English Lessons: The Art of Study, Tour a Bee Farm, Festivals - An Indian in America

24 hr English Lesson Fundraiser


Hour 16

The Art of Study How to approach the way you study differently to build confidence and success. This is not necessarily about how to study for exams, but how to refine the way you study in general, in particular regarding foreign languages. We’ve all spent years going through an education system at some point but how many times has the teacher ever asked you, the student, how YOU want to learn? Would you ever go to a restaurant and the waiter assume what you want to eat? In this ever-globalised world with so much technology at our fingertips, surely it’s time to up the conversation, involve students and their parents to a wider level and drive education into a whole new era. With two young, very special guests - school students Holly Smithson and Abi Smithson.


Hour 17

Nature and Environment Join us with special guest, Alan Chao, to learn about bees, their importance to the environment, and the roles they play. Make sure to attend this event on time!


Hour 18

Festivals Around the World With international guests and audience participation, we'll discuss cultures, traditions, and festivals. Featuring special guest Rohit Chaube of VRoCKs which runs virtual reality hackathons with students around the world. Rohit himself is from India but now living and working in the US and he will be sharing his stories about what life is like in India and in particular in relation to their wonderful festivals, food and music culture.

24-hr English Lesson and Fundraiser Schedule

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.

Learn more about Educators in VR on their site and our AltspaceVR Educators in VR Channel. Join the conversation on our Discord Channel, on our @educatorsvr Twitter, or in our Facebook group.

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