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Ed Tech Connect - Teaching a New Generation - Education and VR

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Students live and breath new technology often unknown to educators. At the same time, teachers have more exciting and useful technology for teaching available than ever before. Are you considering VR in the classroom? What tools would be effective?

You MUST use this Eventbrite link to RSVP (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/ed-tech-connect-tickets-35116765190)

With this meetup, we're taking a close look at at the intersections of Education, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and other innovative technology and seeing what tools may work best for educators. It is also a space to voice your opinions to the tech community.

The meetup will address the following questions:

• Where does innovative tech such as VR and 360 content fit into the classroom?

• What are current shortcomings of VR and 360 content for the classroom?

• What are current problems that could be solved with these technologies?

Azine Davoudzadeh (https://www.linkedin.com/in/azine-davoudzadeh-88a07a32/), Video Production Educator/Filmmaker, San Ramon Valley Unified School District, will run participants through a mock lesson plan picking 1 of 4 four subjects: Math, Science, History, English Language Arts (ELA). What teaching styles work best with students? Why use certain tools in certain subjects but not others? The outcome will offer insight for educators and administrators into real world practical uses and limitations of innovative technologies.

Joe Lang, game developer and innovative technology envangelist, is co-organizer of Ed Tech Connect, and has worked in Stanford Clinical Anatomy, integrating augmented and virtual reality into medical education.

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Once participants have selected their subject for their mock lesson plan, they will divided into 4 groups. Each group will be given tools to work with and create solutions to common problems faced in classrooms.

Why would some people use some tools in certain subjects and not others?

Come join to find out which tech tools work best and where Education and Innovative Tech is headed!

Kieran Farr (https://www.linkedin.com/in/kfarr/), Senior Director, Business Development, Brightcove, will be showing how 3D/WebVR can be an excellent entry point for learning programming and how it could be used in your classroom or school. Kieran will highlight real projects built with WebVR and the Javascript library A-Frame. He will provide resources and techniques that can be implemented into your curriculum in the coming school year. He will offer a break out session for those interested in learning more about this.

Bio: Kieran Farr is an experienced technology company leader and full-stack developer with demonstrated success in product design, engineering, sales, finance and operations. Over his career he has helped found companies and non-profits that have raised over $30 million in capital and advised many early stage founders and students through mentorship in 500 Startups, Matter VC and the European Innovation Academy. Kieran now works for Brightcove, the world's leading premium video provider for business. In his spare time he works on educational web-based virtual reality projects for children and educators using Mozilla's A-Frame VR framework.

Free food and beverages, plus lots of great discussions!