Students in VR’s team consists of students, educators, mentors, and members of the Educators in VR community guiding the innovative Students in VR projects, activities, and conferences.
The Students in VR Student Council leads and advises on the conference. They are leading students in virtual reality.
Kayla is a Cherokee ninth grade student in Oklahoma who has created algebra lesson plans in virtual reality. She volunteers at her school to introduce virtual reality to pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, first and second grade. She wants to become a psychologist and use virtual reality in therapy.
Elisha is a Cherokee ninth grade student in Oklahoma who loves to put young children into headsets. He is an expert at teaching virtual reality to other students. He wants to use virtual reality in the classroom when he becomes a teacher.
Buddy is from Georgia and is the host of Late Night with Buddy in AltSpaceVR.
Evelien Ydo is a psychologist with a special interest in learning, communication and technology. Currently, she is finishing her masters in educational science and technology by doing research about assessment in VR training. She also worked on a project on training presentation skills and providing feedback in VR. Evelien is very passionate about empowering people through education and how technology can help do that.
Students in VR Organizers
Dr. Angelina Dayton
Dr. Angelina Dayton is the founder of the Students in VR Conference and a virtual reality user experience designer, speaker, consultant and trainer. Her specialty is the design and deployment of virtual reality user experiences into complex organizations such as public schools. Her current projects include the large scale deployment within rural, predominantly Native schools in the United States: over 50 schools with over 15,000 students piloting curated content based on state academic standards.
Donna McTaggart is the Students in VR Conference manager, an accounting software implementation specialist, and a social media and virtual reality professional. From 2009 to 2018, she organized and hosted a monthly Social Media Breakfast in Calgary, Alberta for a total of 100 events attended by an average 100 guests. As social media became more mainstream, she began planning her next frontier – virtual reality. In VR, she is now a host, facilitator and teacher. She hosts AltspaceVR 101, co-hosts AltspaceVR News & Updates, hosts and facilitates Live Loved: Faith in VR AND she hosts Let’s Meet in VR, to teach new VR event organizers to create and run events in social VR.
Shannon Putnam is a Virtual Reality Expert Teacher and creator of first Virtual Reality Lab in Kentucky. She is a National Board Certified Teach and Microsoft Innovative Educator. She is currently a PhD Student at University of Louisville, Kentucky. She recently spearheaded some groundbreaking work in distance learning utilizing bleeding edge technology, transporting students to the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge to participate in Dr. John Finch’s last Writing Methods class
completely through Virtual Reality (VR). She’s worked over the last four years, spending countless hours at Cochran Elementary working on integrating VR into their educational practice, and opened the first ever VR Lab in an elementary school in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Recently, Shannon developed, secured funding for, implementing a larger, district wide, VR integration project for Jefferson County Public Schools.
Lorelle VanFossen is the co-founder of Educators in VR, educator, trainer, and long-time proponent of democratizing speech and education through web-based technologies including web publishing and spatial technologies. She teaches online and in virtual reality an average of 20 hours a week providing training and consulting on VR event and class production and hosting, as well as classes and workshops on creative writing, genealogy, and more.
Daniel is the co-founder of Educators in VR, trainer, speaker and consultant of VR in education, and Project Lead for Exploring VR in Further Education, Remote Learning and Language, ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) Lecturer, and Trainer at Coleg Llandrillo, Grwp Llandrillo-Menaia in North Wales UK. He was honored with the 2019 INSPIRE Award for Best Tutor in Wales – Adult Community Learning.