Virtual Unreality: The Truth Behind the Hype

Virtual Unreality: The Truth Behind the Hype

AR, VR and QR are the hottest #EduBuzzWords right now, but is there any substance behind the pixels? We’ll separate the sizzle from the steak and talk about meaningful ways VR will impact education.

Steve Dembo Bio

As a former kindergarten teacher and school Director of Technology Steve Dembo is a pioneer in the field of educational social networking. Currently serving as Discovery Education’s Director of Social Media Strategy and Online Community, Dembo was among the first educators to realize the power of blogging, podcasting, Twitter, and other Web 2.0 technologies in connecting educators and creating professional learning communities. He has been instrumental in the explosive growth of the Discovery Educator Network and its online presence at http://community.discoveryeducation.com.

 Dembo is the co-author of the book Untangling the Web: 20 Tools to Power Up Your Teaching. The National School Board Association named him one of 2010's "Twenty to Watch," a list honoring individuals finding innovative ways to use technology to increase classroom learning. In 2013 he began serving the Skokie/Morton Grove District 69 as a member of the School Board. Dembo is a course designer and adjunct professor for Wilkes University where he serves as class instructor for the Internet Tools for Teaching course within the Instructional Media degree program..

 In 2006, the Discovery Educator Network (DEN) website, which was created and managed by Dembo, was honored with an Award of Excellence from Technology and Learning magazine. The DEN site was honored again in 2007 with a Distinguished Achievement Award for Instructional Website from the Association of Educational Publishers, and in 2008 with a BESSIE Award for Best Professional Development Website. In 2009 the Discovery Educator Network was the recipient of the inaugural Best in Tech award for Professional Development and Resource Solutions by Scholastic Administrator magazine.

 Steve Dembo is also a dynamic speaker on the capabilities of social networking, the power of educational technologies and Web 2.0 tools, and the ability of digital content to empower teachers to improve student achievement. He has delivered keynote and featured presentations at dozens of conferences including ISTE, TCEA, FETC, MACUL, GaETC, METC, CUE, ICE, TEDxCorpus Christi, #140Edu, EduWeb and the Social Media Masters Summit. Dembo also participated in Nokia Open Labs as an expert on mobile phone integration in education.