Using Immersive Technologies to Bring the ‘Real World’ into your Classroom (WS)


Learn how AR and VR technologies can provide authentic learning experiences that extend the impact of your lessons.


As educators we aim to provide students with the tools to prepare them for the future. One of the ways we do that is through authentic experiences rooted in the real world. However, the ‘real world’ we expose them to is mostly limited by budget, time and resources.

What if you could break through these limitations without ever leaving the classroom?

Immersive technologies such as Augmented (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) are breaking the rules in how we experience the world around us.

  • Swim with sharks 35 meters under the ocean’s surface to deepen understanding of ecosystems or climate control
  • Explore elemental characteristics and their chemical reactions to safely prepare students for science labs
  • Follow a Syrian child through her daily life in a refugee camp to elicit deeper empathy and exposure to displaced citizens during conflict

Join this hands-on workshop to learn how to create and provide your students with authentic ‘virtual’ experiences using immersive technologies.

Experience Requirements: No previous experience required

Equipment Requirements: 360° cameras and iPads with preloaded apps will be available for use during this session.

About Jennifer Simon

Jennifer has a rich background in various corporate and nonprofit industries as an instructional designer, librarian, technology integrationist, and traditional IT specialist who will be joining us to share her educational technology knowledge.

She has over 15 years of experience teaching adults and adolescents and is currently teaching Design at the Western Academy of Beijing. As part of her professional development she is currently studying the relationship between the developing teenage brain, inquiry and motivators in authentic assessment. In addition, she has started her exploration of maker tools and spaces. You can read more about her learning journey on her blog.

In her spare time Jennifer brushes up on her balloon animal artist portfolio, enjoys being a dessert snob and reminisces about her glory days as a magician’s assistant.

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