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Sunday, May 30 • 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Guided Virtual Adventure: AltspaceVR: Designing Relational Land-Based Connections through Immersive Learning for Middle-Years and Secondary Education

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This Guided Virtual Adventure Tour will take you on exploratory journeys through the Taiga (Boreal Forest) Biome and an Introduction to the Sustainable Development Goals worlds within the AltspaceVR platform. Experience an engaging middle years or high school classroom in Virtual Reality (VR)! In an immersive setting that facilitates relational and cross-curricular connections, explore the Taiga Biome ecosystem, including plants, animals, and climate and discuss the Sustainable Development Goals and how we can empower students to make change.  You will partake in a VR scavenger hunt and experience, through the use of embedded videos, the Upper Nikik Interpretive Trail in La Ronge, Saskatchewan, Canada, with Myrtle O’Brien, a Traditional Knowledge Keeper, Cree herbalist, crafter and educator. As she demonstrates knowledge of Indigenous plants, language, and traditions, we will discuss curricular connections related to respecting the environment and the human impact on the land.  Grounded by constructivist learning theory, this guided adventure seeks to inspire educators who want to use VR for increasing student motivation, engagement, achievement and peer connections through immersive experiences.

Please note: We will be meeting directly on the Altspace platform. Users new to Altspace may find this document helpful: https://link.medium.com/USJOFqTnqgb

The AltspaceVR link for May 30 is https://account.altvr.com/events/1738021353325331419 or Join Code: PVJ839

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Janelle Lavoie

Teacher, University of Saskatchewan
Born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada, Janelle Lavoie obtained her Bachelor of Kinesiology in 2018, Bachelor of Education in 2019, and has just completed a Master’s in Educational Technology and Design (ETAD) from the University of Saskatchewan. She has taught children... Read More →
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Ryan Banow

Educational Developer, Gwenna Moss Centre - University of Saskatchewan
Ryan Banow is an Educational Development Specialist at the Gwenna Moss Centre for Teaching and Learning at the University of Saskatchewan. He is also a PhD student in the Department of Curriculum Studies within the College of Education. Ryan has worked as an Educational Developer... Read More →
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Paula MacDowell

Assistant Professor, University of Saskatchewan
Paula MacDowell, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum Studies, University of Saskatchewan. Her area of specialization is in Educational Technology and Design (ETAD).
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Joel Stange

Vice Principal, Pre-Cam Community School
An educator with many interests. I love using technology, getting outdoors, building relationships with my students, and diving into projects.I have a Masters of Education from the University of Saskatchewan, focused on Critical and Environmental Education. I reside in Treaty 6, traditional... Read More →

Sunday May 30, 2021 3:00pm - 4:00pm EDT