Creative Constructor
Lab Virtual
Leadership Exchange
at ISTELive 21
Edtech Advocacy &
Policy Summit

Making Lessons Come Alive Using VR and AR

Participate and share

Participate and share : Poster

Sunday, June 23, 11:30 am–1:30 pm
Location: Posters: Level 4, Terrace Ballroom Lobby, Table 50

Karen Finklestein  
People's Choice winner. Discover virtual reality and augmented reality platforms that can be used in classrooms to enhance learning in fun and creative ways. The presentation will focus on using CoSpaces with the Merge Cube add-on. Learn how to use VR and AR in all subject areas with minimal setup.

Audience: Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators, Library media specialists
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Windows, Android, iOS
Participant accounts, software and other materials: Optional Apps:
Merge Cube Apps
Focus: Digital age teaching & learning
Topic: Augmented, mixed and virtual realities
Grade level: PK-12
Subject area: Computer science
ISTE Standards: For Students:
Knowledge Constructor
  • Students build knowledge by actively exploring real-world issues and problems, developing ideas and theories and pursuing answers and solutions.
For Education Leaders:
Empowering Leader
  • Inspire a culture of innovation and collaboration that allows the time and space to explore and experiment with digital tools.
For Educators:
  • Manage the use of technology and student learning strategies in digital platforms, virtual environments, hands-on makerspaces or in the field.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

Participants will learn how to infuse Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality into any subject area using and the Merge Cube. Some examples of how they can be used together and separately include student creations that explain skills or topics that from any class. Some of the Virtual Reality example lesson topics include The Solar System, Ancient Civilizations and the Water Cycle. Examples using the Merge Cube and Augmented Reality include vocabulary acquisition and self check of multiple choice questions.

Supporting research

CoSpaces Edu Offers Powerful Mixed Reality Platform for the Classroom

How Merge is Building an XR Ecosystem for Kids

Teachers eye potential of virtual reality to enhance science instruction

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Karen Finklestein, City of Pembroke Pines Charter Middle Sc

Karen is an experienced Middle School teacher. She has been the technology teacher at the City of Pembroke Pines Charter Schools in Pembroke Pines, Florida for the past 20 years where she has taught Microsoft and Google products, as well as Coding and general computing skills. She is a Merge Ambassador, CoSpaces Ambassador, Google Certified Educator, Brainpop Certified Educator, Edmodo Ambassador and Certified Trainer, and Microsoft Innovative Educator. She also holds Microsoft Office Specialist Certification in PowerPoint and Word. She is passionate about giving students the necessary tools to maximize their potential in the ever-changing landscape of technology.

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