Tuesday, September 17, 2019

2019 #DTA: #VWEDU: Schools need 3 levels of edtech--Matt Harris, Ed.D. And how does the Digital Teaching Assistant (DTA) fit in?

Schools need 3 levels of edtech--Matt Harris, Ed.D.  
And how does the Digital Teaching Assistant fit in?  

Three levels of edtech: Access, teaching, outcomes.   In the tech  age of the 21st century, you can's show you've done it till you've measured it.  

  • Watch on YouTube
  • Access: Caution: you don't know what you need till you know how you will use it
  • Teaching:  Telling is not teaching: Learning activities 
  • Outcomes: You don't know you've done it till you've measured it.

Contents below

  • Technology is money heavy?
  • The DTA can identify effective learning activities.
  • The DTA can monitor skills development.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Sunday, September 15, 2019

2019 #VWEDU: ART: Serenity Island: Sea grotto and crystal caves.

Serenity Island: 
Sea grotto and crystal caves.  
Spaceship, Mars and the Moon
Introduction to the creative and educational art of Serenity Island (Kitely).  California State University of Los Angeles

Go there

  • Hypergrid address:  
  • grid.kitely.com:8002:Serenity Island
  • Put the HG address in the Find bar of the World Map, click Find: TP
  • In Kitely, use Firestorm hop:
  • hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Serenity Island/124/212/22
  • Put the hop in the address (top) bar of the Firestorm viewer, Enter
  • Kitely Website: Serenity Island

Saturday, September 14, 2019

2019 #VWEDU: #DTA: We can reduce barriers to educational uptake of virtual worlds. Assessment of the situation

We can reduce barriers to 
educational uptake of virtual worlds.  
Assessment of the situation

Assessment of perceived barriers to the use of virtual worlds in education.  And  some suggestions for solutions.  This article is explicitly licensed Public Domain (CC0).
Busy classroom in a virtual world
  • Content given in signs and notecards.
  • The digital scene can be relevant to the topic.
  • The cost is tiny compared to the cost of a physical classroom.
  • Audio and video lectures can be provided here,
  • Students can talk and collaborate here.
  • A teacher can be here at class time.
  • Students can come here to study at any time.
  • No travel time, no travel costs, no travel risks.
  • With a computer at home, this works for home study.
  • And sill allows experience in collaboration.


  • What are the barriers?
  • Institutional issues
  • Relevant research
  • Personal perceptions, student difficulties
  • Needed solutions
  • What does the target market want?
  • What barriers can we reduce?

Friday, September 13, 2019

2019 TKR: EDU: Why We Pursue Happiness But Overlook Joy with Ingrid Fetell Lee

Why We Pursue Happiness 
But Overlook Joy 
with Ingrid Fetell Lee

Based on insights from psychology and neuroscience, renowned designer Ingrid Fetell Lee shows us how to find joy hiding in the everyday things around us.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

2019 #VWEDU: update 9/16/ OpenSim grid stats, VWMOOC2019 continues

#VWEDU: update 9/16/2019
OpenSim grid stats 
VWMOOC19 continues 

A collection of news items and links relevant to this blog.  Some often-wanted links are recurrent.  Others may be retained a few weeks.  New items may be added daily
VWMOOC19 headquarters 
in Second Life

News on the MUVEs 


  • Search on the page:  Ctrl+f (type in the search bar, top of the page)
  • My timeline on Twitter 
  • Events in the virtual worlds
  • Newcomer notes
  • Hypergrid places, news, and tips
  • Business
  • Support the supporters
  • Living online
  • Modern education #VWEDU
  • Libraries for education
  • Writers on the MUVEs 
  • Promotion (general)
  • Radio and video in the virtual worlds
  • Web-worlds
  • Visit me on the web
  • License 

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

2019 #VWEDU: The DTA as search coach: How does that work? Especially for project-based learning

The DTA as search coach: 
How does that work?
Especially for project-based learning
Project-based learning often creates a need for effective search.  Just the place to provide JIT learning on web-search skills.   This article is explicitly licensed Public Domain (CC0).
The Empty Classroom
What, no computers?
  • Google search is the main search engine used in the U.S.
  • So the DTA Search Coach is focused on that.  
  • How to use Google search is well known and well documented.
  • The easy way to instruct on using Google search is to give a curated list of links.
  • Imagine a football coach handing out sheets with these links
  • "Read these and you will know how to play football," says the coach.
  • Absurd?  Of course.  Football requires skills.  
  • Using Google search is a skill.  You do not learn a skill by reading about it.
  • Google 101: How to Search And Get Results You Want
  • You learn a skill by practicing it and (perhaps) figuring out how to do it better.
  • It may help to have a coach suggesting ways to improve.
  • There may be hundreds of known ways to improve.   But you can't use hundreds.  
  • You need a few good ways that fit your situation (as a beginner, for example.).
  • DTA Search Coach can do that.    


Monday, September 9, 2019

2019 #VWEDU: #DTA: The Digital Teaching Assistant fits with the practice of blended learning

The Digital Teaching Assistant fits 
the practice  of blended learning
A digital teaching assistant could be part of blended learning

Using Videos

Sunday, September 8, 2019

2019 #VWEDU: #DTA: F/Xual Education Services: Occupational Medicine Simulation. A HUD is a Digicoach without personality.

F/Xual Education Services: 
Occupational Medicine Simulation.  
A HUD is a Digicoach without personality.

A simulation for instruction in occupational medicine with comments on how a DTA might support learning in this MUVE
Start here

Go there

  • Kitely on the web:  FXual Education Services
  • Hypergrid address: 
  • grid.kitely.com:8002:FXual Education Services
  • Put the HG address in the Find bar of the world map, click Find, TP
  • In Kitely, use Firestorm hop:
  • hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/FXual Education Services/128/148/22
  • Paste the hop in the address bar of Firestorm, press Enter.

Saturday, September 7, 2019

2019 #VWEDU: #DTA: Error based learning in writing. Combine project-based learning with test-based learning. And maybe get a useful product out of it.

Error based learning in writing
Combine project-based learning with test-based learning.   
And maybe get a useful product out of it

An  example of how a Digital Teaching Assistant could provide practice in editing text for grammar.  Four projects of increasing difficulty are suggested for practicing editing skill.    This article is explicitly licensed Public Domain (CC0).
The Empty Classroom
This is not the only place to learn

If you can't make errors, you can't make anything

  • Errors in writing are no problem if you can edit them out of the draft.
  • Errors in writing have little cost now if you can find them and fix them.
  • Writing grammatically correct language is a natural for error-based learning

Learning from the test

Error based learning