XR for Learning

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April 16, 2020 00:21:33
Coordinating Virtual Squirrels, with Education Consultant Craig Frehlich

Coordinating Virtual Squirrels, with Education Consultant Craig Frehlich

Today’s guest, Craig Frehlich, is an educational consultant, and first saw the learning potential of VR on a trip to the mall with his son. But he drops in to stress the experience itself isn’t going to teach much, without a discussion with students about what they experienced after the fact. Julie: Hello, my name is Julie Smithson and I am your XR for Learning podcast host. I look forward to bring you insight into changing the way we learn and teach using XR technologies, to explore and enhance an individualized learning for everyone. Today, my guest is Craig Frehlich. And he has been working in education for over 25 years and has his master's degree in education with a focus on curriculum design. He is also an educational consultant and speaker on the topics of inquiry, design thinking, and the use of technology in education. Craig is currently a design teacher and academic advisor for various organizations, and he pioneered the first VR lab for school in Canada. His main focus is to use contextual and conceptual thinking to translate VR experiences into lesson guides that help map successfully introspective journeys in virtual reality. His upcoming book, "Immersive Learning: Harnessing Virtual Reality Superpowers in Education", offers a practical approach to using VR in a variety of subjects and disciplines. Thanks for joining me today, Craig. Craig: Hi, Julie. Thanks for having me. I'm excited to be on the show. Julie: And what perfect timing this is to talk about some of the schools that you work on, to help support our educators in the global community today. Craig: I agree. Julie: Yeah. So maybe if ...

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April 09, 2020 00:06:26
ANNOUNCING: The XR Collaboration Project

ANNOUNCING: The XR Collaboration Project

We interrupt your regularly-scheduled podcast for this special announcement, where Julie introduces the XR Collaboration project. MetaVRse, along with other major players in the XR space, have come together to develop an easy-to-use guide for the newly-home-office-bound to navigate the many telecommunication tools available from the industry. ...

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April 05, 2020 00:09:32
XR for Learning Course: Beginning a New Education from Home

XR for Learning Course: Beginning a New Education from Home

Many of us are experimenting with homeschooling at the moment, whether we want to or not. Julie hopes to help listeners by offering a glimpse into the Smithson home, and how she's educating her two daughters while schools are closed. ...

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April 02, 2020 00:20:24
The Netiquette of XR, with Silicon Harlem's Ben Erwin PART 2

The Netiquette of XR, with Silicon Harlem's Ben Erwin PART 2

In virtual space, the sky's the limit -- literally. Your Avatars can fly and teleport and change form in an instant, even in a relatively mundane collaboration meeting or classroom setting. Ben Erwin of Silicon Harlem returns to discuss the development of XR's version of "Netiquette." Julie: Hello, my name is Julie Smithson and I am your XR for Learning podcast host. Every session is meant to provide you with the value in microlearning, about the way technologies will change the approach of education, the creation needed and the tech savvy brilliance to support the advances of our digital transformation. Join us today with my next guest, Ben Erwin, who is an expert on the XR ecosystem, from hardware and software platforms to the who's who in the industry. Recognizing the revolution of how we consume information being brought about by spatial computing and volumetric video, Ben has focused on creating new experiences and WebXR and social VR. As director of Silicon Harlem's annual tech-enabled community conference since 2018, Ben programmed the agenda, developed the marketing and produced the events for the next one, which will be held at the Forum of Columbia University in October. Thanks so much for joining me, Ben, today. Ben: Hey, Julie, it's great to be back. Julie: And so much to talk about with everything that's going on. I know we've had several different conversations about our intake and insight into the way things have changed before the coronavirus has hit our communities. But we talked a lot about the communication of technology, the humanics behind it, and how to adapt with the interaction. So maybe if you want to open up with a bit of your ...

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March 29, 2020 00:17:23
Learning in Stereo, with Silicon Harlem's Ben Erwin PART 1

Learning in Stereo, with Silicon Harlem's Ben Erwin PART 1

Volumetric video and other spatial 3D technologies allows us to add a Z axis to the way we learn. Director of Silicon Harlem Ben Erwin is on the show to discuss teaching in the same three dimensions we all live in. Julie: Hello, my name is Julie Smithson and I am your XR for Learning podcast host. Ben Erwin is an expert of the XR ecosystem, including hardware and software platforms and events in the rapidly evolving industry. Recognizing the revolution of how we consume information being brought about by spatial computing and volumetric video, Ben is focused on creating new experiences in WebXR and social VR. As director of Silicon Harlem's annual tech enabled community conference since 2018, Ben programs the agenda, develops the marketing, and produces the events. The next one which will be held at the forum at Columbia University on October 16th, 2020. Welcome, Ben. Thanks very much for joining me today. Ben: Thank you for having me, Julie. It's an honor to be here. I appreciate being on your show. Julie: Great. Well, I think you and I have had a couple of different conversations that we want to touch base with, and starting with spatial memory. And we're in a time where many of us are developing and working and moving to online and virtual worlds. And I've always said -- and I think people are starting to realize -- that we live in a three dimensional world. Why don't we learn inside of it? And this is where spatial computing comes into play. But even deeper from that is how we respond as a human and how we intake this information and what we ...

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March 26, 2020 00:19:33
Giving Students the Steering Wheel in their XR Education, with ARVRinEDU’s Jaime Donally

Giving Students the Steering Wheel in their XR Education, with ARVRinEDU’s Jaime Donally

For any learning to take place in the next few weeks, parents and educators are going to have to get creative in their teaching methods. Jaime Donally founded ARVRinEDU to help them find ways to introduce XR into their curriculum, and she tells Julie how right now is the perfect time to experiment. Julie: Hello, my name is Julie Smithson and I am your XR for Learning podcast host. Every podcast session is meant to provide you with a value in micro-learning, about the way technologies will change the way that we learn and we teach. So today on my podcast, I have Jaime Donally, who is a passionate technology enthusiast, and she began her career as a math teacher, later moved into instructional technology. And her desire to build relationships has brought about opportunities to collaborate with students and educators around the world. She provides staff development and training on immersive technologies as an ed-tech consultant. And her latest adventures include the launch of Global Maker Day and the ARVRinEDU community events and presentations. She works as an author and speaker to provide practical use of augmented and virtual reality in the classroom. Thanks for joining me today, Jaime. Jaime: Thank you so much. I'm excited. I'm excited to have this conversation, too. And I think the discussion about education and learning, obviously with the situation that we have going on in the world today, everybody is pivoting their eyes to how do we learn online, and the virtual collaboration that we can begin to have. But why don't we start with what you're working on? Maybe do a little bit of a presentation on your mission and your goals in the ...

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