VisitScotland event to showcase ‘the classroom of tomorrow’

School pupils entering the human bloodstream via a ‘micro-ship’ and holding red blood cells in their hands is just one of the innovatove ways virtual reality is entering the education system, a VisitScotland event will showcase. INNOVATEEDUCATION will examine ‘the classroom of tomorrow’ and the state-of-the-art techniques currently being employed in the education sector, by hearing from leading experts in their field.

The event, at Stirling Court Hotel, on Stirling University’s campus, this Thursday (27 April), is part of the INNOVATETHENATION programme created by the national tourism organisation’s Business Events team. The talk series, launched last year, provides a networking opportunity for academics and the business events sector, while celebrating Scotland’s vast innovation legacy and developing it for the future.

Scotland has a historical reputation as a global leader in education standards, producing a vast array of inventors, innovators, pioneers and leaders. Attendees will be able to try their hand at the latest in virtual reality (VR) education through Viarama – a Scottish social enterprise which was the first organisation in the world to take room-scale VR into classrooms. The company has software that allows pupils to understand basics of programming for VR, and explore the end result of their work in a VR world. Drawing, painting and sculpting in three dimensions further develops this active engagement, bringing creativity to life in innovative and inspiring ways.

Earlier this year, VisitScotland launched its first virtual reality app, ScotlandVR, which features 360˚ imagery and footage of 26 exciting attractions in Stereoscopic 3D. According to the latest research, by 2020 the virtual reality market will be worth 20 times what it was in 2016 – estimated at $37.7bn.

“Scotland’s education system has produced a vast array of inventors, innovators, pioneers and leaders throughout the years and the advancement in technology is becoming ever present in schools,” said Patrick Lamont, VisitScotland Business Events Executive – Associations & Sectors. The event will shine a light on major innovations in the education sector and explore the emerging opportunities for shaping the Scottish educational landscape of the future. Our INNOVATETHENATION programme provides an opportunity for local experts and industry champions to network for future collaboration, to help bring the best business events to Scotland and boost its profile on the world stage.”

The speakers at INNOVATEEDUCATION are:
Professor Mark Priestley, deputy dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences, director of the Stirling Network for Curriculum Studies, and author of ‘Teacher Agency: an ecological approach’.
Lauren Rodger, head teacher of North Berwick High School in East Lothian, who also sits on the executive council and the strategic planning group of School Leaders Scotland, the professional organisation for school leaders. She is also a professional verifier on the SCEL Into Headship programme.
Fearghal Kelly, a lead specialist with the Scottish College for Educational Leadership. He was the driving force behind the creation of the online community of teachers www.pedagoo.org which has provided alternative, community driven approaches to teacher professional learning across the UK.


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