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Thursday, October 6 • 6:00pm - 7:30pm
Virtual Reality and Virtual Exchange: Tools and Techniques for Global Education

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Virtual reality (VR) is one of the most exciting emerging technologies today, especially for the education sector. The opportunity to immerse students in different environments and provide novel experiences has tremendous potential for developing empathy, sharpening critical 21st-century skills, and sparking a desire to engage with the world. And yet, just like any other cutting-edge tool, VR’s ability to actually enhance learning hinges on high quality content and implementation. How, then, can we harness the power of this innovative technology for educational purposes and advancing social good?

Global Nomads Group (GNG), a nonprofit with proven experience in virtual exchange (technology-enabled, sustained, people-to-people educational programs) and a leader in developing VR’s applications for the global education field, will lead an interactive, results-driven workshop to address this question. Participants will have the opportunity to explore GNG’s innovative program model, experience VR technology, and brainstorm ways in which they can integrate these principles and practices into their own contexts.

During this workshop, participants will:

- Learn about GNG’s innovative virtual exchange programs, including the accompanying curriculum, facilitation and classroom implementation techniques, and monitoring and evaluation practices

- Explore how VR can be used for educational purposes, especially to develop socio-emotional learning, global awareness, and the 21st-century skills necessary to succeed in today’s global economy

- Experience VR technology

- Review concrete examples of GNG programs and hear testimonies from students and educators  who participated in virtual exchange programs at View Park High School (located in South Los Angeles)

- Brainstorm how to integrate virtual exchange and VR into participants’ current or aspirational activities, programs, and/or classrooms

At the end of this workshop, participants will understand how innovative technology, when combined with quality content and implementation, can have powerful effects on students’ learning and capacity to bring positive change to their communities. They will also have the tools and techniques to apply the power of virtual exchange and VR for their own educational and programmatic goals.



Speakers
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Grace Lau

Director of Virtual Reality, Global Nomads Group


Thursday October 6, 2016 6:00pm - 7:30pm
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