University of Wyoming and Mursion Talk WYTeach and VR for Curriculum Development
The newest installment of the AACTE and Mursion Education Roundtable series features high school students using virtual reality (VR) to demonstrate their curriculum-building skills for a chance to earn a scholarship. The roundtable discussion, Innovative Training for Everyday Heroes: University of Wyoming on the use of Virtual Practice for the next Generation of Educators, will take place on April 13 at 1:00 p.m. ET.
Sue Wiley, business development director for education at Mursion, will host Lindsay Freeman and Colby Gull from the University of Wyoming to discuss the WYTeach Contest. During the session, the group will discuss this innovative project and how the team is using Mursion VR Simulations to recreate the classroom environment and replicate a real-world teaching experience.
In this pilot program, 48 students from six districts competed in the initial round (five Wyoming districts and one from Colorado). From there, 12 students were chosen for the semifinal round. The top three students chosen will be awarded a scholarship to the University of Wyoming or a Wyoming Community College of their choosing.
Submitted lesson topics included the following:
- Introduction to ABCs
- How to change motor oil
- Hill climbing on a mountain bike
- Simplifying, multiplying, and dividing radicals with variables
- Arduino coding and wiring
This contest is developed and presented by the University of Wyoming College of Education and the UW Trustees Education Initiative. Learn more about the WYTeach Contest.
The Education Roundtable: Innovative Training for Everyday Heroes: University of Wyoming on the use of Virtual Practice for the next Generation of Educators, will include a presentation on the development of this all-virtual scholarship contest and discussion on the use of VR to recreate the classroom. We will also view video footage from one of the winning student classroom simulations.