Okay, I haven’t been updating but it’s on my list of things to do regularly. This last semester a group of grad students in a course called “Teaching Science in a Virtual World” learned to build, dink around with scripts, make a powerpoint presentation and create perspective lessons for kids. Unfortunately the plan to get them into the Teen Grid on NOAA’s island didn’t pan out so I purchased an island on the Reaction Grid (Lowelearning) and we met there. A few brought their own children in but we weren’t able to get classes in. Reaction Grid is all PG and it does not have the age restrictions that Second Life has. I hope to use it for other teachers who want to experiment with virtual worlds.
This summer Biome II may turn into Mars. Or at least a sky platform above it. The graduate course, Fundamental Concepts in Science will be exploring the essential big-pictures concepts that are involved in the possibility of creating a colony on Mars. I’m still planning how this will pan out – maybe someone has ideas.
Then in the fall the Forest will be set up for point-quarter diversity indices. I think it will be a good. It’s a great technique used by ecologists that is easily translated to older elementary kids.
Finally, I am waiting to get an avatar in the K-12 virtual environment Skoolaborate (http://skoolaborate.com). I hope to help teachers with their projects and work with kids. Plus that will give me a unique opportunity to share with my graduate students how Second Life is being used in education. I’m excited.
I’ll be posting “office hours” where I’ll be at what time so you can find me. I’ve been off and on but this will give some set times for me. I’ll be inworld other times but you can find me these times for sure. For now I will be in Second Life on Thursdays from 8am SLT to 10am SLT. I will also be inworld on Thursdays from 2pm SLT to 4pm SLT (as Clowey Greenwood). IM me since I’m not sure exactly where I’ll be. Once classes start later in the summer these times may have to change.
I will be in the Reaction Grid, on the island of Lowe learning on Thursdays from 11am SLT to 1pm SLT (as Clowey Greenwood).