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
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

Apr
5
Sun
2020
Physics Experimentation via Mechanical Systems In Virtual Platforms @ Physics Experimentation
Apr 5 @ 09:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Physics Experimentation via Mechanical Systems In Virtual Platforms @ Physics Experimentation

Hosts: Thuja Hynes; Emilin Nakamori; Ronda Barbosa. Virtual Mechanics

Scientific experimentation with prim physics offers rewarding results as play, for rigorous control process, for sole and collaborative problem solving and learning, and for application in functional mechanical systems. The Havok Physics Engine provides a consistent set of functions, constants and parameters, for conducting verifiable scientific research. Teaching the fundamental principles and basic techniques is inspiring and fun for both instructors and students.

  • Participants will be immersed in the Physics Laboratory, with demonstrations of local physics.
  • Participants will build unscripted mechanisms powered by local physics.

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Access: Second Life: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Inspiration%20Island/113/48/22