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Location: Posters; Level 3, Skyline Ballroom Pre-function, Table 27

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Participate and share : Poster

Sunday, June 24, 7:00–8:30 pm
Location: Posters; Level 3, Skyline Ballroom Pre-function, Table 27

Mark Danforth  
The Virtual Reality (VR) Field Trip to Pakistan is a PenPal Schools project that connects students to explore the Muslim-Majority nation of Pakistan. We’ll explore the project, hear stories from the 300+ classrooms that have participated in this project and discuss the impact of VR on content acquisition and empathy.

Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Youtube or Vimeo: Mobile App Account
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Augmented, mixed and virtual realities
Grade level: 6-12
Subject area: Language arts, Social studies
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Create experiences for learners to make positive, socially responsible contributions and exhibit empathetic behavior online that build relationships and community.
For Students:
Digital Citizen
  • Students engage in positive, safe, legal and ethical behavior when using technology, including social interactions online or when using networked devices.
Global Collaborator
  • Students use digital tools to connect with learners from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, engaging with them in ways that broaden mutual understanding and learning.
Disclosure: The submitter of this session has been supported by a company whose product is being included in the session

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

1) Participants learn how VR can help students practice core academic skills while developing empathy towards others.
2) Participants learn from classrooms around the world about potential successes and challenges when using VR as an instructional tool.
3) Participants learn about the VR Field Trip to Pakistan, a free collaborative online project offered by PenPal Schools.


We'll begin by discussing how educators around the world use VR to help students study content, practice critical thinking skills, and develop empathy towards others. Next, we'll discuss the VR Field Trip to Pakistan, the methods used in designing the project, and how participants from around the world have use the project to successfully help students learn about Pakistan and build empathy towards people who practice Islam and people who live in the developing world. Last, we'll share resources that can help teacher better identify VR tools that are aligned with their students' specific learning goals.

Supporting research;
Cochrane, Thomas. "Mobile VR in Education: From the Fringe to Mainstream." International Journal of Mobile and Blended Learning, 2016.

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Mark Danforth, PenPal Schools

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