Teaching Difficult Concepts in Second Life

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  • Teaching Difficult Concepts in Second Life

    1. 1. Using Second Life to Teach Difficult Concepts <ul><li>Dr. Edina Renfro-Michel </li></ul><ul><li>AJ Kelton </li></ul><ul><li>Montclair State University </li></ul>
    2. 2. Our Second Lives
    3. 3. Agenda <ul><li>Integrating Technology </li></ul><ul><li>Difficult Concepts </li></ul><ul><li>Holistic Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Second Life Learning </li></ul><ul><li>How We Utilize Second Life </li></ul><ul><li>Great Places </li></ul>
    4. 4. What does it take to teach a technology rich class? <ul><li>Relevance </li></ul><ul><li>Planning </li></ul><ul><li>Flexibility </li></ul><ul><li>Experimentation </li></ul><ul><li>Research </li></ul>
    5. 6. Difficult Concepts <ul><li>Abstract </li></ul><ul><li>Theory Based </li></ul><ul><li>Combine Multiple Points of Knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Beyond Student Experiences </li></ul>
    6. 7. Holistic Learning <ul><li>Concrete Experiences </li></ul><ul><li>Reflective Observation </li></ul><ul><li>Abstract Hypothesis </li></ul><ul><li>Active Testing </li></ul>
    7. 8. Goals of Holistic Learning <ul><li>Students Construct Own Knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Integrate New Knowledge into Current Constructions </li></ul><ul><li>Individualize Education </li></ul><ul><li>Bring Abstract into Concrete </li></ul>
    8. 9. Second Life: By the Numbers <ul><li>2003 (1999) </li></ul><ul><li>10,000 - 15,000 </li></ul><ul><li>50,000 average / 70,000 (approx) roughly the population of Montclair and Little Falls combined </li></ul><ul><li>$1,000,000.00 </li></ul><ul><li>300 and 5,000 </li></ul><ul><li>0 </li></ul>
    9. 12. Second Life as a Learning Tool <ul><li>Interactive </li></ul><ul><li>Immersive </li></ul><ul><li>Student Controlled Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Creative </li></ul><ul><li>Experiences Not Available in “Real World” </li></ul><ul><li>Holistic Learning </li></ul>
    10. 13. Ways to Utilize Second Life <ul><li>Experiencing </li></ul><ul><li>Interacting </li></ul><ul><li>Create Hypotheses </li></ul><ul><li>Reflecting </li></ul><ul><li>Creating </li></ul><ul><li>Building </li></ul>
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    12. 21. Questions?
    13. 22. Using Second Life to Teach Difficult Concepts <ul><li>Dr. Edina Renfro-Michel </li></ul><ul><li>AJ Kelton </li></ul><ul><li>Montclair State University </li></ul>

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