They could be a secure home base in a familiar environment.
To serve as home base for students and teachers, providing the services needed for a organized class.
- But digital places cost so little, any class could have one.
- And it would be useful sometimes.
Reasons to have classrooms on a virtual campus
- isolated locations for a class
- a home base for students in a familiar environment
- a place for students to confer with the teacher.
- a place for students to hold collaborative planning meetings.
- a place for students to deposit completed work and see completed work of others.
- a place for students to pick up class assignments and confer about them.
- a place to confer with the DTA about ongoing activities and upcoming deadlines.
- a place for team teachers too confer with each other or with students
- Update 12/12/2019: OpenSimulator Community Conference Dec 14, 15 2019; IMA releases simplified Scenegate viewer
Installed virtual worlds easily provide isolated locations
- In an installed virtual world, areas can be set off as separated parcels.
- A parcel can have its own access, use, and communication settings.
- In setting up a virtual campus, a school would create parcels for each class.
- The school would probably create a classroom in the parcel.
- In the language of virtual worlds, a class would be a group.
- Everyone who should have access to the classroom would be in the group.
- That assignment would probably be made by batch registration.
- New educational term: Batch Registration: for schools and organizations in virtual worlds
- Why I specifically recommend Kitely for hosting a virtual campus (MUVE)
- The parcel would be set so that sounds from nearby parcels would be excluded
- And sounds from the class parcel could not be heard elsewhere.
- In a web world, each class room would probably be a separate web page.
A classroom need not be a single room of the old style
- Digital space costs little.
- Once a digital room is created, it can be duplicated at negligible cost.
- A class parcel could have a teacher-centered room if desired.
- There would also be space for a teacher's office and group meeting rooms.
- Even for multiple offices for team teachers.
- The teacher-centered room would probably be used for reports.
- Project-based and inquiry-based learning would probably produce reports.
- Reports traditionally have someone standing in front of a a group, talking.
- You need a front-oriented classroom for that, probably with a slide-show service.
- A student-centered room might have places for groups to work together.
- Those places could be sound-isolated so several groups could work at class time.
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