Students and Electronic Media: Teaching in the Technological Age Conference
in Education Ramapo Islands: Three Case Studies Kevin Jarrett Technology Facilitator Northfield Community School Northfield, New Jersey 02-May-2008
<ul><li>What is a multi-user virtual environment (M.U.V.E.)? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ 3D isometric/third-person graphics, accessed over the Internet […] dozens of simultaneous users […] a persistent virtual world .” (Wikipedia) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Uses </li></ul><ul><ul><li>eCommerce, prototyping, recreation, education </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Forecast: rapid growth </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ By the end of 2011, 80 percent of active Internet users (and Fortune 500 enterprises) will have a ’second life,’ but not necessarily in Second Life” (Gartner Group) </li></ul></ul>Background
<ul><li>Identity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ For some players, the avatar becomes a purposeful projection or idealization of their own identity , while for others, the avatar is an experiment with new identities .” (Nick Yee) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Power of Learning Affordances </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ One study found benefits of video gaming for visual attention, including greater attentional capacity , quicker attention deployment , and faster processing .” (Schmidt, Vandewater) </li></ul></ul>Research
<ul><li>New Tools for Education? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ We believe that game technologies and game-like learning offer new and inviting tools for young people to try out and eventually become new kinds of learners and citizens fit for the 21st century’s global world full of great perils and possibilities.” (James Paul Gee) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Uncharted Territory </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“… despite the increasing use of video games in education, analysts know little about what exactly children learn from gaming , primarily because of a lack of rigorous research on learning outcomes.” (Schmidt, Vandewater) </li></ul></ul>More Research
Ramapo Islands Peggy Sheehy, Library/Media Specialist The Home of Ramapo Islands
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