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Tuesday, June 7 • 10:45am - 11:30am
Canadian and Tanzanian Youth use Virtual Reality to Exchange Life stories and Learn Technology (10:45 - 11:30) LIMITED

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Limited Capacity seats available

Open Session Limited to 60 Participants (First-Come, First-In)

Strathcona Elementary, a school on the downtown eastside of Vancouver Canada, and Iyoli Primary, a remote village school in Tanzania, are schools committed to learning about each other using art, story and technology.

Please see:  https://www.facebook.com/The-Iyoli-Water-Project-767771733336984/

Watch our first video in a series of six where kids from an inner city school in Canada and a remote village school in Tanzania share how they make friends, one of the many questions they asked each other. The videos will be released as part of our #H2Ope campaign to help Iyoli school build a well. It's a pioneering approach to fostering global citizenship through eduction.

Strathcona students worked on four different projects for 6 months: a book of stories, a video, a song and a virtual reality tour of their school. In March 2016 Lara Kroeker, director of the Iyoli Water Project, went to Iyoli Village Primary School with a few google cardboards, a projector and generator to show kids in the Iyoli storytelling club the Strathcona creations. Iyoli responded by creating their own stories, photos, videos and virtual reality water walk. Kids get excited using new technologies. We provided the Canadian and the Tanzanian kids the opportunity to tell their stories in a variety of media: virtual reality (using the theta and Bubl camera), book software (to make a beautiful hardcover book), photography and video (using high end Canon cameras and lens). Our goal was to get kids excited about sharing stories using technology that was exciting and as a result created compassion and awareness about global water issues.

Please join me and one of the students from Strathcona to talk about this project. We will bring a few google cardboards so you can look at the virtual reality content that Strathcona and Iyoli created to share with each other. We also plan to bring our theta and bulb cameras to film the event in virtual reality.  We can't wait to see you there.

Lara Kroeker 

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Lara Kroeker

Iyoli Water Project
The Iyoli Water Project and innovation: africa have teamed up to dig a well in the small village of Iyoli, Tanzania. Strathcona Elementary, an inner city school in Vancouver Canada, and Iyoli Primary, a remote village school in Tanzania, are sister schools committed to learning about... Read More →

Tuesday June 7, 2016 10:45am - 11:30am PDT
Grand Villa 1 Ballroom (Second Floor)