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Things That Make You Go Hmm ... in VR

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Listen and learn : Lecture

Michael Drezek  
In this session we'll explore some "things that make you go hmm ... " in VR! From the time C+C Music Factory first dropped this catchy chorus in 1990, a lot has changed in education. Let's explore all of the things that make us go hmm ... in edtech, good and bad. This session is available as either a 2D or 3D experience in Mozilla Hubs. So grab your oculus headset (or participate from your laptop) and join us in the ISTELive Hubs space!

Audience: Teachers, Coaches, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Intermediate
Attendee devices: Devices required
Attendee device specification: Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Participant accounts, software and other materials: https://hubs.mozilla.com/
Topic: Emergent technologies
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Shape, advance and accelerate a shared vision for empowered learning with technology by engaging with education stakeholders.
  • Manage the use of technology and student learning strategies in digital platforms, virtual environments, hands-on makerspaces or in the field.
  • Model and nurture creativity and creative expression to communicate ideas, knowledge or connections.

Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

The purpose of this presentation is to get educators to stop in their tracks and say "hmm." We will explore some new tools and resources, some ideas (and some failed ideas/buzzwords) all with the goal of getting educators to take those hmms and explore more leading into the new school year.

This session was a hit at Virtual TIFcon 2021 (https://sites.google.com/e1b.org/virtualtifco/home) and people enjoyed the format and the interactiveness of the session. The playground session at ISTE is a perfect match for this.


Session agenda - in VR.
5 minutes - Intro and Welcome - VR space navigation overview
20 minutes - Things That Make You Go Hmm.. : Presentation
15 minutes - Things That Make You Go Hmm.. : Participant Activity
5 minutes - Questions, Wrap-up & Resource share

Supporting research

I'll be sharing some ideas and resources that come from this space. With a focus on some of the hidden gems.

I'll also be sharing some ideas from my contributions to this book (as a contributing author): 100 No-Nonsense Things that ALL Teachers Should STOP Doing (released in May 2021). Specifically, "stop letting technology drive your instruction."

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Michael Drezek, Lake Shore Central School District

Michael is a District Technology Integrator for Lake Shore CSD. Prior to this, Michael spent 10 years as a Mathematics teacher and several as grade-level Team Leader. A New York STLE Grant allowed him to extend the reach of his Master's Degree in Educational Technology and in 2016 he was awarded the Lee Bryant Outstanding Teacher Award from NYSCATE. Michael helps lead the #GlobalEdSsChat and #GlobalMakerDay teams. Michael has presented regionally, nationally, and internationally and is a 2x Ignite Speaker. He is a Google Certified Innovator and Trainer, Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert and Trainer and Apple Teacher.

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