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Chris Baer iEARN Teacher

      

Collaborative, unbound, socially-based, online education is here to stay.

Using technology to create real-world, real-time, participatory virtual learning environments—whereby teachers consult with their international colleagues and students use Skype to video conference with experts, collaborate with peers overseas, and take virtual field trips—is inspiring, real, and reaches to the heart of 21st century education.

      

Chris Baer has taught photography, technology, and design at the Martha's Vineyard Regional High School full-time since 1995, and has been an iEARN member since 2006. He currently co-facilitates iEARN's "Alternate Reality" and "360 VR Cultural Exchange" projects, and is a former facilitator (and current participant) of iEARN's "One Day in the Life" project. He was a 2011 NEA Foundation Learning and Leadership grantee for his professional development project, "Teacher-to-Teacher," bringing educators together from around the world to share best practices and collaborative innovation. National Geographic named him "Geo-Educator of the Week" in 2014. He has authored articles for MASCD, Edutopia, the Washington Times, and many local journals and magazines. He has also written a book, "Martha's Vineyard Tales" (Globe Pequot, 2018).