ACEC Presentation: 3D Virtual Worlds, One School's Journey
This is my post for a conference presentation at the ACEC conference in Melbourne, starting at 10.30am Melbourne time on the 7th April. If there is a video stream you can watch it here: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/technology-in-education-show
Below you will find the 'main bits', an embedded chat system for use during the session, a link to an 'etherpad' where you can add your own links and other insights, and hopefully even a video transmission of the presentation itself.
SOME ACTIONS TO TAKE DURING PRESENTATION (OR AFTERWARDS):
Explore the links in this post, text chat with attendees & virtual attendees.
Leave a comment on this blog post giving your perspective or story, or introducing yourself.
Connect with me! Subscribe to my blog using the link in the right margin, or send me a twitter message to @steve_collis, or come visit my school: http://scil.nsw.edu.au/pd/ Also I am running a free online seminar myself in a few days. Please email me at scollis then the @ sign, then nbcs.nsw.edu.au to get an invite.
Click here and add to the resources contributed by others related to this presentation: http://ietherpad.com/virtualworlds
Go to www.secondlife.com and get yourself an account, download the Second Life program, and log in and explore!
Get your own 3D island for use with your students! How? For an Open Sim world, click here http://reactiongrid.com/Contact.aspx and inquire. For a Second Life island click here and read: http://wiki.secondlife.com/wiki/Educators_in_Teen_Second_Life#Closed_Estate and join the two Mailing Lists mentioned there. Contact me and I will give you pointers on how to get started. Or the easiest idea: click here to learn about Quest Atlantis http://atlantis.crlt.indiana.edu/ which is particularly suitable if you want to try something easier (completely set up FOR you) first of all! Oh, also new news, check out http://jokaydia.com/ - Jo Kay has launched a virtual world available for educators and for students.
Structure of Presentation and Resources:
How we started: ghastly 3 months setting it up (December to February!), establish leadership group, 'charter' (download here), text chat logger, student-driven, student owned.
hree different types of use: (see http://www.youtube.com/lestep)
d promotion of creativity / collaboration / programming and design skills
2) a space of celebration of student work via: internet radio station, poster displays, virtual art gallery, etc
3) specific activities focussing on particular skills, especially discussion and discrete items of knowledge, via text chatting & "Poinkeys Pods", but also some maths skills.
If you tweet during this presentation, use the hash tag "#acecvws" in your tweet to include it in the chat system below: