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An introduction to using simSchool at the University of Canberra.

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  1. 1. simSchool the game of teaching Professor Robert Fitzgerald INSPIRE: Centre for ICT in Education University of Canberra Invitation to participate in a simulation project 3 October 2011
  2. 2. simSchool: The game of teaching <ul><li>The University of Canberra is participating in an international project called simSchool ( ) </li></ul><ul><li>simSchool is supported by EDUCAUSE and the Next Generation Learning Challenge grant program </li></ul><ul><li>The international project is lead by David Gibson from CurveShift, Inc.( [email_address] ) </li></ul><ul><li>Stacy Kruse from Pragmatic Solutions, Inc. [email_address] ) is the professional development contact </li></ul><ul><li>Professor Rob Fitzgerald ( [email_address] ) is the University of Canberra contact for the project </li></ul>
  3. 3. simSchool: Playing to learn
  4. 4. simSchool: What is it? <ul><li>simSchool immerses novice teachers in some of the complexities of teaching </li></ul><ul><li>simulates Yr7-12 high school students who possess a variety of different learning characteristics and personalities (based on Big 5 & Circumplex) </li></ul><ul><li>The simulation is designed to serve as a &quot;virtual practicum&quot; that augments teacher preparation programs by supporting the development of teaching skills prior to field experience in real classrooms </li></ul><ul><li>simSchool is an epistemic game . </li></ul><ul><li>A player enters the simulated classroom with a limited understanding of teaching practice; through repeated cycles of decision-making, experimentation, and refinement, builds expertise by developing new strategies and thinking like a teacher </li></ul>
  5. 5. Personality traits: Big 5 <ul><li>The program simulates student’s personality traits </li></ul><ul><li>The Big 5 factors (or Five Factor Model) of personality are five dimensions of personality that are commonly used in psychology to describe human personality </li></ul><ul><li>The five factors are openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism </li></ul>Source:
  6. 6. Interpersonal traits: Circumplex <ul><li>The program simulates student’s personality traits </li></ul><ul><li>The circumplex is a model for describing interpersonal behaviour </li></ul><ul><li>It is made up of two orthogonal axes. The vertical is commonly referred to as agency (Dominant vs Submissive) and the horizontal as communion (Hostile vs Friendly) </li></ul>Source :
  7. 7. Getting started
  8. 8. Learning about your students
  9. 9. Interacting with your class Learn more at
  10. 10. Sign-up today! <ul><li>Register at </li></ul><ul><li>Select student registration. </li></ul><ul><li>From the drop down menu select “University of Canberra” </li></ul><ul><li>Learn more by signing up for a webinar at webinars </li></ul><ul><li>Contact Rob Fitzgerald with your feedback and comments </li></ul>
  11. 11. UC & simSchool <ul><li>UC is a level 2 partner with simSchool & Educause </li></ul><ul><li>Invitation to trial and evaluate the simulation </li></ul><ul><li>Send feedback and comments </li></ul><ul><li>Looking for 3-4 students to work as research assistants to work with me to comprehensively evaluate the simulation </li></ul><ul><li>Looking for people with different backgrounds to contribute and review </li></ul><ul><li>Read more at: </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>To get involved please contact Rob Fitzgerald at [email_address] </li></ul>
  12. 12. More information about INSPIRE Professor Robert Fitzgerald Phd Director INSPIRE Centre for ICT in Education Office of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) University of Canberra Bruce ACT 2600 AUSTRALIA Phone +61 417023539 Email Mark Christian Manager, Educational Development Phone +61 418267757 Email   Jacinta Spinks Project Officer Office of the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education) University of Canberra, Australia, 2601 Phone +61 26206 3965 Email Jessica Schumann Communications Officer Office of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) Phone +61 2 6201 5047 Email