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Monday, April 1 • 9:00am - 12:00pm
Using Virtual Reality (VR) to Engage Youth, Seniors & Community Storytellers

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Learn how immersive media tools are an effective toll to recruit youth, adults, and interest in your digital storytelling, outreach, community technology, and digital inclusion programs. 

Well-designed immersive reality experiences can invoke a powerful sense of wonder and empathy and have a transformational effect on the viewer. In this hands-on training, you will learn how to use these emerging media tools to create community and individual stories and how you can apply VR to digital inclusion work. 

The session will introduce attendees to XR: an umbrella term for VR (virtual reality), AR (augmented reality), and MR (mixed reality), and how these new media technologies are changing how we tell stories, engage participants, and embody a cognitive experience that provokes interest, empathy, and action in our inclusion work.

The session will offer hands-on experiences of 360, VR and AR, show examples of storytelling projects in emerging media, and help practitioners understand the value, outcomes in community-based XR, as well as the equipment and training needed to implement programs in your community. Participants will learn how to use 360 cameras, understand equipment needs, creation tools available, and how to make emerging media programs accessible to all through community-based storytelling and XR demonstrations.

Join us if you know nothing at all about VR, if you know a little, or want to understand the implications of how virtual worlds need to be accessible and in the public interest, and how to apply these new technologies to your digital inclusion and community storytelling work. We will have so much fun exploring and learning together- led by Kathy Bisbee, Founder of the Public VR Lab and executive director at Brookline Interactive Group, along with her team member, Erin Kinney. 

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Kathy Bisbee

Executive Director/Founder, Brookline Interactive Group/Public VR Lab
Kathy Bisbee is the executive director of Brookline Interactive Group (BIG), a community media arts center, and the co-founder/director of the Public VR Lab, where she and her team are building an empowered Community XR movement and new field that values accessibility, digital inclusion... Read More →