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  • Millions of children from around the world will be exposed to the music and history of the Beatles through Rock Band, an interactive musical video game.  I say, the world is a better place for it!  As one who caught the tail end of the British Invasion that culminated with one of the greatest musical collaborations in rock and roll history, I discovered the Beatles in High School and preferred them to the 80's synthesizer bands of the day.  Although this may be viewed through a lens of pop culture zaniness,, I think there is a powerful lesson for adults and educators to learn with the help of the Fab Four.  Specifically,.... gaming, MMPORG, MUVE(s) etc. if harnessed well, can be used for powerful learning, by meeting children at the waters edge of their interest - with our curriculum, so they can thrive in the world of 21st Century Learning Skills.
  • However, let me back up a bit.  I have been promoting the virtual world, Second Life, as a fantastic educational tool for adults, and have run into a wide range of reactions from skepticism to fear, to well, just plain... "are you kidding me?"   As a former skeptic myself, I thought if I could just show people what Second Life is and its potential, they would see and follow.  Yet, many of our workshops still leave people wondering if this technology is worth pursuing.  So let me try to establish a more solid foundation to begin with, so we can build a better understanding of the goals of this project and convince educators of its validity. ** So the goal of this presentation is to provide you with the key elements of professional development and social studies learning. Then demonstrate how MUVE’s can be used for powerful learning experiences for students and teachers.
  • Here is one definition of quality professional development from Pexotto and Palmer. I have highlighted several key words for emphasis. I think most teachers should be able to relate to the concepts of time, and direct application to the classroom
  • Key bullet points to note from this… 1-4, 7,8,9,10. So, let's begin with professional development.  Professional development (PD) can come in a variety of forms and descriptions.  In general, good professional development embodies the following elements:  Qualified and experienced speakers, flexible time/ variety of modalities, and  it must be relevant to individual classroom/ curriculum.
  • Now let us turn our focus to quality social studies learning.  How do we generate interest, inspire, and pull ourselves and our students into the world of history and culture? Well, we can look at this definition by the NCSS Task force.  While this is talking about the elementary learner, surely we can see the correlation between older learners.  So lets break these elements down.
  • What are ways that we as adults learn about social studies content? I would venture to guess that most of us as adult learners are getting our social studies information through Historical fiction/ non fiction. Internet is also giving us an avenue to learn. Can we think back to when we were children to find clues to our social studies learning? What was the primary hook? The narrative… the ability to see a historical figure through someone else's eyes…. What about movies? Didn’t we latch on to history through Like you were there! Right… The minds eye view of history. Is that so different from today’s learner?
  • So lets talk about today’s student. If we can say that they are similar to us in viewing history and culture through the minds eye what gives them this view? Certainly historical fiction and non fiction is our ultimate goal. But let’s be realistic. Many of our students are latching on to history through computer games, the internet, and movies.
  • Panel 2
  • Panel 2 Guest Speaker Series
  • Panel 3- Special Events
  • Panel 3- Special Sessions
  • Panel 4- Landmarks
  • Panel 4- Landmarks
  • Panel 4 Landmarks- Ummah of Noor
  • Panel 4- Landmarks the Holocaust Museum
  • Panel 1 Virtual Pioneer Information
  • Sloodle Moot Presentation

    1. 1. <ul>Looking for a Revolution? </ul><ul>Virtual Worlds in Social Studies <li>Carmalita North Bieniek (SL-Lelah Romano
    2. 2. Andrew Wheelock (SL- Spiff Whitfield)
    3. 3. CSLO Model Schools E-Team </li></ul>
    4. 4. <ul>Are you kidding me? </ul><ul><li>Building a foundation: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>What is quality professional development?
    5. 5. What is quality Social Studies learning? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Making the case: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Virtual worlds can be used to effectively provide teachers with meaningful professional development to help both teachers and students learn powerful social studies concepts. </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. <ul>What makes quality professional development? </ul><ul><li>Adults are motivated by practical applications and learning that is relevant to their own situations. This is particularly true for teachers struggling to juggle the multitude of demands on their time . Professional development will be most effective when it provides for direct application to the classroom . Teachers are busy, preoccupied, and always juggling a variety of demands for their attention. They appreciate professional development that is well-planned, sets reasonable expectations and goals, and is efficiently delivered (Peixotto & Palmer, 1994). </li></ul><ul>This document's URL is: © 2001  Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory Date of Last Update: 09/19/2001  </ul>
    7. 7. <ul>What makes quality professional development? </ul><ul><li>Qualified, experienced speakers
    8. 8. Flexible time/ variety of modalities
    9. 9. Relevant to classroom/ curriculum </li></ul><ul>Take a look at this page: AFT - Hot Topics - Teacher Quality - Professional Development for Teachers. You can see this page at: </ul>
    10. 10. <ul>What makes quality social studies learning? </ul><ul><li>Teaching and learning in the elementary classroom should be meaningful, integrative, value-based, challenging, and active . 7  These qualities of powerful social studies learning are foundational to the development of children’s knowledge, skills, and dispositions as participating citizens. </li></ul><ul>7.  NCSS Task Force on Standards for Teaching and Learning in the Social Studies, “A Vision of Powerful Teaching and Learning in the Social Studies: Building Social Understanding and Civic Efficacy” (1992, revised 2008). Accessible at </ul><ul> </ul>
    11. 11. <ul>How do we learn about social studies? (Be honest) </ul><ul><li>Text Books?
    12. 12. Narratives?
    13. 13. Biographies? Autobiographies?
    14. 14. Historical Non-fiction?
    15. 15. Historical Fiction?
    16. 16. Computer games?
    17. 17. Internet? </li></ul><ul>In times of change, learners inherit the Earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists. - Eric Hoffer </ul>
    18. 18. <ul>How do our students learn social studies? </ul><ul><li>Text Books?
    19. 19. Narratives?
    20. 20. Biographies? Autobiographies?
    21. 21. Historical Non-fiction?
    22. 22. Historical Fiction?
    23. 23. Computer games?
    24. 24. Internet? </li></ul><ul>It is a miracle that curiosity survives formal education. - Albert Einstein </ul>
    25. 25. <ul>Social Studies learning…. </ul><ul>… . is in the minds-eye of the beholder </ul>
    26. 26. <ul>Meeting at the waters edge? </ul>
    27. 27. <ul>The Virtual Pioneers- Professional Development in a Virtual World </ul>
    28. 28. <ul>Fannie provided a powerful first person narrative about her life as a Holocaust Survivor, but more importantly how she maintains an positive outlook that inspired us. </ul>
    29. 29. <ul>Kimmer gave us a tremendous amount of information and resources to help teach Native American history using the documentary series, We Shall Remain. </ul>
    30. 30. <ul>Historical Role Play </ul><ul>Three of our members created a role play based on the dropping of the atomic bomb during World War II </ul><ul>Co-creator: Rhino Pfeiffer </ul>
    31. 31. <ul>Understanding Islam through Virtual Worlds </ul><ul>Carnegie Fellows- Joshua S. Fouts and Rita J. King gave us an outstanding presentation of their work highlighting Islamic culture. </ul>
    32. 32. <ul>Historical Building 101 </ul><ul>Before meetings we often have a special historical building class led by Serena Offcourse </ul>
    33. 33. <ul>Wonderful Denmark </ul><ul>Based on a 1950’s TV show this island gave a unique look into the life and culture of Denmark </ul>
    34. 34. <ul>VSTE Island- Jamestown Settlement </ul><ul>Jazmemo Zimminy, Alfredo Bedrosian, Mandie Mimulus, and Thunder Insippo, gave us an inside tour of historical Jamestown Settlement </ul>
    35. 35. <ul>Virtual Harlem- The Cotton Club Oronoque Westland’s Caribbean Brownstone </ul>
    36. 36. <ul>Ummah of Noor </ul><ul>We explored the customs and history of Islam with Ahmeed Loire and R07 Lupino </ul>
    37. 37. <ul>The Holocaust Museum </ul><ul>We recently toured the student created, US Holocaust Memorial Museum with tour guide- David Klevan (Eubie Doobie) Powerful history. </ul>
    38. 38. <ul>Exploring New Frontiers… </ul>
    39. 40. <ul><li>Japan Chuba </li></ul>
    40. 41. <ul><li>Middle Passage </li></ul>
    41. 42. <ul><li>Virtual Kenya </li></ul><ul><li>Antiquity Texas </li></ul>
    42. 43. <ul><li>A Teachers View of China </li></ul><ul><li>A History of Race </li></ul>
    43. 44. <ul><li>Virtual Native Lands </li></ul><ul><li>Newgrange </li></ul>
    44. 45. <ul>Latest Updates </ul>
    45. 46. <ul>Places to learn more about us: </ul><ul><li>Our Ning Site: Free to Join! </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Facebook Group: The Virtual Pioneers Fan page
    46. 47. Personal Contact: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Gmail: [email_address]
    47. 48. Twitter: spiffwhitfield84
    48. 49. Skype: adventuregalley84 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Professional Contact: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Andrew Wheelock- [email_address] </li></ul></ul>
    49. 50. The Sloodle Connection <ul><li>Project 1: Social Studies in a Virtual World </li><ul><li>Day1: </li><ul><li>Meet your avatar
    50. 51. Meet your Moodle
    51. 52. Navigating both </li></ul><li>Day 2: Field Trips </li><ul><li>Virtual Native Lands
    52. 53. The Holocaust Museum
    53. 54. Virtual Harlem
    54. 55. Middle Passage </li></ul><li>Use your Sloodle to create and learn </li></ul></ul>
    55. 56. When Two Worlds Collide ISTE 2010 <ul><li>Our presentation will show how to use Sloodle to learn about all content areas </li></ul>
    56. 57. Cost Analysis <ul><li>Indicate the financial advantages for the customer
    57. 58. Compare quality and price with those of the competition </li></ul>
    58. 59. 3 Days of Learning <ul><li>Sloodle for ELA, Science, Math, Etc. </li></ul>
    59. 60. The Final Frontier! <ul><li>Bringing in students... </li></ul>UNDER CONSTRUCTION