ISTE Immersive Virtual Reality Experience
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Debra Atchison Dr. Matt Caratachea Thomas Clay Hall Davidson Azine Davoudzadeh Steve Dembo Jaime Donally Michael Fricano II Camilla Gagliolo Jennifer Hall Rosemary Jane Jesse Lubinsky Andy Mann James McCrary Katie McNamara Christine Morgan Kendre Perry Rachelle Dene Poth Lisa Pritchard Megan Puckett Vriti Saraf Mark Suter Heather White Dr. John Wick Christina Zientek
Come join us at ISTELive to learn about innovative learning created through Virtual Reality with the Meta/Oculus Quest. Experience the future of learning with an exciting lineup of fully immersive virtual reality adventures. Connect with educators who share innovative ways of introducing VR in classroom learning and bring home new ideas for your own educational environment. The ISTE Immersive VR Experience will be an extended playground experience that takes place on Wednesday of the conference. Attendees are invited to learn about VR in education, participate in immersive VR experiences and connect with educators who are forging future learning opportunities with VR.
Deb Atchison is an enthusiastic trainer with 30+ years of experience that travels the globe sharing with teachers and students. She has trained in Tanzania, Kenya, Ukraine, Croatia, Turkey, and many other countries. With a Master’s degree in EdTech from Pepperdine University, she has led school districts to numerous successes through her leadership positions. Debra was the personal home-school teacher for comedian Eddie Murphy’s children. She is a Google Certified Trainer and Chrome OS Certified and helps districts get set up to use G Workspace and trains teachers to use these tools. She is also the co-founder of EdChange Global.
Matt Caratachea is the Coordinator of Technology Integration & Innovation for a rural school division in Virginia. With strong interests in maker-centered learning, digital fabrication, and virtual reality technologies, Matt hopes to inspire teachers and students to use technology as a way to create and express themselves.
Hall Davidson served education for 40 years. In the classroom, he taught on an Emmy-winning mathematics series, while performing improv in Los Angeles. An administrator, he led a county media technology consortium serving 400,000 students. He served on the boards of ISTE, California-affiliate CUE, and state task forces, and students through the nation’s oldest student media festival. He is president of an educational media foundation serving a million students. He has keynoted conferences internationally. He currently serves as Senior Director of Global Learning Initiatives for Discovery Education, serving more than half the schools in the US and countries on four continents.
Azine Davoudzadeh is an award-winning educator, speaker and thought leader in the XR for Education ecosphere. She is the Founder of XR EDU, an organization dedicated to solving problems that leverage XR technologies. In 2020, she won the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow National contest, awarding her school a $100,000 prize in technology. She built an XR Lab and corresponding course called "XR for Social Good''. For mentoring female students pursuing STEM careers she received the Educator Award for Aspirations in Computing from NCWIT. She teaches XR for Social Good & VS.Net courses in California.
Steve Dembo is the middle school Computer Science/Artificial Intelligence Teacher and Director of Technology at Quest Academy in Palatine, IL. He is the co-author of the book Untangling the Web: 20 Tools to Power Up Your Teaching and the president of the Skokie/Morton Grove District 69 School Board, serving his third term. Dembo is a dynamic speaker on the capabilities of social networking, the power of educational technologies and the potential for digital content to empower teachers to improve student outcomes.
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 is a K-6 Design and Technology Teacher at ‘Iolani School in Honolulu, Hawai’i. He is also a Google Certified Trainer, a Code.org 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.
Jennifer Hall is a veteran educator, trainer, speaker, and creator. A National Board Certified Teacher, ISTE Certified Educator, Certified Google Innovator and Trainer as well as Microsoft Innovative Educator Expert, Jen serves as an Educational Technology Specialist for Atlanta Public Schools Instructional Technology Department. Jen collaborates with teachers to effectively integrate technology in standards-based lessons, provides targeted school-based training, and facilitates relevant district-wide professional development. Jen created TechTips411.com to share apps, tools, resources, ideas, quick tips, tutorials, and live-streamed professional development. Jen is passionate about the effective integration of instructional technology and fostering the engagement of diverse learners.
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.
Jesse Lubinsky is an Education Evangelist for Adobe. He is an Adobe Creative Educator, a Google Certified Innovator & Trainer, a CoSN CETL, an adjunct professor of education and technology, and an international keynote speaker. Jesse is co-author of “Reality Bytes: Innovative Learning Using Augmented and Virtual Reality” (January 2020) and "The Esports Education Playbook: Empowering Every Learner Through Inclusive Gaming" (November 2020). He is also co-host of the Partial Credit Podcast and the Ready Learner One Lounge, a virtual reality show focused on innovations in teaching and learning.
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 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.
Katie McNamara serves as a teacher librarian at North High School in Bakersfield, California; director of the Teacher Librarian Program at Fresno Pacific University; and president of the California School Library Association (2020-2021). She is a Google Certified Innovator, SCWriP Teacher-consultant, and AASL Tech Troubadour. She enjoys learning, empowering teachers to inspire student learning, and frequently sharing her expertise as a national and global presenter. Connect on Twitter @KatieJMcNamara
Christine Morgan, M. Ed. is a K-5 Technology Teacher in Houston, TX that is determined to share her love of technology & creativity with others. She loves being able to connect with other educators through Twitter and both attending and presenting at conferences. As a self-proclaimed ‘techy teacher’, she loves finding ways to engage and support her students, as well as enhance their creativity. Christine continues a “lifelong learner” frame of mind and is always on the lookout for new ways to support her 21st century learners. Check out her website at christine-morgan.com
Kendre Perry, M.Ed, is currently a Middle School (6-8) STEM Specialist in Winchendon, MA and is a member of the ISTE Community Leadership team. She presents at the national and local levels to educators about meaningful technology integration. Her areas of EdTech interest include Augmented and Virtual Reality, Formative Assessment Tools, Generation Z, Engaging Presentation Tools, and Google Tools for Learning
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.
Lisa Pritchard is a "veteran" high school English teacher and instructional coach who uses her innovative ideas, experiences, and passion for education and connection to help other educators remember why they dove into teaching in the first place.
Heather has been an educator for over 20 years. She is a Google Certified Educator and Trainer as well as ISTE certified educator. Currently she is an Instructional Technology Facilitator for Livingston Parish Public Schools working with teachers across 50 schools on the integration of technology.