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    Technology applications that promote inquiry learning. Sloan-C Conference 2010 Technology applications that promote inquiry learning. Sloan-C Conference 2010 Presentation Transcript

    • Technology Applications that Promote Inquiry Learning Stan Schmidt, Western Governors University Heather Dodds, Western Governors University 16 th Annual Sloan Consortium 2010
    • Pace of change
    • Gamers = Experts in Virtual Worlds
    • Registered users of virtual worlds = over 1 billion As of September 30, 2010
    • What are faculty to do?
    • 21 st Century Skills Partnership for 21 st Century Skills. (2009). Framework for 21 st century learning.
    • Definition of Inquiry-based Learning
      • Inquiry requires identification of assumptions, use of critical and logical thinking, and consideration of alternative explanations. (NRC, 1996, p 23)
    • Making observations Second Life, NOAA
    • Posing questions Whyville, Why Pox infection, 2007
    • Examining books and other sources of information to see what is already known Heritage Key
    • Planning investigations World of Warcraft
    • Reviewing what is already known in light of experimental evidence Second Life, NASA
    • Using tools to gather, analyze, and interpret data Third Rock Grid (3RG)
    • Proposing answers, explanations, and predictions; and communicating the results Second Life, Virtual Worlds Education Roundtable
    • Science Center, Second Life Changing Inquiry-based Learning
    • Second Life exodus
      • Second Life stopping educational discounts midyear.
      • Faculty, institutions, non-profits heading out of Second Life for more affordable worlds
        • OpenSim
          • Reaction Grid
          • JokaydiaGrid
          • Third Rock Grid
    • Growing OpenSim worlds
    • Recommended sources for educators
        • Sloan-C
        • Virtual Worlds Education Roundtable (VWER)
        • ISTE
        • CLIVE Project/ MERLOT
    • Technology Applications that Promote Inquiry Learning Stan Schmidt, Western Governors University Heather Dodds, Western Governors University 16 th Annual Sloan Consortium 2010 [email_address]