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  • 1. Teaching in Virtual Worlds Karen Brooks
  • 2. What is a Virtual World?
    • MUVE (plural MUVEs) refers to online, multi-user virtual environments, sometimes called virtual worlds.
    • an extension of our real world that exists only online.
    • A virtual world is a computer-based simulated environment intended for its users to inhabit and interact via avatars.
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  • 4. Game Based Learning Theory http://serc.carleton.edu/introgeo/games/
    • Game based learning (GBL) is a branch of serious games that deals with applications that have defined learning outcomes.
    • It uses simulation and MUVEs as the teaching tool.
    • GBL uses competitive exercises, either pitting the students against each other or getting them to challenge themselves in order to motivate them to learn better.
    • Games often have a fantasy element that engages players in a learning activity through a storyline.
    • In order to create a truly educational game, the instructor needs to make sure that learning the material is essential to scoring and winning.
  • 5. Why use GBL?
    • Motivates students to learn
    • Immerses them in the material so they learn more effectively
    • Encourages them to learn from their mistakes
    • It uses environments they consider fun and are currently using.
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  • 7. Trends in Virtual Worlds
    • Increase in 5-15 year olds who use Virtual Worlds in 2009
    • Increase in girls using Virtual Worlds in 2009
    • An explosion of Virtual Worlds on the Internet in 2008
    • Teen-focused virtual worlds are huge.
  • 8. How Are Kids Currently Using Virtual Worlds?
  • 9. Lively by Google http://www.lively.com/dr?rid=816945116627555151
  • 10. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YbwfOucET8
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  • 38. So How Can They Be Educational?
  • 39. They can visit places in virtual worlds that they are learning about in class and may never get the chance to see in real life. http://www.beyondspaceandtime.org/FCBSTWeb/web/index.html#link =
  • 40. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DjQB4DXXUm0&eurl=http://www.psfk.com/2008/10/visit-beijings-forbidden-city-via-virtual-world.html
  • 41. They can work collaboratively in virtual world using problem based learning to solve real life problems as in Harvard’s River City project. http://muve.gse.harvard.edu/rivercityproject/
  • 42. http://muveb.gse.harvard.edu/~muvers/rivercityvideos/H264%20web/RC%20Project-pro-RC%20Full%20Sequence.mov More Videos: http://muve.gse.harvard.edu/rivercityproject/view/rc_videos.html
  • 43. They can develop virtual worlds for their own learning experiences and to teach others. http://teen.secondlife.com/
  • 44. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGMH_1VnnaY
  • 45. The Pioneer School District in Teen SL. http://rampoislands.blogspot.com/ http://rampoislands.blogspot.com/
  • 46. Active Worlds http://www.activeworlds.com/edu/
  • 47. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q26rqNGFA-E
  • 48. Other Virtual Worlds to Explore They may be educational or social http://www.virtualworldsreview.com/info/categories.shtml
    • http://www.zanpo.com/ Create a Virtual City
    • http://www.byond.com/games/ Can create your own games – 2D
    • http://www.myminilife.com/ Create your own mini life – social network
    • http://www.multiverse.net/index.html
  • 49. Simulations to Check Out for Education
    • http://www.mcvideogame.com/index-eng.html Run the McDonalds Company
    • http://www.3rdworldfarmer.com/ Third World Farmer
    • http://www.electrocity.co.nz/ Build a City – it needs a Mayor
    • http://www.digital-humans.org/main.htm Virtual Soldier
    • http://www.socialstudiescentral.com/?q=node/88 SS Simulations
    • http://www.globalisland.nu/pages_intro/en/index.php?lang=en Global Island
    • http://www.chemcollective.org/applets/vlab.php ChemCollective
  • 50. Continued
    • Using Virtual Worlds to create lessons - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Math_Girl
    • http://www.eduweb.com/portfolio/designsatellite/ Design Your Own Satellite
  • 51. Now
    • Let’s Explore