Teaching/Training
with 3D Virtual
Worlds (in Schools)
David W. Deeds, Technology Integration Coach
American School of Guat...
T/T with 3D Virtual Worlds
Fair Warning
• I am in beautiful, historic Antigua, Guatemala.
• My Internet will probably cut ...
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Goals
• Not Death by PowerPoint! I’ll pause for
questions and/or comments. Interrupt me and
let...
T/T with 3D Virtual Worlds
T/T with 3D Virtual Worlds
Introduction
3D Virtual World - Computer-based online
community that is designed and built by
i...
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Introduction
Virtual Learning Environment, Immersive
Learning Environment are the newer terms.
...
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Second Life
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Second Life
• Massively Multiplayer Online…Insert Your
Favorite Description Here…Game?
• Introd...
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OpenSimulator
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OpenSimulator
• Massively Multiplayer Online…Insert Your
Favorite Description Here…Game?
• Intr...
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Introduction
• Been using 3D virtual worlds since 2006:
3 years in higher ed, 5 in K-12/interna...
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Higher Ed: Second Life: Student Teaching
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Higher Ed: Second Life: Student Teaching
Who Were We Teaching?
• Classes (500+ students inworld...
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Higher Ed: Second Life: Student Teaching
What Were We Doing?
• Teaching without textbooks (some...
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Higher Ed: Second Life: Student Teaching
What Worked?
• Bridged the communications gap – digita...
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Higher Ed: Second Life: Student Teaching
What Didn’t Work?
• Trying to recreate classroom confi...
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Higher Ed: Second Life: Teacher Training
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Higher Ed: Second Life: Teacher Training
Who Were We Training?
• Foreign professors, mostly tea...
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Higher Ed: Second Life: Teacher Training
What Worked?
• Ensuring SL basics, then letting them g...
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K-12: Second Life: Student Teaching
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K-12: Second Life: Student Teaching
Who Were We Teaching?
• Classes (50+ students inworld):
• I...
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K-12: Second Life: Student Teaching
What Were We Doing?
• Students maintained cybercampus and h...
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K-12: Second Life: Student Teaching
What Worked?
• Using viewers in native languages, making
al...
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K-12: Second Life: Student Teaching
What Didn’t Work?
• Same lessons as with higher ed: recreat...
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K-12: Second Life: Teacher Training
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K-12: Second Life: Teacher Training
Who Were We Training?
• Computer Science and other teachers...
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K-12: Second Life: Teacher Training
What Worked?
• Especially in China, teachers enjoyed FREE
P...
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“A Practical Guide to Using Second Life in Higher
Education"http://www.mcgraw-
hill.co.uk/html/...
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If you’re interested in getting your own Second
Life cybercampus, contact
Carol Pfeifer of the ...
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K-12: OpenSimulator: Student Teaching
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K-12: OpenSimulator: Student Teaching
Who Were We Teaching?
• Classes (200+ students inworld)
•...
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K-12: OpenSimulator: Student Teaching
What Were We Doing?
• Teaching Computer-Aided Design, Pro...
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K-12: OpenSimulator: Student Teaching
What Worked?
• Simple Instructions/Skeleton Lesson Plans
...
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K-12: OpenSimulator: Student Teaching
What Worked?
• Reciprocal guidance, “guide on the side”
•...
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K-12: OpenSimulator: Student Teaching
What Didn’t Work?
• Assuming productivity the first week!...
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K-12: OpenSimulator: Teacher Training
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K-12: OpenSimulator: Teacher Training
Who Were We Training?
• Mostly Computer Science teachers ...
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K-12: OpenSimulator: Teacher Training
What Worked?
• Biggest success was training teachers and
...
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“OpenSimulator: School Quick Start Guide”
http://www.scribd.com/doc/57959626/OpenSi
mulator-Sch...
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If you’re interested in getting your own
OpenSimulator cybercampus, contact
Snoopy Pfeffer of D...
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Virtual Islands for Better Education (VIBE):
https://sites.google.com/site/virtualislands-
bett...
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MOSES Project: http://openvce.net/moses
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OpenSimulator Community Conference:
http://conference.opensimulator.org/
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Follow my Scoop.it page:
http://www.scoop.it/t/3d-virtual-worlds-
educational-technology
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Thank you for your attention, real or not! ;)
Any other questions/comments?
David W. Deeds
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David W. Deeds' presentation for Moodle MOOC Virtual Conference 2014 (MMVC14)! Teaching/Training with 3D Virtual Worlds (in Schools) uses the what does/doesn't work format for not just student teaching, but also teacher training. Covers Second Life and OpenSimulator, for both K-12 and higher ed environments. Games-based learning comparisons/contrasts.

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  1. 1. Teaching/Training with 3D Virtual Worlds (in Schools) David W. Deeds, Technology Integration Coach American School of Guatemala MMVC14, August 3, 2014
  2. 2. T/T with 3D Virtual Worlds Fair Warning • I am in beautiful, historic Antigua, Guatemala. • My Internet will probably cut out at least once.
  3. 3. T/T with 3D Virtual Worlds Goals • Not Death by PowerPoint! I’ll pause for questions and/or comments. Interrupt me and let’s have a discussion versus a lecture! • First some introductions: 3D virtual worlds, me. • Cover best practices and lessons learned in a “What Works, What Doesn’t Work” format. • Compare and contrast: higher ed versus K-12, student teaching versus teacher training, Second Life versus OpenSimulator, etc.
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  5. 5. T/T with 3D Virtual Worlds Introduction 3D Virtual World - Computer-based online community that is designed and built by individuals so they can interact, share, etc. -- Plagiarized from the Techopedia website Keywords (for me, anyway): Designed, built. Games-Based Learning plus a whole lot more!
  6. 6. T/T with 3D Virtual Worlds Introduction Virtual Learning Environment, Immersive Learning Environment are the newer terms. You also see terms such as Massively Multiplayer Online (Role Playing) Game, etc. Lots of them out there! World of Warcraft to Quest Atlantis to Minecraft, but I’m talking about: Second Life and OpenSimulator. Another goal: Want to talk more about teacher training (PD).
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  10. 10. T/T with 3D Virtual Worlds Second Life
  11. 11. T/T with 3D Virtual Worlds Second Life • Massively Multiplayer Online…Insert Your Favorite Description Here…Game? • Introduced by Linden Labs in 2003 • Own currency and economy, intellectual property rights to everything you create • Built-in 3D CAD and language/IDE • Open to people 16 and up since 2010
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  13. 13. T/T with 3D Virtual Worlds OpenSimulator • Massively Multiplayer Online…Insert Your Favorite Description Here…Game? • Introduced in 2007, not an SL clone! • Own currency and economy, intellectual property rights, etc., coming soon • Built-in 3D CAD and language/IDE • Open to kids of all ages
  14. 14. T/T with 3D Virtual Worlds Introduction • Been using 3D virtual worlds since 2006: 3 years in higher ed, 5 in K-12/international • 1 university, 1 college, going on 4 K-12 schools
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  16. 16. T/T with 3D Virtual Worlds Higher Ed: Second Life: Student Teaching
  17. 17. T/T with 3D Virtual Worlds Higher Ed: Second Life: Student Teaching Who Were We Teaching? • Classes (500+ students inworld) • Mine: Freshmen – Juniors: Computer Programming, Business Management, Internet Marketing, Project Management (Uni: Regular Majors, College: Votech) • Others: Freshmen – Seniors: Wide variety of English courses, including Business English (in our college plus others, global)
  18. 18. T/T with 3D Virtual Worlds Higher Ed: Second Life: Student Teaching What Were We Doing? • Teaching without textbooks (some e-books) • Kids created/managed cybercampus, put on shows, made and sold real/virtual products • Handled all management, pricing, marketing • Learned programming via LSL, also CAD • Active, learner-centric, English curriculum • Hosted/visited students in other countries to practice English, virtual field trips
  19. 19. T/T with 3D Virtual Worlds Higher Ed: Second Life: Student Teaching What Worked? • Bridged the communications gap – digital natives knew what to do, even in English • Overcame ASMeB – Antisocial Social Media Behavior – synchronous, anonymous (FUN!) • Hit the sweet spot re: programming “payoff” • Sheltered Instruction Observation Protocol to create Individualized Education Plans (IEPs) – Differentiation, Inclusion
  20. 20. T/T with 3D Virtual Worlds Higher Ed: Second Life: Student Teaching What Didn’t Work? • Trying to recreate classroom configuration or situation in virtual world • Worrying about kids meeting SL weirdos (socialization, experimentation worked out) • Assignments too open-ended (cohesive structure/theme needed, goals) • Mixing English with others subjects • Beginning classes in lab without “pep talk”
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  22. 22. T/T with 3D Virtual Worlds Higher Ed: Second Life: Teacher Training Who Were We Training? • Foreign professors, mostly teaching English; Korean professors, teaching English, Math and Computer Science What Were We Doing? • Mainly SL training for teaching English worldwide, also some Korean/Chinese • Professional development otherwise not possible due to geography, languages
  23. 23. T/T with 3D Virtual Worlds Higher Ed: Second Life: Teacher Training What Worked? • Ensuring SL basics, then letting them go as individuals or in same-language groups • Language teaching/learning (K and E) • Koreans working with others (KNUE, e.g.) What Didn’t Work? • Trying to tie in SL PD with formal programs • Putting different language speakers together in the real world
  24. 24. T/T with 3D Virtual Worlds K-12: Second Life: Student Teaching
  25. 25. T/T with 3D Virtual Worlds K-12: Second Life: Student Teaching Who Were We Teaching? • Classes (50+ students inworld): • Information Technology in a Global Society – Three Strands: IT Systems, Social and Ethical Significance, Application to Specified Scenarios • In Group 3, Individuals and Societies – provides technical education regardless • Diploma Program opportunity for kids with low English skills, Special Needs Program
  26. 26. T/T with 3D Virtual Worlds K-12: Second Life: Student Teaching What Were We Doing? • Students maintained cybercampus and host students from other schools/countries • E-textbooks provided content for IT lessons, ethical/moral and other discussions • Projects/products: website, t-shirts, more • Arranged college cybervisits for graduates • Prepared for written exam (article responses, case studies)
  27. 27. T/T with 3D Virtual Worlds K-12: Second Life: Student Teaching What Worked? • Using viewers in native languages, making all assignments “language neutral" • Hands-on, visual aspect of just about all work (learning styles) • Experiential opportunities, meeting people • Sense of freedom and openness (to a degree!)
  28. 28. T/T with 3D Virtual Worlds K-12: Second Life: Student Teaching What Didn’t Work? • Same lessons as with higher ed: recreating classroom experience inworld, for example • Assuming that students didn’t need prep for project-based learning (being in charge) • Students too shy to train teachers (students!) but there’s still hope to make this a service • Pretending it’s not FUN! (It is, just don’t tell!)
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  30. 30. T/T with 3D Virtual Worlds K-12: Second Life: Teacher Training Who Were We Training? • Computer Science and other teachers at IB schools (China and Mexico) • Administrators to a limited extent What Were We Doing? • Mainly providing PD possibilities otherwise not available (budget, language barriers) • Training teachers how to use SL and other 3D virtual worlds (Minecraft, Quest Atlantis)
  31. 31. T/T with 3D Virtual Worlds K-12: Second Life: Teacher Training What Worked? • Especially in China, teachers enjoyed FREE PD, formed lasting relationships with others • In Mexico, guest tours seemed to work best What Didn’t Work? • Success varied by subject: Art, English teachers loved it as well as Science, but others weren’t convinced (inc. Math!) • Usually didn’t evolve past novelty status (big disappointment with ITGS, for example)
  32. 32. T/T with 3D Virtual Worlds “A Practical Guide to Using Second Life in Higher Education"http://www.mcgraw- hill.co.uk/html/0335242146.html
  33. 33. T/T with 3D Virtual Worlds If you’re interested in getting your own Second Life cybercampus, contact Carol Pfeifer of the New Media Consortium: carol@nmc.org
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  35. 35. T/T with 3D Virtual Worlds K-12: OpenSimulator: Student Teaching
  36. 36. T/T with 3D Virtual Worlds K-12: OpenSimulator: Student Teaching Who Were We Teaching? • Classes (200+ students inworld) • Middle Years Program (MYP) Technology – Shift from Digital Literacy made long ago; Art, Music, Science, Humanities soon • Primary Years Program (PYP) Information Communications Technology (ICT) - switch from Digital Literacy to IB Design Cycle • Latest: Computer Workshop – 9th/10th Grade
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  38. 38. T/T with 3D Virtual Worlds K-12: OpenSimulator: Student Teaching What Were We Doing? • Teaching Computer-Aided Design, Project Management, Programming • Teaching task-based lessons with other tools • Changing Technology, other classes to inquiry-/task-based versus lecture-based • Using skeleton lesson plans, students achieve according to their own abilities • Other non-techie skills in the process
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  40. 40. T/T with 3D Virtual Worlds K-12: OpenSimulator: Student Teaching What Worked? • Simple Instructions/Skeleton Lesson Plans • Three C’s – Connect, Communicate, Collaborate (and #4: Cooperate – Project Management) • IB Design Cycle: Investigate, Design, Plan, Create and Evaluate (also Attitudes!) • Problem-Solving/Task-Based Education • Everything is project-based, NO TESTS!
  41. 41. T/T with 3D Virtual Worlds K-12: OpenSimulator: Student Teaching What Worked? • Reciprocal guidance, “guide on the side” • Changing viewer interface to student primary language • Constructivism, esp. Social Constructivism • Self-reliance, adapting to change skills • Scratch and S4SL for programming basics • Wide variety of other tools: Audacity, PhotoShop, Google Sketchup, etc.
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  43. 43. T/T with 3D Virtual Worlds K-12: OpenSimulator: Student Teaching What Didn’t Work? • Assuming productivity the first week! • Calling it a GAME! Use “immersive learning environment” instead! Also, e-/textbooks • Overcoming, but still dealing with active versus passive role (not Asia specific!) • Trying to jump right into LSL (Scratch first!) • Trying to explain, esp. re: assessment, in advance (if you can, just do it!)
  44. 44. T/T with 3D Virtual Worlds K-12: OpenSimulator: Teacher Training
  45. 45. T/T with 3D Virtual Worlds K-12: OpenSimulator: Teacher Training Who Were We Training? • Mostly Computer Science teachers who were going to use OpenSim in IT classes • Other teachers got involved, especially during: projects, events such as the OSCC What Were We Doing? • The Big Idea was to get K-12 students and teachers involved with CAD, projects, etc. • Another goal: More cross-curricular classes
  46. 46. T/T with 3D Virtual Worlds K-12: OpenSimulator: Teacher Training What Worked? • Biggest success was training teachers and students simultaneously with exercises • Guided tours, hypergridding in general What Didn’t Work? • As with Games-Based Learning in general, some teachers still just don’t get it (lecturers) • Focusing on programming versus the fun stuff such as designing and building
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  48. 48. T/T with 3D Virtual Worlds “OpenSimulator: School Quick Start Guide” http://www.scribd.com/doc/57959626/OpenSi mulator-School-Quick-Start-Guide
  49. 49. T/T with 3D Virtual Worlds If you’re interested in getting your own OpenSimulator cybercampus, contact Snoopy Pfeffer of Dreamland Metaverse: snoopy.pfeffer@yahoo.com Or the folks at Kitely: http://www.kitely.com/
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  51. 51. T/T with 3D Virtual Worlds Virtual Islands for Better Education (VIBE): https://sites.google.com/site/virtualislands- bettereducation/
  52. 52. T/T with 3D Virtual Worlds MOSES Project: http://openvce.net/moses
  53. 53. T/T with 3D Virtual Worlds OpenSimulator Community Conference: http://conference.opensimulator.org/
  54. 54. T/T with 3D Virtual Worlds Follow my Scoop.it page: http://www.scoop.it/t/3d-virtual-worlds- educational-technology
  55. 55. T/T with 3D Virtual Worlds Thank you for your attention, real or not! ;) Any other questions/comments? David W. Deeds Work: ddeeds@cag.edu.gt Home: davidwdeeds@gmail.com
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