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  • A brief overview of science and research education in Second Life, highlighting Science School, Genome Island, Research Park, ISTE Island and more.
  • A postpartum hemorrhage scenario was conducted on second life for nursing students in New Zealand and Idaho.
  • “flipping” their classroom (that is, providing traditional lecture material for review at home and problem-solving exercises in the classroom)With the increasing availability of lecture content, many will need to bring more value to the educational experience in other ways. Educators can be content creators, content consumers, or both, depending on the needs of their students. But we are likely to see a smaller number of high-profile faculty providing content to a larger audience than in the past.
  • Based on Thomas Friedman’s book Friedman explains how the flattening of the world happened at the dawn of the twenty-first century; what it means to countries, companies, communities, and individuals; and how governments and societies can, and must, adapt. The World Is Flat is the timely and essential update on globalization, Questions Which Will Be Answered:What are the similarities and differences among children around the world?How can we connect with each other through our commonalities?How does your geography where you live impact your topic?Students, your assignment is to work with your team of kids from different schools to:1. Do some research on a week in the life of children in your school around these topics:School timeLanguages & ClothingHousing & TransportationLeisure timeFood & CelebrationsEnvironment2. Complete a team project sharing your information and ideas to the rest of the project group.Collect multimedia artifacts and decide as a team what and how you want to share theseEach classroom will be responsible for editing a number of team projects3. Upload your project into the table on the Final Project Page for your group.4. View all the group projects and compare and contrast the results.
  • A really immersed learning environmentworld’s first regional-scale underwater ocean observatory network that plugs directly into the Internet. People everywhere can ‘surf the seafloor,’ while ocean scientists run deep-water experiments from labs and universities anywhere around the world.
  • B.C. Government says:In 21st Century Learning, students use educational technologies to apply knowledge to new situations, analyze information, collaborate, solve problems, and make decisions. Utilizing emerging technologies to provide expanded learning opportunities is critical to the success of future generations. 
  • New directions

    1. 1. NEW DIRECTIONSExploring New Ways toTeach and Learn
    2. 2. Openness in Education
    3. 3. Immersive Environments
    4. 4. Health Education in Second Life
    5. 5. Flipped Classrooms
    6. 6. The Flat Classroom
    7. 7. MOOC’s
    8. 8. NEPTUNE
    9. 9. 21st Century Learning?
    10. 10. Michael Wesch