Some of the best online VR education communities.
There are many places where you can find educational content about virtual reality (VR), be it here on VRcue, or through social media channels. The educational VR community has grown significantly over the past couple of years, and now there is a wide range of places to get the right information if you are interested in using VR as a medium for learning. Here are some of the best communities and examples of content for those who want to build their PLN and find fresh ideas for using VR.
Without a doubt, the most widely used hashtag associated with immersive technology in education is #ARVRinEDU, moderated by Jamie Donnelly, a pioneer of educational technology and the author of Learning Transported. Jamie also oversees Twitter’s weekly chat on this hashtag, where she demonstrates AR and VR educational apps and shares the best practical examples of this exciting technology. Teachers from all over the world take part in the chat and this is always a fun, lively discussion. Also worth mentioning is Jamie’s website www.arvrinedu.com where she oversees some of the content from Twitter, and also exchanges other ideas and projects.
From the point of view of other hashtags that need to be searched, such as #VReducation #VRedu and #VR; earning is also quite common, but none of them have the sequence #ARVRinEDU. Use hashtags to identify those teachers (and developers) who participate in the discussion and content sharing.
In fact, there are more than a dozen Facebook groups specifically dedicated to education in VR. And some, of course, more active than others. Some also tend to have some spam from resellers, but nothing that would be too critical.
In particular, we would like to highlight Virtual & Augmented Reality for Education
There are now more than 4,500 people in the group, this is the largest FB group dedicated to VR education and, as a rule, it is the group that has the most activity. Definitely, this is the group to join first. Discussions are diverse and involve people from all over the world. By joining it you will get a large number and combination of points of view.
Oculus Go and Quest for Education. Run by Michael Friccano, it was a group specifically focused on using Oculus Go, but recently expanded in preparation for the launch of Quest. If you use these headsets, then you can find support and many interesting discussions here.
Mixed, Augmented, and Virtual Realities in Learning (MAVR). This is one of the smaller groups, but it is definitely worth it to be part of it. It is managed by Eric Hawkinson, who is in Japan and is one of the most innovative voices in VR education. With such a large amount of content in other groups targeting the US and Europe, it’s great to get a regular idea of how VR is used in the east.
Unfortunately, there are not many channels on YouTube to learn about VR in education. Here are a few channels worth checking out.
Bryn Stothard’s Channel. Bryn is in Germany and has been doing incredibly innovative things with high-quality VR for some time now. We also recommend checking out his website at www.vrintheclassroom.com
Daniel Dyboski-Bryant launched a monthly AltSpace meeting for educators around the world who are interested in VR. Attendance of teachers VR-activities is very good. Events include some wonderful guests, including Jessica Outlaw, Gabe Baker and Joe Millward. Visiting is free and since AltSpace is available from virtually any equipment, you can access sessions from anywhere! Worth trying.
Here is a recording of one of the events of November last year:
Despite the fact that podcasts are not really a social network, it would be an omission not to mention such a great resource on this list. The virtual reality podcast is organized by the edtech pioneering team from the United States – Alex Chaucer, Stephen Sato, James McCrarey and Amanda Fox. Now in the second season, the team did a wonderful job of inviting guests from around VR space, including Jeremy Beylenson from Stanford, Charlie Finn, Brian Costello and Jamie Donnelly. Available on regular lkz platforms, podcasts are a great way to learn more about VR education in a different format and great listening material on the way to work!
Some of you are probably wondering why there are no other social platforms on the list, such as LinkedIn, Reddit, Instagram, Discord, etc. Honestly, there are various reasons – some tend to just act as mirrors for VR content. which in any case is published on Twitter (for example, Instagram), others do not have any real active groups about VR education (for example, Reddit).
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