Building K 12 Community


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Building K 12 Community

  1. 1. The ELVEN Institute: Building the preK-12 Educational Community in Second Life Craig A. Cunningham (“Dewey Jung”) National-Louis University, Chicago Second Life Community Convention, Chicago, August 26, 2007
  2. 2. Agenda <ul><li>Community </li></ul><ul><li>My Second Life: From Skeptic to Enthusiast (to Chastened Agnostic?) </li></ul><ul><li>Fun in SL </li></ul><ul><li>Networking in SL </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching in SL </li></ul><ul><li>ELVEN Institute </li></ul><ul><li>Mission </li></ul><ul><li>Initiatives </li></ul><ul><li>Projects </li></ul><ul><li>Next Steps </li></ul>
  3. 3. Community <ul><li>For John Dewey and others </li></ul><ul><li>Community is the shared life of human beings. It means more than mere association. </li></ul><ul><li>By virtue of their immediate interaction with one another, human beings are necessarily associated. </li></ul><ul><li>But community means meaningful association, association based on common interest and endeavor. </li></ul><ul><li>The essence of community is communication, the sharing of meanings through common symbols or language. Communication is the means of individual as well as social growth. </li></ul><ul><li>( ) </li></ul>
  4. 4. My Second Life: Dewey Jung
  5. 5. From Skeptic to Enthusiast (to ...) <ul><li>Colleague: “loopy doopy” </li></ul><ul><li>First SL “class” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>authentic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>hands-on </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>communicative </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>social </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>effective </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Beginning to network </li></ul><ul><li>Bringing in teachers/NLU students </li></ul>
  6. 6. Fun in SL
  7. 7. Networking in SL
  8. 8. Teaching in SL
  9. 9. PreK-12 Issues <ul><li>Administration and access </li></ul><ul><li>Learning curve, time investment </li></ul><ul><li>Teen Grid/Main Grid split </li></ul><ul><li>Isolation of early adopters </li></ul><ul><li>Fragmentation of SL educational community </li></ul><ul><li>The “snicker” factor </li></ul>
  10. 10. ELVEN Institute <ul><li>Partnership between National-Louis University and Alliance Library System </li></ul><ul><li>ELVEN = Educators and Librarians in Virtual Environments </li></ul><ul><li>Land donated by ALS </li></ul><ul><li>Directed by Dewey Jung </li></ul><ul><li>Advisory Board Chair: Puglet Dancer </li></ul>
  11. 11. Mission <ul><li>The ELVEN Institute's mission is to assist preK-12 educators and librarians to envision, construct, and use engaging virtual learning environments in order to demonstrate and document their value in increasing student achievement and growth. Toward this end, the Institute seeks to collaborate with other institutions, to conduct professional development and research, and to collect and disseminate best practices and useful tools related to prek-12 learning environments. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Campus Dedication, July 16 2007
  13. 13. Partners <ul><li>National-Louis University </li></ul><ul><ul><li>One of the largest providers of masters degrees to teachers in the US </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Five campuses in Chicagoland, plus campuses in Wisconsin, Virginia, Florida, Poland </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Newly revitalized program for school librarians </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Alliance Library System </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Interested in supporting school libraries in system </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Affiliates <ul><li>Chicago Public Schools Department of Libraries and Information Services </li></ul><ul><li>Bradley University College of Education </li></ul><ul><li>Gaming and Learning in Second Life </li></ul><ul><li>Literature Alive </li></ul><ul><li>Chicago Public Schools/University of Chicago Internet Project (CUIP) </li></ul>
  15. 15. Initiatives <ul><li>Cybrary City II campus </li></ul><ul><li>Advisory board meetings </li></ul><ul><li>Working Groups </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Educational Grid </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professional Development and Teacher Induction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Collaboration among Groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SL Safety Issues </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Best Practices and Tools </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Bibliography on use of MUVEs in preK-12 </li></ul><ul><li>Manual for use of SL for preK-12 </li></ul><ul><li>Involvement in Teen Grid </li></ul>
  16. 16. Dewey and Puglet
  17. 17. Projects <ul><li>CPS:TLC (NLU program for school librarians on technology) </li></ul><ul><li>Bradley University work in Peoria-area schools </li></ul><ul><li>Golden Apple Foundation Chicagoland Teaching Excellence Center </li></ul><ul><li>Architecture/Charter Schools: Chicago and East St. Louis </li></ul>
  18. 19. Next Steps <ul><li>Continue projects and initiatives </li></ul><ul><li>Build advisory board, organize subcommittees </li></ul><ul><li>Host “summit” of preK-12 groups (November 3 in world?) </li></ul><ul><li>Develop web site: http:// </li></ul><ul><li>Continue to bring together preK-12 teachers and librarians </li></ul><ul><li>Raise funds to continue work </li></ul>
  19. 21. Contact Me <ul><li>ELVEN Institute is on Cybrary City II </li></ul><ul><li>In Second Life: Dewey Jung </li></ul><ul><li>Email: c [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Web: </li></ul>