Something to think about… 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
The Sloodle Project UnderConstruction
Why Virtual Worlds? Save money (virtual field trips) Meet children at the waters edge (Long term) Provides 3-d perspective The real world is using them. (i.e. Medicine, Business, Military, the NFL) Creating networks around the world
Why Second Life? High End graphics Large educational network (ISTE) New Safety features- (Zindra- Adult Search) Teen Grid component OpenSim carry over- Reaction Grid, OS Grid
Why Moodle? Open Source- Free installation Synchronous and asynchronous learning Web 2.0 components/ applications, i.e blogs, wikis, and forums Complete learning management system, i.e. quizes, gradebook, self paced lessons.
What Are We Doing Now? 3 Day Professional Development Sloodle Course Day1 : Intro to virtual worlds and discuss reasons for second life Day 2: In depth, content-specific exploration Day 3: Create a display, resources, presentation, machinima etc. geared towards sharing with educators from around the world at our virtual WNYRIC Building
Sloodle For Social Studies
Social Studies Day 1- Introduction Why? What’s the research and reasoning? Meet your avatar Work with the Moodle Day 2- Explore and Learn Learn how to use Moodle Tools Explore the Holocaust Museum, Virtual Native Lands, Harlem Renaissance, Middle Passage Day 3- Use what you have learned Walk away with knowledge, lesson plans, ideas, virtual world presentations.
Multi-Subject Sloodle Day 1- Introduction Why? What’s the research and reasoning? Meet your avatar Work with the Moodle Day 2- Explore and Learn Learn how to use Moodle Tools Explore the Imagination Island, Pathway to World Lit. Little Hogsmeade, NASA, Science Friday, NOAA, Learning Language Islands, Music, Art History, etc. Day 3- Use what you have learned Walk away with knowledge, lesson plans, ideas, virtual world presentations.
To Find More Information Our Website: http://www2.wnyric.org/cslo CarmalitaBieniek (Lelah Romano) atilamrac-Twitter http://www2.wnyric.org/cbieniek Andrew Wheelock (Spiff Whitfield) Spiffwhitfield- Twitter http://www2.wnyric.org/awheelock