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Tuesday, March 14 • 1:15pm - 2:45pm
Demystifying Web 3.0, the Metaverse, and Extended Reality: A practical guide using immersive computing for learning.

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After COVID forced schools all over the world to dive headlong into experiments with online learning, most educators are delighted to have the chance to return to in-person classrooms. But what if the answer to a number of challenges in education— access, student agency, efficiency—actually lies in going more deeply into the virtual realm? Adam will discuss the launching of the world’s first virtual reality charter school in August 2022. Why, at a time when the world is opening back up for in-person instruction, would a deeply experienced educator and champion of education begin to advocate for teaching in virtual reality? Far from creating a depersonalized experience of learning, Adam maintains that virtual reality offers teachers and students the chance to return to the kind of relational, ambulatory learning. Arguing that our current model of industrial-age education was created for high utility and standardization, he makes the case that it’s time to begin educating for genius. Optimizing human potential, Adam says, means “walking alongside the learner.” In his estimation, virtual reality education allows for that deeply relational exchange to occur more effectively than in a traditional classroom or in other known online delivery systems. By grounding the experience in relationships and the pursuit of equity, Adam believes that virtual reality education can improve the experience of school for everyone.

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Adam Mangana

Executive Director, Optima Independent
Adam Mangana is the Executive Director and a founder of Optima, the only Virtual Reality curriculum development company. Prior to the launch of Optima, he was the Head of School at Benedict Day School. At Benedict, he built the only Virtual Reality Lab in the Pine Belt, and inspired... Read More →

Tuesday March 14, 2023 1:15pm - 2:45pm EDT