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Extended Reality Initiative

Extended Reality Initiative


So the Extended Reality Initiative is
really focused on creating a set of experiences to help train future
teachers as well as members in other professions. We’re using 360 video to
create a more immersive environment so with video, you can watch a video from
the back of the classroom or videographer’s going around the classroom
and their focus on particular aspects of the classroom. But with what we’re doing,
you as the viewer can look to your left you can your right, you can travel from
one point the classroom to another so you’re actually getting that feeling
that you’re actually there in the classroom. What we don’t know is how that
can be used for professional learning we know there’s a lot of potential. There’s
no research currently to document that. So to be able to study it and to study
with our pre-service teacher ED students it provides an opportunity not only to
inform the research base for professional learning with future
teachers, but teacher professional development with practicing teachers and
we feel that they’ll have such an impact on K-12 learning. So this grant was given
to us from the NSF the National Science Foundation was awarded around 1 million
five hundred thousand dollars for 3 years. The main goal once again of this
grant is to evaluate the use of 360 videos and annotation technology in
pre-service teachers education with once again with a focus on math education. One of the strengths of this project and one of the reasons why I think it was funded
is the strength of the partnerships and collaboration both in education with
learning technology and math education. We have sociology, we have computer
science, so we have a wide array of disciplines looking at the same problem
and so we get to shed new light on this. This is a kind of a compilation here
interdisciplinary research, so this interdiscipline research is
becoming very important and we are fortunate to be part of it and
especially in Kent State that we have a very strong as College of Education and
computer science program. Very happy to have this opportunity to work together
with education technology. If I had one goal for this project it would be that Kent State would be known worldwide for understanding how, when, where, why and
under what conditions innovative technologies that we would label as
“extending reality” can change the way that we teach and learn. There’s this
nice value of being able to actually see everything that’s happening in that
classroom almost as if you were there and that’s that’s going to fundamentally
change how we train future teachers

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