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Learning Global Science Using Second Life Working with Global Kids at the  High School for Global Citizenship, New York
High School for Global Citizenship <ul><li>Brooklyn, New York </li></ul><ul><li>Four schools in same building </li></ul><u...
Access to ICT <ul><li>Poor ICT skills </li></ul><ul><li>Not great ICT access at home </li></ul><ul><li>Handful of computer...
SL Curriculum <ul><li>Texturing </li></ul><ul><li>3D modelling environment – look around </li></ul><ul><li>Prim twisting <...
Learning Global Science <ul><li>Variety of uses for SL </li></ul><ul><li>Recreation of scenes </li></ul><ul><li>Giant glob...
Science at home <ul><li>Groups ‘decorated’ their own SL house like their RL home. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Energy use </li></...
Waste management <ul><li>Highly successful </li></ul><ul><li>Chat bots to interrogate </li></ul><ul><li>Environment to obs...
Non-renewable resources <ul><li>Coal </li></ul><ul><li>Claustrophobic coalmine, dead budgies, stream, hardhats and lag </l...
Renewable resources <ul><li>Exploratory learning – not too successful </li></ul><ul><li>Wind, water, wave, eco-home </li><...
Virtual Fieldtrip <ul><li>First SL fieldtrip? </li></ul><ul><li>Green water treatment plant </li></ul><ul><li>Brought acro...
Final Project <ul><li>Research questions </li></ul><ul><li>Create poster presentation in ComicLife </li></ul><ul><li>Impor...
Other skills <ul><li>Learning research skills on the web </li></ul><ul><li>Using Google Earth and Flickr </li></ul><ul><li...
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Science In SL Notes

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Notes on my Science in SL presentation to TeachMeet08, Glasgow

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Science In SL Notes

  1. 1. Learning Global Science Using Second Life Working with Global Kids at the High School for Global Citizenship, New York
  2. 2. High School for Global Citizenship <ul><li>Brooklyn, New York </li></ul><ul><li>Four schools in same building </li></ul><ul><li>About 300 pupils </li></ul><ul><li>Low levels of literacy </li></ul><ul><li>Similar to CCHS – area, behaviour, literacy levels, academic achievement, home access to ICT etc </li></ul>
  3. 3. Access to ICT <ul><li>Poor ICT skills </li></ul><ul><li>Not great ICT access at home </li></ul><ul><li>Handful of computers in school (mainly for teachers use) </li></ul><ul><li>More spent on security scanners than ICT?? </li></ul>
  4. 4. SL Curriculum <ul><li>Texturing </li></ul><ul><li>3D modelling environment – look around </li></ul><ul><li>Prim twisting </li></ul><ul><li>Too much content </li></ul><ul><li>Too much reading </li></ul><ul><li>Being taught as course being developed </li></ul><ul><li>160 lesson plans available from GK </li></ul>
  5. 5. Learning Global Science <ul><li>Variety of uses for SL </li></ul><ul><li>Recreation of scenes </li></ul><ul><li>Giant globe arrows </li></ul><ul><li>Post-it Notes board </li></ul><ul><li>Agree / Disagree / Not sure debates </li></ul>
  6. 6. Science at home <ul><li>Groups ‘decorated’ their own SL house like their RL home. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Energy use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Building materials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Recycling </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use of resources (Energy, water and food) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Intention to use as base, and to look at improving SL homes as we learned. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Waste management <ul><li>Highly successful </li></ul><ul><li>Chat bots to interrogate </li></ul><ul><li>Environment to observe </li></ul><ul><li>Landfill survey (clothing, goggles, tools) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Non-renewable resources <ul><li>Coal </li></ul><ul><li>Claustrophobic coalmine, dead budgies, stream, hardhats and lag </li></ul><ul><li>Oil </li></ul><ul><li>Chatbot problems and not enough content </li></ul><ul><li>Ozone layer changes </li></ul>
  9. 9. Renewable resources <ul><li>Exploratory learning – not too successful </li></ul><ul><li>Wind, water, wave, eco-home </li></ul><ul><li>Objects to explore, web links to research </li></ul><ul><li>More guidance needed </li></ul><ul><li>More appropriate websites needed </li></ul>
  10. 10. Virtual Fieldtrip <ul><li>First SL fieldtrip? </li></ul><ul><li>Green water treatment plant </li></ul><ul><li>Brought across from main grid – problems </li></ul><ul><li>Audio issues, transcription needed </li></ul><ul><li>Hugely successful </li></ul><ul><li>Pupils attentive, interested, asked intelligent questions </li></ul>
  11. 11. Final Project <ul><li>Research questions </li></ul><ul><li>Create poster presentation in ComicLife </li></ul><ul><li>Import into SL as billboard </li></ul><ul><li>Notecard with answers to research questions </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation in class </li></ul><ul><li>Emphasis on assessing science learning not SL learning. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Other skills <ul><li>Learning research skills on the web </li></ul><ul><li>Using Google Earth and Flickr </li></ul><ul><li>Communicating ideas through blogging </li></ul><ul><li>Presenting work through Comic Life and SL </li></ul><ul><li>Reporting findings through email and blogging </li></ul><ul><li>Presenting final project to class </li></ul><ul><li>Understanding of different cultures </li></ul>

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