Fall CUE Speaker Showcase: Judy Simon Nguyen

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If you’re like me, you are completely fascinated by Virtual Reality. What kind of impact can it have in the classroom? Judy Simon Nguyen has a session for you at Fall CUE. Come learn how she uses this amazing technology to teach social justice issues. Yes. Social justice. She’s not just watching cool videos! She’s giving VR a real purpose.

Judy Nguyen is a Teaching and Learning Consultant for All Covered Education. Judy has been an educator for over 15 years. Prior to joining All Covered Education, she taught in a 1:1 laptop and interactive white board environment at Rosary High School. When Rosary adopted a campus-wide 1:1 laptop program, Judy accepted the position as Director of Educational Technology. In this role, she was part of a 1:1 implementation, supported teachers with blended and flipped instruction, and developed an online summer and elective program. Judy passionately loves working with schools and teachers to accomplish their educational goals.

What session are you presenting at Fall CUE this year?

Using VR to Teach Social Justice Issues

What inspired you to put this session together?

I used to teach two UC-accredited courses at my old school: World Religions and Peace & Justice. I loved challenging the students to think of their relationship to the world and how they can be an agent of change. With new technology like VR, I wanted to see how VR can be an effective tool to bring new experiences to students that would make them think about modern issues in an impactful way.

Why should someone attend?

You get to play with Google Cardboard and get to experience VR first hand. We will also work on creating a VR tour together.

What’s your CUE Story?

I have been a member of CUE for a while and have attended their local events. I always enjoyed the speakers and presenters and had entertained the idea of submitting a proposal to present for a while. I didn’t think I had anything new or different to present. It wasn’t until this summer that I worked up the nerve to submit a proposal. I submitted two topics to improve my chances. I was so ecstatic to learn that my Using VR to Teach Social Justice was selected. This topic is close to my heart something I enjoy sharing.

To read more about this session and the other options for CUE’s incredible two-day conference, check out the schedule. Don’t forget to register for the conference, too! You DO NOT want to miss this year.

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Kristina Allison

Kristina Allison is currently teaching language arts and computer science at the middle school level. She holds a masters in educational technology, teaches as a Lead Learner for CUE and serves as a director on the CapCue board, the Sacramento area affiliate. Kristina is also a proud teacher consultant for the Area 3 Writing Project. Find her at http://figurativelyteaching.com

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