He did it in Classcraft.
Like a detective story.
Could you do it better in your favorite virtual world?
Are your students the heroes who will solve this problem?
Consideration of how a story could be created in a virtual world to engage students in activities that develop skills on digital literacy, teamwork, and presentation. Plus knowledge of some selected STEM content.
Needed skill sets for developers
- Subject Matter Expert (SME)
- Instructional designer
- Yes, it takes a team. Like writing a textbook, only more interesting.
- Era of the entrepreneurial educator. The unbundling of education opens the gate for entrepreneurs.
- Think of an educational web page as a scenario
- Think of the experience you want the learner to get.
- Think of it as a writer--you must keep the reader interested.
- Think of it as a detective story--the students must find all the clues and put them together to work out the solution.
- Think of it as a police story--the students must collect evidence to catch the killer.
- The hook catches the reader's attention.
- Warning! There's a killer on the loose!
- This mass murderer is a disease.
- Bloggers: Your opening paragraph catches your readers. Or not. Checklist
- Your task (for the whole class) is to develop a credible plan of defence.
- In and educational story, the students do the exposition.
- In our story, the students find the evidence using their digital literacy skills.
- They are formed into teams: Description, hang-outs, modus operandi, vulnerabilities, plans, etc.
- Note: the evidence may be text, graphic displays, animated objects or videos.
- Digital literacy can find on make any of these.
- The evidence is recorded in a series of videos.
- As the information comes in, several planning teams are formed to evaluate, organize and integrate it.
- The teams work together to produce a comprehensive solution and final report.
- The class presents its final report including the evidence videos (probably a YouTube playlist.)
Building the investigation office
Could you beat this?
- Of course you can do better than this.
- You can even work it out as a complete lesson plan.
- I hope you do.
- Maybe I can too. I hope to be smarter next month.
What are the students learning?
- Digital literacy: how to use the web to collect information and use it.
- Teamwork: How to work with team members on a task too big for one person.
- Presentation: How to organize and present information.
- Subject: Details about a specific disease and general information about how we combat a disease.
Stories in virtual worlds
- The pecan pie murder. A 3D story in first draft for the writer's workshop
- Tutorial: How to put an interactive story in a 3D web page on 3DWebWorldz
- The developing writer's workshop in 3DWebWorldz: Video conversations
- Digital Teaching Assistant (DTA) can run the search game: solo, teacher's game, or team game
- Writer's 3D online workshop: Meet in your browser. Meet in a story scene. Working together apart.
- Collaborative fiction blogging in virtual world. Writing does not have to be lonely
Visit me on the web
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- I am available for free consulting on any topic in this blog.
- Cybalounge and 3DWebWorldz (Orientation room)
- I will be in both places, so you may need to speak to get my attention.
- Web-worlds, 3D virtual worlds running in a browser. Summary
- And we can visit the Writer's Workshop on the Web
- Don't register -- enter as guest.
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