Notes On Blindness

The link to the video version of this review is at the bottom of the article.

In our freshman Audio/Video class, we are starting to review educational VR experiences. The experience we tried first in particular is called Notes On Blindness.

Notes On Blindness is an interactive VR experience based on the experiences of John Hull, a writer and theologian who lost his sight in 1983. He wrote down what he could perceive from the sounds he could hear. The scenes are made up of glowing dots based on what he’s hearing, with sound effects like birds, rain, people, and wind, with his voiceover playing over the scenery. 

Teachers can use this experience in many different ways, for example English language arts teachers can use Notes On Blindness to explain imagery in poetry. Even art teachers can use this because the visuals in the documentary are somewhat similar to pointillism. We asked our own English language arts and history teacher, Ms. Acevedo,  some questions about how she felt with the VR experience. 

Ms. Acevedo said that the experience was perfect for introducing narrative fiction to students. Lots of students our age struggling with writing description of small moments in time, which is often referred to as kernel fiction. The blind portion of the experience can be really useful if studying a long term person or character who is blind. It could very possibly help students empathize and understand what it’s like to lose your sight and how you’d live without it.

Teachers can use this experience for a project where you write a script using vivid sensory imagery and adding supplements sound effects and maybe adding related photos on top. They can also use VR documentaries in general to keep students engaged in their learning. 

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Looks good for our first time out!

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