released by WGBH, a PBS member station in Boston. It is hosted on the station’s YouTubepage, where it can be viewed in 3D using a VR headset or in two dimensions on a desktop or mobile device.
Each month we publish blogs and several newsletters full of
digital learning, funding, professional growth, social media, and STEM
resources. Below are items from our blogs and newsletters that educators turned
to the most in February.
The International Literacy Association 2019 Conference
How can educators and administrators create the environment students need to reach their full potential in the classroom and throughout their lives? By infusing literacy in every aspect of education! The ILA 2019 Conference is your chance to learn how to create and grow a thriving culture of literacy in your school, district, and community—one that not only inspires and empowers students and teachers, but also sets them up for greater success. ILA 2019 offers two full days of professional learning on the topics you want, delivered in a variety of styles; two optional additional days of deep-dive learning into children’s literature and today’s hottest literacy topics; and a well-rounded program of research-based and peer-reviewed sessions to help you empower your students and create an inclusive learning community. Visit ilaconference.org to register.
Fifty award-winning literacy educators contribute more than thirty-five “engagements”—student-focused, classroom-tested instructional and assessment actions—to strengthen the reader in every child, while reinforcing one essential fact: reading involves constructing meaning. Reading Revealed is organized in a four-part framework: Knowing Reading, Knowing Readers, Engaging Readers, and Knowing the Language to Use. Each engagement includes a brief introduction; Why?—benefits of the engagement; Who?—students that would benefit most from the engagement; How?—materials and instructions for effective implementation; Closure/SteppingBack—concluding the engagement; How’s It Going?—informal assessment; and Sources for more information. With helpful tips, photos, callouts for additional resources found at scholastic.com/ReadingRevealedResources, an appendix of forms, and lists of professional titles and children’s literature, Reading Revealed offers indispensable support for helping students approach reading strategically and joyfully.