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Welcome to Deeper Learning 2017!
March 29-31 San Diego, California

At DL2017 you will:

  • Experience deeper learning for yourself through deep dives, interactive workshops and an innovative MakerStudio.
  • Connect with powerful educators who care deeply about preparing students for college and their future careers.
  • Learn new ideas and practices that will help them teach for deeper learning competences and spread a love for deeper learning.

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Wednesday, March 29 • 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Keeping it real: the anatomy of an immersive project in virtual reality. FULL

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Virtual reality (VR) is the next big thing. Jobs in VR are growing by 800% per year. Current applications of VR mostly involve games but the potential is far greater. Virtual reality is being used to engender empathy as one experiences far off lands and cultures. Drawing and building virtual art in a truly 3D immersive environment is transformative. You will never forget the first time you don a VR headset.


VR is also a rich space in which to explore the nature of reality itself. How do humans perceive reality and how can that perception be fooled or manipulated? How do movies like The Matrix compare to modern scientific speculation about reality such as multiple universes?


In this workshop, you will experience VR first hand as we present virtual worlds created by our students. Over a 12 week period, they experienced VR for themselves, imagined worlds they would like to see/experience, and learned the skills needed to make them “real”. Combining their newly acquired skills in immersive 360 degree video, 3D modeling, and game engine programming, they produced the unique VR experiences you will witness.


We will share the project design and execution details including a rather unique approach to group work. Each virtual team is a dynamic assembly of specialists brought together by the specific needs of the world being developed. Producers with a vision for the VR world “hire” team members after a comprehensive interview process. Producers only hire the skills they need for the time it takes to do the work. Specialists are free to work on multiple worlds either serially or in parallel. As they work, they continue to advance their skills through "professional development" sessions. The project is as deep a dive into the modern workplace as into the technology of virtual reality.

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Don McKay

STEM Teacher, High Tech High
Don Mackay is a STEM teacher at High Tech High International. He came to High Tech High in 2008 after a 20 year career developing chemistry simulation systems used to design pharmaceuticals, novel materials, and specialty chemicals. A travel aficionado, he has led several student... Read More →
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Barry Toyonaga

Substitute teacher, HTH

Wednesday March 29, 2017 3:00pm - 4:30pm
HTHI 107

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