Virtual Reality & Extended Reality: Possibilities, Problems, and Priorities for Teacher Educators
Abstract: Virtual Reality and Extended Reality (AR/XR) devices are flooding the consumer market and are making connections to classrooms. We have seen an influx of curriculum designed for K-12 learners as well as more complex applications for training professionals. With the speed of change and innovation that we are seeing with XR/VR, it is imperative to discuss teacher education and the possibilities and problems posed by these technologies. Additionally, we need to position ourselves and research in the ever-evolving context of learning with these new technologies. This panel includes experts who are researching and designing in VR/XR in relation to both K-12 and Teacher Education. We will discuss ongoing and future research focused on how Teacher Educators can view, react to, create within, and implement VR/XR technologies.