Art Education in Virtual
Worlds: How students
can be inspired in
second life through
unconventional settings:
Jessica Hick...
Digital Ethnography
 “Digital Ethnography is a qualitative form of
research that consists of 3 stages” (Stokrocki,
1997; ...
Second Life at first glance:
 To say Second Life made me calm, cool
and collected would be an outright lie. It
frustrated...
 My Name is Jessica Hickey and I am graduate student in Art
Education program at ASU. I also teach full time Junior High
...
Me as a frustrated green robot.
 After Spending many weeks, learning about
second life, mostly as a fat green robot due t...
First Endeavors in
Second Life
 I wanted to be able to think outside of the
box, and more how my students would think
of art… not limited to a gallery o...
 I hoped to find a tool that will be able to used
passed the art room, but give students real world
knowledge in a new wa...
Research Interests
 Can virtual spaces create a sense of
community in a real life classroom?
 Can virtual spaces/avatars...
So this little Robot went
interviewing:
Methods
 I will interview 3 avatars, learning about their
ideas of Second Life, Art, and how they
contribute to the art w...
Describe
 Describe briefly avatar and quote from
conversation in notes I will describe the
locations and events that occu...
Interview 1:
Insight Homewood
 After having a class period
at Angel Manor, I came
across this avatar who at
first glance ...
 “[18:56] Insight Homewood: I view the real world
with more of a sense of wonder now, having
taken it for granted before....
Interview 2: Avanthalas
Absent Avanthalas Absent is quite skilled
with changing appearances, and
often did as we approach...
 17:58] Avanthalas
Absent: You have to
learn SL while you're
here. =P
 [18:05] jshickey: Do you
collaborate with
anyone ...
Interview 3: Kriss Lehmann
 Kriss Lehmann lives in the
Philippines, and lives
completely off the work
he and his wife do ...
 [17:21] Kriss Lehmann: I
don't get inspiration so
much inside SL, as I do
from the real world. Even
though you can creat...
Kriss has a beautiful store that
gives a very peaceful experience
to the audience. Even though he
does not consider himsel...
 Each interview offered a unique
experience and added to
making an exceptional learning
tool through discovery, trial and...
Words Used in Common
 Art, Artists, Artwork: 23
 Learning: 18
 Create: 12
 Collaborate: 6
 Inspiration 5
 Explore: 5
Avatar Behaviors/ Biographical
information
Insight
Homewood
Avanthalas Absent Kriss Lehmann
Age/Sex/Job 60/Male/Unem
ploye...
Content Analysis
Question Insight
Homewood
Avanthalas
Absent
Kriss Lehman
Do you Create in
Real Life?
No Yes Yes and No. U...
Second Life is an open-ended
online world. Users design their
own surroundings, and create
avatars as their characters to...
Summary
 After spending 5 weeks in Second Life,
interviewing, exploring, and learning I feel that
there can be some warra...
Summary Continued
 As many teachers know, getting your students to be interested
in a project is having that hook. Creati...
References:
Brown, Maureen. (2009) Walk, Fly or Teleport to Learning: Virtual Worlds in
the Classroom
Retrieved from:
www....
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  • This is my interpretation of Digital Ethnography in PowerPoint form. I will be analyzing, interpreting and c describing my experiences in second life in hopes of finding ways to connect Second Life to a real life classroom.
  • Second Life was a new world to me. Sometimes I would teleport into a dance party, take a chair tour or be able to wonder in different lands recommended to me. I got to see how much Second Life captures real people and emotions., or even on some occasions people and their alter egos/ Second life had endless opportunity to those that were savvy with it. I had originally worked in Second Life in 2009 and could barely remember how to work my avatar. What I do know is how far it has come from then, and was shocked and impressed.
  • Insight was interesting to talk with, but realized he just occasionally views art. His main purpose for Second Life is to connect to people and listen to Jazz music. He often listens to music his father listened to and really was in awe that second life could bring such a fond memory for him. He dabble sin creating clubs and starcases, and admits that he is just as confused as I ma at first.
  • We stayed in this room for the entire interview.
  • The theme for the museum was Alice and Wonderland as well as biographical information on Lewis Carroll. In the picture we are in a room that everything is out of proportion giving the experience of Alice drinking the potion to make her too small. I enjoyed being able to interact with many things here such as the tea cup and there was even mice and a mouse trap to look out for.
  • Avanthalas took me through the whole museum which has a boat ride, and a large chess set. During the museum trip she taught me how to animate myself as well as change body styles and clothes, which is why I look like a Victorian Peter Pan. She was adamant about me trying until I got it. Our interview was just over two hours between her lessons, tour, and my questions.
  • After the Museum tour she showed me another land she constructed where she creates, sells and breeds horses. We took a short ride and she even gave me my own horse.
  • Originally I was expecting to find a small old man as Kriss Lehmann’s avatar like in the You tube video I watched, but he recently went with a change, like his new store. He was very busy creating new things and I had to talk to him in between additions because his computer would act up.
  • Kriss explained to me some of the pros and cons of using second life in education and I was surprised that in a virtual world people could be taking things too far. After research I discovered that there are restricted lands for educators, but with art shows it gets tricky.
  • The picture on the right: Kriss is explaining how he even constructed the tiny dragonfly you see floating above the pond. Second Life took him from a general IT guy to someone who is detail oriented.
  • Final powerpoint

    1. 1. Art Education in Virtual Worlds: How students can be inspired in second life through unconventional settings: Jessica Hickey Graduate Student Summer 2013 Arizona State University
    2. 2. Digital Ethnography  “Digital Ethnography is a qualitative form of research that consists of 3 stages” (Stokrocki, 1997; Stokrocki & Andrews, 2010). Stages: 1. Data collection is a process of recording an event and pertinent information. 2. Content analysis is a search for l themes or patterns of meaning both scientific and emerging.. 3. Comparative analysis is a process of interrelating findings or explanations ns to form new perspectives.
    3. 3. Second Life at first glance:  To say Second Life made me calm, cool and collected would be an outright lie. It frustrated me, irritated me, and terrorized my dreams.  But from something I thought I would never use beyond this class has given me ideas for new ways to incorporate virtual learning and technology into my own classroom.
    4. 4.  My Name is Jessica Hickey and I am graduate student in Art Education program at ASU. I also teach full time Junior High Art in Mesa, AZ. Recently, I was selected to become a STEAM educator (STEAM- Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) which means I would be collaborating with several subject areas to incorporate technology and interdisciplinary studies into my own classroom.
    5. 5. Me as a frustrated green robot.  After Spending many weeks, learning about second life, mostly as a fat green robot due to my lack of Second Life knowledge, I started to think about how I could tie in virtual worlds into my classroom, and if I am feeling some sense of community, could my students? The activities should be more cooperative and less competitive. ” (Carbo 2012)
    6. 6. First Endeavors in Second Life
    7. 7.  I wanted to be able to think outside of the box, and more how my students would think of art… not limited to a gallery or painting.  I wanted to find people that are creative, in many ways.  I wanted to explore outside of the typical artworld.
    8. 8.  I hoped to find a tool that will be able to used passed the art room, but give students real world knowledge in a new way. What peaked my interest was finding a reading on how Second Life was used to address body issues.  “A teacher in New York has used Second Life to help conduct a unit on self-image, with the kids using avatars to visualize their body ideals and issues— something that would be more difficult to do in real life. And there’s still a lot of potential, as Second Life lets students and teachers model complex objects: A working volcano, for example, could be created from scratch to study geology.When asked whether she thinks Second Life will become the next big thing in ed tech, Schrock is circumspect.” (Rapp 2008)
    9. 9. Research Interests  Can virtual spaces create a sense of community in a real life classroom?  Can virtual spaces/avatars be used as a conventional teaching tool?  Can students be inspired by virtual spaces/people from Second Life?
    10. 10. So this little Robot went interviewing:
    11. 11. Methods  I will interview 3 avatars, learning about their ideas of Second Life, Art, and how they contribute to the art world.  I will look for common words that they use to describe art and the work that they do  I will use a table graph to compare data collected from the interviews as well as personality traits.
    12. 12. Describe  Describe briefly avatar and quote from conversation in notes I will describe the locations and events that occurred.
    13. 13. Interview 1: Insight Homewood  After having a class period at Angel Manor, I came across this avatar who at first glance I thought would just be a viewer of art, but he also has created things in SL such as small clubs and staircases. He felt all art was equal and it really is in the eye of the beholder. He felt that SL gave him a greater appreciation for all things in RL.  We met at Angel Manor at his favorite piece :http://maps.secondlife.co m/secondlife/Angel%20Ma nor%20Estate/75/35/29
    14. 14.  “[18:56] Insight Homewood: I view the real world with more of a sense of wonder now, having taken it for granted before. “
    15. 15. Interview 2: Avanthalas Absent Avanthalas Absent is quite skilled with changing appearances, and often did as we approached different areas in second life. She is the creator of a Lewis Carroll themed museum which offers biographical information of his work, books and art, but also offers several interactive experiences such as coasters, boat rides, and chess. This avatar was eager to show me how to do several things on SL such as a complete makeover.  We interviewed two places. First the museum, then her ranch:  http://maps.secondlife.com/secon dlife/Mieville%20Shelley/18/113/763  http://maps.secondlife.com/secon dlife/Hazel%20Woods/94/165/29
    16. 16.  17:58] Avanthalas Absent: You have to learn SL while you're here. =P  [18:05] jshickey: Do you collaborate with anyone on this? [18:06] Avanthalas Absent: No... I'm OCD about detail and a little bit of a control freak about projects.
    17. 17. Interview 3: Kriss Lehmann  Kriss Lehmann lives in the Philippines, and lives completely off the work he and his wife do on second life. He even met his wife on Second Life! He does not consider himself an artist, but he is the creator of several trees in SL which he originally started to make by using Photoshop. He is very detail oriented and strives for perfection in every endeavor.
    18. 18.  [17:21] Kriss Lehmann: I don't get inspiration so much inside SL, as I do from the real world. Even though you can create any type of fantastic environment in SL, I find that real life nature is awe inspiring enough for me. SL just become my canvas to take what I see in real life and recreate and expand on it
    19. 19. Kriss has a beautiful store that gives a very peaceful experience to the audience. Even though he does not consider himself an artist, it takes a creative to imagine all of this!
    20. 20.  Each interview offered a unique experience and added to making an exceptional learning tool through discovery, trial and error.
    21. 21. Words Used in Common  Art, Artists, Artwork: 23  Learning: 18  Create: 12  Collaborate: 6  Inspiration 5  Explore: 5
    22. 22. Avatar Behaviors/ Biographical information Insight Homewood Avanthalas Absent Kriss Lehmann Age/Sex/Job 60/Male/Unem ployed 38/Female/Due to illness, unemployed 36/Male/ Works in Second Life Average time spent on SL per week 6 -8 hours 10-12 hours 20-60 hours Personality on SL Social, likes to learn from people and collaborate Helpful, likes to teach, works alone, but will buy art from others for her museum. Works alone, but enjoys talking to others and selling his trees “Look” on SL Man in top hat and tails, with cane Varies between Alice from Alice and Wonderland and Victorian look Beachwear, strong build, “surfer” look
    23. 23. Content Analysis Question Insight Homewood Avanthalas Absent Kriss Lehman Do you Create in Real Life? No Yes Yes and No. Use Photoshop for trees used in SL What are the benefit to creating/viewing art in SL? Can view Art without being rushed, and for lower cost Can create quicker, Museum basic took only 1 month Can sell something and make living while working from home. Is Art in Second Life comparable to Real Life? Yes, and equal Yes and Equal Both have advantages, but inspiration always comes from RL Do you feel SL could be used as a tool in classroom learning? Yes, like Angel Manor, it gives all of your senses a show. Yes, student can research on SL about artist work, like Lewis Carrol Yes, with default avatars and heavy monitering
    24. 24. Second Life is an open-ended online world. Users design their own surroundings, and create avatars as their characters to work there. (Carbo 2012) Interpret: Content Analysis and COnclusion
    25. 25. Summary  After spending 5 weeks in Second Life, interviewing, exploring, and learning I feel that there can be some warrant to use this in the classroom as well as giving students a sense of community, and show them that there are more than one pathway to be creative and give them real world experiences.  “Virtual worlds can provide an assortment of learning opportunities, from identity formation to social net- working, entrepreneurial skills, and financial literacy,” (Brown 2009)
    26. 26. Summary Continued  As many teachers know, getting your students to be interested in a project is having that hook. Creating an avatar, being apart of something where you can collaborate with others and learn from them (and not from the teacher) is that hook. This puts the students in the drivers seat and offers them a way to be constantly actively engaged.  “In addition to content-rich explorations, students in a virtual environment learn social, technical, and practical life skills in a setting that keeps them engaged, inquisitive, and playful. (Brown 2009)  Even though these SL creatives did not necessarily see themselves as artists, I certainly view them in that light. They are creating, and contributing to the viewer, all with a goal to send a message.
    27. 27. References: Brown, Maureen. (2009) Walk, Fly or Teleport to Learning: Virtual Worlds in the Classroom Retrieved from: www.eric.ed.gov/ERICWebPortal/recordDetail?accno=EJ859575 Carbo, Ruben. . (2012). How Students Use Second Life for Digital Learning. Retrieved from http://www.edudemic.com/2012/02/internet-classrooms-using- second-life-for-virtual-learning/ Rapp, David. (2008). Virtual Classroom, Second Life. Retrieved from: http://www.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=3749877

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