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Presentation by Silvia d'Apollonia at Educational Technology Fair at Dawson College (Montreal) - December 12th, 2008.

Presentation by Silvia d'Apollonia at Educational Technology Fair at Dawson College (Montreal) - December 12th, 2008.

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  • 1. Silvia d’Apollonia December 12, 2008
  • 2. Avatar
    • A graphic identity you either select from a group of choices or create on your own to represent yourself to the other party in a chat, instant messaging or multiplayer gaming session.
    • An avatar is a caricature, not a realistic photo and can be a simple image or a bizarre fantasy figure. They provide
    • natural human interaction
    • voice communication
    • instant, communication using nuance of voice
    • a face to the students and to the teacher
    • They provide the human element to online teaching.
  • 3. First Contact
    • At the International Conference of the Learning Sciences
    • Sasha Barab from Indiana University, in response to shooting at Columbine High School, promoted socially responsive design
      • Both fun and educational,
      • Based on both learning theories and the entertainment industry,
      • Helps children construct identities in which they are active agents, solving important personal, social, ethical, and environmental issues,
      • Creates a 3-D Simulated World in which personally created identities act.
  • 4. Kids send Avatars to explore and act in 6 different Worlds
  • 5. STUDENT COMMENTS
  • 6. Positive Self Talk !!!
    • Dr. Na'ilah Nasir is an assistant professor at Stanford University's School of Education who draws on socio-cultural theory to explore the relation between learning, development, and culture.
    Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude. ~ Thomas Jefferson
  • 7. Self Talk in two situations
  • 8. Possible Uses of Avatars
    • Teacher-Directed
      • To introduce course
      • To summarize class
      • To describe assignment
      • To provide individualized feedback
      • To ensure assessability
    • Student-Directed
      • To introduce oneself
      • To practice language skill
      • To debate issue
  • 9. Examples of Avitars in Education
  • 10. My Intentions Next Semester
    • I will use an avatar to introduce some guiding questions for each class .
    • Students will be placed in 6-member teams.
    • Each team member will create a personal identity which will be posted on team web page. These can be changed at will and may show some interesting “evolution”
    • Team members will take turns, summarizing a topic, by sending a messenger to the team compound with the summary.
    • Each team will create a Champion. Each team will participate in four debates, of their choice.
  • 11. Examples
    • Learning a second language
    • Social Networks
    • Communicating vocally via web or email
  • 12. Constructing Identities
    • Voki
    • SitePal
    • Weblin
    • Gizmoz
    • IMVU
    • MojiKan
  • 13.  
  • 14. References and Links
    • http://inkido.indiana.edu/research/onlinemanu/papers/QA_ETRD.pdf
    • http://www.boxoftricks.net/?p=104
    • Nasir, N. (under review). "Average and Percent on the Court: The Mathematics of African- American Middle and High School Basketball Players." Submitted to Cognition and Instruction .
    • http://web.mit.edu/sturkle/www/