Virtual Reality and Closing the Instructional Gap
Participate and share : Poster
Sunday, June 23, 11:30 am–1:30 pm
Location: Posters: Level 4, Terrace Ballroom Lobby, Table 44
Jena Cooper Stephanie Howell Brian Seymour
Virtual Reality has the ability to take students to faraway lands, shrink down inside a cell or the human body. Does virtual reality have the ability to help close the achievement gap, giving students new virtual experiences? See how Pickerington Schools is using virtual reality to close the experience gap.
|Audience:||Curriculum/district specialists, Teachers, Library media specialists|
|Attendee devices:||Devices not needed|
|Participant accounts, software and other materials:||none|
|Focus:||Digital age teaching & learning|
|Topic:||Augmented, mixed and virtual realities|
|ISTE Standards:||For Students:
One of the major metrics schools are looking at is the achievement gap. The gap that minority, low socio-economic, ESL students show in our district can be overcome with the use of technology. We believe that a big part of the achievement gap is lack of experiences. We will discuss our journey into creating 15 different VR classroom kits and how we intentionally use them to enhance the curriculum and allow students to gain those experiences.
Brian is the EdTech Director for Pickerington Schools (Ohio). Brian is leading Pickerington Schools through the 1:1 process, and through a change in pedagogy to adopt a brand of blended-learned they have termed “Tradigital Learning.” Under Brian’s leadership, Pickerington Schools has been named the 2018 ISTE Distinguished District of the Year. Also, PLSD was named a distinguished district by The Center for Digital Education, The Learning Counsel, and District Administrator Magazine. Brian was named the 2017 ITIPOhio Outstanding Tech Admin and Ohio’s Making It Happen Award for 2017. PLSD has been named the model school district for Ohio’s Future Ready.