VWBPE Program

All sessions of the VWBPE 2020 Conference are held in Second Life®. All times are in SLT (Pacific Time).
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Mar
20
Fri
2020
The Science Circle: Open Education Worldwide @ The Science Circle
Mar 20 @ 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
The Science Circle: Open Education Worldwide @ The Science Circle

The Science Circle (SC) provides immersive experiences focused on science (astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology), math, art, and current events (example: wildfires). Areas on and above the island are accessible via a teleport system and multi-lingual, explanatory signage. Incl. a 30 minute Corona Q&A with our experts at 11 AM PDT. Past SC presentations are available via mini-theaters and links to https://sciencecircle.org. Two sessions are offered for this Immersive Experience.

  • Participants will be able to better understand the scientific concept through a 3D interaction.
  • Participants will be able to better appreciate global and interdisciplinary perspectives.

Hosts: Phil Youngblood / Vic Michalak, Michael Shaw / Shawza Tunwarm, Linda Morris Kelley / Delia Lake, Hajime Nishimura / Yan Lauria

Access: SLURL: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/The%20Science%20Circle/68/127/32

A teleport map is available at the landing zone.

Accessibility: Scripts and notecards available on site

Mar
26
Thu
2020
Keynote :: Are you future ready? Steps to build your stairway to the future @ VWBPE Auditorium
Mar 26 @ 09:30 AM – 10:20 AM
Keynote :: Are you future ready? Steps to build your stairway to the future @ VWBPE Auditorium

Speaker: Dr. L.Robert Furman / Zadist Diavolo

Dr. L. Robert Furman is an educator, leader, scholar, speaker and author; but most notably, Dr. Rob is a true champion for education in the 21st century. Beyond speaking at venues across the country, Dr. Rob is also a contributing Educational blogger for The Huffington Post as well as Ed Tech Review. He has received numerous prestigious awards, such as being named in the National School Board Association’s 20 To Watch in technology education and an ISTE Best Selling Author.

Introduction: Beth O’Connell / Beth Ghostraven

Accessibility: Voice to text transcription

Educator’s Networking Forum @ VWBPE Quadrivium
Mar 26 @ 03:00 PM – 03:50 PM
Educator's Networking Forum @ VWBPE Quadrivium

Meet the VWBPE Sponsors!

Moderator: Kevin Feenan / Phelan Corrimal; Rockcliffe University Consortium

Nine sponsors have come together to support this year’s Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conference. This open forum is your opportunity to learn about their contributions to education and why they feel supporting open source virtual conferences, like this one, is so important.

Participants will be given the opportunity to express their opinions on how for-profit and non-profit businesses can better help support teachers and instructional developers.

Attendees will learn about the motivating factors behind some of the biggest names supporting education in Second Life

 

Text chat and voice

Mar
27
Fri
2020
A Nonprofit Commons Salute to the Stars @ VWBPE Quadrivium
Mar 27 @ 09:00 AM – 09:50 AM
A Nonprofit Commons Salute to the Stars @ VWBPE Quadrivium

Speakers: Cynthia Calongne / Lyr Lobo; Joyce Bettencourt / Rhiannon Chatnoir; Renne Emiko Brock / Zinnia Zauber; Buffy Beale / Buffy Bye; Valerie Hill / Valibrarian Gregg

Join our constellation of stars as we explore the future of education and social good in virtual worlds. For 11 years, the NPC hosts educational workshops, tours, parties, mentor support, and events on Friday mornings in Second Life. Be a star! Everyone is welcome! Four questions will be addressed during this Roundtable Discussion.

  • Analyze how to strengthen our community through empowerment.

Accessibility: Provide a written script during the presentation

Mar
28
Sat
2020
You Don’t Have To Go To Space for Effective PD! @ VWBPE Lecture Area A
Mar 28 @ 09:00 AM – 09:50 AM
You Don't Have To Go To Space for Effective PD! @ VWBPE Lecture Area A

Speaker: Becky Adams / Elli Pinion, University of New Mexico

I will share findings of my research with a small group of K-12 teachers who participated in an online professional development initiative. Issues regarding the quality and effectiveness of professional development for K 12 teachers were addressed by the strengths of an online environment: choice, community building, and extended learning over time. Our efforts at UNM to support Online Instructors with PD, informed by this research, and how this can inform the use Virtual World approaches.

  • To introduce a researched based model for effectively using online tools to support PD.
  • To connect these findings to challenges they have in supporting PD in their field while building COP

Accessibility: Speak easy HUD