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Tim Withers teaching virtual reality.

Wayne County High Schools art teacher Tim Withers teaching virtual reality to a fellow peer.

Teachers attending a class for professional development

Business Community Training Center at KET studio in Lexington where teachers learn new media techniques for their classrooms.

Wayne County High School Teacher served as presenter at KET

                Wayne County High School Arts and Humanities/Video Teacher Tim Withers was recruited to teach teachers and media specialists from across the state how to incorporate multimedia and other technologies into their classroom, this past summer. His class focused on virtual learning.

                With an ever-growing need to train students in the field of technology, Withers tries to stay on the cutting edge with the latest equipment and resources made available that make his art classes applicable in today’s world. Even though students may be learning Art History, they might also be learning to make images with a 3D printer or seeing things in a 3D world through a virtual reality headset.

                “I went through a step by step process to show them how to implement” virtual reality. “You have to experience it to understand it. It is an immersive way to learn by looking into another world.”

                The point of his presentation was to show fellow teachers that they could use virtual reality in core content classes. For instance, Science classes can explore everything from the moon and space to the floor of the ocean. Calcflow VR software can help students see the shape they are creating in a geometry class or perhaps study calculus in an interactive environment.

                Withers said the various art design programs in VR are “pretty sweet” and his favorite is Tiltbrush, which is a three-dimensional paint program that can be used to create virtual worlds.

                Wayne County students enjoy using the VR headsets both at the high school and at middle school level, where they are learning in a creative and futuristic setting.  

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