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Are you an educator and have an idea for a project that you’d like to develop for or with your students?
Check out Skoolaborate Plus content management system and then get in touch to speak further.
Skoolaborate Plus is here.
Soon Skoolaborate, which up until now has only been accessible to students between the ages of 13 to 18 and their teachers,will be available to a select group of primary school students. Primary students and their schools will soon be invited to develop a project that involves the virtual environment Skoolaborate. Stay tuned…..
The Skoolaborate+ website provides a simple and straight-forward mechanism for course creators(teachers) to generate and share online content with students. In that regard, Skoolaborate+ could be considered a Learning Management System. No external editors or programs (other than a web-browser) are required to create and edit content.
Skoolaborate+ hosts various Projects (or courses) which are split up into chapters like a book. Pages can then be edited directly within your web browser via a rich text editing box, similar to a word processor, providing you with a layout very similar to the completed web page. The word processor element(control) generates HTML (which is what all web pages are comprised of), which can also be edited directly, at the touch of a button, for greater control over the page display if required. Resources, like graphics and video can be uploaded or linked to, as illustrations in each project. Each Chapter can also display a Discussion area for students or a Questions section for students to complete individually.
The administration of users, be they Teachers, Project Collaborators, Students or Administrators, is also self contained and available from within the Skoolaborate website. Teachers and Administrators share responsibilities in regard to the set up of Students (which will be elaborated on in the “Setting Up a New User” section).
This guide will explain the numerous features present in Skoolaborate+ and how to make the most of the system.
ELH SchoolTech is recognised as the definitive event in the local educational calendar and is a unique opportunity for schools to share experiences and benchmark their performance against others.
The presentation team lead participants through the development of a unit of learning based on digital learning technologies and the Australian Curriculum. Central to the discussion was the decision making process regarding which learning technologies will assist students to achieve the required learning outcome. For the purpose of the session the learning technology which was presented was the virtual world, Skoolaborate. Participants had the opportunity to explore the possibilities for teaching and learning within this exciting online environment. Participants learned how the use of avatars can increase learner confidence and they gained ‘hands-on’ experience in creating an avatar themselves.
Bernie Lloyd, Board Director of the Victorian Teachers Mutual Bank congratulates Mark Kent, Assistant Principal of the Distance Education Centre, Victoria on the DECVs continued pursuit of innovation and best practice in the development of virtual worlds for teaching and learning.
Title: Skoolaborate : Virtual World Learning Spaces
Skoolaborate is both a synchronous and an asynchronous Global Online Community that runs in Second Life. Skoolaborate is a secure space in a virtual world where students and teachers collaborate as avatars. You might have seen the movie. This isn’t the same.
Skoolaborate uses 21st Century Educational Technology tools that enables students to interact with other students regardless of where they are in the world. Students interact with and contribute to the development of the virtual world and use related technologies for collaboration and communication. Skoolaborate is an initiative that uses a blend of technologies including, blogs, online learning, wiki’s and ‘virtual worlds’ to transform learning.
Skoolaborate Plus is an online curriculum and project sharing hub for the development and housing of teaching and learning projects created by teachers and students that are designed to be dynamic in nature and explicit in their learning intentions. All materials developed by students and teachers are shared globally by the partner schools.
In this workshop:
*See how you can contribute to Skoolaborate Plus – the curriculum / project sharing hub
*Create your own avatar
*Learn how to navigate the Virtual Environment
*Create a simple 3D model
This workshop will give you a practical “hands on” go at exploring a virtual environment like no other. The first 15 minutes will be a look at what’s been achieved, how and by whom as well as where to next. Then practical instruction using a base model avatar that you can use to learn with.
If you’re interested check out the AADES Website for more details about Skoolaborate and many other outstanding workshops and presentations. http://www.aades.edu.au/?page_id=49