Second Life for Professional Development

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Harnessing the power of using virtual worlds (specifically Second Life) for professional development provided by VSTE Island in Second Life.

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  • Second Life for Professional Development

    1. 1. Harnessing the Power of Your “Second Life” for Professional Development Marie Booz Coordinator, Instructional Technology Virginia Beach City Public Schools VSTE and VASCD December 2009 Marie.Booz@VBSchools.com
    2. 2. What is Second Life? MUVE Multi-User Virtual Environment Over 100 Virtual Worlds (Both 2D & 3D) Avatar Self Representation Requires a Viewer Free Download
    3. 3. Why Second Life?
    4. 4. Why Second Life?
    5. 5. Why Second Life? Free Basic Account
    6. 6. Why Second Life? Free Basic Account Interoperable (PC, Mac, Linux)
    7. 7. Why Second Life? Free Basic Account Interoperable (PC, Mac, Linux) ISTE is Here! (International Society for Technology in Education)
    8. 8. Why Second Life? Free Basic Account Interoperable (PC, Mac, Linux) ISTE is Here! (International Society for Technology in Education) Over 5500 K-12 Educators
    9. 9. Why Second Life? Free Basic Account Interoperable (PC, Mac, Linux) ISTE is Here! (International Society for Technology in Education) Over 5500 K-12 Educators Over 200 Universities Worldwide
    10. 10. Why Second Life? Free Basic Account Interoperable (PC, Mac, Linux) ISTE is Here! (International Society for Technology in Education) Over 5500 K-12 Educators Over 200 Universities Worldwide Over 5000 Higher Ed
    11. 11. “I don’t have time for my first life ~ why do I need a Second Life?”
    12. 12. “I don’t have time for my first life ~ why do I need a Second Life?” It’s is NOT a “second life!” It is a rich, rewarding, entertaining, fun and professionally valid extension of my life, the only life I have to be a part of a creative and challenging new realm. Scott Merrick
    13. 13. Innovative Professional Development Virtual worlds have the potential of delivering effective and meaningful professional development by providing educators with... Innovative ways to accomplish travel Flexible time Variety of modalities Engaging speakers Immersive technologies Relevant curriculum content Professional Learning Networks
    14. 14. Potential Obstacles Access Budget constraints System requirements Broadband connection Learning curve Disruptive innovation?
    15. 15. Second Life: Two Worlds Main Grid Teen Grid Adults Only Teens (13-17) Age Verification Adults ~ Limited Access PG/Mature/Adult Parental Notification Larger Community Educational Projects Account Limits Ramapo Islands
    16. 16. Sim/Island Ownership Sim/Island Educational Noneducational Set-up Fee $700 $1000 Size 65,536sqm 65,536sqm Prim Count 15,000 15,000 Avatars 40/100 40/100 Monthly Tier $147.50 $295 Homestead and Open Space Sims
    17. 17. Getting Started in Second Life www.secondlife.com Second Life Educators Program
    18. 18. ISTE in Second Life Volunteer Docents Orientations for Newcomers Networking Opportunties Guest Speakers Workshops Social Events Eduverse Talks
    19. 19. Professional Development Opportunities in Second Life for Educators ISTE Island ~ Tuesday and Thursday Nights ISTE Tours ~ Every Other Sunday VSTE Island ~ Every Monday Night DEN ~ Every Wednesday Night Virtual Pioneers ~ Every Other Sunday Night Atlantis Rising ~ Fourth Monday of the Month
    20. 20. Virginia Society for Technology in Education (VSTE) whose vision is to be VSTE Island Sim an influence in technological innovation in education and be recognized as an agent of change across the Commonwealth, recognizes that VSTE Island in Second Life is dedicated to promoting excellence in education through professional development endeavors for its membership base and the wider educator community in a multi-user virtual environment.
    21. 21. The VSTE Island Builders Alfredo Jazmemo Mandie Thunder Bedrosian Zimminy Mimulus Insippo
    22. 22. The VSTE Island Facilitators Harryhausen Gator Beeswing Cyndyl Enyo Steampunk Wittsofwanda Yosemite Cyrus Hush Zapatero Wahwah
    23. 23. VSTE Island Facilities
    24. 24. VSTE Island Facilities VSTE SL Headquarters Community Center Meeting Pavilion Sandbox Teacher Resource Center Jamestown Settlement
    25. 25. Virtual Jamestown on VSTE Island James Fort Powhatan Village Meeting House Longhouses Susan Constant Scarecrow Discovery Eastern Woodlands Godspeed Dugout Canoes First Landing Drying Racks First Africans Meeting Circle Canons Deerskins Blacksmith Oyster Shells
    26. 26. Professional Development Opportunities on VSTE Island Guest Speakers Second Life Skills Kathy Schrock Getting Around Matt Monjan Building Virginia Trekkers Taking Photographs John Hendron Sim Tours VSTE Board Great Wall of China Henny Zimer Dublin Book Discussions Mexico Understanding by Design Japan Blood on the River: Australia Jamestown 1607 Africa
    27. 27. VSTE in SL Resources www.vstesl.wikispaces.com

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