All sessions of the VWBPE 2020 Conference are held in Second Life®. All times are in SLT (Pacific Time).
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Note: Daylight Saving Time
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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. Incl. a 30 minute Corona Q&A with our experts at 11 AM PDT. Past SC presentations are available via mini-theaters and links to https://sciencecircle.org. 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
Meet the VWBPE Sponsors!
Moderator: Kevin Feenan / Phelan Corrimal; Rockcliffe University Consortium
Nine sponsors have come together to support this year’s Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education Conference. This open forum is your opportunity to learn about their contributions to education and why they feel supporting open source virtual conferences, like this one, is so important.
Participants will be given the opportunity to express their opinions on how for-profit and non-profit businesses can better help support teachers and instructional developers.
Attendees will learn about the motivating factors behind some of the biggest names supporting education in Second Life
Text chat and voice
Speakers: Heike Philp / Gwen Gwasi; Jennifer Hamilton / Jaz Beverly; Annalisa di Pierro / Innesfree; and Helena Galani /erlinaazure
To learn a language live online is the best and sometimes cheapest way of practicing it in real-time with other people. Virtual worlds and video games offer opportunities to meet speakers of other languages and native speakers alike but there are many 3D spaces out there and sometimes it is difficult to decide which one to join. Which virtual world is suitable for language education? What kind of equipment or software does one need? How long does it take to get to know this world before it can be introduced to language learners? Is this virtual space safe? With these questions in mind, a group of language educators spent 5 weeks exploring 13 different 3D environments, created an evaluation rubric and listened to some of the long-time users of these environments for the pros and cons.
- To present the findings of a 5-week online workshop exploring various virtual worlds.
- To consider some of the lessons learned by the providers of these environments. For example, how one can combine Artificial Intelligence with NPC in OpenSim to create chatbots.
Accessibility: Speak easy 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