Monday, January 25, 2021

2021 #VWEDU: Rezmela Square Rooms app. You don't have to be a builder to use OpenSim.


Rezmela Square Rooms app
You don't have to be a builder to use OpenSim.
Introducing Rezmela Square Rooms, an app that supports building classrooms easily.
Square Rooms introduction




Sunday, January 24, 2021

2020 #VWEDU: DTA: The trouble with teaching online is that you don't have a captive audience. Now the learning has to hold their interest.


The trouble with teaching online is that 
you don't have a captive audience.  
Now the learning has to hold their interest.
Students need to learn self-management.  Where is that taught? 

10 Myths About Teaching Online

Captive?

  • We don't like to think of students sitting politely in the school room as a captive audience.
  • But they had to be in class or get in trouble.
  • They had to seem to attend to the teacher or get in trouble.
  • No matter that they were bored, the could not escape.
  • The strategy for escape was: be quiet, look interested, and pass the tests.
  • Online the most they have to do is pass the tests.  
  • But that's all they ever needed to do at the system level.
  • They school needed them in class so it could get credit for their attendance.

Can children learn without a taskmaster?




Saturday, January 23, 2021

2020 TKR: The benefits of failure. If you can't make a mistake, you can't make anything.


Exploring Discomfort with Farrah Storr
Protecting children, our loved ones and even ourselves from discomfort is second nature, but author Farrah Storr argues that encouraging people, especially children, to face up to the reality of struggle and failure will ultimately make them braver, stronger and more equipped to deal with an ever-more complex world. 




Friday, January 22, 2021

2021 #VWEDU: DTA: Career exploration: Nepris connects students to real-world career paths. Can virtual worlds play a role?


Career exploration:  
Nepris connects students to real-world career paths.  
Can virtual worlds play a role?
Virtual worlds can provide safe and easy access to simulated environments for any career path.  That may have advantages over a virtual visit by an expert who can tell about the career and show slides.      





Who would be interested?

Career exploration



Tuesday, January 19, 2021

2021 #VWEDU: #DTA: Learning how to learn and project-based learning. Learning online can put them together. And instigate evaluated practice.


Learning how to learn and project-based learning.    
Learning online can put them together.  
And instigate practice.
Can't monitor student effort when they work online?  Give them a project and monitor their work.  Use a digital coach to monitor the details.
Small group at work online
  • We are in Germany, Arizona, and Texas
  • But we get to the meeting in less than 30 seconds.
  • We talk, go over the agenda, exchange notes and web links.
  • We do everything we would do in a physical business meeting.
  • If we were students, we could have a DTA to coach us.

Learning how to learn: Can schools teach that?

  • Schools should teach students how to learn on their own.
  • If we had a course in how to learn, what would it look like? 
  • And what would the teacher do?  
  • Start with "What would the learner do?"
  • A psychologist points out: learning occurs with evaluated practice.
  • So to teach: create circumstances that induce evaluated practice.
  • "Read chapter seven."  gives practice in reading, 
  • Most project-based learning can do that.   
  • Because self-managed learning is a project
  • Inquiry-based learning specifically does that.



Monday, January 18, 2021

2021 VW: Covid feel Good. VR App to treat psychological stress. (Some may find it helpful)


Covid feel Good.  
VR App to treat psychological stress.  
(Some may find it helpful)

How to make a smart phone into a low cost stereo viewing device is described.  The app shows a peaceful scene with relaxing voice over. 

Sunday, January 17, 2021

2021 #VWEDU: How to present without an auditorium. Present in a simulation of the subject. Valerie Hill tells about Research Row in the digital Dickens Project (excerpts).


How to present without an auditorium.  
Present in a simulation of the subject.
Valerie Hill tells about Research Row 
in the digital Dickens Project (excerpts).
You could even simulate the auditorium if you feel nostalgic.  But with a digital place, you can bring your audience with you.  Even those who are mobility limited.  Walking in a digital place is just a matter of pressing a key.  

Go there


Saturday, January 16, 2021

2021 #VWEDU: In virtual worlds we really go places. Gateway To Thinking- TelePortal for Education Monthly Tour.


In virtual worlds we really go places. 
Gateway To Thinking- 
TelePortal for Education Monthly Tour

Digital worlds have many educational places.  Here is a teleport system that supports easy exploration of many educational places in Second Life
  • Yan Lauria & Valibrarian Gregg tour. Visit a teleportal system in Second Life with numerous educational categories
  • A Virtual Worlds Education Roundtable event.


Friday, January 15, 2021

2020 #VWEDU: How schools and conferences can use big digital auditoriums. You don't want to make too many changes at once.


How schools and conferences can use big digital auditoriums.   
You don't want to make too many changes at once.    

A simple overview of how digital worlds can simulate the big meeting experience.
Part of an auditorium 
in the universal campus on Kitely

Initial consideration

  • My fellow digital citizens have a puzzled look on their emojis.
  • "What do they need big auditoriums for?" they ask.
  • "Why not live stream the stage, for example through YouTube?"  
  • "The whole web universe becomes your auditorium."
  • "And the presentation is captured for subsequent use."
  • Schools don't need auditoriums, but some will want them.
  • Tradition
  • And it is not as if the digital auditoriums cost like the old physical ones.

The "feel" of the environment

  • The auditorium environment conveys the sense of important content.
  • As does the sensed presence of a large crowd: Herd mentality
  • Then, too, when you get bored you can look around at the other people.
  • And we type to each other.  We type in public chat and in private chat.
  • Everybody can see the public chat, so it is like a broadcast to everyone present.
  • We use the private chat for networking.  



Tuesday, January 12, 2021

2021 #VEWDU: More professional benefits from our online PLC. That's a professional learning community. It has knowledge and resources. It needs organization


More professional benefits from our online PLC.   
That's a professional learning community.  
It has knowledge and resources.  
It needs organization.



The educators of the virtual worlds have a PLC

What does a PLC do?

  • Short answer: Fosters communication.
  • Supports networking and collaboration.
  • Supports exchange of knowledge and connection of inquiry to relevant knowledge.
  • An online PLC offers a bigger network and more potential collaborators.
  • And online is the place to be for handling knowledge.
  • But online has to handle asynchronous communication,