“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.” Charles Darwin Change is inevitable and the new year brings the mindset and … Continue reading →
Badges are a hot topic in education these days. Edutopia has a list of badges you can self-select or apply for, Mozilla’s Open Badge Project provides an infrastructure (still in Beta), including code, for the designing, earning and issuing of … Continue reading →
Hypergridding is possible between most public grids. Of course there are those private grids, kind of like gated communities. Sometimes you look the same when you arrive and sometimes you get a little mutated. ………………………………………………………………………….. There is something of a … Continue reading →
The VWBPE MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) has spawned some OOCs. The first one is an Open Online Course on developing Alternative Reality Games (ARGs) and the second is on creating Machinima. Again, you may choose to participate actively or perhaps … Continue reading →
The Google Hangout screen on the right includes the screens of 9 colleagues, each of which can be viewed with a click. The screen on the left shows me in a game moving about and getting instructions from more experienced participants. … Continue reading →
I come across an article several times a week that describes a K-12 district or a state’s efforts for offering the opportunity for students to “learn online”. Higher education has been involved with online/distance learning for a longer period of … Continue reading →
The Virtual Pioneers are hosting the Second Annual History Conference 2012 on Friday, January 20 – Saturday January 21. All educators, particularly those who teach the Social Studies are invited to attend this fun, free event online. You will need to … Continue reading →
Can the virtual world SL breedable pets such as Meeroos and breedable plants such as Sibotanicals provide some opportunities to learn about biological and botanical genetics? The breedables are an amusing addition to the virtual setting, as the scripting progresses, the concepts of DNA and … Continue reading →
My appearance on The First Question was an experience welcomed in order to better understand Virtual World possibilities for teaching and learning. It was fun…but I do have to admit I was a little nervous, it was a “publicly broadcast” show. Once I got over the very real feeling of “how do I look, how do I sound” I played my role and enjoyed the moment. Implications for education are obvious. Of course there is the game scenario with factual questions, a common strategy for quizzing and reinforcing curricular knowledge. But more subtle was the actual experience that students could benefit from. Essentially all the behaviors employed to make the show work; public speaking, taking part in a studio show with a live audience, following a set of rules, preparing, listening, being a cordial loser, being on time, following direction, collaborating and communicating effectively. All skills and behaviors helpful in any workplace. The one that really stands out is public speaking. In all of our standardized testing of reading , writing , math and science – we never really assess public speaking. Not that I advocate yet another test, but providing instruction and practice in this necessary skill is clearly lacking. Just take a listen to some public figures, company chiefs, spokespeople and even some news reporters. We often hear inadequate articulation of ideas, distracting verbal tics, and poor grammar. So maybe a fun virtual TV show giving students a chance to play different roles, articulate ideas, converse with each other and instructors would provide some valuable practice in the language art we take for granted, speaking.
The VWBPE Conference has a number of events to support machinima endeavors for both novice users and experts. The sessions are being held at different locations on the VWBPE 20 sims built in a Steampunk motif, just for this event.
20 Sim site on SL built specifically for the event 3/17-3/19.