***NEW DATE Please join us for a public lecture by Sam Northern at the Kaisa Library Auditorium (Fabianinkatu 30, 7th floor) on Tuesday, February 27, at 5 pm.
“What is on your bucket list? Summiting Mount Everest? Diving the Great Barrier Reef? For most people, these are unlikely adventures. This is no longer the case with virtual reality (VR) technology. VR lets you travel to destinations all over the world and beyond without ever boarding an airplane. Most teachers cannot take their students on an African safari, but VR can. VR enables experiential learning by simulating real-world environments. 3D immersion has the ability to change students’ outlook on the world and their place in it. The possibilities of where students go and what they do are endless.”
Sam Northern is an elementary school teacher-librarian in Franklin, Kentucky. He is a participant in the 2018 Fulbright Distinguished Awards in Teaching Program. His research at the University of Helsinki focuses on best practices of phenomenon-based learning. In 2014, Sam spent four weeks in China on a Fulbright-Hays Summer Seminars Abroad Program. Since then, he has voyaged to Antarctica as a National Geographic Grosvenor Teacher Fellow, worked aboard a research vessel as a NOAA Teacher at Sea, and explored nature in Yellowstone National Park as a National Endowment for the Humanities Scholar. A three-time winner of the Kentucky Education Association’s Diversity Lesson Plan Contest, Sam draws on his experiences to encourage students to discover the splendid dimensions of our world.
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