Migrating Towards K12 in Virtual Spaces: Second Life Lessons Learned as Higher Education Meets Middle School Students
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O'Connor, E. (2011). Migrating Towards K12 in Virtual Spaces: Second Life Lessons Learned as Higher Education Meets Middle School Students. In M. Koehler & P. Mishra (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2011 (pp. 2192-2198). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.
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Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (SITE) 2011
Nashville, Tennessee, USA
March 7, 2011
Matthew Koehler & Punya Mishra
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Abstract: Working with homeschooled middle school students, the author piloted an essentially-online six-week informal-science project mediated through a private Second Life island. Seven students worked within a technology-rich, social and instructional network that included Second Life interactions, online instructional resources, a private website for sharing and networking, and a contest-like virtual final project presentation to fellow participants and to pre-service-teacher judges. This report outlines the initial Action Adventure Project which proved: to be highly engaging, often to the point of disruption; to require ongoing instructional adjustments; to generate innovative ways of communicating the complex project requirements; and, to use evaluation techniques as a form of guidance as well as assessment. The lessons learned are being integrated into next phase of the pilot that will expand to a public school population.
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