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Teacher-Collaboration Uses of Second Life


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A presentation created by teachers / pre-service teachers who have used Second Life (SL) in a graduate course; they consider ways that SL could be helpful to meet their needs as new teachers

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Teacher-Collaboration Uses of Second Life

  1. 1. Ideas from a committee of teachers & pre-service teachers in the Empire State Master of Arts in Teaching program; fall 2008 Second Life CONTENT Committee
  2. 2. <ul><li>A Place to Vent : new and experienced teachers go through a myriad of struggles. SL can be a place where teachers can “pair and share,” or just share their classroom stories with others who may be experiencing similar challenges. </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher Collaboration : working with other teachers to share ideas and experiences is important in one’s growth as an educator. It is even found that teachers who interact with one another, participate in the social construct of the school, are more likely to be open to changes in their teaching styles and the use of technology in the classroom. 1 </li></ul><ul><li>Positive change demands a team effort. </li></ul>1 Zhao, Y., Frank, K. (2003). Factors Affecting Technology Uses in Schools: An Ecological Perspective. American Educational Research Journal , 40 , 807-808. SL: Where The (New) Teachers Go
  3. 3. Teachers As Students Teaching Topics Teacher to Teacher People Resources (SL) Tools For Teaching TEACHER TALK
  4. 4. People Resources and Teacher to Teacher Conversations <ul><li>Finding People within SL to Find Out About: </li></ul><ul><li>New and upcoming ways to implement SL in the classroom </li></ul><ul><li>Meet with Other Teachers in SL To: </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss content and share ideas for ways to teach content </li></ul>
  5. 5. Teaching Topics <ul><li>Have different parts of the ESC island dedicated to: </li></ul><ul><li>Attendance </li></ul><ul><li>Classroom management </li></ul><ul><li>Content delivery </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching methods </li></ul><ul><li>Questioning strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Teachers can log on to SL and look for successful ideas and methods that have been posted by other participants. </li></ul><ul><li>For example, if a teacher is having a hard time with seating arrangements in class, he or she could log on to SL and roam around the ESC island and go to the (theoretically) management hut or building. </li></ul><ul><li>SL could be a place to post and share ideas on all aspects of the classroom. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Teachers as Students <ul><li>Have Activities in SL for Teachers To Participate In, such as : </li></ul><ul><li>An inquiry based lesson on classroom management </li></ul><ul><li>Scavenger Hunts </li></ul><ul><li>Field Trips to Other Sites in SL </li></ul><ul><li>SL Laboratories </li></ul><ul><li>SL Tutorials </li></ul>
  7. 7. (SL Cool) Tools for Teaching <ul><li>Use the tools that SL has: </li></ul><ul><li>white boards </li></ul><ul><li>blog huts </li></ul><ul><li>video play back </li></ul><ul><li>To Foster Teacher Collaboration </li></ul><ul><li>We pointed out that using the white board could allow a group of teachers to share labs, photos, and other visuals together when they would not be able to do so in school. </li></ul><ul><li>Instruction on how to create and manipulate these features will be needed before it can be an effective aspect of teaching in SL. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Teacher Zone <ul><li>New teachers are always striving for new and fresh ideas.  </li></ul><ul><li>SL could be a place where lab ideas and results of implemented labs could exist for viewing by new teachers. </li></ul><ul><li>Other aspects of this new teacher zone are:  </li></ul><ul><li>Accessing information on IEP's </li></ul><ul><li>Creating labs without readily available technology </li></ul><ul><li>Addressing behavior issues within lab settings </li></ul><ul><li>Participating in a discussion board (like that on the ISTE island) where new teachers can share their thoughts. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Attracting Teachers to SL <ul><li>“ Teleport” teachers to new and cool places in SL to make them want to explore and use the program. </li></ul><ul><li>The virtual room floats around the ISTE island. (There is a link for it on the door of the blog hut.) It is a room that superimposes real pictures on the walls around you, so you feel you are in a landscape or building that could be from any part of the world. </li></ul><ul><li>Have SL Tour Guides and Facilitators to: </li></ul><ul><li>Help teachers navigate in and around SL </li></ul><ul><li>Welcome and introduce teachers to new areas within SL </li></ul><ul><li>Hold PD tutorials on SL use </li></ul><ul><li>If someone knows they will not be wasting time by logging in and talking to their fellow teachers, then this might help in getting SL out there to more teachers who could benefit from using it. </li></ul>