Educators in VR
Keynote: A Call to Arms - How VR and Education can Inspire Language Learning & Cultural Exchange. We'll look at the current state of language learning in VR and how you can get involved in exploring this new technology whether you're a teacher, student, researcher or just plain interested. Guest speakers:
Michael McDonald - Gold Lotus. An English as a foreign languages teacher from London and founder of the Gold Lotus project, researching ways into how real-time collaborative learning in VR can support language learning and teaching.
Daniel Dyboski-Bryant - Co-founder of Educators in VR, has worked on a number of projects relating to VR and language learning, particularly for immigrants. Also ran the world's first and largest completely VR conference which attracted over 5,000 attendees and 175+ guest speakers.
Books and Reading Join Michael of Gold Lotus as he discusses how VR can support the development of reading skills with Federico Pianzola, whose research interests are Narrative Theory and Digital Humanities. Federico explores the interdisciplinary (non-) dialogue in narrative studies (n. analysis; n. inquiry; n. therapy; folk psychology; transmedia storytelling) and also works on the impact of digital technology on reading (digital social reading; VR) and on Contemporary Italian Literature.
Sports We will compare and contrast different accents of famous sports people and understand the differences in accents and cultural tonality. Learn sporting terms in English along the way, too.
Tour the News Let's tour some of the top news stories from the past weeks, looking at a range of topics and discussing what we come across. Note: this will be a Coronavirus-free zone...we're sure you've had enough of that!
Raising money for the La Croce Rossa Italia Lecce, the Red Cross unit for Lecce, Italy, struggling to cope with the medical needs of a community devastated by COVID-19, Michael McDonald of Gold Lotus presents the world's first 24-hr long virtual English Lesson in VR in AltspaceVR, ENGAGE, and rumii.
Join him as he tackles English language lessons each hour on money, culture, films, art, nature, environment, crime, and more. Help support the cause by donating to the GoFundMe account for La Croce Rossa Italia Lecce Coronavirus and help his community.
After a combined 20 years of studying and teaching foreign languages, Michael McDonald set up the Gold Lotus consultancy in Lecce, Italy, to support students accelerate their language-learning potential and cultural awareness by using virtual reality. Michael is working on a number of projects relating to English-language learning in VR, and collaborates with universities across Europe to research how immersive tasks can support the language learner or teacher. Spring 2020 also sees the start of two publicly-funded projects in Italian schools which will offer a program to students and teachers to build their English skills in VR and connect them, in real-time collaborative environments, to other schools globally in a virtual cultural exchange program. You may follow his progress on Twitter at @GoldLotusCo.
This event is sponsored and supported by Educators in VR, a membership organization dedicated to helping educators, learners, researchers, and passionate users integrate spatial technologies into education and teach workshops and classes in Vr. Educators in VR hosts weekly workshops on Tuesday and workshops, classes, and trainings throughout the week in AltspaceVR and hosts a variety of events in ENGAGE, rumii, Mozilla Hubs, Somnium Space, and more.
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