Online Teacher Connection Meetings Teacher Connections are restarting on the first Thursday of each month. That means our next Teacher Connection will be September 3rd at the times below We use QA and skype ( http://www.skype.com < http://www.skype.com/ > )for these meetings held in 3 sessions travelling about the globe.
Official Quest Atlantis Blog We will be inviting teachers to be guest bloggers and tell your QA stories to the world. If you are a blogger and you want to us to link your blog to our blogroll please let us know.
Plague Research Toward better understanding an international research and design project will assemble, as a sub-community, to implement a common QA unit (Plague Unit) over the second half of the 2009 calendar year.
Facebook It is a private group so only QA teachers can join (no students). If you have thought about Facebook but never ventured there this might your reason. There you can meet up with QA teachers from about the globe, see their faces, global associations and ideas about teaching with QA.
Quest Writing Workshops Got ideas for new quests? Then the next online workshop for Quest Writing might interest you in October. Watch out for these to appear on our schedule. http://atlantis.crlt.indiana.edu/public/pdInfo.pl
Quest Atlantis Teaching Wiki We have a wiki for teachers to share content and ideas.
Quest Atlantis on Twitter Lots of QA teachers are already tweeting and following each other to keep up with the news, share resources and teaching ideas.
Online Facilitator Training Facilitator training will take place online in September. Facilitators are able to train and support teachers in the schools and districts.
Student Congress Development We are about to put together a proposal with a small group of teachers to take a disused world and re-purpose it as a student congress with several dedicated areas for such as Quester presentations, inworld machinima development, and Quester showcases.
Pre-service Visibility We have just opened a pre-service visibility in QA where the next generation of teachers will be able to meet with colleagues from about the globe to learn about teaching and learning in virtual worlds and games. Those of you working in teacher education will be interested in learning how your student teachers can become engaged.
Teacher Building Don’t forget that we have a world for teachers to build in and some great teams have formed already to meet and build, share war stories and further envision learning in a virtual world. Visit the notice board in Free4All (accessed via Teacherville and Qville) to see what lots are vacant or teams you could join.
quest atlantis is a community
Teachers Buoys Designers Researchers Facilitators quest atlantis is a community
quest atlantis features learning-by-doing “ Tell me and I will forget. Show me, and I may remember. Involve me, and I will understand” Confucious (450 B.C.E.) “ we learn by doing only after reflecting on what we have done” John Dewey (1929 C.E.) “ learning comes from and with the doing” James Gee (2008 C.E.)
In the quest for the truth, students gain accreditation and affirmation Virtual character discovers heritage which parallels students’ actual discovery of issues related to medical ethics and contends with concepts of “the ends justifying the means” Purpose/Goals Real Context Multiple levels of feedback
For teachers: What does it mean to teach the discipline?
t(35)=6.4, p=0.000 t(37)=5.3, p=0.000 learning with taiga in secondary schools pre-post assessment of learning (5-item multiple choice test)
learning with taiga in secondary schools *lower=better subject area common assessment
“ As a teacher teaching all 3 classess, I thought that perhaps the experience at QA might have increased their interest/ability in Geography. We would expect the Class A and Class B to perform better than Class C. However, for the Common Test, C had outdone A and B. The period that they did the Common Test was just after the QA experience. That is the basis of my belief. However, the results re-aligned back to what it was supposed to be for the MYE.” learning with taiga in secondary schools subject area common assessment
t(35)=6.4, p=0.000 learning with taiga in secondary schools pre-post assessment of learning (18-point performance assessment)
thank you to the teachers and students who partnered to implement and refine the unit over the past four years and to Sasha Barab for guiding the collaborative effort involved in both designing the curriculum and purusing the research. my fellow collaborators include Kate Anderson, Anna Arici Barab, Enkar, Jo Gilbertson, Conant Heislet, Susan Herring, Dan Hickey, Adam Ingram-Goble, Asmalina Saleh, Craig Jackson, Ellen Jameson, Eun Ju Kwon, Ina Kouper, Troy Sadler, Briana Scott, Rebecca Smith, Sharon Stoegler, Bronwyn Stuckey, and Scott Warren.
this research was supported by the National Science Foundation grant REC-0092831 to Indiana University and by the Learning Sciences Lab grant R8019.735.LE10 to Steve Zuiker. the views expressed here do not necessarily represent those of the National Science Foundation, Indiana University, or the National Institute of Education-Singapore.