Second Life Uses in K12 - Gr2

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ESC's MAT students (pre-service teachers) consider ways to use environments like Second Life in their future classrooms.

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Second Life Uses in K12 - Gr2

  1. 1. What type of virtual experiences could be helpful to students in places like Second Life?
  2. 2.  Virtual experiences can Virtual be helpful in the Simulation classroom when they supplement the resources and data students have from their Real Life Classroom Experience Material class room material and their real life Inquiry experiences. Based Learning  When these three resources are used together, they can effectively encourage inquiry based learning.
  3. 3. Real-Life Experience • Remember last month when so many students were out with the flu? Class room material • Lecture, Readings, Statistics • Definitions and Case Studies Virtual Simulation • Experience an epidemic in Whyville. • Collect and report data, discover solution, monitor results.
  4. 4.  Whyville is an example of a virtual experience that encourages inquiry based learning.  Participants are able to interact in real-time virtual science simulations!  Organizations, such as NASA, CDC, and the Getty Museum have all created outreach material in Whyville. http://www.whyville.net
  5. 5.  Help discover a cure for WhyPox, a contagious disease that has hit Whyville.  Rescue aliens trapped  Geodig is a geology on Earth by using the game that takes you sun to locate them. around the world in  Build a rocket search of rocks, launcher that will get fossils, and gems. the Space Shuttle to the Space Station safely.
  6. 6.  To be truly useful, I  Integration with class believe that an room lessons and state effective virtual standards environment for the  Automatic reporting classroom will require capability- the site several elements: reports back to teacher  “Kid-friendly” and easy all student activity and to use accomplishments  Accurate and up-to-  Proven effectiveness in date information from increasing student reliable sources memory and inquiry based learning skills
  7. 7. Why does this type of virtual experience encourage inquiry based learning?
  8. 8.  Virtual environments encourage inquiry If students are to gain an based learning by: appreciation for science  Providing students and compete in the with learning scientific and technically opportunities that oriented society of the new encourage millennium, they will investigation, data need a curriculum that collection, student- promotes active learning, lead experimentation problem solving, and and a chance to solve ways to solve questions. problems based on (Llewellyn, 2005) their experiences.
  9. 9. Identify View water Research Take a water organisms sample under organism sample present in microscope sample
  10. 10. None of these steps were “cookie cutter” solutions. Take boat to water Reduce problem Based on research Each required the with sensor to (in this case by choose student to determine adding plants) appropriate evaluate and organism levels and monitor sensor analyze data to and source results. come up with the best solution!
  11. 11. What “other” types of places would be useful to a group of high school science students?
  12. 12.  Pick your science topic. Join with other future Citizen Scientists from around the world.  Get together with your science classmates and teachers and start a Research Theme that may carry your ideas to Melbourne, Tokyo, Lisbon, London, New York, Vancouver or across town .  Your study may touch the lives of thousands of students for many years to come.  Sign up as a whole school, as a science class, or as an individual science student.
  13. 13. You can also join an:  On-going Cooperative Multi-year Project Through High Schools United: Current Projects:  Global Warming  Where are all the Fish?  The End of Amphibians?  Rainforests in Crisis  Survey of the World’s Birds Inquiry-based learning:  Grow Our Energy: Biomass  Starts with your imagination!  Recycle, Reuse, Reduce, Rethink  Students could initiate and create their  Sustainable Diets own world wide study theme.  Genetic Engineering in the 21st Century  They can see it grow and prosper.  They can watch it move on to other Your potential is only students in other states and countries. They would feel a part of a much larger limited by your  scientific community of learners imagination. inquiring about science topics and posing questions ad broadcasting findings.
  14. 14. 24/7, All-Year-Round Constantly Changing and Always Interesting! Special Exhibits Now  Present your findings to the world and to your friends and family. Showing Include:  Create you own science web site or put it on YouTube and get the world excited.  Compete with other students from around the world and be recognized for your hard work and imagination.  You can sign up as a whole school, as a classroom or as an individual science student.  This would be a socially interactive, engaging lab related activity. The The The Big  It really would be the ultimate Human Life of Picture- inductive student-initiated minds-on lab. Body in a Cell Our  There is an opportunity for inquiry Action Globe’s based learning---to conceive, create and display their own exhibits and Health working experiments.
  15. 15. Regular Guest Speakers, Past and Present, in our Great Hall.  This Month’s Guest Speakers : Charles Darwin, Francis Crick and James Watson, Gregor Mendel, Louis Pasteur, Jane Goodall, John James Audubon and Albert Einstein. Listen to them live as they speak and carry out virtual experiments. Talk to them afterwards and get answers. Know the past and present and be the future.  Help hook your class up with Albert Einstein live. There is an extensive library of archived talks that can be viewed and downloaded. Tell your science teacher about them.  This is science history and science present, and it is alive. Actively delve into science in the past and discover questions asked then that still need answers today. Learn about the historical context of scientific concepts and the individuals who formed them, and provides a better understanding of scientific inquiry.
  16. 16. The Milk- Origin DNA is safe to of a drink? Species Double Helix.
  17. 17.  Talk to them face to face or watch as they talk to fellow students from around the world .  Talk directly to other science students from around the world. Volunteer to help tutor a fellow student from Costa Rica to China to Senegal. Students would be better able to create their own  Darwin Finchy is your moderator.  understanding of scientific concepts and experience fresh perspectives and insights on those concepts from students around the world.  Likewise, as they mentor other students, their understanding of scientific concepts becomes deeper.  If they can teach someone from a different culture a scientific principle then they really know it.  Docents, interpreters and translators are available 24/7 to assist you.  Get with your school and use it in study hall and hook in to review for science tests or quizzes or to create labs.  This is active, engaging, socially interactive homework study, not just passive memorization.
  18. 18. 3-D Virtual Space is just waiting for you.  Customize your own lab and invite fellow students to participate with you. Don’t burn down your parent’s house. Instead, pick your own problems, make your hypotheses and test them with your own procedures using your own virtual equipment.  Make conclusions and publish results. Chat with real scientists live about your experiments; get their advice.  Create your own science blogs or websites.  Produce and host your own regular science programs to be published on the World Wide Web.  Helpful student and adult docents available.  Excellent science advice and production assistance available.  This is another ultimate inquiry based student initiated learning tool. They create not only their own lab experiment but their own virtual lab complete with equipment.  The student chooses everything and creates everything in his/her space.  They can then go on to run experiments and publish results as they see fit.
  19. 19. How can we use Second Life for Professional Development?? The possibilities are…endless!
  20. 20. Assistance for writing a grant!  www.TeachersNetwork.org Variety of grants for teachers  www.TeachersCount.org Find a grant for your classroom  www.schoolgrants.org or for professional Going for the Gold! grant development! writing workshops are designed  www.NWP.org by educators for ... Especially Free resources offered by the valuable to those who are new National Writing Project! to grant writing, school grants  www.teach-  teachers.net/projects/grants nology.com/teachers Teachers - Join the grant writing Web Sites that examine funding mail ring for teachers! ... School grants-  educators.about.com/cs/grant grant opportunities, grant writing/htm writing tips, fund raising Grant writing sources and tips opportunities, contests, ... to make grant writing easy
  21. 21.  Networking Page (Talk to teachers in your area or around the world!)  Find other teachers (of your discipline) in your area  Question and Answer Blog page  Looking for a mentor, or offering your services? (tutor, mentor, host teacher)  Share ideas, photos, journal entries
  22. 22.  Where to find “guest speakers” for professional development  Where to offer your services  Virtual workshops, lectures, and conferences  Virtual laboratories for lab demos  Virtual meeting rooms and lecture halls
  23. 23. A virtual world for:  Job posting from employers around the World (or in your area!)  Cover letter and resume help  Job search and interviewing tips  Graduate School Program Brochures & Virtual tours
  24. 24.  Used Science Equipment for Sale  Gear Swap! Equipment Loans!  Science Supplies “Free to a Good Home!”  Wish List section for your school  Scientific Catalogs on- line! (Wards, Boreal Laboratories, etc)
  25. 25.  On-line texts  Ideas and Activities  Lesson Plans  Curriculum Guides  Field Trips in your area  Field Guides on-line  Virtual tours with docent guides (Galapagos Islands, Saturn's Ring, Mt. St. Helens  Display your student's work!  Research library & database
  26. 26.  We used the following tools in assembling our project:  Angel- Over 35 emails!  Slideshare- Between the three of us, we were using two different presentation programs. Slideshare allowed for quick viewing with downloads. We were also able to embed presentations right into our emails! Upload and share your PowerPoint presentations and Word documents on SlideShare. Share publicly or privately. Add audio to make a webinar.
  27. 27. Group Presentations:  Next time you do an online PowerPoint File Size: group project, try using  A tip I picked up was GoogleDocs for group to start your presentations. It allows you to upload a PowerPoint presentation with a presentation and then have blank slide. It reduces multiple users edit it online. the file size.  There is also a Google for Educators discussion group  Here is a pdf of some where you can read ways other PowerPoint tips. teachers are using GoogleDocs in the class room- including presentations and spreadsheets! Even if you don’t “google”, there are some great examples!

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