Science In Sl Short Notes

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Science In Sl Short Notes

  1. 1. 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>
  2. 2. Learning Global Science <ul><li>Variety of uses for SL </li></ul><ul><li>Recreation of scenes </li></ul><ul><li>Post-it Notes board </li></ul><ul><li>Giant globe arrows </li></ul><ul><li>Agree / Disagree / Not sure debates </li></ul>
  3. 3. 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>
  4. 4. 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>
  5. 5. 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>Ozone layer changes </li></ul>
  6. 6. 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>
  7. 7. Virtual Fieldtrip <ul><li>First SL fieldtrip? </li></ul><ul><li>Green water treatment plant </li></ul><ul><li>Hugely successful </li></ul><ul><li>Pupils attentive, interested, asked intelligent questions </li></ul>
  8. 8. 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>
  9. 9. 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>
  10. 10. Successes <ul><li>Sharing and Collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>Pupils more engaged than normal </li></ul><ul><li>Pupils had fun! </li></ul><ul><li>Pupils attendance was up (especially for a daily 8.30am Science class) </li></ul><ul><li>One pupil excluded during course – but attended virtually (unprompted) </li></ul>

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