This is the schedule for the first-ever 24 Hour English Lesson in VR. Led by innovative language instructor Michael McDonald of Gold Lotus consultancy in Lecce, Italy, this unique fundraising event supports the GoFundMe campaign for the Coronavirus Emergency Fund for Lecce, Italy.
An Educators in VR event, Michael will be presenting 24 hours of English lessons in virtual reality in AltspaceVR, ENGAGE, and rumii. If you are new to these platforms, please visit them and install them to your Windows computer (using a gaming headphones and mic) or install them through Steam, Oculus, or your VR store. We recommend you visit and explore these worlds prior to the event to familiarize yourself with navigation and event access.
For more information and details about the hour-long events across 24-hours, see our announcement.
NOTE: Events and times subject to change without notice. AltspaceVR event links are still pending.
|Hour||Time PST||Time Italy||Topic||Platform Event Link|
|1||2 AM||10 AM||Keynote: A Call to Arms – How VR and Education can Inspire Language Learning & Cultural Exchange with special guest Daniel Dyboski-Bryant.||AltspaceVR|
|2||3 AM||11 AM||How to Build Reading Skills – how can we use VR to support reading development, with special guest Federico Pianzola.||AltspaceVR|
|3||4 AM||12 PM||Sports – Compare and contrast different English accents of the world’s most famous sports people.||AltspaceVR|
|4||5 AM||1 PM||Tour the News – We’ll cover the week’s top news stories for discussion, but not the Coronavirus.||AltspaceVR|
|5||6 AM||2 PM||Teach the Teacher – Tips and Tricks on how to use VR for language learning.||ENGAGE|
|6||7 AM||3 PM||Nature – Explore some of the world’s most beautiful natural sites in the 360 degree video room.||ENGAGE|
|7||8 AM||4 PM||How to Build Writing Skills in VR with guest Lorelle VanFossen, expert writer, blogger, and web publisher.||AltspaceVR|
|8||9 AM||5 PM||Immersive Travel and Cultural Heritage – with special guests Margherita Berti and Dominique Lyoen.||AltspaceVR|
|9||10 AM||6 PM||Space Tour – Let’s get extraterrestrial and tour the Moon and Mars.||ENGAGE|
|10||11 AM||7 PM||Travel – Tour Ancient Avebury, a 5,000 year old Neolithic site in England, and learn about its ancient people, culture, and history.||ENGAGE|
|11||12 PM||8 PM||Crime and Punishment – Let’s play Sherlock Holmes detective with grizzly medieval punishments and unsolved crimes.||AltspaceVR|
|12||1 PM||9 PM||Books – Listen to some short stories from readers around the world.||AltspaceVR|
|13||2 PM||10 PM||Music – Listen to some music from around the world and learn how to describe different genres along with special guest Margie, long-time barbershop quartet singer.||AltspaceVR|
|14||3 PM||11 PM||Money – The past, present and future of money and explore a HUGE £50 English banknote||rumii room code rjeqw1|
|15||4 PM||12 AM||The Past, Present and Future of Transport – Jump on a London Underground train and learn about the history of one of the world’s oldest metro systems.||rumii room code rjeqw1|
|16||5 PM||1 AM||The Art of Study – How to approach the way you study and teach to build confidence and success, with special guests Abi Smithson and Holly Smithson.||AltspaceVR|
|17||6 PM||2 AM||Nature and Environment – Learn about bees and their importance with Alan Chao and his “Ask a Beekeeper” project.||AltspaceVR|
|18||7 PM||3 AM||Festivals around the world featuring international guests and audience with special guest Rohit Chaube – an Indian in America.||AltspaceVR|
|19||8 PM||4 AM||Photography – Group discussion on the world’s most iconic photographs with special guest Mat Chacon of Doghead Simulations (rumiiVR).||AltspaceVR|
|20||9 PM||5 AM||Food and Drink – Explore food from around the world including traditional delicacies and food history.||AltspaceVR|
|21||10 PM||6 AM||Inventions – Look at some of the wackiest and most significant inventions ever made.||AltspaceVR|
|22||11 PM||7 AM||How to Thrive in a Global Community – with special guests Steve Bambury and Dr Sana Farid||AltspaceVR|
|23||12 AM||8 AM||Superstitions around the World – Learn about strange superstitions in the past.||AltspaceVR|
|24||1 AM||9 AM||CLOSING TALK: The Future of Foreign Language Learning and Teaching.||AltspaceVR|