Beyond 3D Journey
This year Ms. Clausen’s 8th grade class at Denny Middle School embarked upon their own journey into Skoolaborate. Skoolaborate is an international online learning community that incorporates a blog, a wiki, and the 3-D virtual world of Teen Second Life. The subscription for membership to Skoolaborate is funded through a pilot program sponsored by the World Affairs Council. To learn more about how this journey started you can refer to my post Embarking on 3DJourney.
The level of engagement from students has been phenomenal during the second phase of this project. Each student chose an issue to research and write about. They then presented their work by adding panels to the “Dilemmas Tapestry.” The tapestry was started by a class in the United Kingdom as a forum for young people to express their concerns about the world in which they are coming of age. As students add their own panels, the tapestry grows to show a range of issues that are on the minds of students in different places.
On Monday, April 12th, 2010, Ms. Clausen’s class held a showcase to share their work with administrators, counselors, and other adults in the school community. Students presented their work using panels in both the real world and the virtual world. Take a look at the video in which we feature the culminating event and reflections from the students and the teacher.
The team of teachers working on this project agreed to share their lesson plan here.
To view the lesson plan click . Coming soon, the digital kit of resources used for this technology-integrated lesson will be available as webpage.