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Boston EdTech Meetup - VR in Education

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Join us at this free EdTech event co-hosted by the Boston EdTech Meetup Group and BostonVR!

This month, we'll feature a panel of industry experts discussing new virtual and augmented reality technology and its impact on education. Guests panelists include:

Chris Dede (https://www.gse.harvard.edu/faculty/christopher-dede)
Kathy Trogolo (https://fasility.com/)
Scott Greenwald (http://fluid.media.mit.edu/people/scott-w-greenwald)

Moderator - Iulian Radu (https://www.linkedin.com/in/iulian-radu/)

Chris Dede is currently conducting funded studies at Harvard University to develop and assess learning environments based on virtual worlds, augmented realities, transformed social interaction, and online teacher professional development. Dede is a leader in mobile learning initiatives and has developed a widely used framework for scaling up educational innovations. From 2001 to 2004, he served as chair of the Learning & Teaching area at HGSE.

Kathy Trogolo was a founding board member and subsequently Assistant Head of the Tremont School in Weston, MA, collaborating with professionals and families to establish a new progressive school focused on student ownership of learning through an engaging individualized curriculum in an environment that celebrates academic, social and emotional growth. She brings her startup experience, marketing and technical backgrounds, strategic planning skills, and love of teaching and co-creating to the Fasility team. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Cornell University and a Master of Arts in Educational Technology Leadership from The George Washington University.

Scott is a research scientist and recent PhD graduate in the MIT Media Lab's Fluid Interfaces Group, working on learning and education in virtual reality. Scott's work has been featured by Games for Change at the Tribeca Film Festival, the New York Times and the Augmented World Expo. He holds a bachelor's degree in Mathematics and German from Northwestern University, a master's in Scientific Computing from the Free University of Berlin, and a master's in Media Arts and Sciences from the Center for Bits and Atoms at MIT.

Iulian is a researcher and creator of embodied educational technologies. He is currently a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard University developing augmented reality for collaborative learning in informal constructivist environments such as maker spaces. He holds a PhD from Georgia Tech focused on augmented reality for K-12 education, and has worked with PBS KIDS, ArchieMD, MIT Scratch, Samsung Research, Qualcomm, WestEd Research, and other organizations focused on creating immersive technologies. He helps run the Boston EdTech meetup, and is the founder of the IEEE Virtual Reality conference workshop on K-12 Embodied Learning through Virtual & Augmented Reality.

Demos:

- Lego Mindstorms EV3 - EV3 makes building, programming and commanding your own LEGO robots smarter, faster, and more fun than ever.
- BeBlock - A third-party viewer for 3D models that enables you to view and experience Google Blocks models in WebVR and WebAR on desktop, mobile, cardboard and more.
- EcoXPT - A middle-school curriculum of a pond ecosystem, with many forms of interaction and experimentation embedded.
- Auggies - An educational AR platform that engages children's body and mind

Agenda
6:00 - Demos and Networking with Dinner
7:00 - Announcements and Introductions
7:05 - Panel Discussion
7:30 - Audience Q&A
7:55 - Closing Remarks and Networking
8:00 - AfterParty

Directions and Parking
For $2 (max 2 hours) parking underground, go to:
The Cambridge Public Library (http://www.cambridgema.gov/cpl)
449 Broadway, Cambridge MA 02138
or walk from 0.5 miles from Harvard Square (Red Line).

Sponsors
Special thanks to Alley Cambridge for hosting the event!
(https://youralley.com/cambridge/)
Thank you to PTC for sponsoring the catering for this event!
(https://learn.iotu.com/boston-ed-tech-boston-vr/)