Virtual Reality Research in Native Country

2020 Educators in VR International Summit


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

Track: Research

Virtual Reality Research in Native Country

Angelina Dayton, Bobby Reed, Betty Frogg, Sylvia McDowell, John Ford, Andrew Dayton

Angelina Dayton, The VRLady, hosts a panel of researchers from the University of Oklahoma to discuss the use of VR and the latest immersive technologies at the University and within Native communities in Oklahoma. She works with the university as part of a large scale deployment with over 50 schools and 15,000 students in the Cherokee Nation and Navajo Nation boundaries.

Angelina Dayton, The VR Lady

Dr. Angelina Dayton is a virtual reality user experience designer, speaker, consultant and trainer. Her specialty is design and deployment of virtual reality user experiences into complex organizations such as public schools. Her expertise is based on an anthropological assessment of how best to integrate emerging technology into highly structured, low-resourced environments. Her current projects involve large scale deployment within rural schools in the Cherokee Nation and Navajo Nation boundaries: over 50 schools with over 15,000 students piloting curated content based on state academic standards.


Bobby Read, Head of Emerging Technologies at University of Oklahoma

*Bobby Reed specializes in technology reference and forecasting, 3D printing, and prototyping for University of Oklahoma Libraries. In his role as a Library forecaster, he has presented on adapting emerging technologies for library services and resources at national conferences including the American Library Association’s annual conference, the Library Information Technology Association (LITA) forum, and the Nation of Makers’ annual conference." Bobby has developed and deployed multiple versions of the University Libraries 3D Print Queue and its associated automation, a 3D printed 3D printer, and a workflow for transforming 2D Scanning Electron Microscope images into accurate 3D terrains. His research primarily concerns experimental IDEX FDM and syringe-based printing, library technology forecasting, and technology access...Right now.

Betty Frogg, Teacher, Cherokee Nation Language Immersion School

Betty Frogg is a fluent Cherokee speaker and teacher at the Cherokee Nation Language Immersion School. She is a designated Cherokee Nation National Treasure for basket weaving and is Chair of the Cherokee Nation National Treasure Committee. Betty utilizes virtual reality in her classroom to teach Cherokee and has won awards for the use of virtual reality in the preservation of the Cherokee language.

Sylvia McDowell, Paraprofessional, Oaks Middle School

Sylvia McDowell is the lead in the virtual reality program where she supervises children before and after school. She also utilizes VR during the school day as she assists teachers with curriculum in alignment with Oklahoma State Academic Standards. She graduated from Northeastern State University with a Master’s degree in Education.

John Ford, Educator, Stilwell High School

John Ford teaches four courses that utilize virtual reality at Stilwell High School: Intro to Computer Science, Computer Science 2, Web/Project Design, and Cisco IT Essential. His students have begun to develop 3D assets and VR games. He previously worked for six years at the Indian Capital Technology Center. Additionally, he utilizes his math degree by tutoring students in mathematics when possible.

Andrew Dayton, Student, University of California Santa Cruz

Andrew Dayton studies Cognitive Development at the University of California Santa Cruz. His research examines collaborative micro-behaviors such as mutual engagement and interactional synchrony in everyday learning contexts, especially involving Indigenous and Indigenous heritage families and communities. He manages a network of spatial computing labs in the Cherokee Nation, where he is building a social VR metaverse for multiple user engagement and collaborative world creation centered on Cherokee language, history, and culture.

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