While virtual reality (VR) has been on the radar for decades, it wasn’t until recently that its use has become less of a novelty, and more of a consumer reality. Now, as VR technology becomes more ubiquitous, the big question is: How will this emerging technology enter the classroom and assistive technology space? In this session, Jaclyn Wickham, founder of AcclimateVR, explores some of the current and future applications for virtual reality (as well as some info on applications of Augmented Reality) to support students with autism and other disabilities.
Jaclyn Wickham is a teacher-turned-technologist and founder of AcclimateVR, an edtech startup developing virtual reality-based learning modules to help students on the spectrum develop independent living skills, practice social skills, build safety awareness, and navigate challenging community locations. She is passionate about assistive technology and its power to enable people to achieve their full potential in education and the workplace. An education technology consultant and professional development specialist, Jaclyn has coached teachers at hundreds of K-12 schools across the nation, helping them integrate technology into their practice. Jaclyn has presented at numerous EdTech leadership conferences and taught for Tech Kids Unlimited, a nonprofit educational organization that teaches advanced technology skills/computer science to youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other learning and emotional challenges.
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