The more I learn, the more I realize. . . I know less than I want to know - about most everything! I've been an educational technology consultant at an intermediate school district in southeast Michigan for over ten years and I'm privileged to work with some first class teachers who want to utilize technology in the classroom to improve teaching and learning for their students. On the other hand, I also get glimpses of students who are bored, checked out, lacking in focus and purpose. When I heard Lisa talking about this opportunity in a webinar, I thought, "This is what I've been waiting for, for a long time!" Because I'm not a specific content area teacher I'm wondering what kind of quests I can contribute but I'm really hoping this will be a tool my teachers can learn to use as a way to reach learners with different needs in a new way.
If I could have a do-over, I'd take more math, and play more games. The first part of my life I was a piano major. Later I transitioned to teaching, and am still passionate about reading and writing, and the power of story. I have a 'first gen" Masters degree in educational technology circa 2001 and continue to learn something new every day. I'm not a gamer, not a competitive person, but I wish I had enough math knowledge and programming background to design video games on some level, whether the story, or the action, or even the music. I feel inept in Second Life - once saw Peggy Sheehy in SL bring forth a lovely mythical winged creature and climb aboard, flying into the beyond. So I quickly learned how to "sit down" and usually look for a bench in new locations so I don't embarrass myself! :-) Haven't yet been a participant in WoW but I do see the potential for reaching students and extending learning beyond what many students experience.
I have two daughters who are both teachers, one in Michigan, one in Phoenix, AZ, far, far away! I worry that they are still teaching the way they were taught. Our schools can't change fast enough to meet the needs of 21st century kids, can they?
I'm looking forward to learning more about building good quests and tapping into the power of this tool, in hopes this will be something area teachers can and will use in the future. Thanks, all who have a hand in creating this. I'm looking forward to the learning!
Slian Slade in SL