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Immersive Education the focus of 2008 Boston Summit
BOSTON, MA - January 03, 2008 - The 2008 Boston Digital Media Summit will be held at Boston College on January 12th and 13th. The two-day Summit is focused entirely on Immersive Education and is sponsored by the Grid Institute, Woods College of Advancing Studies at Boston College, and Federation of American Scientists (FAS) with the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. Educators, researchers, administrators and students from Boston College, Boston Public Schools, Amherst College, Federation of American Scientists, MIT Media Lab, Harvard University, Duke University, United States Department of Education, New Media Consortium (NMC), Johnson & Wales University, NASA, Sun Microsystems, Synthespian Studios, and Computerworld will give a series of presentations, panel discussions and workshops that provide an in-depth overview of Immersive Education and how virtual worlds and game-based learning technologies are used in and out of the classroom today. Immersive Education Day at Harvard University was a precursor to the 2008 Boston Digital Media Summit.
Immersive Education (ImmersiveEducation.org) combines interactive 3D graphics, commercial game and simulation technology, virtual reality, voice chat, Web cameras (webcams) and rich digital media with collaborative online course environments and classrooms. Immersive Education gives participants a sense of "being there" even when attending a class or training session in person isn't possible, practical, or desirable, which in turn provides educators and students with the ability to connect and communicate in a way that greatly enhances the learning experience. Immersive Education is developed by the Immersive Education Initiative, a non-profit international collaboration of universities, colleges, research institutes, consortia and companies that are working together to define and develop open standards, best practices, platforms, and communities of support for virtual worlds and game-based learning and training systems.
The two-day Summit is open to the public and concludes with an “Avatar Party” social event that features a unique mixed-reality magic show. Teachers, trainers, administrators and students are encouraged to attend both days of the Summit to participate in open discussion periods that follow the scheduled presentations, panel discussions, break-out sessions, and roundtables. The Summit features hands-on workshops and demonstrations of virtual worlds, interactive learning games, and innovative educational technologies.
Following is a partial list of the presentations, panel discussions and workshops scheduled for the Summit. Visit ImmersiveEducation.org for a complete schedule of events and to register for the Summit:
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The Grid Institute leads the design and development of the global Media Grid through the MediaGrid.org open standards organization in collaboration with industry, academia, and governments from around the world.
To learn more about the Media Grid and Immersive Education visit MediaGrid.org and ImmersiveEducation.org