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Industry Workshop Series

Education Workshop - Using Virtual Reality to Implement Common Core, STEAM, and Next Generation Science Standards

Saturday, February 9, 2018

10:00 AM – 12:30 PM PST


 XR in Education Workshop Gallery


Join us for a special workshop for educators on how to use virtual reality to implement standards-based curriculum. Hear from VR experts and a local high school teacher about her experience introducing immersive XR in the classroom.

Teachers, administrators, counselors, students, parents, curriculum developers, VR content developers, and anyone who is interested in how virtual reality can be utilized as part of classroom instruction!

XR Marin is a program of the Marin County Office of Education in partnership with the College of Marin, Novato Unified School District, Marin County Free Library, and the Workforce Alliance of the North Bay.

Keynote Speakers

David Sarno, CEO, Lighthaus


David Sarno founded Lighthaus, a VR-based education company, in 2013. He is a lecturer at the Stanford School of Medicine, and covered technology for 7 years at the Los Angeles Times. A recipient of the John S. Knight Journalism fellowship at Stanford, David has a degree in computer science from Yale, and a degree in fiction writing from the University of Iowa.

Mark Andersen, Co-Founder & President, Lifeliqe


Mark is the Co-founder and President of Lifeliqe, an education platform for students to learn visually in digital 3D. Lifeliqe's platform distributes the world's largest digital Science library available in interactive 3D models, augmented reality, virtual reality on HTC Vive and mixed reality on Microsoft HoloLens. Mark focuses on expanding Lifeliqe's learning experiences into schools and libraries. He is in classrooms and libraries weekly assisting teachers and librarians leverage the power of XR to improve learning outcomes and engagement for students. For the past twenty years Mark has worked as a marketing leader in tech startups in Silicon Valley. Before getting his MBA from Northwestern University (Kellogg) Mark co-founded a successful startup that grew to 120 employees.

April Tucker, Science Teacher, Tamalpais High School

April is a Marine Science teacher at Tamalpais High School in Mill Valley. She is an award- winning science teacher which include honors such as Teacher of the Year, a two-time Golden Bell winner and the Amgen Award for Excellence in Science Education. She believes virtual reality will play a central role in future education models. As witnessed in her time implementing VR and AR in the classroom she has observed these experiences to impart more relevance, provide deeper more authentic learning experiences and develop empathy in students. The greatest impact has been seen with her struggling students. Virtual reality begins to level the playing field providing the same learning experiences for every student.

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Dr. Erika Woolsey, Hydrous CEO


At the 2018 National Geographic Explorers Festival and Dr Woolsey asked “How do we care about something we never see or experience?”

Erika is a marine biologist, a National Geographic Explorer, CEO of the Hydrous and a Fellow at the Stanford d.School. She has been exploring coral reefs for over 15 years and is devoted to ocean science education. Erika will join us on Feb 9 at XRMARIN to talk about the Hydrous IMMERSE 360º Virtual Reality experience and its associated National Geographic Education kits. The ocean is over exploited, under protected, and out of mind. Too few people have the opportunity to explore marine environments such as coral reefs, which are rapidly degrading. This 360/VR experience is designed to take students on an immersive, underwater journey to generate awareness, scientific understanding, and empowerment to protect our beautiful and threatened oceans.

XR Marin is a program of the Marin County Office of Education in partnership with the College of Marin, Novato Unified School District, Marin County Free Library, and the Workforce Alliance of the North Bay.

Erika Woolsey

XR Marin

931 C Street
Novato, CA 94949


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