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The Science Circle (SC) provides immersive experiences focused on science (astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology), math, art, and current events (example: wildfires). Areas on and above the island are accessible via a teleport system and multi-lingual, explanatory signage. Past SC presentations are available via mini-theaters and links to https://sciencecircle.org. Incl. a 30 minute Corona Q&A with our experts at 7 AM PDT Two sessions are offered for this Immersive Experience.
- Participants will be able to better understand the scientific concept through a 3D interaction.
- Participants will be able to better appreciate global and interdisciplinary perspectives.
Hosts: Phil Youngblood / Vic Michalak, Michael Shaw / Shawza Tunwarm, Linda Morris Kelley / Delia Lake, Hajime Nishimura / Yan Lauria
A teleport map is available at the landing zone.
Accessibility: Scripts and notecards available on site
Speakers: Hsiao-Cheng (Sandrine) Han / Kristy Handrick; Liang Hung
This research used participatory observational case study. Students from Taiwan used a 3D virtual world in their art class to create their artwork. The art teacher taught a lesson called School reconstruction. We observed students how they form their ideal schools, where their ideas coming from, how they discuss and collaborate with each other, as well as how they put their ideas into action, make it into 3D virtual construction, and finally how they see and understand each other’s work.
- Participants will explore the importance of freedom in education and how virtual worlds provide it to students
- Participants will learn how virtual world promote Intrinsic Motivation to students that teachers should learn to utilize it
Accessibility: Speakeasy HUD
Speaker: Becky Adams / Elli Pinion, University of New Mexico
I will share findings of my research with a small group of K-12 teachers who participated in an online professional development initiative. Issues regarding the quality and effectiveness of professional development for K 12 teachers were addressed by the strengths of an online environment: choice, community building, and extended learning over time. Our efforts at UNM to support Online Instructors with PD, informed by this research, and how this can inform the use Virtual World approaches.
- To introduce a researched based model for effectively using online tools to support PD.
- To connect these findings to challenges they have in supporting PD in their field while building COP
Accessibility: Speak easy HUD