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.

Contents

  • 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 

Contents 

  • 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 
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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.    

The DTA


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

Friday, September 6, 2019

2019 #VWEDU #DTA: Travel tips for the Hypergrid. A DTA content page


Travel tips for the Hypergrid.
 A DTA content page
Bits of advice for travelling the Hypergrid. DTA content pages are assembled and written for use as Digicoach advice. This article is explicitly licensed Public Domain (CC0). 
World Map for HG travel
Click image to enlarge

Key terms

  • DTA content page
  • Failure
  • Hypergrid or HG
  • HG address
  • Inventory
  • Invite
  • Landmark
  • Suitcase
  • Teleport
  • World Map
  • Search on pageCtrl+f opens search bar near the top. 

Thursday, September 5, 2019

2019 #VWEDU: update 9/7/2019 Nonprofit Commons 12th Bday Friday,


#VWEDU: update 9/7/2019
Nonprofit Commons 12th Birthday Friday
VWMOOC19 Starts Sept 1st  

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 

Contents 

  • 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 
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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

2019 #VWEDU: Virtual Worlds MOOC 2019 Starts on September 1st and continues through September 30th


Virtual Worlds MOOC 2019 Starts on September 1st 
and continues through September 30th

New educational developments in virtual worlds.  Certificates and continuing credit.


Monday, September 2, 2019

2019 #VWEDU: #DTA David Lee - Design Thinking in the Classroom: How-to for project-based learning


David Lee - 
Design Thinking in the Classroom
How-to for project-based learning

How design thinking can help with project-based learning in the classroom. 

David's book outlines the process, procedure, and culture for using the Design Cycle and Design Thinking in the classroom. He speaks in depth about the five areas of Design Thinking - Empathize, Design, Ideate, Prototype, Test - and how teachers can use those with students in project based learning.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

2019 #VWEDU: #DTA: CVL Hypergird Resource Library Overview. Educational resources on the Hypergrid.


CVL Hypergird Resource Library Overview.  
Educational resources on the Hypergrid.

The Hypergrid is a network of interconnected OpenSimulator grids.  OpenSimulator is opensource software that runs a virtual word.  The Hypergrid allows avatars to travel from their home grid to hundreds of other grids.  Thus educational places on the Hypergrid are available to any school connected to the Hypergrid.

Go there

  • In Kitely use Firestorm Hop:
  • hop://grid.kitely.com:8002/Cookie II/421/915/23
  • Put the hop in the address (top) bar of Firestorm, Enter
  • On the Hypergrid, use the HG address:
  • grid.kitely.com:8002:Cookie II
  • Put the HG address in the Find bar of the World Map, click Find, TP.
  • HG address will bring you to Cookie Welcome Center
  • There are 2 library teleport devices at the center 
  • Or you can use the Firestorm hop to get to the library.

What Hypergrid offers schools



Saturday, August 31, 2019

2019 #VWEDU #DTA: DTA and digicoach take on a form to suit the task: Shoulder pet, HUD, NPC, signs in places.


DTA and digicoach take on forms to suit the task: 
Shoulder pet, HUD, NPC, signs in places.  

The Digicoach cannot emulate a human and need not try.  For traditional content instruction, it might be embodied in scenes relevant to the content.  For coaching to improve learning skills it might he a shoulder pet    This article is explicitly licensed Public Domain (CC0).
The Empty Classroom
Gone to the digital world

  • DTA and Digicoach are a collection of services to support learning in a digital world. 
  • They would be developed as independent modules and made available that way.
  • Some services fit to places: Digicoach might be objects or signs.
  • Some services should go with the avatar as  a shoulder-pet or a HUD.
  • Some services may work better coming from a human-like form: NPC

Friday, August 30, 2019

2019 EVENT: PROMO: Promoting and finding events on the Hypergrid: Hypevents is the most comprehensive resource


Promoting and finding events on the Hypergrid: 
Hypevents is the most comprehensive resource

Recommendations for using Hypevents to promote and find events on the Hypergrid.
Dance event at Caribou 

Go there

  • Hypergrid address:
  • grid.kitely.com:8002:Caribou
  • 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/Caribou/111/267/39
  • Paste the hop in the Firestorm address bar, Enter.
  • Caribou website
  • Hypevents 
  • Get your event posted.
  • Search the event list.
  • Promoters: post any where you can, but don't skip Hypevents

Thursday, August 29, 2019

2019 #VWEDU: update 9/3/2019 VWMOOC19 Starts Sept 1st. Firestorm now supports stereo


#VWEDU: update 9/3/2019
VWMOOC19 Starts Sept 1st
Firestorm now supports stereo  

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 

Contents 

  • 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
  • News sources
  • Visit me on the web
  • License 
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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

2019 EDU: Leadership is sharing--Matt Harris, Ed.D.


Leadership is sharing--
Matt Harris, Ed.D.
To lead you must be visible.  You only lead people who hear from you.

As part of the Tenets of Educational Technology Leadership series, I talk about the need for Sharing. EdTech is a field built on collaboration and shared practice. Effective leaders must continue that effort by sharing their work, inviting others to their schools, and using social media to talk about the great things they do.

After the break 

  • Share by posting in social media
  • Where to post
  • Share by following
  • What the posting does for you

Monday, August 26, 2019

2019 #VWEDU: #DTA: Newcomer welcome coach for OpenSimulator. Suggested design and text for JIT instructions to beginners. A DTA content page


Newcomer welcome coach for OpenSimulator.  
Suggested design and text for JIT instructions to beginners.

Plan for providing Just-In-Time (JIT) instruction to beginners in OpenSimulator.   This article is explicitly licensed Public Domain (CC0).
The Empty Classroom
They study on the web

"What do I do now?"

What do we need to create DTA welcome coach?

  • List of basic skills to be taught.
  • Brief instructions for each skill.
  • Selection method to let learner chose what to learn next (or revisit).
  • Situations in the welcome MUVE that create a need for each skill.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

2019 #VWEDU: DTA: Once you hear lecture about swimming, you never forget what you learned about lectures. Talking is not teaching.


Once you hear lecture about swimming, 
you never forget what you learned about lectures.  
Talk does not teach skills. 


Heard about the learning/doing gap?  There is no such thing.  Sure, you tell people how to do something and they can't do it.  Talk does not teach, it just informs.  To learn a skill, you have to practice it.   This article is explicitly licensed Public Domain (CC0).
The Empty Classroom
Learning to swim?