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SLF09 Presentation on Virtual Worlds

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My presentation to the Scottish Learning Festival on Virtual Worlds. I looked at uses of virtual worlds in different subject areas and focused on Science in particular. We saw how Second Life was used in a Global Science at the High School for Global Citizenship in New York. Lastly we looked at the barriers, costs and safety aspects of using virtual worlds.

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SLF09 Presentation on Virtual Worlds

  1. 1. Virtual Worlds A guide to using Second Life in Education Kate Farrell
  2. 2. What is Second Life? Second Life is a 3-D virtual world entirely built and owned by its residents. Since opening to the public in 2003, it has grown explosively and now is inhabited by millions of avatars.
  3. 3. What is Open Sim? OpenSim is an open source virtual worlds server. It is free to use and open to customise and extend. You have complete control over who can access the world. You can run it locally (internally within a school)
  4. 4. Why use virtual worlds in Education? <ul><li>Creative </li></ul><ul><li>Exciting </li></ul><ul><li>Fun </li></ul><ul><li>Engaging </li></ul><ul><li>Entrepreneurial </li></ul><ul><li>Collaborative </li></ul><ul><li>Worldwide </li></ul><ul><li>Flexible </li></ul>
  5. 5. Meetings and Discussions
  6. 6. Interviews and Talks
  7. 7. CPD and lectures
  8. 8. Debates
  9. 9. Presentations
  10. 10. Simulations
  11. 11. Simulations
  12. 12. Simulations
  13. 13. Games
  14. 14. Creating
  15. 15. Designing
  16. 16. Collaborating
  17. 17. Using virtual worlds in the school curriculum
  18. 18. English & History
  19. 19. English and Media
  20. 20. Modern Foreign Languages
  21. 21. Modern Foreign Languages
  22. 22. Drama
  23. 23. Drama
  24. 24. Drama
  25. 25. Music
  26. 26. History and Social Subjects
  27. 27. Religious & Moral Education
  28. 28. Religious & Moral Education
  29. 29. Art History and Appreciation
  30. 30. Art & Design
  31. 31. Art & Design
  32. 32. Art & Design
  33. 33. Art & Design
  34. 34. Textiles and Graphic Design
  35. 35. Craft, Design & Technology
  36. 36. Business and Enterprise
  37. 37. Business and Enterprise
  38. 38. Geography
  39. 39. Geography
  40. 40. Geography
  41. 41. Geography
  42. 42. Mathematics
  43. 43. Computing
  44. 44. Science
  45. 45. Science
  46. 46. Learning Global Science Using Second Life Working with Global Kids at the High School for Global Citizenship, New York
  47. 47. Second Life Curriculum How to teach SL skills? &quot; I would recommend this style of learning for any subject because it keeps us (students) pushing because we are using a game for learning.&quot; -- Ernesto
  48. 48. Global Kids SL Curriculum FREE RESOURCES!!!
  49. 49. Texturing Prims &quot;Using Science in Second Life made it a lot easier for me to do projects and homework.&quot; -- KoraAnne
  50. 50. Prim twisting &quot;Learning in Second Life was fun and taught me a lot of things because its learning and having fun instead of just learning and being bored.&quot; -- Latisha
  51. 51. Learning Global Science How to teach Science in SL? &quot;I did not like science before I did this course. I wish I could have Second Life in each class. This is the most amazing thing that I've experienced in high school so far.&quot; -- Andrysse
  52. 52. Variety of activities &quot;I would recommend this style of learning to anyone who loves science and online games. It would appeal to what they like.&quot; – Eaon
  53. 53. Science at home &quot;I never thought global science could be so fun to learn.&quot; – Naomi
  54. 54. Waste Management in Naples &quot;It was also educational because we learned science while we were having fun.&quot; -- Zana
  55. 55. Non-renewable Resources &quot;I got to learn science in a fun way and still get education.&quot; -- Rakeem
  56. 56. Renewable Resources &quot;I did not like science before I did this course. I wish I could have Second Life in each class.&quot; -- Andrysse
  57. 57. Virtual Fieldtrip &quot;I would recommend this program to other teachers and student because it shows science in a whole different way.&quot; – Shabede
  58. 58. Final Project &quot;It was fun and a great learning experience I enjoyed going on second life to do science.&quot; – Lucius
  59. 59. Other skills How to teach everything else? &quot;In class instead of just writing every day we would use the computer to type our notes, look up information, and sometimes get pictures to do class work and homework.&quot; -- KoraAnne
  60. 60. Assessment through daily blogging &quot;I think that it was fun because we got to do something different instead of reading a regular text book.&quot; -- Zana
  61. 61. Researching with Google Earth &quot;This class has changed my life, physically and mentally, as it has helped me learn about computers and other places around the world.&quot; -- Shaquile B.
  62. 62. Successes &quot;One thing I learned about science in Second Life is that science is really not that hard. I always thought, &quot;I can't do this,&quot; but now I have learned so much, like about sustainability and how I can help to make our earth better. I never knew I was this smart.&quot; – Egypt
  63. 63. Sharing and collaboration &quot;If I was to recommend it to anybody I would because it was a fun and exciting experience. I will miss it very much.&quot; -- Zana
  64. 64. Engagement and Enjoyment &quot;Learning science in Second Life keeps you interested in your work, which is normally very hard for me to do, except for in this class.&quot; -- Shaquille
  65. 65. Attendance &quot;This is the most amazing thing that I've experienced in high school so far.&quot; -- Andrysse
  66. 66. Barriers to using SL in school
  67. 67. Safety
  68. 68. Costs <ul><li>SL is free to use </li></ul><ul><li>You pay to have land you can build on </li></ul><ul><li>It is possible to rent or borrow land </li></ul><ul><li>An educational island is a one off cost of $700 (~£428) and a monthly cost of $147.50 (~£90) </li></ul><ul><li>It is difficult to set up groups of teen accounts outside of USA </li></ul><ul><li>Open Sim is free to use and LTS have a grid </li></ul>
  69. 69. SL and Educational Initiatives <ul><li>I could tell you about how using virtual worlds fits Determined to Succeed, Assessment is for Learning and all the capacities of Curriculum for Excellence….. but I won’t bore you :-) </li></ul><ul><li>....it does though! </li></ul>
  70. 70. Next Steps <ul><li>Join Second Life and create an avatar </li></ul><ul><li>Join the SLED and TSLED mailing lists (secondlife.com/education) </li></ul><ul><li>Participate in the CANVAS virtual gallery on GLOW (ltsblogs.org.uk/consolarium) </li></ul>
  71. 71. Kate Farrell www.katefarrell.co.uk kate@katefarrell.co.uk digitalkatie.typepad.com