AR/VR Playground: Discover the ISTEverse!

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Location: La Nouvelle Ballroom
Experience live: All-Access Package

Participate and share : Playground

Jaime Donally  
Michael Fricano II  
Rosemary Jane  
Andy Mann  
James McCrary  
Rachelle Dene Poth  
Christina Zientek  

Come experience, create and learn the latest in augmented and virtual reality. From the youngest to the more experienced learner, there are vast AR/VR applications geared toward early childhood to higher education. From the latest VR hardware to the most accessible development tools, there is something for everyone at ISTEverse!

Audience: Library media specialists, Teachers, Technology coordinators/facilitators
Skill level: Beginner
Attendee devices: Devices useful
Attendee device specification: Smartphone: Android, iOS
Laptop: Chromebook, Mac, PC
Tablet: Android, iOS
Topic: Augmented, mixed & virtual reality
Grade level: PK-12
ISTE Standards: For Educators:
  • Manage the use of technology and student learning strategies in digital platforms, virtual environments, hands-on makerspaces or in the field.
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Proposal summary

Purpose & objective

- Playground attendees will learn about the latest augmented and virtual reality software/hardware.

- Playground attendees will get hands-on experience with classroom educators and spatial technologists on how to setup and implement AR & VR technologies

- Playground attendees will network with other educators and gain access to a variety of resources to support AR & VR initiatives their classrooms and schools


The playground will be 2 hours in duration and consist of a variety of stations that will rotate with a variety of topics in AR and VR covered.

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Jaime Donally, ARVRinEDU

Jaime Donally is a passionate technology enthusiast. She began her career as a math teacher and later moved into instructional technology. Her desire to build relationships has created opportunities to collaborate with students and educators around the world. She provides staff development and training on immersive technology as an edtech consultant, and her latest adventures include the launch of Global Maker Day and the #ARVRinEDU community. She’s also an author and speaker on the practical use of augmented reality and virtual reality in the classroom.

Michael Fricano II, 'Iolani School

Michael is a K-6 Design and Technology Teacher at ‘Iolani School in Honolulu, Hawai’i. He is also a Google Certified Trainer, a Computer Science Discoveries Facilitator, and has been presenting on EdTech topics for more than 12 years. His passions center around Computer Science, Augmented and Virtual Reality, Maker Education, and purposeful, cross-curricular technology integration.

Rosemary Jane, Cincinnati Public Schools

Rosemary Jane is a technology enhanced educator and technology leader with Cincinnati Public Schools. She now teaches first grade and provides training and professional development for educators. She was at the forefront of implementation of tools for CPS including virtual reality, 3D printing, robotics, and drones in K-12. 16 years as an educator & district IT admin, BSA in ECE & MSE in Tech Enhanced Learning. Rosemary is an active member of her community and church and participates in events with women's organizations committed to end gender-based violence and empower survivors. Follow Rosemary's work in educational technology @Rosemary_Edu on Twitter.

Andy Mann, Muskegon Area Intermediate School Dist

Andy Mann was one of Michigan’s first tech teachers and tech directors and is currently the educational technology consultant at a regional service center. He is a Google Certified Educator, Trainer, and co-founder of the Michigan REMC RITS group. Andy is a two-time recipient of the ISTE Making It Happen Award for technology leadership. He is a popular, high-energy presenter at conferences and at Bureau of Education and Research seminars. He loves to help educators discover the immersive learning potential of 6 Degrees of Freedom VR.

James McCrary, River Parishes Community College

James McCrary is the Director of Innovative Teaching & Learning at River Parishes Community College. He has a background as a social studies educator and technology specialist. An Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Innovator, and Common Sense Media Certified Educator, he is passionate about integrating technology skills into the classroom and positively impacting students globally. James presents at local, state and international conferences on innovation in education, with a focus on 3D development, especially for augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (VR). He also cohosts "The VR Podcast" discussing how immersion technology is impacting education and business.

Rachelle Dene Poth, Rivervew Junior Senior High School
ISTE Certified Educator

Rachelle Dené Poth is a STEAM and Spanish teacher at Riverview Junior Senior High School in Oakmont, Pennsylvania. She’s also an author, edtech consultant, attorney and frequent education conference presenter. Also an ISTE Certified Educator, Poth holds a Juris Doctor from Duquesne University School of Law, and a master's in instructional technology. She’s currently pursuing a second doctorate focused on edtech. Poth is the author of seven books, including Things I Wish [...] Knew, which includes the voices of 50 educators from around the world. She’s a past president of the ISTE Teacher Education Network, and a recipient of the ISTE Making IT Happen Award. Poth was named one of 30 K-12 IT Influencers for 2021, was selected as the 2017 Outstanding Teacher of the Year by the Pennsylvania Association for Educational Communications in Technology (PAECT) and was named one of “20 to Watch” educators by the National School Boards Association (NSBA). She writes for Getting Smart and Defined Learning, and hosts the “ThriveinEDU” podcast, as well as a project-based learning podcast by Defined Learning on the BAM Radio Network.

Christina Zientek, St. Jude Graduate School

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