Imaginative Classes in Second Life


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Features class ideas and activities for use in Second Life.

Digital Learning Environments: Context Sensitive and Imaginative Classes in Second Life was presented at the TCC 2009 Worldwide Online Conference, April 14, 2009 by Cynthia Calongne

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  • During this session, we discussed a variety of classroom styles, meeting spaces, techniques, field trips, projects and activities for use in the virtual world of Second Life. The video recording of this TCC 2009 Worldwide Online Conference presentation is available at

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Imaginative Classes in Second Life

  1. 1. Digital Learning Environments: Context Sensitive and Imaginative Classes in Second Life TCC Worldwide Online Conference 2009 April 14, 2009 Licensed under a Creative Commons Share Alike with Attribution License Cynthia Calongne Institute for Advanced Studies Colorado Technical University
  2. 2. How would you describe your Second Life (SL) experience? A. Using SL in your classes - educator B. Instructional designer in SL - creating content C. SL user, not building content - expert shopper D. New to Second Life E. Not using Second Life (yet)
  3. 3. Getting Started <ul><li>Create a class environment </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Meeting spaces </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Second Life skills </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Educational content </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Class discussions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Public and student spaces </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Class activity spaces </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student designs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sandbox activities - contests, speed builds, game designs </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Go to the library </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Educator tools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Social networks </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Go shopping </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pick up tools and freebies </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Field trips </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Visit the SciLands </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Visit the tutorials </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use the tour HUD or a notecard with landmarks </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Virtual world classrooms - open spaces and imaginative
  5. 5. First day in Second Life
  6. 6. Teen grid classes Ramapo reflection questions Part of an identity exercise
  7. 7. Second Life skills In your Inventory, the Library & Clothing folders hold new outfits Highlight, copy and paste the items into a new folder in the My Inventory folder
  8. 8. Class meetings in a gazebo - great for meetings Easy to use for classes - not ideal for content creation - the invisible walls block access to objects via the build menu
  9. 9. Free floating seating arrangements make it easy to build content Students create spheres, elevate them, and discuss their projects and concepts
  10. 10. Field trips Take a trip to the library Visit Info island, HealthInfo island and other library sites
  11. 11. Create your own or visit Second Life libraries
  12. 12. Visit the NMC, tour Second Life and share your ideas with others
  13. 13. Shopping for free items at the NMC Educator Freebie Center Use these items for class activities
  14. 14. Field Trips Visit the SciLands Science sites include the International Space Museum, NOAA, Science Fridays, Genome island and more!
  15. 15. Simulation of the Space Shuttle by Jimbo Perhaps
  16. 16. Nanotechnology lab -studying polymers
  17. 17. Activities <ul><li>Collaboration - 1st day </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Pass a ball - rez a sphere, enlarge it, set it to physical & so anyone can move it </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Form a circle & pass the ball </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Human barometer activity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Design .jpgs (i.e., True/False) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Upload the textures, rez a box, flatten, enlarge, texture, angle </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students take a stand on it </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Roleplay </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Select a case study or story, assign roles, & identify the learning objectives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Costumes and props </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Project creation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students create a design </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students use SL objects to integrate into a project </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Illustrate a concept </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. First MBA class at Wright State University
  19. 19. Human barometer activity students take a stand From GlobalKids Students take a stand and discuss their opinions. As they change their minds, they move to another sign.
  20. 20. Middle school students roleplay the Steinbeck book Of Mice and Men
  21. 21. Creativity and exercises in learning to build custom content for class projects Relaxed meeting spaces
  22. 22. Creativity session Students learn to build, name and link these primitive shapes as they create their draft projects
  23. 23. Two projects: Autism and a military training interface
  24. 24. Newspapers for myopic users, voting machine, fridge for wheelchair users
  25. 25. Students create and test their user interface design projects. Identifying how to support users and their behavior.
  26. 26. CTU student projects on display for Wright State University
  27. 27. Lumiere Noir’s Ivory Tower of Primitives at Ramapo
  28. 28. Texture tutorial in Second Life
  29. 29. Class discussions in Second Life
  30. 30. Creativity and Group Work <ul><li>Hold a conference </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Student demonstrations, papers, activities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Invite educator groups </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Run interactive sessions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Student-driven design </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Plan an event - a play, a faire </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Create content - setting </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Schedule event, invite guests </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Run the event - roleplay </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Lessons learned </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Economy </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Assign parcels to students </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Students create businesses and sell products </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Analyze profit/loss </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Group work </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Plan & design (a game) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Reuse or create content </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Student mentors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Integrate and use </li></ul></ul>
  31. 31. Class meetings and seasonal fun Want a copy of this table and chairs for your classes? Send an instant message to Lyr Lobo in Second Life Ask for the Holiday gifts 2008
  32. 32. Work on Second Life skills Cultural Decisions Right click an avatar to Add a Friend or Use the Give a Card feature
  33. 33. To set up a custom voice or text conference Give a Calling Card Control click names in your Calling Cards folder Right click these names to start your custom conference
  34. 34. Be flexible and evaluate after trying a new activity
  35. 35. SL Research Links 1 <ul><li>Second Life </li></ul><ul><ul><li> and </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Virtual Worlds Comparison Chart </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Second Life Education Support Faire 2009 statistics </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Cynthia Calongne’s Classes in Second Life </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Research in Second Life presentation </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Artificial Intelligence in SL </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  36. 36. SL Research Links 2 <ul><li>National Public Radio’s Science Friday in SL </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Virtual Worlds Management </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>NOAA’s Traffic Analysis </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Best Practices in SL </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Annotated Bibliograophy of SL Educational Resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Edumuve </li></ul><ul><ul><li> and </li></ul></ul>
  37. 37. SL Research Links 3 <ul><li>Second Life as a Virtual Learning Environment </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>An Educational Tour of Second Life </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A View from Second Life’s Trenches: Are you a Pioneer or a Settler? </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Leveraging the Affordances, Minimizing the Barriers of Virtual Worlds </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>LearnScope in Second Life </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>NMC Campus Observer </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  38. 38. SL Research Links 4 <ul><li>Using Second Life </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Beyond Course Management Tools: Second Life </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Virtual worlds in Online Education: Are You Ready to Teach in Second Life? </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What Can We Learn from World of Warcraft & Second Life? </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>SL Podcast by Bayne, Walker and Calongne </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>TCC Preconference Wiki -- SL from a Flash drive tips </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  39. 39. SL Research Links 5 <ul><li>Who’s on Second? Educational Podcasts </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Second Life Development -- VITAL Lab </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Suffern Middle School in Second Life </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Second Life Library 2.0 </li></ul><ul><ul><li> and </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Second Life Education Wiki </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>LSL Wiki -- programming tools </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  40. 40. SL Research Links 6 <ul><li>Secondary Worlds </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Reuters -- Doors to open on Google Virtual world(s)? </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>SL and Google Earth are Transforming the Idea of Architectural Collaboration </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Timeline - History of Second Life Wiki </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>UberNoggin: Big Brains - Big Ideas </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  41. 41. SL Research Links 7 - News <ul><li>Reuters in Second life </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The SL Newspaper </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Second Life Herald </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Metaverse Messenger </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>SLNN </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  42. 42. SL Research Links 8 <ul><li>New Worlds Notes </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>SL A Virtual Universe for Real Engineering </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Just Virtual </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Seifert Surface - Math in Second Life </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Eric McLuhan in Second Life - Playing Media Ecology </li></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>
  43. 43. Digital Learning Environments: Context Sensitive and Imaginative Classes in Second Life Cynthia Calongne Lyr Lobo in SL [email_address]