NCMSA10: New Adventures in 3D Immersive Virtual Worlds

STEM and ICT Instructional Worlds The 3D Experience

http://stem-ict-3d.org/
Where can learning take place?

In what type of environment?

WIDE OPEN IN THE 21ST CENTURY

Video Shared during opening of session
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3uCySghKTU

S- science
T- technology
E- Engineering
M – Math

Focus on those four areas
I – Information
C- Communication
T- Technology
In 3D environments and virtual worlds

Engage in 3d world tools
build relationships w/ students
develop virtual solutions to real world problems
Mentoring program

Week 1 Student Week
Student Suite Forums
getting to know you

Utopia Forums
Had to create perfect worlds…4 students in each group, collab online to bring in from Google Sketchup and create activity

Week 2 Teacher Week
Teachers collab across states via Internet
Students teach the teachers…how to build 3D models/worlds, etc

One of our presenters created a virtual Shopping Center with stores for each curr. area…games and activities for each area
Science activity – draw backyard…then describe it in text
Watch video on “Being Bee Friendly”
Redraw backyard to be Bee Friendly…explain in writing

Language Arts – Thinking Skills Arcade
Writing activity…can create writing on a 3d panel in the arcade…Word doc embedded in model

Boxy looking “students” for avatars

WONDERING IF THERE IS MORE CUSTOMIZATION THAT CAN BE DONE HERE?…APPARENTLY CAN ADD PICTURES

Showing African Zoo activity now…Teacher in Winston talking within the environment
Grab animal card from the wall…take to different area of village to find out animal
Website “hut” for information about animals
Collaborative Spreadsheet to post information about animals

Worlds for Africa, Asia, Weather…all built by students…now available to others back at school

NOT QUITE AS MUCH AS QUEST ATLANTIS HAS AT THE MOMENT, BUT

gogofrog.com 3D Virtual World building site

FEELING LIKE THIS PROGRAM MIGHT BE A GOOD INTRO TO 3D VIRTUAL WORLDS…NOT THE FULL SOLUTION…VERY NEW, VERY LOCALIZED AT THIS POINT…SMALL BASE TO START…ADDING MORE THIS SUMMER…

Things kept simple at this point so it will work with more computer hardware in varying schools…

SEEMS WE’VE GOT A LONG WAY TO O TO GET TO A POINT IN EDUCATION WHERE WE’RE ABLE TO COMPETE WITH THINGS LIKE WoW…HOW IS IT THAT ED CAN’T FIND A WAY TO COMMANDEER SOME OF THAT LEVEL OF TECHNOLOGY? I’M SURE WoW DESIGNERS ARE MAKING LOTS OF MONEY, BUT IS IT REALLY SO MUCH THAT A FANTASTIC PROGRAM FOR EDUCATION COULDN’T HELP FUND/SUPPORT IT?

WONDERING IF PART OF THE PROBLEM IS SIMPLY THE ATTEMPT TO BILK EDUCATION OUT OF SO MUCH OF THE MONEY THAT DOES GET SPENT…PUT OUT A MEAGER PRODUCT THAT IS BETTER THAN OTHERS OUT THERE, BUT NOT AS GOOD AS WHAT COULD BE MADE…CHARGE FOR THE FACT IT’S THE ONLY THING AVAILABLE? STEM-ICT-3D IS FUNDED THROUGH NSF GRANT…

BRAIN IS COOKING THINKING ABOUT HOW THINGS COULD BE…*SIGH*

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