"We are living a public life on a global stage, the ones who can express themselves best, will be heard." -Laura Hill, Author The Great Story World Mix-Up, co-creator #whatisschool

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Sunday, January 29, 2017


#Whatisschool February 2, 2017 6PM EST 
 Immersive Education with @candylandcaper
 www.whatisschool.org


Aaron Walsh, founder of IEd

Few would deny that the revolution in technology has effected the way that we educate, many in fact would argue that it is driving the future of education as well as the skill-sets our students will need to compete and create in a quickly changing global economy flush with products and services that were unheard of and maybe only dreamed of by authors of science fiction a few short years ago. 

Aaron Walsh, an educator and the founder of Boston based iEdacademy, is credited with coining the term “immersive education.” A driving force in a global initiative to provide resources to teachers including immersive education materials, standards and measuring tools, his projects include IED and the Immersive Education Initiative Summit, his efforts have been backed by the Federation of American Scientists, content providers like NBC and even the United States Government. 

"As educators, we know that people learn best by doing," he says. "When students are doing something rather than reading or learning about it, they learn better. Immersive environments help students retain more information and speed up their learning. There's an enhancement in the way they learn."

Immersive learning focuses on the use of technology to enhance the learning process, a popular trend in futurist education.  At last year's IMMERSIVE COLORADO, the summit created by Walsh and co-sponsored by the U.S. Government, speakers addressed the personal, cultural and educational impact of immersive technologies such as Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), 360° VR video, spherical panoramic photography, 3D printing, telepresence, virtual worlds, simulations, game-based learning and training systems, immersive teaching and immersive learning systems, and fully immersive environments such as caves, domes and planetariums.  Sessions on MineCraft, scavenger hunts, planetariums, cultural arts performances, Pok√©mon Go, 3D printing, gaming, and VRE are just an example of some of the sessions attendees participated in with the ambition of taking away ideas they can employ in the classroom that will capture the attention of students.

Immersive scenarios are defined as those that involve "authentic activities" that simulate the real world but that also engage students in real-life problems and events using technology and environment to bridge the conceptual with the concrete-- giving students a virtual laboratory in which to work out real-world problems.  And while immersive technology may seem out of reach with content providers, scientists and educators jumping on board providing content and tools, immersive learning is an aspect of the future of education that cannot be ignored.

So how can educators, whether employing rich educational technology or making creative, collaborative environments in the classroom use the concept of immersive education to enhance learning?

Join me @candylandcaper and @mrkempnz for #whatisschool this Thursday, February 2 6PM EST as we explore the possibilities of immersive education and the impact it will have on the future of education.  

Questions #Whatisschool, Thursday February 2, 2017 6PM EST


1) How have you created immersive environments using teaching methods like field trips, role-play, collaboration, PBL, shared experiences?
2) How could you use technology to enhance your favorite lesson and provide a richer learning experience for students?
3) How can you use authentic audiences, either local or global, to create an immersive learning experience?
4 )Imagine a “dream” environment for immersive learning, what is it like?  What technology or teaching methods would you use?
5) Where do you see the greatest opportunity to use immersive learning strategies in your class, how would you accomplish this?
6) If any technology or methodology were available what real-world problem would you have students solve? 



Join Us!
#Whatisschool February 2, 2017 6PM EST 
 Immersive Education with @candylandcaper @mrkempnz
 www.whatisschool.org



Monday, January 16, 2017

What Is The Future Of Education?


#whatisschool January 19, 2017 6pm EST
What Is The Future Of Education?
  • When Craig Kemp and I started #whatisschool in 2014, (two years ago, can you believe it!) we were looking for answers to our most pressing questions. As teachers, parents and student advocates we found ourselves in a vast and shifting landscape fueled by a technology revolution that had turned the way we communicate on its head and changed the way we purchased goods, listened to music, watched TV and read books. The traditional gatekeepers of corporate behemoths were swept away by new technology and education, a trillion dollar industry in the USA and estimated at over 4 trillion dollars globally, was in its sites.  We were wondering how this would effect education, not from a corporate "dollars and sense" stand point or from a gadget happy "got to have this" perspective.  We were both keenly interested in how this would effect the students and very aware of the rapid pace in which change was taking place.  The only solution we could see was to harness the change, making it happen from the inside progressed by teachers for the betterment of educating a student body in a world that was smaller and more diverse than ever before, that offered more opportunity for student voice to be heard at a time when big solutions were badly needed for serious global problems. 

  • We turned to you, the teachers, students, parents, educators and advocates of the world and the response of ideas-simple, elegant brilliant ideas was overwhelming.  From retooling classroom space, to integrating technological components to enhance lessons to global communication with authentic audiences we saw invention and wizardry bring sometimes miraculous results in all sectors-science, medicine, robotic, art and communication-we were all learning, reshaping the future of education in a new image.  

  • So now, two years later, I'd like to pose this question to you, 
  • What have you done, and where are you going?

  • Join Craig Kemp @mrkempnz and me, Laura Hill @candylandcaper tonight as #whatisschool sharpens its pencil and takes a look back at the way technology has changed us and a look forward to where education is heading in the future.

  • #whatisschool Questions January 19, 2017

  • 1)  How does the past shape your future in education? 
  • 2) What innovations have brought positive change to your classroom?
  • 3) What changes do you see as most needed in Education now, compared to when you started?
  • 4) We often hear “that’s the way we've always done it,” how do we shift mindsets and create collaborative partnerships in our communities?
  • 5) Describe your class in the year 2025, how is it different? What's stayed the same?
  • 6) What will you do now to shape the future of education?
Take a look back at the first post I wrote for #whatisschool!

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