According to Team ISTE, a group of writers contributing to the ISTE blog, 2017 was the year of AR and VR in the instructional environment. The team highlights that the key to being successful with AR and VR is too go beyond the “wow” factor and develop content related experiences. Don’t worry, if you have not yet experimented with or used Augmented Reality in your classroom or library, you have not missed the boat. This year at FETC, that is the Future of Education Technology Conference in Orlando on January 23-26, 2018, there is a host of AR and VR experiences that will propel you to the next level, but you have to sign up!
FETC offers workshops, concurrent sessions, learning labs, poster presentation, skill builders, theatre presentations, and seminars, but the best learning about AR and VR is to be found in the fee added workshops. This workshops are not to be missed! I hope you are signing up now.
Fee Based Workshops
Storytelling in Virtual Reality—Brian Costello, Digital Innovation Specialist, Egg Harbor Township Schools, NJ
AR and VR Playground—Jaime Donally, Founder ARVRinEDU/Global Maker Day and Rachelle Dene Poth, STEAM Tchr
Also presenting on Tuesday, Jaime Donally and Rachelle Dene Poth provide a series of stations to provide classroom teachers some familiarity with using AR and VR in the classroom. This workshop will give the series of examples as possibilities to use in the classroom.
Living in 360 with Virtual Reality-- Jaime Donally, Founder ARVRinEDU/Global Maker Day
Jamie Donally will be focusing on student-created virtual reality projects with personal learning experiences. This workshop will be a hands-on experience with CoSpaces, Google Street View, EON, RoundMe, Nearpod, Samsung Gear, YouTube Live and others. Plus, during the workshop participants will all share their VR content and how their creation can be applied in the classroom — so you’ll leave with plenty of new great ideas.
Differentiate instruction Using AR, VR, and Other Personalized Learning Tools—Jennifer Park—Assistive Tech and Prog Spec., West San Gabriel Valley SELPA, CA
I am excited to see a workshop about augmented and virtual reality for the special education classroom. Jennifer Park demonstrate how to use multiple AR-ready apps to help students comprehend curricula, while applying Universal Design for Learning principles to create inclusive and engaging learning environments. You'll walk away with resources and ideas to immediately implement in the classroom.
If fee based workshops are out of your price range, do not despair. There are a number of concurrent sessions that offer information about AR and VR learning experiences.
3D Augmented Reality Coming to a Classroom Near You!—Kai Rush—Ass. Professor, U of Wisconsin
On Thursday, Kai Rush will be talking about 10 apps to use with students. This is a hands on learning experience, so bring your smartphones and tablets and get ready to have your 3D mind blown!
Big New K-12 Alphabet: AR, AI, VR, MR, ML—Hall Davidson, Senior Dir., Global Learning Initiatives., Discovery Education
On Friday, Hall Davidson from Discovery Education will be talking about trending technologies for the classroom, include AR and VR. I personally believe that this session is a must for any attending administrator. Hall is excellent at speaking the language of inclusion. You will get your “why’s” answered in this session.
Virtual Tours for Student Services
Virtual Reality is not just for the classroom. It can be used in a variety of administrative purposes including student services. Two sessions that highlight the use of VR in Student Services are must see concurrent sessions for administrators as well.
Virtual Reality and the College Going Culture—Amanda Lopez, Coordinator C&CCS, SDOC, FL
On Thursday, Amanda Lopez will share how one school district has increased its post-secondary enrollment by changing the way students, and their parents, learn about and prepare for post-secondary education through virtual reality. She will share a framework for replicating a district-wide VR implementation pilot. She is a firecracker presenter and will motivate you. Don’t miss a quality presentation.
From My Perspective—VR and Virtual Tours—Carrie Marcum, Ass Principal and Pamela Stegall, Tech Integration Specialist, Spring Mills High School, WV
On Friday, don’t miss how administrators can make virtual tours of their buildings for teacher or parent orientation, tours of classrooms, and how student virtual projects can transform parent engagement. There is a great deal of potential in the ideas that will be presented in this session. Don’t miss it.
I can't wait to see you at FETC learning about Augmented Reality!
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