Washington State University Tech-Ed Conference, Oct. 1-2, 2015: Using Google Street View and WalkInto as a Medium for Virtual Field Trips

Over the past 2 days, I have had the amazing opportunity to learn from leading researchers in the field of Educational Technology at the Washington State University Tech-Ed Conference. What a beautiful conference and campus, and the people were inviting, engaging and all-around great folks. The invited speakers and paper presenters provoked thought and discussion surrounding how technology, but more importantly, the careful thought and good teaching behind the technology, can be transformative. I presented a paper on behalf of my colleagues at the University of British Columbia’s Master of Educational Technology program (Novak Rogic and Alison Pattern). This was a group design project from ETEC 510 where we designed an online, technology-supported learning environment.

Here is my presentation about using Google Street View and WalkInto as a medium for teacher and student-created virtual field trips. This is a new concept in VFT’s that allows for both teachers and their students to create and produce incredible content – it is not limited to VFT’s by any means! Some ideas our group thought of were: flipped classrooms, marketing and promotions for colleges and universities, school walk-throughs for parents, etc.

What are some other applications you can think of?

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digital Human Library and professional artist Omari Newton

Omari Newton is in the digital Human Library!

Montreal-born artist Omari Newton is a professional actor, writer, Slam poet and MC whose work can be found on television, film, stage or radio.

Omari’s work in television and film includes playing Lucas Ingram in the Showcase series Continuum, Larry Summers in the Spike series Blue Mountain State and the newly completed Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland movie, and also lends his voice talents to the character Black Panther on the TV mini-series Wolverine vs. Sabretooth and as Jefferson Smith in Max Steel (to name a few).

His stage work in Quebec has earned him a number of favorable reviews and awards. Some career highlights include a best supporting actor nomination (soiree des masques) for his work in the Centaur Theatre’s production of Joe Penhal’s “Blue Orange” (Christopher). The play also went on to win best English language production.

He is a proud Graduate of Concordia University’s Communication Studies program. As a writer, he’s completed his original Hip Hop theatre piece “Sal Capone: The Lamentable Tragedy of” which recently completed successful runs in both Montreal & Vancouver in 2013. The play was nominated for a Montreal English Theatre Award for best original script.

Omari had visited my ProD session at O’Gorman High School in Timmins, Ontario from his home in Vancouver, BC. Using Google Hangouts and his magnetic personality, he engaged the teachers in ice breakers and had the entire room up and laughing. Screenshot 2015-07-10 12.49.34

Register, visit his MeBook at the digital Human Library and book him for your classroom!