SLanguages2008 Teacher Training

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SLanguages2008 Teacher Training

  1. 1. Teaching in SL vs. Teaching online/blended courses: Implications for Teacher Training Dafne Daf Gonzalez Smirnov Languagelab.com USB
  2. 2. SL vs. Web 2.0 teaching and learning Are they different? • My experience: since 2002 blended & online since 2007 – SL • Actual teaching • Planning process • Materials design • Social aspect of teaching
  3. 3. Actual teaching Blended & Online Second Life -Content to be •Synchronous •Synchronous taught •Taking care of: -Methodology •own avatar (skills teachers should -Mediating master) •Asynchronous tools • teaching tools •students avatars -Promote •Sound interaction •SL platform
  4. 4. Planning Process Blended & Online Second Life -Teacher-centered planning •Everything available to Stds. “… students will ….” (autonomy): (expected actions) •Instructions: •What to do Structured - What the teacher will be •Where to post Lesson doing •Student-centered LPs planning “….you will be able to….”
  5. 5. Materials Design - New tools: challenge •Materials and (basic building and •Web 2.0 tools easily tools needed scripting skills) available online •Free and paid - Experts needed to services create materials •Teacher-made - Photoshop skills for materials textures
  6. 6. Social aspect of teaching Blended & Online Second Life •Interaction with people •Interaction with avatars •Real names • names •Photos Interaction • look •Webcams Real voice • gender •video
  7. 7. Learning in SL? Also a challenge for students: • Aware of own skills to be able to follow the pace of the class • Challenge of new language Motivation: • Good for shy ones • Motivating for youngsters –used to environment – virtual games (digital natives) • Total immersion without leaving home Question: Will not so young people consider SL for learning?
  8. 8. Implications for Teacher Training?
  9. 9. Personal Skills 1. Desktop Management 2. SL profile 3. Navigation 4. Library 5. Changing appearance 6. Gestures /Animations 7. Pie Menu 8. Inventory management
  10. 10. Communication Skills 1. Sound / Voice 2. Chat & Ims 3. Notecards
  11. 11. Building & Scripting Skills 1. Moving objects 2. Creating objects 3. Editing scripts
  12. 12. Using Educational Tools 1. Projectors & Readers 2. Givers 3. Poll & Quiz creators 4. Time Takers 5. Turn managers 6. Games
  13. 13. Using Voice Recordings 1. Recording 2. Playing in-world
  14. 14. Conclusions and Thanks! What conclusions would you draw from this presentation? The floor is yours! Thanks for your attention!
  15. 15. SLanguages 2008 This presentation was given at SLanguages 2008 The Conference for Language Education in Virtual Worlds slanguages.net

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