UPDATE: Rocking Out the Summit in AltspaceVR & Somnium Space

UPDATE: To ensure the best experience for our users, we will be hosting the main event for the closing ceremonies in both worlds simultaneously: Somnium Space and AltspaceVR.

Access to Somnium Space is available only to PC/VR users, not desktop/2D or mobile users. If you have access, join the party there. We will have a live stream from the event there into AltspaceVR for the first part of our Rock Out the Summit event.

Join us on both of these innovative platforms to celebrate this record-breaking International Summit.


Somnium Space - Educators in VR 2

SIX DAYS! We can’t believe it. We have completed five and we are on our way to six. We have an amazing closing ceremony called the “Rock Out the Summit” at noon PST Saturday, February 22, in Somnium Space. Come join us in celebrating this record-breaking 2020 Educators in VR International Summit!

Somnium Space people from website.We are so thrilled to be a part of the grand opening of Somnium Space, and we’ve accepted the challenge to fill it with another record-breaking event: the largest group of people in a single virtual space.

The current record was by High Fidelity and stands at 462 people in the same virtual space. That is our goal, and with the help of Somnium Space, and you, we can break that.

Somnium Space - Educators in VR 1Somnium Space is an open, social, and persistent virtual reality world. You may buy land or import objects and instantly monetize and shape your own universe and experience.

VRScout described Somnium Space:

Somnium 2.0 has been designed to host all the players in a single interface, unlike other multiplayer VR gamers where players are categorized into sub servers and mirrored instanced rooms. The solution will be studded with new lucrative features such as persistent server architect and native NFT integration. These unique features help the creators to design and deploy the creations on the land owned by them. Somnium 2.0 will uplift the experience with features like enhanced graphics, full-body Avatars, along with support for Builder and Unity SDKs for creation and avatar importing.

We are thrilled to celebrate the opening of this innovative virtual space. It is currently only accessible by PC 2D Desktop and PC VR devices, not mobile like Oculus Go and Quest. They are working on that, but right now opening up to Educators in VR members and community and everyone to not just celebrate their grand opening but our own record-breaking conference.

To join, you may join on the web or download their client from Somnium Space. Register and when you arrive, you should see signs and information for our Educators in VR celebration. They’ve set up a special pavilion for us.

Accept the challenge and join us for the closing ceremonies and help us rock out the Summit tomorrow, noon, in Somnium Space.

We will also have an after party social in AltspaceVR, which we will be announcing in the next couple hours!

Tom Furness ENCORE in 2020 Educators in VR International Summit

Tom Furness presenting in AlstpaceVR.Tom Furness is back for an ENCORE at the 2020 Educators in VR International Summit on Friday – today at 6PM PST in AltspaceVR.

Tom was our keynote speaker Monday at the start of the Educators in VR International Summit and part way through his presentation when, we assume the power of his presentation combined with the impact of the Educators in VR International Summit blew out the power in his University of Washington VR Lab.

This ground-breaking pioneer in VR and founder of the Virtual World Society worked with his team to restore power, but too late for the event. He’s been with us on and off throughout the week, and is now back to not only look at the past, to the beginings of virtual reality, a field he developed, creating the prototypes that eventually became the devices we wear on our faces, but where we are going in the future as we play with fire and push the technology even further.

Come join us to not only celebrate the life and thought-leader, Tom Furness, but help us boost the event through the last 24 hours into the record books!

Tom Furness - Speaker Card - 2020 Educators in VR International summit.

Expanding Minds in the Metaverse: Special Panel Presentation

The 2020 Educators in VR International Summit, February 17-22, 2020, is breaking all the rules and the records, and continues on through Saturday. Come join the fun. It’s free and accessible in 2D(PC Desktop with headphones) or 3D devices in AltspaceVR, ENGAGE, rumii, and Somnium Space.

Tonight, we are honored to have five leaders in the virtual technology industry with us for a special panel discussion, Engaging Minds in the Metaverse in AltspaceVR, Wednesday, February 19, 2020 at 10:00 PM PST / 1AM Thu EST / 6AM UK/GMT.

This is an incredible opportunity to meet the people behind the devices, educational and social platforms, developers, researchers, and thought-leaders of virtual technology, to hear their thoughts about where spatial technology in education is today, and where it is going. We are thrilled to welcome Alvin Wang Graylin, Artur Sychov, Mat Chacon, David Whelan, and Karolina Manko to our virtual stage tonight.

Alvin Wang GraylinAlvin Wang Graylin, President, HTC Vive, Mr. Graylin is the China President at HTC, leading all aspects of the Vive/VR (VIVE.com) and the Smartphone businesses in the region. He is also currently Vice-Chairman of the Industry of Virtual Reality Alliance (IVRA.com) with 300+ company members, President of the $18B Virtual Reality Venture Capital Alliance (VRVCA.com) and oversees the Vive X VR Accelerators (VIVEX.co) in Beijing, Shenzhen and Tel Aviv.

Artur SychovArtur Sychov is Founder and CEO of Somnium Space. He has been navigating virtual worlds for more than two decades starting with Ultima Online in 1999, then Second Life and many more. Artur strongly believes in the ultimate future of Virtual Reality worlds with open and decentralized economy, amazing creation tools where imagination is the only limit. Artur has worked as an investment trader for many years before creating his first startup and becoming a serial entrepreneur.

Mat ChaconMat Chacon is the co-founder of Doghead Simulations and the innovative educational and meeting platform, rumii. In 1994, he started a website development company, and at 25, took part in the $63 million USWeb IPO. By 45, he was named a top 20 VR executive. He eventually returned to school and attended college, and now teaches online education for free, much of it in virtual reality, determined to make education accessible and affordable to all.

David WhelanDavid Wheland is a tech entrepreneur and founder of VR Education PLC. He is a former Editor-in-chief of Virtual Reality Reviewer and a multi-awarding winning VR director and producer with 10+ years web development, a background in app creation and programming large CRM systems. David believes in a future where education is accessible to all no matter your geographical location or financial status. David’s company VR Education PLC are also the people behind the ENGAGE virtual training and education platform providing users easy to use tools to create and share immersive learning experiences. David has directed and produced Apollo 11 VR and 1943 Berlin Blitz. David also produced Titanic VR and Shuttle Commander.

Karolina MankoKarolina Manko, Program Manager and Marketing, AltspaceVR, is an expert project manager in media and technology (XR/MR) sectors. As a project and community manager, she managed Future of StoryTelling community, creating year-round events and community projects, responsible for growth and management of FoST Community including working individuals and key orgs such as Meow Wolf, The VOID, Columbia Digital Storytelling Lab, Punchdrunk, Samsung, Apple, Microsoft, etc. A thought-leader and published author, and winner of the 2017 BOAAT Writers’ Fellowship, The 2012 David Markowitz Poetry Award, and the 2012 Esther Unger Poetry Prize. She is also a member of the Golden Key National Honor Society, and Phi Betta Kappa Honor Society.

Join us tonight North American time zone, morning UK, and whatever time it is in your time zone.

Spotlight: Alvin Wang Graylin, HTC Vive

Alvin Wang GraylinWe are proud to announce one of our Spotlight speakers, Alvin Wang Graylin of HTC VIVE presenting “Education Elevated vs Reimagining Education,” a special keynote in ENGAGE Monday, February 17, 10PM PST, to help us kick off the 2020 Educators in VR International Summit.

He will be returning to us in Altspace for a special panel called “Expanding Minds in the Metaverse,” 10PM PST on Wednesday along with innovators and thought leaders in the XR industry including Artur Sychov of Somnium Space, Mat Chacon of rumii, David Whelan of ENGAGE, Dr. Sana Farid, Healthcare Futurist.

Mr. Graylin is the China President at HTC, leading all aspects of the Vive/VR (VIVE.com) and the Smartphone businesses in the region. He is also currently Vice-Chairman of the Industry of Virtual Reality Alliance (IVRA.com) with 300+ company members, President of the $18B Virtual Reality Venture Capital Alliance (VRVCA.com) and oversees the Vive X VR Accelerators (VIVEX.co) in Beijing, Shenzhen and Tel Aviv.

Mr. Graylin has over two dozen years of business management experience in the tech industry, including 18 years in Greater China. Prior to HTC, he was a serial entrepreneur, having founded four venture-backed startups in the mobile and internet spaces, covering mobile social, AD tech, search, big data and digital media. Additionally, he has held $100+ million P&L roles at a number of public companies.

Mr. Graylin was born in China and educated in the US. He received his MS in computer science from MIT, MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management and BS in electrical engineering from the University of Washington, where he had specialized in VR and AI over two decades ago. Mr. Graylin is fluent in English, Mandarin, and Cantonese.

We are honored to have Mr. Graylin with us on two platforms in VR, and he is eager for your questions on the future of virtual reality and XR.

AltspaceVR: 2020 Educators in VR International Summit

AltspaceVR logo.The 2020 Educators in VR International Summit, February 17-22, is hosted on multiple virtual social and educational platforms. The following is a list of events hosted on one of our partner educational platforms, AltspaceVR.

To access these events, visit AltspaceVR and login in or install the virtual platform for PC VR (desktop/2D) or VR device and check out their Events listings, or access directly though these links.

Due to the complexity of the AltspaceVR events calendar, many of these events are set in sessions of 1-3 hours. Please note the time of the event and click on the link to its title or session name and click the RSVP button to ensure an email reminder is sent to you an hour before the event as a reminder. These events will also appear in your Events > Interested list when you are inside AltspaceVR. To see only events related to the Educators in VR International Summit, check the Educators in VR Channel in AltspaceVR.

Note: Some events are still pending. Stay tuned for updates.

Times are in Pacific Standard Time for Seattle/Los Angeles.

Date Time Track Presentation Title Speaker Session
17 Feb Mon 2:00 PM PST Opening Event Rock In the Summit Opening
17 Feb Mon 3:30 PM PST Spotlight Event Spotlight: Playing with Fire Tom Furness
17 Feb Mon 5:00 PM PST Spotlight Event VRARA Panel Julie Smithson, Carlos Ochoa, Olivia Wenzel, Pat Owens
17 Feb Mon 11:00 PM PST vLanguage Language, Culture, and Vocational Learning in a Gamified Context Thomas Hansen Virtual Languages and Culture
18 Feb Tue 12:01 AM PST vLanguage USAY AR App: Blackfoot Language Chaz Prairie Chicken Virtual Languages and Culture
18 Feb Tue 1:00 AM PST Diversity Inclusive Presentations in VR for People with Disabilities Thomas Logan Inclusive VR: Disabilities / Virtual School
18 Feb Tue 2:00 AM PST General Topics Creating a K-12 School That Only Exists in VR Can Olcer Immersive VR Research / Platform Design
18 Feb Tue 3:00 AM PST General Topics Virtual Reality Content that Promotes Conceptual Understanding Craig Frehlich
18 Feb Tue 3:00 AM PST Dev Make Student VR/AR Builders Rohit Chaube Student Builders / VR for Dementia
18 Feb Tue 4:00 AM PST Medical & Science Phenomenal Results When Using Virtual Reality for Dementia David de Jong Student Builders / VR for Dementia
18 Feb Tue 5:00 AM PST Corporate Education Through Cloud Learning Julie Smithson Cloud Learning / Cognitive Neuroscience
18 Feb Tue 5:00 AM PST Medical & Science The Fire Escape: Teaching Fire Safety Safely Through VR AmySue Mertens
18 Feb Tue 6:00 AM PST Diversity VR Research Methods for Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychology Panagiotis Kourtesis Cloud Learning / Cognitive Neuroscience
18 Feb Tue 8:00 AM PST Diversity Use of VR in Psychological Research Lazaros Gonidis Phsychological Research / Immersive Experiences / XR Super Girls
18 Feb Tue 9:00 AM PST Computer Science Creating Engaging Immersive Educational Experiences Cameron Tynes Phsychological Research / Immersive Experiences / XR Super Girls
18 Feb Tue 10:00 AM PST Diversity XR Super Girls Maya Bartolf Phsychological Research / Immersive Experiences / XR Super Girls
18 Feb Tue 10:00 AM PST Computer Science Computer Science in VR Nicolas Barone
18 Feb Tue 11:00 AM PST Spotlight Event Setting the Table for the Next Decade in XR Charlie Fink
18 Feb Tue 12:00 PM PST Special Event Translating Training Requirements into Immersive Experience Joe Millward VR Training / Metaverse Learning / Queering VR
18 Feb Tue 12:01 PM PST Medical & Science Virtual Reality for Paramedic Education Lydia Abel VR Paramedic Ed / Global Medical Education
18 Feb Tue 1:00 PM PST Corporate Learning and Living in the Metaverse Kalila R. VR Training / Metaverse Learning / Queering VR
18 Feb Tue 2:00 PM PST Diversity Queering Virtual Reality: Playful Exploration of Gender and Sexual Marginalization Dylan Paré VR Training / Metaverse Learning / Queering VR
18 Feb Tue 2:00 PM PST Medical & Science VR and Global Medical Education Professor Shafi Ahmed VR Paramedic Ed / Global Medical Education
18 Feb Tue 3:00 PM PST Computer Science NASA Suits: The Gateway for Student XR Development Angel Lim NASA / World Design Philosophy
18 Feb Tue 3:00 PM PST Research CANCELLED – RESCHEDULING – Finding a New Literacy for a New Reality Dr. Sarah Jones
18 Feb Tue 4:00 PM PST Down to Basics VR Space Design Philosophy Jeremy D. Nickel NASA / World Design Philosophy
18 Feb Tue 4:00 PM PST Research Inter-cognitive and Intra-cognitive Communication in Virtual Reality Michael Vallance, Ed.D New Literacy / VR Cognitive Communication
18 Feb Tue 5:00 PM PST Diversity Music Therapy in VR for People with Quadriplegia Ben Loveridge VR Music Therapy / VR Design
18 Feb Tue 5:00 PM PST General Topics Religion and Spiritual Teaching in VR Donna McTaggart, DJ Soto, Jeremy Nickels, Reb Zusha Nachman
18 Feb Tue 6:00 PM PST General Topics CANCELLED Design Immersive Lessons with AR & VR Michael Fricano II
18 Feb Tue 7:00 PM PST vCoaching How is Learning Creative Arts Made Better with VR? Dr. Joshua Cohen Creative Arts in VR / Roblox Studio
18 Feb Tue 8:00 PM PST Dev Roblox Studio in VR: Build, Play, Rebuild, Share Philip Williams Creative Arts in VR / Roblox Studio
18 Feb Tue 8:00 PM PST Corporate Create Strategic Snapchat & Instagram AR Campaigns Dominique Wu
18 Feb Tue 10:00 PM PST General Topics VR4Edu.io: Virtual Campus Initiative Domingo Flores VR4Edu.io / VR Consumer Usage / Accessible VR
18 Feb Tue 11:00 PM PST Corporate What’s Holding VR Usage Back? Dupain Louis VR4Edu.io / VR Consumer Usage / Accessible VR
19 Feb Web 12:01 AM PST Diversity Making VR Accessible to All Chris Lewis VR4Edu.io / VR Consumer Usage / Accessible VR
19 Feb Web 1:00 AM PST Medical & Science VR for Elderly and Dementia Suzanne Lee Elderly & Dementia VR / Cognitive Benefits / Immersive Reading
19 Feb Web 1:00 AM PST Special Event Mixed Reality in Classrooms Near You Mark Christian Mixed Reality Classes / Designing Educational Content
Wed 2:00 AM PST Research Cognitive Benefits Applicable to VR Learning Dr. Marc Holmes CANCELLED
19 Feb Web 2:00 AM PST Dev Designing Educational Content in VR Avinash Gyawali Mixed Reality Classes / Designing Educational Content
19 Feb Web 3:00 AM PST Research Case Study: Immersive Reading Environments Federico Pianzola Elderly & Dementia VR / Cognitive Benefits / Immersive Reading
19 Feb Web 4:00 AM PST Corporate Integration of VR into a Workplace Safety and Prevention Training Program Tania Killan VR Workplace Safety / Assessment & Design / Breaking Rules
19 Feb Web 4:00 AM PST General Topics LearnCraft: The Potential of MinecraftVR for Educators Daniel Dyboski-Bryant Society 3.0 Abundance by Technology
19 Feb Web 5:00 AM PST Research VR Education and Assessment: How It Influences Design Choices Richard Ward VR Workplace Safety / Assessment & Design / Breaking Rules
19 Feb Web 5:00 AM PST General Society 3.0 Abundance by Technology Jurjen de Vries LearnCraft / Society 3.0 / Back to the Future
19 Feb Web 6:00 AM PST Down to Basics Presentations in VR: Breaking Old Rules and Unlocking New Possibilities Yulia Barnakova VR Workplace Safety / Assessment & Design / Breaking Rules
19 Feb Web 6:00 AM PST vCoaching Back to the Future of XR Heather Elizabeth Dodds LearnCraft / Society 3.0 / Back to the Future
19 Feb Web 7:00 AM PST Medical & Science Designing VR Experiences for and with People Living with Dementia James Hodge
19 Feb Web 8:00 AM PST Research Virtual Reality Research in Native Country Angelina Dayton
19 Feb Web 8:00 AM PST Research Virtual Reality Technologies for Learning Designers Margherita Berti
19 Feb Web 9:00 AM PST Special Event RESCHEDULING: Benjamin de Wit: Fireside Chat Benjamin De Wit
19 Feb Web 10:00 AM PST Medical & Science VR and Elderly Care Marloes Henderikx VR Elderly Care / Mixed Reality / Corporate Diversity
19 Feb Web 10:00 AM PST Research Didactic Activity of the Use of VR and Virtual Worlds to Teach Design Fundamentals Christian Jonathan Angel Rueda VR Design / Biblioverse / Training & Embodiment
19 Feb Web 11:00 AM PST Spotlight Event Microsoft Mixed Reality for Education Anson Ho VR Elderly Care / Mixed Reality / Corporate Diversity
19 Feb Web 11:00 AM PST Special Event Gamifying the Biblioverse with Metaverse Amanda Fox VR Design / Biblioverse / Training & Embodiment
19 Feb Web 12:00 PM PST Diversity Corporate Diversity and Inclusion Training in VR Tracy DeTomasi VR Elderly Care / Mixed Reality / Corporate Diversity
19 Feb Web 12:00 PM PST vCoaching The Power of Virtual Embodiment for Training Camille Donegan VR Design / Biblioverse / Training & Embodiment
19 Feb Web 3:00 PM PST General Topics Virtual Learning Journeys with Georgia Public Broadcasting Bethanie Boswell Virtual Learning / Molecular Science
19 Feb Web 3:00 PM PST vLanguage Language Learning in RezMela’s Cube Anabel Nowak RezMela’s Cube / VR UX
19 Feb Web 4:00 PM PST Down to Basics VR User Behavior and User Experience Alan Chao RezMela’s Cube / VR UX
19 Feb Web 4:00 PM PST Medical & Science Making Molecular Science Immediately Obvious Keita Funakawa Virtual Learning / Molecular Science
19 Feb Web 5:00 PM PST Special Event Bringing High School To An Island In Africa Using VR Mat Chacon VR High School in Africa / LGBTQ+ Panel
19 Feb Web 6:00 PM PST Diversity LGBTQ+ Diversity Panel John Williams, Alan, Chris, Henry, Smartie, Stevie, Meta VR High School in Africa / LGBTQ+ Panel
19 Feb Web 7:00 PM PST General Topics Deep Dive: Research Comparing Immersive VR to Desktop Content Dr. Mina Johnson VR Training / Metaverse Learning / Queering VR
19 Feb Web 8:00 PM PST Dev Immersive Platform Design Eric Hawkinson Technology Acceptance / Learning Assessment
19 Feb Web 10:00 PM PST Spotlight Event Expanding Minds in the Metaverse Alvin Wang Graylin, Artur Sychov, Mat Chacon, David Whelan, Dr. Sana Farid
19 Feb Web 11:00 PM PST Down to Basics Creating VR/AR Ecosystems for Schools of the Future Carlos J. Ochoa Fernandez VR/AR School Ecosystems / VRKeer Bike Safety
20 Feb Thu 12:01 AM PST Corporate Children Bicycle Safety Game: VRKeer Carl Boel VR/AR School Ecosystems / VRKeer Bike Safety
20 Feb Thu 1:00 AM PST Research From Lecture Hall to Holodeck Rolf Kruse Lecture to Holodeck / Gangs
20 Feb Thu 2:00 AM PST Research Virtual Decisions: Personal Awareness about Gang Membership Dr. Atif Mohammed Ghani Lecture to Holodeck / Gangs
20 Feb Thu 2:00 AM PST Special Event Status of Enterprise AR Ecosystem – What’s to Come for Educators Mark Sage of ARENA Enterprise AR / VR Language Learning
20 Feb Thu 3:00 AM PST Medical & Science Social VR for Health Care Simulations Susan Toth-Cohen Social VR Health Care / Immersive Health Care / Emergency Medicine
20 Feb Thu 3:00 AM PST vLanguage VR Language Learning and Teaching Michael McDonald Enterprise AR / VR Language Learning
20 Feb Thu 4:00 AM PST Medical & Science The Future of Immersive Learning in Health Care Rob Theriault Social VR Health Care / Immersive Health Care / Emergency Medicine
20 Feb Thu 5:00 AM PST Medical & Science Virtual Reality for Emergency Medicine Education and Training Timothy Koboldt Social VR Health Care / Immersive Health Care / Emergency Medicine
20 Feb Thu 5:00 AM PST vCoaching Enabling the Future of Virtual Learning through Crowdsourcing and Co-Creation Nick van Breda Crowdsourcing Virtual Learning / VR Classroom Management / Life-Changing VR
20 Feb Thu 6:00 AM PST Down to Basics Making Classroom VR Management Easy Sean Strong Crowdsourcing Virtual Learning / VR Classroom Management / Life-Changing VR
20 Feb Thu 6:00 AM PST vCoaching Partner Dancing Lessons in VR Jorge Ortiz & Rebekah Diaz
20 Feb Thu 7:00 AM PST vCoaching Using VR for Life-Changing Purposes Christophe Leske Crowdsourcing Virtual Learning / VR Classroom Management / Life-Changing VR
20 Feb Thu 9:00 AM PST Corporate Social VR As Intellectual Salon: Venue, Content, & Workflow Chuck Webster of Health Systems Chat Social VR Health Care / Immersive Conversations
20 Feb Thu 9:00 AM PST Computer Science Pipe Building System in VR Yair Bautista VR Pipe Building System / XR Ed Trends
20 Feb Thu 10:00 AM PST vLanguage Transforming Learning Using Dynamic, Free-Flowing Conversations with Virtual Humans Lee Brighton Social VR Health Care / Immersive Conversations
20 Feb Thu 10:00 AM PST Special Event Landscape of XR Education Trends & Design Patterns Kent Bye VR Pipe Building System / XR Ed Trends
20 Feb Thu 11:00 AM PST vCoaching Closing the Gap Between eLearning and XR Richard Van Tilborg XR eLearning / Laughter Medicine
20 Feb Thu 11:00 AM PST Research Technology Acceptance and Learning Process Victoria Bolotina Technology Acceptance / Learning Assessment
20 Feb Thu 12:00 PM PST vCoaching How to Use Laughter as Medicine in VR Frank Chindamo XR eLearning / Laughter Medicine
20 Feb Thu 12:00 PM PST Research Assessment of Learning Activities in VR Evelien Ydo Technology Acceptance / Learning Assessment
20 Feb Thu 1:00 PM PST vCoaching Connecting Realities Dr. Joshua Cohen, Dana-Maria (CaptainVR)
20 Feb Thu 2:00 PM PST Down to Basics Expert Panel: Hosting Events in VR Stevie, Don, Mike P, Lorelle, Chris, Mark
20 Feb Thu 4:00 PM PST Research Calling All Angels: Designing and Analyzing XR Research Heather Elizabeth Dodds XR Research Design / Healthcare Hygiene
20 Feb Thu 5:00 PM PST Medical & Science Immersive Technology and Health Care: Barriers of Entry, Patient Experience, and Hygiene Demands Amy Hedrick XR Research Design / Healthcare Hygiene
20 Feb Thu 6:00 PM PST Down to Basics Copyright and Plagiarism Protections in VR Jonathan Bailey
20 Feb Thu 7:00 PM PST Dev The Positive Environment: Creating a World Around You as a Teaching Tool Through Virtual Reality Carlos Acevedo
20 Feb Thu 8:00 PM PST Diversity Cyberbullying in VR John Williams, Brennan Hatton, Lorelle VanFossen
21 Feb Fri 12:01 AM PST Research Drones, Digital Nature and Eye Tracking: Leveraging VR in Social Science Jan-Willem van ‘t Klooster Drones and Eye Tracking / AVR Training / Prison in VR
21 Feb Fri 1:00 AM PST Computer Science Change Paradigm of Training with AVR and Classroom 3.0 Marcin Kasica Drones and Eye Tracking / AVR Training / Prison in VR
21 Feb Fri 2:00 AM PST General Topics UNICEF Education XR Startups Fabien Benetou
21 Feb Fri 2:00 AM PST Corporate Prison in VR, Diversity in VR Nina Salomons Drones and Eye Tracking / AVR Training / Prison in VR
21 Feb Fri 3:00 AM PST General Topics Mixed Reality is Reality Now Ewout Warringa Mixed Reality / Across the Virtual Divide
21 Feb Fri 4:00 AM PST General Topics Teaching Across the Virtual/Actual Divide Lori Landay Mixed Reality / Across the Virtual Divide
21 Feb Fri 4:00 AM PST vCoaching VR: Antidote to Modern Education Brendan Black VR Education / Training Use Cases
21 Feb Fri 5:00 AM PST General Topics Using Analog Media Production Practices to Create Immersive Digital Content Timothy Mitchell Immersive Digital Content / VR Community
21 Feb Fri 5:00 AM PST Corporate Validation of Use Cases for Training Sam Watts VR Education / Training Use Cases
21 Feb Fri 6:00 AM PST General Topics Exploring VR Community Growth Sonya Haskins Immersive Digital Content / VR Community
21 Feb Fri 8:00 AM PST vCoaching Stress Reduction and Burnout Prevention in VR Dana-Maria (CaptainVR) VR Stress Reduction / Dance Class
21 Feb Fri 8:00 AM PST Medical & Science Where VR Makes Sense for Health Professionals’ Education Janet Corral
21 Feb Fri 9:00 AM PST vCoaching Dance Class in VR Rebekah Diaz VR Stress Reduction / Dance Class
21 Feb Fri 10:00 AM PST vCoaching VR and Autism: Learning Self-Control with Social VR Esther Simao VR Autism / VR for Empowerment
21 Feb Fri 11:00 AM PST vCoaching Empowering People with VR Dana-Maria (CaptainVR) VR Autism / VR for Empowerment
21 Feb Fri 11:00 AM PST Special Event Operation Literacy: Addressing SDGs through XR Amanda Fox Operation Literacy / Alloverse
21 Feb Fri 12:00 PM PST Special Event How XR will Democratize Education Globally Alan Smithson
21 Feb Fri 12:00 PM PST Dev Alloverse: Building the Open Metaverse Nevyn Bengtsson Operation Literacy / Alloverse
21 Feb Fri 1:00 PM PST Corporate VR Applications and Use Cases: Discussion Jim Intriglia VR App Use Cases / 360 Careers
21 Feb Fri 1:00 PM PST General Topics WebXR and The Immersive Web Gabe Baker WebXR / AR Pedagogy
21 Feb Fri 2:00 PM PST Corporate Career Exploration Through 360-Degree Media David Grandison Jr VR App Use Cases / 360 Careers
21 Feb Fri 2:00 PM PST General Topics AR Pedagogy: Inspire Students to be Digital Storytellers Paula MacDowell WebXR / AR Pedagogy
21 Feb Fri 3:00 PM PST Special Event A Guided Tour of Microsoft’s Spatial Galaxy Thomas Lewis
21 Feb Fri 4:00 PM PST Medical & Science Using 3D Modeling to Teach Biochemistry Joe Laureanti 3D Biochemistry / AR in Classrooms
21 Feb Fri 5:00 PM PST Down to Basics Integrating Augmented Reality into the Classroom Steve Grubbs 3D Biochemistry / AR in Classrooms
21 Feb Fri 5:00 PM PST Corporate The Future of Social Media, Education, and Online Teaching Andy Fidel, Paula Paulino, Bobby Carlton
22 Feb Sat 12:01 AM PST Corporate Effectiveness of VR in Training Carl Boel
22 Feb Sat 2:00 AM PST Corporate Importance of Maritime Virtual Reality Ephrem Dela Cerna Jr Maritime VR / Embodiment
22 Feb Sat 3:00 AM PST vLanguage Embodiment: Evidence for Learning by Doing in VR Jack Ratcliffe Maritime VR / Embodiment
22 Feb Sat 5:00 AM PST General Topics Emerging Space Technologies Creating an Inclusive and Sustainable Future Roxanne Shewchuk Space Explorers Academy / VR eSports
22 Feb Sat 6:00 AM PST General Topics VR eSports in the Educational Setting Sonya Haskins Space Explorers Academy / VR eSports
22 Feb Sat 6:00 AM PST Corporate Hardhat Not Required: XR in Nuclear Power and Other Industries Shachar “Vice” Weis XR Nuclear Power / VLanguage Products
22 Feb Sat 7:00 AM PST vLanguage Prototyping a Language Learning Product Giuseppe Fantigrossi XR Nuclear Power / VLanguage Products
22 Feb Sat 8:00 AM PST Corporate The Myth of Learning Organizations Thiên-Sinh Polodna Learning Organizations in VR / Augment Class / VR Revolution
22 Feb Sat 8:00 AM PST General Topics CANCELLED – Storyframing: Finding the Holy Grail of a Formalised Narrative Language as a VR Framework Dr. Jodi Nelson-Tabor
22 Feb Sat 9:00 AM PST General Topics Augment Your Classroom Georgina Dean Learning Organizations in VR / Augment Class / VR Revolution
22 Feb Sat 9:00 AM PST General Topics VR: So Much More Than a Field Trip Shannon Putman Storyframing / More Than a Field Trip / History Lessons
22 Feb Sat 10:00 AM PST Corporate Education: The Past, Present, and Coming Revolution David Sime Learning Organizations in VR / Augment Class / VR Revolution
22 Feb Sat 10:00 AM PST General Topics Transform Your History Lessons with AR and VR Michael Fricano II Storyframing / More Than a Field Trip / History Lessons
22 Feb Sat 12:00 PM PST Rocking Out the Summit Closing Ceremonies

Schedule subject to change without warning.

January 2020 Events Schedule

Educators in VR - Daniel Dyboski-Bryant presents a workshop in AltspaceVR.Educators in VR’s weekly workshops continue on Tuesdays in AltspaceVR, educating and inspiring you with creative ways to integrate VR, AR, XR, and MR into education, even though the wheels are turning at a furious pace for our upcoming 2020 Educators in VR International Summit, February 17-22, 20202.

January 8, 2020 – Chris Madsen’s Setting Up a VR Classroom: Chris Madsen will cover some of the basic challenges and how to overcome them to develop VR in the classroom. His innovative research over the past year will help you learn how to handle the concerns of administration and faculty, and how to create a safe and secure environment for the students and teachers. Chris is a lively and fascinating expert, so bring your questions and concerns to the workshop tomorrow. RSVP so you won’t miss it.

January 14, 2020 – Nicolas Barone on Teaching Computer Science in VR: Nicolas spent the last few months developing innovative methodologies for teaching computer science and programming in a VR environment, specifically working with AltspaceVR, testing its limits and pushing boundaries. The founder of Universe, a collaborative online computer science educational company, he will share his experiences, lessons learned, and innovations with us in a week, so make sure you RSVP now to receive a reminder before the event.

January 21, 2020 – Educators in VR 101: The Educators in VR Curriculum Team has been developing this introductory program, Educators in VR 101, over the past year and it continues to develop as new technology and research into methodologies evolve. If you are new to immersive technologies in education and the classroom, this hour workshop introduces you to the basics and offers you the opportunity to get the answers you need to take the next step toward introducing yourself and your classroom or research to this new emerging technology.

January 28, 2020 – Exploring the Immersive Classroom: Teaching in VR’s unique immersion experience brings many challenges and concerns. The Educators in VR Curriculum Team’s workshop on working with immersive classrooms explores the potential of working with virtual worlds and spaces in education, from teaching within them, working with students to create immersive worlds, and encouraging virtual worlds as homework assignments. Each session takes you to two or more worlds that serve as examples.

February 4, 2020 – Educators in VR Social: We offer a social networking meetup regularly to allow us to connect through the magic of VR with other educators, learners, researchers, and enthusiasts from around the world and learn about how they use immersive technologies in education. Come join us for a drink and a virtual snack in our beautiful Educators in VR training facility in AltspaceVR.

2020 Educators in VR International Summit poster.February 17-22, 2020 – 2020 Educators in VR International Summit: While the International Summit is still evolving as the deadline for speakers just passed and we are starting to pour through the outstanding submissions and notify speakers, expect 80+ hours of educational programs, workshops, fireside chats, and panels on a wide-sweeping range of topics on immersive and spatial technologies in education. The event will be hosted in AltspaceVR, ENGAGE, and other social and educational virtual platforms. The event will be live streamed from each of the platforms for the main conference track, and other events will be recorded and shared later via our website and Youtube channel.

Consider subscribing to our Educators in VR event subscription channel to receive regular reminders of upcoming events there.

Educators in VR is dedicated to providing educational events, trainings, and workshops for educators and learners to prepare them for the future of spatial technologies in education. We offer weekly workshops in AltspaceVR and other platforms, and a monthly meetup featuring key educators, trainers, and developers in VR, AR, XR, and MR technology and education.

Join our Educators in VR Discord group, Facebook, and follow us on Twitter for information on meetups and how to become more involved.

Some other educational and informative events happening in AltspaceVR that you might not want to miss include:

  • AltspaceVR 101: AltspaceVR offers regular 30 minute workshops with tips and techniques for learning how to use AltspaceVR and be introduced to the strong and healthy metaverse community. The are held five days a week at various hours for different time zones. The next ones are Wednesday, Saturday early and later in the day, and Sunday.
  • Tech Tock with Jesse Damiani: Thursdays, the technology reporter from SNHU, Forbes, and The Verge features intimate conversations and open discussions with the leaders in the virtual technology fields from artists and developers to producers and entrepreneurs.
  • Improv Night with Stevieboy and Shoseki: Every Saturday, AltspaceVR becomes an innovative zone for crazy and good times as users become improvisational actors on the stage working with audience suggestions. Totally unpredictable, it’s a great example of the potential for the same comedy interactivity and collaboration you might bring to your classroom.
  • CES 2020: VR/AR/XR, Healthcare, AI, Robots, Drones, Sustainability & Climate with Health Systems Chat: Thursdays, Chuck Webster of Health Systems Chat covers a wide ranging topic related to healthcare technologies. This week is the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) and he will be covering the event. His next event is about the history, recipes, science, and farming of potatoes to honor the international Potato Expo in Las Vegas that week. And on January 30, he tackles the topic of assistive technology and virtual reality.
  • C# Programming Course: Mohamad offers C# programming courses in AltspaceVR. Sunday, January 19, he begins his next series on intermediate level courses.
  • Introduction to Unity: Nicolas Barrone and his team are joined by Matt Cook this month to teach world building and VR app and game development using Unity. The free course starts January 22.
  • Meditating on Morality: Tom Nickels of EvolVR, an expert on mortality and meditation, holds regular sessions in AltspaceVR tackling these serious issues with great insights and experience.
  • The EvolVR Book Club: Meeting month, the EvolVR Book Club explores spiritual books and teachings. Last month’s book was The Tibetan Book of the Dead, and this month’s book is Ram Dass’ Be Here Now.
  • Humanism: The Self-Domestication of Humans: An innovative educational exploration on how humans share many of the characteristics of domesticated animals and the evolution of this process, one of many fascinating topics shared by Ron Flannery at the monthly Humanism Meetups.
  • Poetry Slam: A biweekly event on Mondays with users stepping up to the stage to share their poetry, rap, and short stories, another example of the potential for a classroom experience.
  • Creative Writing Meetup: Lorelle hosts an innovative workshop Tuesdays for creative writers writing short stories, essays, memoirs, poetry, or those just wishing to expand their creative writing abilities. This is the second year of the meetups and this year more special event workshops, classes, and programs will be featured.

To Attend Educators in VR Events in AltspaceVR

We meet in AltspaceVR, a free virtual reality social app and community. You may RSVP on our events page and AltspaceVR will send you a reminder an hour before the event.

You may attend as a guest or member using the free AltspaceVR mobile app or 2D version. AltspaceVR is available for Samsung Gear, Steam Store for HTC Vive, Windows Mixed Reality, and the Oculus Store for Rift, Go and Quest users. If you do not have a VR device, you may also install the 2D version for use on your Windows desktop computer. A headset and microphone (quality earbuds acceptable) is required to participate. Otherwise please stay muted during the event as the background noise and echoes may be disruptive. For more information on accessing and installing AltspaceVR, check out their download web page.

If you would like to present at one of our weekly workshops, please submit your speaker’s proposal to us. Considering joining one of our many team projects. If you have questions or need more information, please contact us or connect with one of our many social media channels.

Workshop: Chris Madsen and Setting Up a VR Classroom

Chris Madsen - ENGAGE.Our next Educators in VR Weekly Workshop tomorrow, January 7, 2020, is one you will not want to miss. Chris Madsen of ENGAGE explores using VR in the classroom, diving deeply into the challenges we all face: security, safety, surroundings, software, and hardware. As we only have an hour, he will spend more time on the first parts, which are essential aspects of the decision-making process. His focus will be on high school and below ages, but apply to all levels of classroom integration for students and educators new to VR.

Chris Madsen holds many titles and credits but we have to admit that he is one of the most passionate evangelists for virtual reality in the world. Considered one of the top influencers in VR and education, his work with ENGAGE, the powerful, award-winning educational platform, created by VR Education Holdings PLC, is helping to change the face of online education. Immersive VR Education company works with a wide range of clients including the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol), University of Oxford, BBC, HTC, Shenandoah University, and the US Air Force Academy. His Twitter account is filled with a wide range of inspirational and newsworthy posts worth following.

Co-founder of the Utah Virtual Reality Meetup, an Ambassador in the Edge of Discovery non-profit that develops emergency media projects with VR and AR for historically silenced, simplified, and minimized societies, CEO of Digital Realities, and business development and evangelist for ENGAGE, he brings a passion to our workshops that will help you step off the fence when it comes to including immersive technology into the classroom.

Chris has been working extensively in researching and developing, and simplifying, the process of integrating VR into the classroom over the past year, as opposed to bringing the classroom to virtual reality. He spent twenty years working in Behavioral Science, and brings that expertise to this process.

Many school administrators are very worried about the risks of integrating VR into the classroom, and how to not only do it safely but with purposeful intention for the students and the teachers. He will cover the psychological and physically challenges associated with VR in the classroom, and help us understand how to create a safe and positive experience, dealing with the sharing of equipment, nausea concerns, safety issues, and help us make these challenges positive.

He will also cover some of the basics to consider when it comes to the logistics, and we are eager to have him dive even deeper into this subject and more at the 2020 Educators in VR International Conference, February 17-22. Yes, consider him one of the first announced speakers for our ground-breaking event. 😀

The sudden death of Chris Long, another ground-breaking innovator of education and VR, was a great loss. As a long-time friend, Madsen facilitated a beautiful celebration of the life of Chris Long in Engage, allowing so many to make piece with their grief and pay their respects.

Here are some podcasts, interviews, and articles about Chris Madsen to help you learn a little more about the passion he brings to this industry.

Educators in VR is dedicated to providing educational events, trainings, and workshops for educators and learners to prepare them for the future of spatial technologies in education. We offer weekly workshops in AltspaceVR and other platforms, and a monthly meetup featuring key educators, trainers, and developers in VR, AR, XR, and MR technology and education.

Join our Educators in VR Discord group, Facebook, and follow us on Twitter for information on meetups and how to become more involved. Consider subscribing to our Educators in VR event subscription channel to receive regular reminders of upcoming events there. We publish member brags and news you can use about virtual reality in education across the entire spectrum of usage from childhood education to health and science to corporate.

To Attend Educators in VR Events in AltspaceVR

We meet in AltspaceVR, a free virtual reality social app and community. You may RSVP on our events page and AltspaceVR will send you a reminder an hour before the event.

You may attend as a guest or member using the free AltspaceVR mobile app or 2D version. AltspaceVR is available for Samsung Gear, Steam Store for HTC Vive, Windows Mixed Reality, and the Oculus Store for Rift, Go and Quest users. If you do not have a VR device, you may also install the 2D version for use on your Windows desktop computer. A headset and microphone (quality earbuds acceptable) is required to participate. Otherwise please stay muted during the event as the background noise and echoes may be disruptive. For more information on accessing and installing AltspaceVR, check out their download web page.

If you would like to present at one of our weekly workshops, please submit your speaker’s proposal to us. Considering joining one of our many team projects. If you have questions or need more information, please contact us or connect with one of our many social media channels.

Announcing the 2020 Educators in VR International Summit

2020 Educators in VR International Summit logo.

During our first year, Educators in VR has accomplished great things, bringing together a global community of educators, learners, and researchers integrating virtual and spatial technologies into education, and now we’re proud to announce another ground-breaking, pioneering event: 2020 Educators in VR International Summit February 17-22, 2020.

The 2020 Educators in VR International Summit is a free, open-to-the public, virtual event lasting 6 days (over 80 round-the-clock hours) with a diverse range of speakers and presentations covering:

  • The Basics of VR/AR/XR/MR
  • Research into Spatial Technologies in Education
  • Corporate Uses for Training and Education
  • Language Arts Training, Education, and as a Classroom
  • Coaching and Personal Development
  • Medical and Science
  • Computer Science and Math
  • Student Maker/Creator Projects, Collaborations, and Apps
  • Virtual Applications and Hardware for the Classroom

And so much more. We have topics under consideration covering the use of social media with virtual reality, education in religion and virtual worlds, world building, VR/AR app development, social and educational VR platforms, and open discussions with some of the world’s foremost experts in education and integrating extended reality.

The 2020 Educators in VR International Summit will be hosted on AltspaceVR, ENGAGE, and other virtual social and educational platforms.

This will be a one-of-a-kind event bringing together a global community focused on improving our educational technology and standards, and walking the walk in an all-virtual, immersive conference. Presentations will be scheduled around the clock to ensure access no matter what your time zone.

If you are an educator, expert, evangelist, trainer, app developer or founder, researcher, or passionate learner eager to share your educational virtual reality, augmented reality, extended or mixed reality passions, we invite you to submit a Speaker Proposal for the 2020 Educators in VR International Summit. The deadline is December 30. Speakers will be announced by January 5, 2020.

Volunteers are needed to help with moderation, hosting, or recording and streaming the events throughout the week. If you would like to volunteer, please sign up with our 2020 Educators in VR International Summit Volunteer Form.

We will be announcing partners and sponsors soon, along with partner and sponsor applications. It will take much collaboration and money to support and make this free week-long event possible, and your help will be needed.

We are breaking ground here with this virtual conference covering more than 80 hours of educational presentations in a mix of traditional conference with online and distance learning familiarity, combined with a generous pinch of unconference, in virtual spaces open to all with a passion for virtual education.

We’ve seen VR change lives. Now is our opportunity to share our passion with others and learn from each other. You will not want to miss this.

Come join the fun February 17-22, 2020.

2019 Virtual Reality Day – 24 Hours in VR

VR Day 2019 - 24 hours in VR.Educators in VR is very proud to announce our participation in the 2019 Virtual Reality Day celebrations of twenty-four hours in VR on November 22-23, 2019. Events will be hosted in person around the world as well as in a variety of VR social and educational platforms. You may track all the activities and updates with the hashtag #24HoursVR or check the VR Day website for details.

Along with other amazing VR educators, experts, world builders, creators, and researchers, Educators in VR will be hosting conversation, training, and educational workshops throughout the day in AltspaceVR.

Subject to change, Educators in VR will be hosting special events in AltspaceVR beginning Friday and running through Saturday on November 22-23, 2019, depending upon your time zone:

  • World Building in VR with Unity and World Tools: Carsten Pluntke and Lorelle VanFossen. Washington, DC – 3:00am
    • Dubai, UAE – 12:00pm
    • London, UK – 8:00am
    • San Fran – Midnight
  • vLanguage Learning: Foreign Language Learning in VR: Michael McDonald of Gold Lotus.
    • Washington, DC – 4:30am
    • Dubai, UAE – 1:30pm
    • London, UK – 9:30am
    • San Fran – 1:30am
  • Students in VR: Michael Zhang of ICXR.
    • Washington, DC – 9:00am
    • Dubai, UAE – 6:00pm
    • London, UK – 2:00pm
    • San Fran – 6:00am
  • ConVRsation with Educators in VR: Lorelle VanFossen and the Educators in VR team.
    • Washington, DC – 8:30pm
    • Dubai, UAE – Sun 5:30am
    • London, UK – Sun 1:30am
    • San Fran – 5:30pm
  • Educators in VR 101 Forum: Lorelle VanFossen and the Educators in VR team.
    • Washington, DC – 9:30pm
    • Dubai, UAE – Sun 6:30am
    • London, UK – Sun 2:30am
    • San Fran – 6:30pm
  • Tips and Tricks for Teaching in VR: Lorelle VanFossen and the Educators in VR team.
    • Washington, DC – 10:30pm
    • Dubai, UAE – Sun 7:30am
    • London, UK – Sun 3:30am
    • San Fran – 7:30pm
  • Cyberbullying and Bullying in VR: Lorelle VanFossen and the Educators in VR team.
    • Washington, DC – 11:30pm
    • Dubai, UAE – Sun 8:30am
    • London, UK – Sun 4:30am
    • San Fran – 8:30pm

Other guest presenters include some of the most innovative evangelists in VR, especially education in VR:

  • Andrew Conklin
  • Anne McKinnon
  • Eve Weston
  • Jim Malcolm
  • Ken Ehrhart
  • Lara Bucarey
  • Nicolas Barone
  • Olivia Goldman-Szwajkajzer
  • Sana Farid
  • Steve Bambury
  • Syed Akbar

World VR Day, in its third-consecutive year now, is the brainchild of Bob Fine, founder of the popular VR news website VRVoice.co.  The aim of this annual celebration is to help virtual and augmented reality become more mainstream, and you’d be hard pushed to find such a rich selection of events and guest speakers all crammed into one day.  We’re sure that you’ll be so inspired by what’s on offer that by the time the Cyber Monday rolls around, you’ll want that latest headset to take your teaching or learning to the next level using this exciting technology.

Whether we meet in person or in VR during this international celebration of the power of VR, we hope to meet you.