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Do you have SecondLife? Do you use it? Or like me, did you get yourself an avatar then forgot about it? I can’t remember my first avatar. It was years ago. I remember being frustrated because I couldn’t get past the fiddly stuff of creating my avatar so I can go to the good bits which is finding out, first-hand, what it can do for me as an educator.

So the forgotten avatar probably created using a now defunct email is gone forever (or is it really? Do avatars die after not being used for years? If not, where do they go?). Late last year, I found a good reason to create a new account and patiently spent time to make sure my avatar is kitted out, ready to face the virtual world!

My Avatar

kloza Xootfly: my avatar wearing a new outfit

Now to the good bits! My avatar attended the SL concurrent sessions as part of the EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) annual meeting. What a fantastic experience! Ok, it took me awhile to figure out:

  • how to sit,
  • how to move without running into people and objects,
  • that the closer my avatar is to the “speaker” the better I can hear them (like a shy student, I sat at the back of the amphitheatre), and,
  • that I was wearing hideous clothes.

Thanks to the lovely Robin who gave me better clothes and some tips on how to use SL. It was also Robin who invited me to take part in a workshop on building in SL which started this week and will carry on for 3 more weeks.

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more about “kloza on SL“, posted with vodpod

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During a 3-day meeting on the role of information and communication technologies (ICTs) on teaching and learning in primary education, our group watched this video as a provocation on how the changes in how students engage with information are changing and what it means for education. This video was created by the Consortium for School Networking to empower K-12 school district technology leaders (in the US) to use technology strategically to improve teaching and learning.

It’s a very powerful video that all teachers and curriculum developers should see and reflect on.

If you were to build a school today, what would it look like? What would you want students to understand about themselves? about others? about the world?

“The death of education but it’s the dawn of learning.” Stephen Heppell

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