If you're not in the "oh, god, how silly" camp in conversations about 3Dinternet virtual environments, and you want to investigate Second Life beginning at a safe and informative entry point, the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), an 85,000 member organization with well over 3,000 of them using SL, has created a new way to enter the environment, accessible at the webpage at http://secondlifegrid.net/programs/education . I helped a bit with the design of the resources room and I'm very proud of the work ISTE's doing.
Just visit the site, follow the directions, and feel free to Search "Scottmerrick Oh" and offer him (me ;) friendship.
I dropped into ISTE island for a bit just last night and made a new friend, a teacher from New York, who has used two relatively new computer programming tools (Scratch and Storytelling Alice) with her students for years, and I'll be picking her brain as I move toward helping introduce those tools for our K12 students at USN. Whatever your professional interests, SL is a way to extend your learning about them in collaboration with teachers on a global scale.
Here's a screengrab:
Dr. Vonnegut said this to his doddering old dad: “Father, we are here to help each other get through this thing, whatever it is.”--Kurt Vonnegut, from "Cold Turkey"
Thursday, September 25, 2008
New Entry Point for Educators!
Here's an email I sent out to my colleagues at University School of Nashville Just a minute ago. Think it'll work? If you wish, feel free to copy it to send to your own school's teachers (substitute your own example, of course), and delete the reference to helping with the resource room. Oh, heck, edit it any way you want!