Immersive Digital Experience Connects Participants with the Realities of Saving Earth’s Environment

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In a new interview with CMRubinWorld, Winslow Porter discusses how art and technology can elevate storytelling in classrooms and convey a deeper understanding of the issues of deforestation.

New advances in storytelling technology are helping people gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of environmental issues. How can schools use virtual reality to make learning more engaging?

In a new interview with The Global Search for Education Founder C.M. Rubin, film creators Milica Zec and Winslow Porter explain how their virtual reality film, Tree, uses the latest technology to provide the audience with a greater connection to the environmental challenges our planet is facing. Tree transforms viewers into a rainforest tree. The viewer’s arms become the tree’s branches. His/her body becomes its trunk. The viewer can then experience life as a tree from seedling to its fullest form. Winslow Porter explains to C.M. Rubin, “We want to educate people on this entire wonderous world that is being threatened by extinction. To do that, we wanted to bring the actual scale rainforest into the player’s room.” Tree appeals to nearly all the senses. “There is no language in the piece, just the sounds of nature, which creates a universal story that anyone can relate to,” Porter says.

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Winslow Porter is a film and virtual reality producer, director, and creative technologist. Tree, his sixth VR project, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2017, enhancing storytelling with the combination of art and technology.

CMRubinWorld’s award-winning series, The Global Search for Education, brings together distinguished thought leaders in education and innovation from around the world to explore the key learning issues faced by most nations. The series has become a highly visible platform for global discourse on 21st century learning, offering a diverse range of innovative ideas which are presented by the series founder, C. M. Rubin, together with the world’s leading thinkers.

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