NMC On the Horizon > Natural User Interfaces

Where EdTech Leaders Bring Horizon Project Research to Life

Dates: 7 May 2014 – 12:00pm1:00pm

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Natural user interfaces (NUIs) allow people to engage in virtual activities through movements, manipulating content intuitively. The idea of being able to have a completely natural interaction with devices is not new, but neither has its full potential been realized. What makes NUIs especially interesting is the burgeoning high fidelity of systems that understand gestures, facial expressions, and their nuances, as well as the convergence of gesture-sensing technology with voice recognition, which allows users to interact in an almost natural fashion, with gesture, expression, and voice communicating their intentions to devices. In this event, the panel will explore potential applications for teaching and learning.

Meet the Panel

Panel Moderator: Rob Catto, Program Director, Full Sail University

For more than 20 years, Rob Catto has served as an innovative leader in the fields of education and technology. Currently, Rob holds the position of Program Director for the Game Studies Degree Programs at Full Sail University. In this role, Rob is responsible for managing and creating procedures in regard to the design, structure, quality, consistence, and continuity of the Program Curriculum, while ensuring student satisfaction.

Jennifer Foley, Director of Interpretation, Cleveland Museum of Art 

Jennifer Foley leads the Interpretation team, focusing on interpretation of the museum’s collection in the galleries and in special exhibitions, through public programming, and the creation of interpretive content for the museum’s new iPad app, ArtLens. Previously, she has held positions as an educator at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, Virginia, the Director of Programs at the Humanities Council of Washington, DC, and with the National Endowment for the Humanities. She holds a Ph.D. and an M.A. in Southeast Asian art history from Cornell University.

Jonathan Lee, Visiting Professor of Software Systems Design, New Mexico Highlands University 

Jonathan Lee is a Visiting Professor of Software Systems Design at New Mexico Highlands University. Prior to working at Highlands, he was an exhibit developer for 5 years primarily focusing on programming interactives. His current areas of research include immersive environments such as Oculus Rift and natural user interfaces such as Leap Motion and Microsoft Kinect. He is also working on a Pepper’s Ghost installation of interactive marionettes.

Megan Wilson, Technology Integrator, Avenues: The World School in New York City

Meg Wilson is a technology integrator and special educator with a passion for educating others on the importance of individualizing instruction for all students. She is a certified special education teacher for K-12 and holds Masters degrees in both Business Administration, and Special Education.  Meg is currently a technology integrator at Avenues: The World School in New York City. She was selected to be in the Apple Distinguished Educator class of 2011 and spends time assisting schools that use Apple’s powerful mobile learning tools get the most out of them for both teachers and students.