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Kansas immersive education conference 2011

  1. 1. Rich White - Greenbush Educational Service District [email_address] Rosemary Talab - Kansas State University [email_address]
  2. 2. Purposes <ul><li>Purpose – Leadership for at-risk rural middle school leadership-capable students and their teachers (October 2010-April 2011) </li></ul><ul><li>Goal – To experience a more realistic approach to STEM subjects through immersive environments </li></ul>07/29/11
  3. 3. Methodology <ul><li>Qualitative Data Sources: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>In-person class and distance observations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Two teacher focus groups (3 and 4) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Two student focus groups (3 and 3) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Four teacher/facilitator/principal semi-structured interviews </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Five student semi-structured interviews </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Images, documents, student artifacts </li></ul></ul>7/28/11
  4. 4. Activities <ul><li>Read Seven habits of highly effective leaders </li></ul><ul><li>Explore and build in Scratch, Edusim/OpenCobalt, OpenSim </li></ul><ul><li>Learn STEM subjects through project-based learning inworld </li></ul>07/29/11
  5. 5. Activities Timeline <ul><li>October 12 th : Introduction to the Technology - MSLA Social NetworkAccount Setup , Scratch, Edusim/OpenCobalt, OpenSim </li></ul><ul><li>November 16 th : Scratch - Generative Art & Game Building Exercises </li></ul><ul><li>January 12 th - Introduction to Opensim & Edusim/OpenCobalt </li></ul>07/29/11
  6. 6. Activities Timeline <ul><li>Feb 9 th : Create “Me” Museum in Edusim/OpenCobalt – via Adobe Connect & inworld) </li></ul><ul><li>March 9 th :Collaborative Pyramid Building on GreenbushGrid (Opensim) & Edusim/OpenCobalt Tools (Objects & Images) </li></ul>07/29/11
  7. 7. Tools <ul><li>Scratch </li></ul>07/29/11
  8. 8. Tools <ul><li>My Avatar </li></ul>07/29/11
  9. 9. Tools 07/29/11 Greenbush Social Network
  10. 10. Tools <ul><li>Greenbush Grid </li></ul>07/29/11
  11. 11. Tools <ul><li>Whiteboard </li></ul>07/29/11
  12. 12. January 12th <ul><ul><li>OpenSim/Greenbush Grid, the menus, and adding in-world resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Imported pictures </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Created objects with 3D sketch tool </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>-- Introduction to Opensim & Edusim/ OpenCobalt </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Built a building with in-world tools – </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Used simple shapes & textures </li></ul></ul></ul>07/29/11
  13. 13. Avatar Skills 07/29/11
  14. 14. Building with Texture 07/29/11
  15. 15. February 9th <ul><li>Create “Me” Museum in Edusim/OpenCobalt – via Adobe Connect & inworld) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students in home districts watching the instruction remotely </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students constructed “Me Museum” of their interests, family, friends, and school </li></ul></ul>07/29/11
  16. 16. Building with Roof 07/29/11
  17. 17. Building with Floor and Lights 07/29/11
  18. 18. Building with Roof, Lights, Door 07/29/11
  19. 19. March 9th <ul><li>Collaborative Pyramid Building on GreenbushGrid{Opensim} & wrapping up the Edusim-Cobalt tools introductions </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Edusim-Cobalt - Students created avatar of their own picture, and </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In-world billboard of their picture, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Drew a “pet” for their building using the 3D painter (pictures attached) </li></ul></ul>07/29/11
  20. 20. Red and Blue Team Competition 07/29/11
  21. 21. 07/29/11
  22. 22. Completion 07/29/11
  23. 23. Room with Pet 07/29/11
  24. 24. Room with Pet and Picture 07/29/11
  25. 25. Room with Pet and Picture 07/29/11
  26. 26. Room with Pet and Picture 07/29/11
  27. 27. Student - Final Comments 07/29/11
  28. 28. Tips for Teaching STEM InWorld <ul><li>Inworld STEM: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Was enjoyable for all students </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Was more motivating than realworld STEM for those who did not like STEM subjects </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Was particularly so when: </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Teams were involved in collaborative competition </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Students could design graphics, games, etc., of their own design </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Most students found Scratch enjoyable </li></ul></ul></ul>07/29/11
  29. 29. Tips for Teaching STEM InWorld <ul><li>Draw linkages between in-world and realworld STEM applications. Students do not always see this. </li></ul><ul><li>Gender differences applied: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Girls enjoyed collaborative and drawing activities more </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Boys enjoyed collaborative and competitive activities more </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More boys enjoyed building than girls </li></ul></ul>07/29/11
  30. 30. Tips for Teaching STEM InWorld <ul><li>Students need: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>An agenda </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Written explanations of in-world activities and their STEM purposes </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Re-teaching (spiraling) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Individual review opportunities (videotaped sessions or other means) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Explanations of how in-world STEM is used for realworld STEM purposes </li></ul></ul>07/29/11
  31. 31. Resources <ul><li>1) Scratch </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://info.scratch.mit.edu/About_Scratch </li></ul></ul><ul><li>2) My Avatar </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.myavatareditor.com/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>3) Greenbush Grid </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Imprudence Viewer Download for Mac and PC </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://roots.greenbush.us/3/wordpress/?p=1214 </li></ul></ul>07/29/11
  32. 32. Resources <ul><li>4) CSI Greenbush/avatar navigation controls </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://grid.greenbush.us/CSI_world/CSI_introduction2.mp4 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>5) Whiteboard for In-World Audio </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://labs.greenbush.us/whiteboard.php?room=hpkvd2 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.youtube.com/ImmersiveED#p/u/4/9HYH1yB2D2g </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>See video of the whiteboard </li></ul></ul>07/29/11