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Arts & Culture
Interviews with guests who innovate, create and make a difference!
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Arts & Culture
Interviews with guests who innovate, create and make a difference!
Implementing the Magic
"VR allows students to take a lot of ownership over their learning," says TOSA/Educational Technology Specialist Jake Ritschel. He's talking about an exciting pilot program he's implementing. Along with a committee of fellow educators at Dixon Unified School District, in Northern California, Jake is exploring new ways to teach subjects through virtual reality. The focus is on fitting subjects to students' interests--and then teaching them skills, through VR, that translate into the physical...
Headshot courtesy of Kevin Merinsky, and used with permission. For award-winning AR/VR expert Alan Price, extended reality is an artist's tool. It's also a highly practical means of problem solving, in today's society. As Director of the Center for Immersive Media at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Alan enjoys watching students' excitement as they discover the ways immersive media can help them explore their creativity while developing applications that have the potential to...
An Over Coffee® special-edition episode Howard Robinson's photograph by Treion Films, event videographer, courtesy of Howard Robinson, and used with permission. Leadership, imagination, and passion for discovery, are qualities of top educators. They're also the factors that are currently evolving education into a 21st-century model to better serve all students. Numerous education experts point to the ways interactive curricula--where students collaborate and contribute while solving...
An Over Coffee® Valentine special (Photo courtesy of Mitchell Malpartida, and used with permission.) Need a Valentine for someone special? And you'd like it to be much more imaginative than the standard flowers, candy and/or a card? Technologist, maker and educator Mitchell Malpartida has some great ideas. As a regular contributor to the Make: community and the Founder of Masterful Creations STEAM Academy, Mitch teaches workshops on science, technology, engineering, art and math. At the core...
Due to a technical issue, Over Coffee® is on a one-week hiatus. Please enjoy this reposting of one of our top episodes of 2022! "Move fast and break things," says multiple award-winning computer science teacher Mark Suter. He's talking about the entrepreneurial approach he takes, as he guides his Elida High School classes through creating virtual-reality experiences. Failure, Mark explains, is a key element in real-world problem solving. And problem-solving is exactly what Mark and his...
Robotics for the World
(Photo courtesy of Vlad Konov, and used with permission.) "All Ukrainians are innovating right now," says Nanit Robotics Founder Vladyslav Konov, as we discuss his latest creation. Vlad, a Ukraine-based engineer, entrepreneur and educator, introduced his ed-tech robot, Nanit, to the U.S. during CES® 2023. This is a kit, designed for all ages (big kids too!). Users can create, literally, a hundred robots from the components provided. For beginners, it's an easy process, based on snapping...
Life, Healing and VR
Over Coffee® is on post-CES hiatus. Please enjoy this re-posting of one of our top episodes of 2022! This post and podcast are for informational purposes only, and are not intended as medical advice. Please contact a healthcare professional with any health-related questions. Clinical neuropsychologist Dr. Albert "Skip" Rizzo is a pioneer in the field of medical virtual reality. Since the 1990s, Skip, as he prefers to be called, has been using immersive technology to treat his students. (He...
STEMuli Studios: Serving and Inspiring
Over Coffee® is on post-CES® hiatus. Please enjoy this reposting of one of our top interviews of 2022! STEMuli Studios Founder/CEO Taylor Shead is using immersive technology to fulfill her mission. That mission, as stated on their website: "to provide a pathway to an intellectually and economically fulfilling career for all." In 2016, Taylor created her small business: the first game-based learning metaverse in the United States! Ever since then, STEMuli has been navigating students from...
Scewo: Lifestyle Technology
(Photo courtesy of Natalie Rotschi, and used with permission.) Switzerland-based startup Scewo is re-imagining wheelchairs. That re-imagination process involves designing them as both a lifestyle item--and as some seriously cool technology. (Photo courtesy of Natalie Rotschi, and used with permission.) Scewo's "Bro" wheelchairs climb stairs! They also balance on two wheels, raise and lower their occupants to reach items or sit at tables of varying heights, and have no problem going up over...
Virtuosis: AI Guidance
This post and podcast are for informational purposes only, and are not intended as mental-health advice. Please contact a medical professional with any mental-health-related questions. As CES® 2023 continues, Switzerland-based startup Virtuosis is premiering their new innovation. As Co-Founder Lara Gervaise explains, Virtuosis analyzes participants' voices. By doing so, it can give them feedback on both their soft skills, and their current mood. Then, it can offer tips on improving...
AckTao: “Fun and Strong Engagement”
"Fun" isn't a word most people would associate with cybersecurity. But for AckTao CEO and Co-Founder Cecile Maye, it's a critical factor in empowering others in their digital lives. And she'll be demonstrating how engagement equals retention, as she exhibits AckTao in Booth 61433 of the Swiss Tech pavilion in CES® 2023's Eureka Park® startup area! Switzerland-based educational technology startup AckTao has created an advanced cloud-gaming digital education program. Participants "play" in...
Exploring the World in 360
This post and podcast are for informational purposes only, and are not intended as medical advice. Please contact a healthcare professional with any health-related questions. What if you could experience your dream travel destination--exactly as it is--as you plan your trip? Or use VR to get a guided tour of someplace you've always wanted to visit? With Weezy VR, those questions are no longer theoretical. Switzerland-based startup Weezy VR is the world's first interactive virtual reality app...
“Going NOWHERE” is a Blast
Over Coffee® is on holiday hiatus. Please enjoy this reposting of one of our top episodes of 2022. And be sure to join us next week, as we profile some of the innovators of CES® 2023! For this Christmas holiday, we plan on going NOWHERE. And it's going to be a lot of fun. That's because NOWHERE is a relatively-new virtual platform, combining Zoom's ability to communicate face-to-face with the ability to travel through, create content for, and host events in, some breathtaking virtual worlds!...
Expanding Worlds with XR
Over Coffee® is on holiday hiatus. Please enjoy this reposting of one of our top episodes of 2022. (Photo courtesy of Dr. Colleen Bielitz, and used with permission.) Futurist Dr. Colleen Bielitz has an invitation for you. She would like to invite you to get involved in XR--or to get further immersed in it, if you're already exploring augmented, virtual and extended reality. Colleen is Associate Vice-President of Strategic Initiatives and Outreach at Southern Connecticut State University. Her...
Programming the Future
Over Coffee®is on holiday hiatus. Please enjoy this reposting of one of our top episodes of 2022! (Graphic courtesy of Deshjuana Bagley, and used with permission.) "Dream big," says State College of Florida Coding Academy Director Deshjuana Bagley. That's exactly what Desh, as she prefers to be called, has done--and what she continues to teach students to do. In addition to her work with SCF, Desh is the founder and CEO of Tampa-based TechPlayZone. As a mom who wanted to create a better...
Music, Art, Air Pistons
(Photo courtesy of Maxwell Durea, and used with permission.) One Love Machine Band creator Kolja Kugler is, first of all, an artist. He's also a roboticist--which he says he never expected to become. Kolja started out creating sculptures from scrap metal. But the project wound up having other ideas--and he found himself turning those sculptures into robots. And not just any robots. These are robot musicians who play real instruments! (Photo courtesy of Kolja Kugler, and used with...
XR For Any Season
Over Coffee® is on Thanksgiving hiatus. Please enjoy this reposting of one of our top episodes of 2022! ARVRinEDU® Founder Jaime Donally has created an Advent calendar--with new and user-friendly applications for augmented and virtual reality! And that's only one of the XR applications she offers educators. Jaime, who is an author, speaker and EdTech consultant, shares all kinds of fantastic resources on her ARVRinEDU® blog. Just one of the highlights: her collection of AR/VR resources from...
This post and podcast are for informational purposes only, and are not intended as medical or safety advice. Please contact the appropriate professionals with any questions you may have in these or other areas. (Headshot by Mary Rice Photo, and used with permission.) Immersive technology is ready to revolutionize our world, says Cleanbox Technology Co-Founder and CEO Amy Hedrick. Areas in which nongaming uses of VR and XR are blossoming, include education, medicine, retail, and...
Another Aspect of ERICA
ERICA at the Japan section of Eureka Park® during CES® 2020, Las Vegas. "ERICA (isn't just a laughing robot)," clarifies researcher Dr. Divesh Lala. "The laughing is just a small part of the whole." Kyoto University researchers first began working with ERICA, or ERATO Intelligent Conversational Android, in 2015. Their goal: to develop her as a social robot who can function in conversational situations. Currently, that objective includes teaching the robot to laugh--an appropriate laugh, at...
EDUmetaverse: “Crazy Special”
(Images courtesy of Andrew Wright and used with permission.) "It's all geared around creativity," says EDUmetaverse creator, owner and lead consultant Andrew Wright. "And so when they're (learning), they're constantly making, as well." He's talking about students' experience in his collection of customizable virtual worlds, designed to enhance the learning experience in classrooms across the globe. An innovator in the educational-technology space for more than a decade, Andrew is the owner...