Learning and Emerging Technology – presented to Dr. O’Connor
Authored by: Irene T. Cruz
• After leaving the Science Building for our initial connection – Michele, Tracy and I
were suppose to meet up at Museum Island.
• Michele contacted me via chat and asked for me to transport her to my location… I
did with pleasure. Unfortunately, we lost Tracy along the way.
• We meet and began to discuss the island and other projects that we are currently
working on together in the MALET program with ESC.
• If this island were “mine” - It would be an excellent fit for the instruction of ESL/ELL
students. The cultural background… the possibility of activates that involve
conversations between cultures – limitless.
• When Michele and I said goodnight – I decided to explore further…
• Dr. O’Connor placed this site in my “world” transport choices… I was intrigued.
• There were many scientific and mathematical experiments. I came along an
experiment and it allowed me to insert myself into a pollen module!
• I can envision this island as “mine” for the purposes of teaching literacy skills to
adults. The scientific and mathematical skill sets were incredibly challenging and
• After leaving Exploratorium Island – I ventured to Muse Island – I had been to this
island before… this island contains great folk music, creative dance, arts/etc.
• I was able to touch a cubicle – command and I began to dance to the music –
• This island would be a great source of both kinetic, tactile and visual learning.
• Adult Learners in a variety of study areas would benefit from this involvement. Skill
sets used with ESL/ELL and HSE learners could be used in group activities for
exploration of the arts/music/etc.
STEAMPUNK INFO ISLAND
• The last adventure was the SteamPunk Info Center. (Mieville) I went back to the
Science Center and took the link to the location from Dr. O'Connor's wall
presentation in order to travel here…
• This island and/or information center was a bit ghostly… the lights were dim and it
was twilight or so it seemed.
• Although it was a beautifully designed island – I am not sure how I would utilize it for
my students….It was a great adventure to walk the streets and view the Victorian
“I CAN'T CHANGE THE DIRECTION OF THE
WIND, BUT I CAN ADJUST MY SAILS TO ALWAYS
REACH MY DESTINATION.” - JIMMY DEAN
• In review of all these new adventures within Second Life – I see even more
possibilities of what can be achieved for my learning environment and my
• Incorporating a Second Life island – is a step that requires careful
consideration and can be accomplished with the study of the design and
how the needs of the audience are met.