Posts Tagged With: Virtual worlds

Six new tutorials for teacher added

Six new tutorials for teacher added

Six new video tutorials for teachers have been added to the Skoolaborate Training page on the Skoolaborate Website

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ELH Presentation : Skoolaborate August 2013

ELH Presentation : Skoolaborate August 2013

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.

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Skoolaborate Plus wins 2013 Innovation award

Skoolaborate Plus wins 2013 Innovation award

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.

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An AADES Conference Workshop – September in Melbourne

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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

*Fly

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  

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Goals of the Northern Peninsula Area State College

This 2010 video provides an orientation to the location, philosophy and goals of the Northern Peninsula Area State College. It features staff members and administrators who were working at the college at that time but is otherwise still current. Thanks NPASC for sharing this film.

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A cooks tour of the Skoolaborate / NPAC / WTL Kitchen

Here my avatar takes you on a cooks tour of what the students at Northern Peninsula Area College were able to achieve in six days. The program of work developed skills in Photoshop, Literacy, basic 3D modeling and navigation of vitual environments. Similarly the Cairns WTL students worked on developing avatars, tags and graphic designs for application to skateboard decks.

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Recognition for everyone’s hard work.

SKOOLABORATE – School (laborate) open 24/7 – State Finalist in Curriculum Innovation Victorian Education Award and Regional Finalist Curriculum Innovation Awards Far North Queensland. Both Yet to be decided. Watch this space and keep your fingers crossed.Well done Roger, Pauline, Susan, Phil and the un-named support crew and of course the students who took the real risks with their time and their learning.Image

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WTL Design Space & T.I Tagai Mural

We had a fruitful meeting with Lynn-Anne Principal, Assistant Principal Tereasa and Martin Head of Arts regarding sharing some space. Martin is going to send us some of his students work to share shortly.Image 

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Mark reflects on aspects of the two week program.

Mark Kent, Assistant Principal Distance Education Centre Victoria reflects on aspects of the program and  the last two weeks. Bamaga and Cairns YJ students have certainly taken advantage of the opportunity to learn new skills.

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Roger Bartlett Interview

We interviewed all of the students and teachers that have taken part in the program over the course of the first week. Roger provides some insight into the program and what the students have achieved. Well worth listening to.

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