Virtual Learning / Molecular Science

2020 Educators in VR International Summit


Session: Virtual Learning / Molecular Science

2020 Educators in VR International Summit brings together educators, learners, researchers, and experts in VR, AR, and XR to share their their passion for integrating immersive technology in education.

First Presentation

Track: General Topics

Virtual Learning Journeys with Georgia Public Broadcasting

Bethanie Boswell, Education Outreach Specialist

Virtual Learning Initiative, Georgia Public Broadcasting

Building on a reputation as a trusted source for educational content, GPB Education has created three virtual journeys to engage students in rich, immersive content. This session will briefly introduce participants to the features of each learning journey. Following this session, educators will better understand how to implement their own virtual exploration in the classroom (even without VR headsets!).

Bethanie Bosell serves as an education outreach specialist at GPB. Through the GPB Education Mobile VR Lab Initiative, she brings virtual reality (VR) instruction to classrooms across Georgia, allowing students to engage with events, places, ideas, and people in an immersive format that brings the content to life. In her most recent role teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) in Forsyth County, Georgia, Bethanie co-taught middle grades English/Language Arts and supported differentiated instruction in all subject content areas.

Second Presentation

Track: Medical and Science

Making Molecular Science Immediately Obvious

Keita Funakawa, COO, Nanome

Understanding the complexities of the molecular world is often bottle-necked by hard to understand formulas, outdated lewis dot structures, and 2D screens. Virtual reality allows instantaneous understanding of the molecular world. The talk will cover how educators and students can collaboratively explore the molecular structures using virtual reality and what the future of molecular education will look like.

Keita Funakawa won two state championships at VEX robotics competitions as the leader programmer for his high school robotics team. An award-winning filmmaker, his films won the 2014 Hawaii International Film Festival student showcase and was named San Diego Surf Festival's Emerging Filmmaker. He holds a B.S. in Management Science (Quantitative Economics) from US San Diego. He started Nanome with Steve McCloskey in 2016 and continues to challenge the film industry in this new immersive technology industry.

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