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#7872386 May 23, 2013 at 06:41 PM
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I am still not entirely sure that a virtual world is my platform of choice but I can see that there are areas where they would excel. One being if the entire content were online and centered on a core set of concepts. For these concepts the guided tour to discover the foundational information required to engage in a group forum activity would be a way to use both of these teaching modalities.

I also like the co-creator collaborative aspects of these worlds. How fun it would be to be able to create and possibly visualize in real time.
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#7954399 Jun 08, 2013 at 09:15 PM
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The virtual world has appealed to me from the first moment in Secondlife. I am not sure if it was the fantasy aspect of the immersion or the collaboration with people from different parts of the world that drew me in. I do know that the social networking and 3D collaboration is a key feature that keeps me engaged. I also feel that this will keep our digital natives engaged as well. My students got so excited when they found out that they could play together with the Minecraft app. They are continually problem solving in these environments because that is how they have grown up in the video game environment. To add content into these environments is the tricky part. Not that it is very hard to slap a PowerPoint or reading assignment in a virtual world, but to make it seem a natural part of the environment can be difficult. I know these issues will all be ironed out as immersive platforms become an integrated part of our society and we utilize them for learning and enrichment in the lives of our students.
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#8851412 Dec 16, 2013 at 03:28 PM
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I can see using a 3D virtual world to complete Scavenger hunts for new facts. I can also see using them for breakout sessions, or for help sessions. I could also imagine using it as a virtual class space to post and collect information Right now I do "office hours" by hangout with my students if they need help with anything So that would be another meeting place for this type of help.
"So many worlds, so much to do, so little done, such things to be." - Alfred Lord Tennyson
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