SPONSORS: For details on how to sponsor the BLOCKCHAIN IN EDUCATION SUMMIT (iED 2018) please contact the conference team or call the iED Marketing and Community Relations Manager via telephone at +1 (617) 997-1017.
Google Cardboard is a Virtual Reality (VR) platform developed by Google for use with a fold-out cardboard viewer (headset) into which a mobile phone is placed. Intended as a low-cost system to encourage interest and development in VR and VR applications, Cardboard is used extensively by learners of all ages in Immersive Education Initiative clubs, camps and classes.
This "Creating Mobile Virtual Reality (VR) Experiences" hands-on workshop will guide you through the process of creating 360° panoramic scenes, which are ideal for virtual tours and immersive school lessons, using your iPhone or Android phone. After you create your 360° panoramic scenes anyone with an iPhone, iPad or Android phone or tablet can experience them. Attendees with an iED VR Headset (available at the time of conference registration) will also be able to experience their creations in VR.
During this hands-on workshop attendees will learn how to use and create mobile VR experiences using their own Android phone or iPhone.
Bring it home! A personal Immersive Education (iED) Google Cardboard VR headset is available during registration to all attendees. Bring your iED VR headset home after the conference so that you can relive the memories that you capture in VR, and also so that you can enjoy thousands of new and emerging VR experiences free of charge once you get home. See the Google Cardboard Virtual Reality hands-on workshop below for more details.
TEACHERS and RESEARCHERS: Attend this hands-on VR workshop to learn how you and your students can participate in United States government national projects such as the Immersive Bent's Fort project, the New Mexico Arts & Culture projects, or start a national project of your own.
Minecraft is an "open sandbox game" that revolves around the deceptively simple concept of breaking and placing blocks in a virtual world. When Minecraft was first released in 2011 most players spent the majority of their time building structures, such as houses and castles, to protect themselves against monsters that come out at night. But in time players began working together to create wonderfully complex and imaginative worlds and digital machines.
An official Immersive Education Creative Computing platform, Minecraft enables new forms of learning for a new generation of learners and is used around the world by learners of all ages (from primary school all the way through college and university students).
In the hands of a certified instructor, Minecraft is a powerful and compelling educational technology that immerses learners in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEAM), in addition to Art, & Architecture, Culture and History.
Immersive Education Minecraft classes, clubs and camps teach learners of all ages how to think logically and solve problems scientifically while creatively expressing themselves through 3D artistry, engineering and programming. An optional "3D Printing" module lets students to print out their creations so that they can actually hold their creations in their hands.
Minecraft can be considered to be a highly sophisticated immersive alternative to Legos that includes circuits, levers, switches, pistons, sensors, repeaters, and comparators. Your imagination is the only limit to what you can build with Minecraft.
Following are just a few of the many creations that have been built with Minecraft:
Historical buildings, cities and famous works of art
Mechanical computers based on MIT textbook schematics
Arithmetic Logic Units (ALUs) based on MIT textbook schematics
Rube Goldberg machines
Standard, scientific and graphing calculators
Roller coasters, elevators and drawbridges
Spacecraft (such as space shuttles and rockets)
Museums and libraries
Replicas of sculptures and other works of arts
Original works of art
Sensors and traps
Jukeboxes, music players and music machines
Painting and drawing games
TEACHERS and RESEARCHERS: Attend this hands-on Minecraft workshop to learn how you and your students can participate in United States government national projects such as the Immersive Bent's Fort project, the New Mexico Arts & Culture projects, or start a national project of your own.
Denver television news interviews college and high school students in Colorado as they reconstruct historic Bent's Old Fort in Minecraft as part of a new national arts, culture and history project. Attend this hands-on Minecraft workshop to learn how you and your students can participate in United States government national projects such as the Immersive Bent's Fort project, the New Mexico Arts & Culture projects, or start a national project of your own.
Coding to Develop Creativity, Systematic Reasoning, Collaboration
Coding (programming) is the new literacy, and is today considered by many to be as important as reading and writing. But until recently, coding has been notoriously difficult to learn. Thanks to Scratch, however, coding is now easy and accessible to everyone.
Scratch is a free programming language, content authoring tool and online community where learners of all ages (especially children and adults who are new to coding/programming) can create their own interactive stories, games, and animations.
Developed by the MIT Media Lab, Scratch has a proven history of teaching learners mathematical and computational concepts while they learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively in a fun and exciting manner.
The educational value of Scratch extends beyond providing an easy and interesting introduction to programming. Using Scratch students also have the opportunity to learn about information and communications technology (ICT), cause and effect, project planning, digital media and interactive media.
BRING YOUR OWN DEVICE: Scratch 3, the brand-new version of Scratch currently in beta release, is the version used in this hands-on workshop. Scratch 3 can run on modern tablets and computers. Please note that devices are not provided to attendees.
Pokémon Go is the world's first truly mass-market mainstream application of Augmented Reality (AR), and one of the most successful games in history. It is, in fact, one of the most wildly popular apps ever created and is played daily by millions of people around the globe.
You'll be among the first in the world to learn first-hand how the Pokémon Go phenomenon can be harnessed for education and business.
During this hands-on workshop you will have the option of playing Pokémon Go or simply watching others play (if you'd prefer not to play it yourself). Either way, you'll also be taught the fundamentals of playing Pokémon Go on your mobile phone.
This Pokémon Go workshop addresses the following topics:
Pokémon Go for Teachers and Education
Pokémon Go for Business and Marketing
Child-safety: Criminal Elements & Physical Safety
Legal issues with Pokémon Go and other forms of Augmented Reality (AR)
Pokémon Go for Student and Employee Engagement
Pokémon Go for Team Building and Relationship Building
Pokémon Go for Exercise and Socialization
Pokémon Go for Geography, Spatial Awareness and Map-reading
Pokémon Go as a Resource Management Simulator
Pokémon Go for Teaching Math, Estimation and Conversions
Incorporating Pokémon Go into Curricula and Lesson Plans
Location-based Learning Experiences with the Tapple
Tapple is a new mobile multimedia content platform that allows anyone to easily assemble video, image,
audio and text content into cohesive, professional, mobile-first presentations and deliver that
content to an audience via QR Code, NFC Chip, and/or geographic location. Tapple is used
primarily to allow objects, locations and events to tell a story and provide rich sources of information when no one is available to assist personally.
Tapple is unique in that the service is available to consumers without the need to download a
special app or create an account. All that is needed to access content on the Tapple platform is
a personal Internet-connected device, such as a phone or tablet, with a web browser.
This hands-on workshop and social event that will introduce participants to the full feature set of the Tapple platform and present the wide variety of ways it can be deployed in educational environments.
Workshop participants will create their own digital experiences and have the opportunity to participate in an educational scavenger hunt around Boston that demonstrates the platform's ability to deliver location-specific content and questions, collect responses, track attendance, and distribute Knowledge Tokens as a reward for completing corresponding learning activities.
BRING YOUR OWN DEVICE AND HEADSET: Participants in this workshop should bring their personal mobile device (iPhone or Android phone) and a set of headphones (or earbuds). Please note that devices are not provided to attendees.
About the Immersive Education Initiative
The Immersive Education Initiative is a non-profit international collaboration of educational institutions, research institutes, museums, consortia and companies. The Initiative was established in 2005 with the mission to define and develop standards, best practices, technology platforms, training and education programs, and communities of support for virtual worlds, Virtual Reality, augmented and mixed reality, simulations, game-based learning and training systems, immersive teaching and immersive learning systems, and fully immersive environments such as caves and domes.
Thousands of faculty, researchers, staff and administrators are members of the Immersive Education Initiative, who together service millions of academic and corporate learners worldwide.
Chapters support the rapid and continued growth of Immersive Education throughout the world, and constitute the geographically distributed structure of the organization through which regional and local members are supported and enriched. Chapters organize officially sanctioned Summits, Days, workshops, collaborations, seminars, lectures, forums, meetings, public service events and activities, technical groups, technical work items, research, and related activities.
About Immersive Education Summits
Immersive Education (iED) Summits are official Immersive Education Initiative conferences organized for educators, researchers, administrators, business leaders and the general public. iED Summits consist of presentations, panel discussions, break-out sessions, demos and workshops that provide attendees with an in-depth overview of immersion and the technologies that enable immersion. iED Summits feature new and emerging virtual worlds, game-based learning and training systems, simulations, mixed/augmented reality, fully immersive environments, immersive learning and training platforms, cutting-edge research from around the world, and related tools, techniques, technologies, standards and best practices.
Speakers at iED Summits have included faculty, researchers, staff, administrators and professionals from Boston College, Harvard University (Harvard Graduate School of Education, Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School, and Harvard Kennedy School of Government), Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), MIT Media Lab, The Smithsonian Institution, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Federation of American Scientists (FAS), United States Department of Education, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), United States Department of the Interior (DOI) National Park Service, Temple University, Rice University, Stanford University, Internet 2, Cornell University, Loyola Marymount University, Southeast Kansas Education Service Center, Kauffman Foundation, Amherst College, Boston Library Consortium, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Stratasys Ltd., Duke University, Oracle, Sun Microsystems, Turner Broadcasting, Open Wonderland Foundation, Gates Planetarium, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, University of Maryland College Park, UCLA, USC, Google, Microsoft, Intel, Halliburton Company, Oracle, Computerworld, The MOFET Institute (Israel), Technion Israel Institute of Technology (Israel), Keio University (Japan), Chukyo TV Broadcasting Company (Japan), Nikko Telecommunications Company (Japan), National University of Singapore (NUS), Open University (UK), University of Glasgow (UK), Coventry University (UK), University of St Andrews (UK), Giunti Labs (Italy) and European Learning Industry Group, University of Barcelona (Spain), Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (Spain), University of Oulu (Finland), Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden), École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (EnsAD; France), Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (Israel), Graz University of Technology (Austria), University of West of Scotland (UK), University of Essex (UK), Universidad Complutense de Madrid (Spain), University of Vienna (Austria), Government of New South Wales (Australia), Eötvös Loránd Tudományegyetem (Hungary), Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul (UFRGS; Brazil), Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi (India), and many more world-class organizations.