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Virtual Reality and Closing the Instructional Gap

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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
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices not needed
Participant accounts, software and other materials: none
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Augmented, mixed and virtual realities
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Global Collaborator
  • Students explore local and global issues and use collaborative technologies to work with others to investigate solutions.
For Educators:
  • Stay current with research that supports improved student learning outcomes, including findings from the learning sciences.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

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.

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Jena Cooper, Pickerington Local Schools
Stephanie Howell, Pickerington Local School District
Brian Seymour, Pickerington Local School District

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.

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