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Absorbing the Big Picture: Immersion and Interactivity in Science Education

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  • david mcconville
    Fellow fulldomers, Some of you may be interested in the presentation I m giving at NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center with Carter Emmart and Joel Halvorson about
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      Fellow fulldomers,

      Some of you may be interested in the presentation I'm giving at NASA
      Goddard Spaceflight Center with Carter Emmart and Joel Halvorson about
      collaborations between media artists, scientists, and educators to use
      visualization tools for encouraging big picture thinking. It will be
      webcast at noon on Wednesday:

      http://esdepo.gsfc.nasa.gov/calendar/view.php?id=121&year=2007&month=08&day=08

      [As a TinyURL: http://tinyurl.com/2nqxmt --Moderator]

      *Education and Outreach Colloquium, David McConville*

      *Affiliation:* The Elumenati
      *Event Date:* Wednesday, August 8, 2007

      *Location:* NASA GSFC, Building 33, Room H114
      *Time:* 12:00 PM

      *Absorbing the Big Picture: Immersion and Interactivity in Science
      Education*
      Rapid advancements in communication technologies are enabling
      unprecedented opportunities for science outreach and education.
      High-speed networks, video game engines, scientific visualization
      toolkits, geospatial viewers, innovative input devices, and immersive
      digital displays are increasingly at the disposal of both formal and
      informal education specialists. However, new technologies too often
      provide little more than temporary novelty if they're not thoughtfully
      integrated with other pedagogical elements to create meaningful and
      compelling experiences.

      In this lecture/presentation, David McConville will illustrate the ways
      in which new interactive technologies and spatially immersive displays
      can be utilized to more fully engage students and the public in the
      science education process. Applying findings from cognitive psychology,
      gaming theory, and experiential education research, he will demonstrate
      how new collaborative and socially-oriented visualization tools have the
      potential to enable more intuitive and self-directed learning for
      students, scientists, policy makers, and the public.

      *About Our Speaker*
      David McConville is a media artist and researcher focused on the
      development of the most compelling uses of immersive virtual environment
      displays. He is the co-founder and Director of Noospheric Research of
      The Elumenati <http://www.elumenati.com/>, a full service design and
      engineering firm specializing in the development and deployment of
      immersive visualization experiences. The Elumenati provides systems
      integration, real-time software design, immersive content research,
      custom fabrication, and optical engineering for broad range of
      clientele. David holds a BSc in Music and Audio Engineering from the
      University of North Carolina Asheville, and he is currently a PhD
      candidate through the Planetary Collegium
      (http://www.planetary-collegium.net) at the University of Plymouth.

      *Off Site Access*
      This talk will be Webcast at:
      http://mediaman.gsfc.nasa.gov/asx/Public/Live/Building33Live.asx

      NOTE: You will need to have Microsoft MediaPlayer installed to view this
      Webcast. Alternatively, folks may tune in via telephone for audio only
      by dialing 1-866-819-9680; passcode = 990261.
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