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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 <ul><li>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. </li></ul><ul><li>An avatar is a caricature, not a realistic photo and can be a simple image or a bizarre fantasy figure. They provide </li></ul><ul><li>natural human interaction </li></ul><ul><li>voice communication </li></ul><ul><li>instant, communication using nuance of voice </li></ul><ul><li>a face to the students and to the teacher </li></ul><ul><li>They provide the human element to online teaching. </li></ul>
  • 3. First Contact <ul><li>At the International Conference of the Learning Sciences </li></ul><ul><li>Sasha Barab from Indiana University, in response to shooting at Columbine High School, promoted socially responsive design </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Both fun and educational, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Based on both learning theories and the entertainment industry, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Helps children construct identities in which they are active agents, solving important personal, social, ethical, and environmental issues, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Creates a 3-D Simulated World in which personally created identities act. </li></ul></ul>
  • 4. Kids send Avatars to explore and act in 6 different Worlds
  • 5. STUDENT COMMENTS
  • 6. Positive Self Talk !!! <ul><li>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. </li></ul>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 <ul><li>Teacher-Directed </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To introduce course </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To summarize class </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To describe assignment </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To provide individualized feedback </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To ensure assessability </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Student-Directed </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To introduce oneself </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To practice language skill </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To debate issue </li></ul></ul>
  • 9. Examples of Avitars in Education
  • 10. My Intentions Next Semester <ul><li>I will use an avatar to introduce some guiding questions for each class . </li></ul><ul><li>Students will be placed in 6-member teams. </li></ul><ul><li>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” </li></ul><ul><li>Team members will take turns, summarizing a topic, by sending a messenger to the team compound with the summary. </li></ul><ul><li>Each team will create a Champion. Each team will participate in four debates, of their choice. </li></ul>
  • 11. Examples <ul><li>Learning a second language </li></ul><ul><li>Social Networks </li></ul><ul><li>Communicating vocally via web or email </li></ul>
  • 12. Constructing Identities <ul><li>Voki </li></ul><ul><li>SitePal </li></ul><ul><li>Weblin </li></ul><ul><li>Gizmoz </li></ul><ul><li>IMVU </li></ul><ul><li>MojiKan </li></ul>
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  • 14. References and Links <ul><li>http://inkido.indiana.edu/research/onlinemanu/papers/QA_ETRD.pdf </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.boxoftricks.net/?p=104 </li></ul><ul><li>Nasir, N. (under review). &quot;Average and Percent on the Court: The Mathematics of African- American Middle and High School Basketball Players.&quot; Submitted to Cognition and Instruction . </li></ul><ul><li>http://web.mit.edu/sturkle/www/ </li></ul>

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