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.

ENGAGE: 2020 Educators in VR International Summit

Engage 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, ENGAGE.

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

Please note that these are first come, first serve events with a limited seating, so mark your calendar and get in there early.

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

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

Date Time Presentation Title Speaker Track
17-Feb Mon 10:00 PM PST Education Elevated” vs Reimagining Education Alvin Wang Graylin Spotlight Event
17-Feb Mon 6:00 PM PST ENGAGE Tour ENGAGE Staff General Topics
18-Feb Tue 6:00 PM PST Mindfulness and SEL in VR Caitlin Krause Diversity
18-Feb Tue 8:00 AM PST Content Creator Workshops David McDermott General Topics
18-Feb Tue 9:00 AM PST Presence and Mindfulness (with a Dose of Neuroscience) in VR Caitlin Krause Diversity
19-Feb Tue 7:00 AM PST Chris Long Tribute Educators in VR Community Spotlight Event
19-Feb Wed 2:00 PM PST Vision of the Future – Panel Tom Furness Special Event
19-Feb Wed 5:00 PM PST VR Research Methods for Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychology Panagiotis Kourtesis Diversity
19-Feb Wed 6:00 PM PST ENGAGE Tour ENGAGE Staff General Topics
19-Feb Wed 7:00 AM PST ENGAGE Tour ENGAGE Staff General Topics
19-Feb Wed 8:00 AM PST ENAGE Content Creator Workshop David McDermott General Topics
20-Feb Thu 11:00 AM PST CANCELLED – How Teachers Can Use Their Own VR First Person View to Educate a Large Audience Danny Bittman Special Event
20-Feb Thu 3:00 PM PST Immerse your Audience in All the Realities Steven Sato, James McCrary Special Event
20-Feb Thu 7:00 AM PST Exploring ENGAGE ENGAGE Staff General Topics
20-Feb Thu 8:00 AM PST Steve Bambury Live Steve Bambury Spotlight Event
21-Feb Fri 10:00 AM PST The Spatial Web: Fireside Chat with Gabriel Rene Gabriel Rene Spotlight Event
21-Feb Fri 6:00 PM PST ENGAGE Tour ENGAGE Staff General Topics
21-Feb Fri 7:00 AM PST ENGAGE Tour ENGAGE Staff General Topics
22-Feb Sat 5:00 AM PST Social VR and Libraries Ryan Schultz General Topics

Schedule subject to change without warning.

February 2020 Schedule of Events

Have we got a month of events for you this month! Oh, where to start?

Let’s begin with our regular weekly Educators in VR workshops on Tuesdays in AltspaceVR. Last month we had some amazing events with Chris Madsen of ENGAGE discussing how to set up a VR classroom and the standards and practices you should consider.

Nicolas Barone of the Universe dazzled us with tips and tricks on how he presents computer science and programming workshops in AltspaceVR.

With these and other exciting workshops and events behind us, what’s coming up?

February Workshops and Social

We will get to the information on the International Summit, but let’s look at what we have for our regular Tuesday Educators in VR workshops and events.

February 4, 2020 – Educators in VR Social: We have a fun Educators in VR Social event where you will have a chance to meet other educators from around the world and network and learn what others are up to in integrating VR into education, from the classroom to research to development. With the International Conference in a couple weeks, this is a great opportunity for speakers and volunteers to meet up, and you to meet them as well. We are expecting a full house, so get there early.

Educators in VR Event in AltspaceVR

February 11, 2020 – Creating Educational Events in AltspaceVR: This popular event explores creating educational events in AltspaceVR, and in other VR educational and social platforms. It’s a great introduction for those new to hosting educational events in virtual reality, exploring the considerations of the event space or world, making it public, private, or paid, and tips and techniques for immersive classroom experiences.

February 25, 2020 – Educators in VR After Summit Social: Come party with us to celebrate the After Summit Social, an opportunity to network with attendees, speakers, and volunteers who survived the International Summit. We will be partying hardying!

2020 Educators in VR International Summit

Honestly, we started out with a goal of 40 speakers spread across 5 or 6 days in a couple of VR platforms. Little did we realize when we sent out the speaker application during the holidays, the worst time possible to coordinate an event, we would be flooooooded with applications. They were so good, we decided that since we were doing this virtual, and virtual reality is infinite – right? What’s the harm in expanding?

Educators in VR - International Summit Template - Altspace world art

We will find out February 17-22, 2020, in AltspaceVR, ENGAGE, rumii, Mozilla Hubs, and Somnium Space. We have about 170 speakers and panelists lined up for almost 24 hours a day for six days. Are you ready for this? The schedule will be published shortly.

To manage all this, we have volunteer meetings in AltspaceVR and in our Discord server, and training sessions to help speakers.

Speaker 101: Training Sessions: To help speakers prepare for the 2020 Educators in VR International Summit, we’re hosting a series of training sessions exploring options on how to present in VR including the use of the moderation and hosting tools, slides, presentation styles, and how to keep your audience in their hot and heavy headsets in their virtual seats and engaged for the full length of your presentation while fiddling with all the little bits behind the scenes. These are open to the public as well, so if consider presenting educational events in VR, especially in AltspaceVR, you won’t want to miss one of these special presentations.

February 6, 2020 Thursday – Public Volunteers Meetup for Educators in VR International Summit: Considering volunteering for the Educators in VR International Summit, or volunteering to help with Educators in VR in general, or maybe an AltspaceVR event, Lorelle and the Educators in VR team will introduce you to the opportunities to support Educators in VR events and activities, and teach you a little about how this volunteering in VR thing works. Volunteering doesn’t take much time. We need volunteers willing to give an hour or two during the International Summit, or maybe longer. It’s up to you. We need people of all skills and abilities, from office style work (spreadsheets, email, taking notes, project management) to moderating events to filming and recording events in VR. Even if you don’t know how, we are here to help you learn. Stretch a little and learn something new! This is a great opportunity.

These are all open to the public. If you are a speaker or volunteer, you will be provided with private event information.

Many of the sessions will be live streamed and/or recorded and posted to our YouTube channel, but we need volunteers to help make this happen.

The master calendar will be on our website on our International Event page, and we will be announcing speakers in the next few days.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Educators in VR Presents First vCoaching and Personal Development Workshop

Educators in VR is proud to announce our pioneering new project team vCoaching and Personal Development led by Dana-Maria aka CaptainVR. Their first event is Thursday, December 5, 2019, in AltspaceVR, and you are invited to join us for this free event.

Dana-Maria brings her evangelism in using virtual reality for coaching, training, and therapy applications to help people “captain their own lives.” The research and application of virtual reality is finding it a powerful tool for helping people to confront fears, build life skills, and become more effective in their professional lives and work.

In 2014, Dana-Marie won the Samsung VR Challenge for Best Virtual Reality Idea of the Netherlands, creating a VR application to help free people from their fears. It was successfully launched not only in the Netherlands but globally. She continues her pioneering work to help develop effective virtual reality applications with specialists around the world to help young people literally champion and captain their lives.

Here are some samples of her work.

You may keep up with all the great work Dana-Maria is doing on her YouTube channel, CaptainVR Facebook Page, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram, and you can always follow the team project in our Educators in VR Discord group.

Dana-Maria and the vCoaching and Personal Development team will be bringing the topics and speakers in this emerging field to our Educators in VR workshops regularly, so make sure you attend Thursday’s event and keep an eye on our calendar for more news and updates.

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 can be disruptive. For more information on accessing and installing AltspaceVR, check out their download web page.

If you would like to join our Educators in VR vLanguage Learning team project, or one of our other team projects and possibly present at one of our VR educational workshops, please contact us or connect with one of our many social media channels.

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.

Educators in VR vLanguage Learning: Giuseppe Fantigrossi of Play2Speak

After the success of our inaugural Educators in VR vLanguage Learning event in late September with special guest Dr. Aaron Ralby talking about memory palaces in virtual reality, we’ve another heavyweight guest lined up for our next vLanguage Learning event.

Thursday 14th November our special guest is Giuseppe Fantigrossi, CEO of Play2Speak.

Play2Speak logo.

The VR app, Play2Speak, teaches conversational English with virtual characters to improve fluency, with a little help from AI, too. A speaker of four languages himself, Giuseppe has a diverse background – he is a Food Scientist, with an MBA from Concordia University and in a previous life worked as a process improvement consultant, specializing in IT projects. Today he follows his passion in connecting others and creating solutions in the entrepreneurial world through the Play2Speak English-learning VR app.

Secret of Puffin Cove app cover.

As always, the presentation will be followed by a Q&A where you can put your questions to Giuseppe to understand more about how VR can support the way your learn or teach languages.

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 can be disruptive. For more information on accessing and installing AltspaceVR, check out their download web page.

If you would like to join our Educators in VR vLanguage Learning team project, or one of our other team projects and possibly present at one of our VR educational workshops, please contact us or connect with one of our many social media channels.

First Educators in VR vLanguage Learning Event

Our first Educators in VR vLanguage Learning event is Thursday, September 26, 2019, and you are invited to attend and learn about how VR is changing language lessons.

We are thrilled that Michael McDonald of the Gold Lotus project, long-time VR Language Instructor, is heading up our Educators in VR vLanguage Learning team project. He is bringing his vast experience and expertise in teaching language skills in the real and virtual worlds to our Educators in VR workshops, and the first is this Thursday.

Dr Aaron Ralby Linguisticator.The featured guest is Dr. Aaron Ralby of Linguisticator, the Online Language Learning program. Dr. Ralby is a linguist and scholar not just passionate about languages and memory training but changing the world with his innovative projects. Founded in 2011, Linguisticator offers courses in language and memory training, working with a wide range of clients, from diplomats to the UK’s Ministry of Defense to children with special needs such as dyslexia and autism. He is a Germanic philologist and holds a PhD in Medieval Studies from Cornell, an MPhil from Cambridge in Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic, an a BA from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in English and Modern Languages and Linguistics.

His program in AltspaceVR on Thursday is “Memory Palaces in VR”, looking at how we can learn languages with memory palaces in Munx VR, his VR platform.

By combining medieval memory techniques with modern technology, we are redefining the way we learn, understand, and retain information in our minds.

Imagine knowing the periodic table in the same way you know the layout of your living room, or being able to recall a president or ruler with the same effortlessness of reaching for a mug when making a cup of tea.

Here are some examples of his work.

To Attend in AltspaceVR

To attend, join AltspaceVR as outlined below. On the events calendar, click the Interested or RSVP button on the AltspaceVR website or in-world.

Educators in VR hosts a monthly meeting with a keynote speaker on educational and industry topics and weekly workshops and special events exploring VR, AR, XR, and MR techniques and projects in AltspaceVR and other VR social and educational platforms.

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

Educators in VR Meetup 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. AltspaceVR events tend to fill quickly and the limit is currently 40 attendees. We recommend you plan your arrival 2 minutes before the event start time to ensure a spot before the event space fills.

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 version. A headset and microphone (quality earbuds acceptable) is required to participate. Otherwise please stay muted during the event as the background noise and echoes can be disruptive. For more information on accessing and installing AltspaceVR, check out their download web page.

Educators in VR Events for September 2019

Educators in VR - June 2019 Meetup in AltspaceVR.We have so many things planned for September with Educators in VR, you might need a road map to keep up with us. To get you started, here is a quick summary for you to add to your calendar. We’ve some amazing diverse speakers and presenters to help you consider a wide range of options for integrating virtual reality and augmented reality into your teaching.

Monthly Meetup

Educators in VR meets monthly in AltspaceVR with a special guest speaker and topic. The one-hour meetup is usually the third Thursday of the month.

September 19, 2019 – Matt Cook of the Virtual World Society: Matt Cook is working with a volunteer group to teach students at Robert Eagle Staff Middle School to develop their own STEM-based eductional VR experiences in Seattle. A graduate in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington and Project Engineer at RATLab LLC, he is developing virtual reality curriculum and VR content for research projects to push the envelope on VR in education. He is a senior advisor for the Virtual World Society.

October 24, 2019 – Mina Johnson-Glenberg of Embodied Games : Mina Johnson-Glenberg is a cognitive psychologist, game designer, STEM specialist, and research professor at Arizona State University and president of the award-winning learning technology company, Embodied Games, LLC. The Embodied Games lab has been at the forefront of creating “embodied” and kinetically-active games using sensors and motion capture technologies. Dr. Johnson-Glenberg will be speaking about accessing educational quality of VR modules with a newly developed Rubric Alpha Version. She presents nationally and internationally and has published in peer-reviewed journals on VR and STEM education. Her most recent work was on Frontiers in Robotics and AI. You will not want to miss this meetup.

Weekly Workshops

We offer free weekly workshops in AltspaceVR and other virtual social and educational platforms to encourage educators to expand their knowledge and skills in virtual, augmented, and extended reality. These workshops are free and open to the public. See our information on how to attend Educators in VR events.

September 10, 2019 – Immersive Classroom: Climate Change: Lorelle VanFossen will be presenting another immersive classroom experience in AltspaceVR on climate change associated with oceans and glacial melt. These are open discussion events exploring how to build and teach within immersive environments and discuss the various educational topics such world building spaces offer. The event is free and RSVP is recommended.

September 17, 2019 – Educators in VR 101: Daniel Dyboski-Bryant will be presenting the basics of virtual reality for educators and learners in AltspaceVR. We offer this free program for those considering integrating virtual reality in the classroom and those new to the experience, or a refresher course on the basics. We recommend RSVP soon and arrival two minutes before start time as the event often fills quickly.

September 24, 2019 – Immersive Classroom: EvolVR: Jeremy Nickels of EvolvVR (Facebook) is a long-time educator and leader in immersive education leading meditation and yoga programs weekly in AltspaceVR for over 2 years. He’s worked with world builders to develop custom worlds and event spaces, pushing the limits of virtual and guided instruction in VR. He will be sharing his expertise on developing innovative virtual programs that connect mind, spirit, and body in an immersive experience. Continue reading