Avatars in teaching- the early experiences of a non technologist! Annette Crisp
The non- technologist!• Not a technophobe- likes technology but has problems using it•We don‟t gotta be a need to „keep up to date‟ Feels that there is technologists.•All we gotta technology is the study and “educational do is be educators.And we can do that! ethical practice of facilitating learning and-D‟Arcy Norman dot net creating, using, and improving performance by managing appropriate technological processes and resources” Januszewski and Molenda (2008) Produced in a lab consumed in a classroom?
The Theory of Multimedia Learning Suggests that both narration and graphical images produce visual and verbal mental representations, which link and integrate prior knowledge and then construct new knowledge. Mayer and Moreno (2002)
The Technology Acceptance Declarative knowledge ofModel =the easier the facts ("what to") +technology is to use, the Procedural knowledge ofmore useful it is perceived to "how to" do various cognitivebe, the more positive ones tasksattitude and intention to usethe technology Cognitive Load theoryMayer and Moreno (2002) states that having flashybasically say that deep and unimportantlearning (using multimedia) graphics, icons, etc., "bellsmust work both visual and and whistles," the learnerauditory working memory. may get overloaded inVisual graphics and some type working memory beforeof informal voice narration they get to the importantmight be the best general concepts, skills, informationmethods while not , and/or knowledge.overloading either
Why Choose Avatars?• Former experiences – role plays for training purposes• Opportunity to expand horizons in teaching various subjects• Initial idea to develop an interactive pre-programed on line community which would be accessed by a number of different specialists
• Avatars don‟t get tired• They will do what you want them to do- technology/ expertise permitting• Can be used to run different versions of the same simulations• Students are part of this technology – they have grown up with it- in computer games, second life, role play games etc. its familiar to them – They are comfortable with the technology• Potentially lots of different applications- significant research around to support different types of adoption in relation to practice and theory• This session isnt about theory only experiences so no more references!!!!
What Computer? What WhatSoftware? Audio? Where do I start? Why What Bother???? Ability?
What Software?Iclone 4 Product developed byReallusionWhy?After seeing examples in actionparticularly in educational contexton their web site
What Software?This is also linked to Google Sketchupa free 3D designing tool and iclone 3DExchangeA softwear package from iclone whichenables the user to download 3Dgraphics from Google 3D Warehouse
The location is only limited by our imagination.
The down-side of being a non-technologist……• „Novatech‟ computer purchased – assured that contained correct „spec‟ to „do what I wanted‟‟…….• Within 4 weeks of purchase hard drive crashed• Replacement for hard drive secured- however much material lost….. You don‟t expect a new hard drive to „go‟.• Updated windows software – problems re-registering• Needed to reload software – not an immediate success• Needed to purchase new graphics card MSI N210 Graphics.
What Ability?• Not Brilliant but getting better• Producing some engaging materials• Getting positive feedback from students and colleagues• Now developing the media further- linking to film and developing work into „docu-teaching‟
• Amazing potential• Can link to events in the media -fiction –or history- only curbed by limits of imagination or users lack of skill/ knowledgeNOT to be seen as a „gimmick‟ however andutilised instead of a sound focus on content andlearning needs