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MacICT Virtual Worlds Project (April 2010)


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Student Created Artworks in 3D Multi-User Virtual Environment using OpenSim.
This project was developed at Macquarie ICT Innovations Centre (MacICT).
MacICT is located at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. It is a collaborative agreement between the NSW Department of Education and Training (DET) and Macquarie University, which provides the opportunity for NSW DET schools access to the use of innovative technologies in teaching and learning.
MacICT's mission statement:
to develop, implement, and evaluate innovative ways of enhancing learning through the application of dynamic and emerging information and communication technologies.

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MacICT Virtual Worlds Project (April 2010)

  1. 1. 3D VIRTUAL WORLDS<br />MacICT<br />
  2. 2. What is a Virtual World?<br />A virtual world is a computer simulated 3D environment that allows people with internet access and software to populate and interact with each other through a digital 3D graphical representation called avatars. Most virtual worlds allow for multiple users at concurrent time.<br />Virtual World<br />
  3. 3. 3D Virtual Worlds Project 2010<br />Iteration 2.1(Stage 5 Visual Arts)<br /><ul><li>Student Created Artworks in 3D MUVE</li></ul>Iteration 2.2(Stages 3, 4 & 5)<br /><ul><li>Student Constructed Learning Spaces in 3D MUVE</li></ul>Project Description <br />
  4. 4. Project Outcomes <br />The Virtual Worlds Project aims to:<br />evaluate innovative educational applications <br />of virtual world technologies, focusing <br />specifically on activities that involve student <br />construction within a safe environment. <br />Project Outcomes<br />
  5. 5. Project Pedagogical Approach<br />The Virtual Worlds Project aims to:<br />provide students with opportunities for <br />open-ended inquiry and higher order thinking <br />through design and construction activities in a <br />3D environment. <br />Project PedagogicalApproach<br />
  6. 6. Cyber Citizenship<br />Students follow the rules of STAR and good cyber citizenship practice in the virtual world.<br />Cyber Citizenship<br />
  7. 7. Office of Schools Plan 2009- 2011 <br />CONNECTED LEARNING<br />State-wide Strategies<br />Northern Sydney Region Strategies<br />Implement interactive classrooms to better meet the learning needs of 21st Century students.<br /><ul><li>video conferencing.
  8. 8. collaborative curriculum projects </li></ul>Develop teacher capacity in the use of information communication technologies<br /><ul><li>Innovative professional learning opportunities
  9. 9. Identifying innovative teaching practice </li></ul>Extend learning opportunities for students and teachers across<br />communities of schools.<br /><ul><li>support collaborative curriculum projects using ICT</li></ul>Office of Schools Plan <br />
  10. 10. NSW Institute of Teachers(Accreditation and Standards)<br />Sample of NSW Institute Elements mapped to MacICT Projects<br />ELEMENT 2: TEACHERS KNOW THEIR STUDENTS AND HOW THEY LEARN <br />Knowledge of students’ varied approaches to learning <br />2.2.3 <br />Apply practical and theoretical knowledge and understanding of the different approaches to learning to enhance student outcomes. <br />PROFESSIONAL COMPETENCE <br />NSW Institute of Teachers<br />
  11. 11. NSW Quality Teaching framework<br />The 3D Virtual Worlds Project links to many of the NSW Quality Teaching framework elements including:<br /><ul><li> higher-order thinking
  12. 12. engagement
  13. 13. social support
  14. 14. inclusivity
  15. 15. connectedness</li></ul>NSW Quality Teaching framework<br />
  16. 16. Research<br />How do student design and construction activities within a 3D environment assist students to achieve learning outcomes?<br />Presentation<br />Learning through Design and Construction in Multi-User Virtual Environments: Opportunities, Challenges and an Emerging Project <br />Andrew Cram (AACE Conference, Penang, Malaysia May 2010)<br />Research<br />
  17. 17. Online World at MacICT<br />3D Virtual Worlds Project Information:<br /><br />3D Virtual Worlds Blog:<br /><br /><br />3D Virtual Worlds Wiki:<br />(To be developed in Tm 2, 2010)<br />3D Virtual Worlds Online<br />Training Videos:<br /><br />Online World at MacICT<br />
  18. 18. Disclaimer<br />The ideas expressed in this artefact are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect represent  the ideas  of the NSWDepartment of Education and Training. Printed/Published 2010 Published by Macquarie ICT Innovations Centre <br />Building C5B Macquarie University, North Ryde, NSW 2109 Australia © Copyright subject to the operation of the Copyright Act 1968, vested in the Crown in the right of the State of New South Wales.<br />RESTRICTED WAIVER OF COPYRIGHT The printed material in this publication is subject to a restricted waiver of the copyright to allow photocopying of the material contained in this publication for use within a school, subject to the conditions set out below. <br /><ul><li>All copies of the printed material shall be made without alteration and abridgement and must retain acknowledgement of the copyright.
  19. 19. The school or college shall not sell, hire or otherwise derive revenue from copies of the material, nor distribute copies of the material for any other purpose.
  20. 20. The restricted waiver of copyright is not transferable and may be withdrawn in the case of breach of any of these conditions. </li></ul>Thank You<br />