Using CoSpaces Edu to Create Virtual Reality Experiences

Date(s) - 11/14/2018
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm



Virtual Reality (VR), a simulated computer environment in three dimensions, is becoming more popular for gaming, movies, and education. According to CoSpaces Edu, their creative platform “complements traditional teaching methods by immersing students into a world where they can create, consume and connect with the curriculum on a completely new level, even though the revolutionary visual mediums of Virtual and Augmented Reality (AR).” Take what you learn here to create your library programs to teach your users how to create meaningful and interactive experiences using VR/AR.

In this webinar:
· Discover what Virtual Reality is and gain a brief historical summary of it.
· Learn and explore the differences between virtual, augmented, and mixed realities.
· Explore 360° video and photograph technologies to include in a variety of formats.
· Create your own 3D/360° environments using CoSpaces EDU to test in Virtual Reality.
· Learn how to use CoSpaces EDU as a student and as a teacher.

Biography ~ Chard Mairn
Chad Mairn is a librarian, teacher, author, and self-described geek who frequently shares his enthusiasm for ‘all-things technology’ as a speaker at library and technology conferences. He is an Information Services Librarian, Assistant Professor, and manages the Innovation Lab at St. Petersburg College. In October 2015, the Innovation Lab received a $7,500 Curiosity Creates grant from the Walt Disney Company in collaboration with ALA’s Association for Library Service to Children to expand their successful Maker Boot Camp series that helps “promote exploration and discovery for children ages 6 to 14.” Imagination and originality, flexibility, decision-making, communication and self-expression, collaboration, and motivation are the critical components of creativity that the Maker Boot Camp has integrated into their curriculum (https://youtu.be/kO3_NRWHZ9E).

While an undergraduate studying Humanities at the University of South Florida (USF), Chad was awarded a Library of Congress Fellowship archiving Leonard Bernstein’s personal papers. During his Library and Information Science (LIS) graduate work, also at USF, Chad became a technology liaison between the Bill Gates Learning Foundation and Florida public libraries.

Much of Chad’s recent interests have focused around mobile and emerging technologies. Chad has written a couple of book chapters and numerous articles on library technologies. Chad also plays drums in two bands, Fowler’s Bluff and Low Season, and he also organizes Pinellas Comic and Maker Con, which is held each year at the St. Petersburg College Seminole Campus.


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