Friday, February 26, 2010

Farm Challenge Final Exam for Edison Students

Since the Lowell group did such a good job with this challenge, I decided it would be a good way of assessing skills for Edison's group also. I will have to look for more things like this in Second Life. I like the idea of building completely from scratch, but I think having specific shapes and sizes presents an opportunity for students to really hone those alignment skills. (See video below)

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Students Choose Final Projects

As the trimester winds down, students were required to choose a final project. I suspected some would not finish but it was important that they stay engaged till the end of the grading period. Avatars can't just sit in the back of the room and pretend to work. (See videos below)

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

More from the Reaction Grid

We have been overloading our sim on the Reaction Grid with too many avatars so we had to cut back and do even more sharing. It seems to have worked because although we get bumped out, we are able to get back in quickly and continue working. New groupings meant ironing out some collaboration kinks but I think you can see things shaping up. We hope that while studying the planets and also building their own solar systems, the students will retain more of the basic information. (See video below)

Farm Challenge Continues

I just had an idea that I think will be fun. The farm challenge was a skill test for the students who had to use specific parts to complete a barn, cow, sheep, and chicken. The spatial skills making the chicken alone would stump many adults! My idea is a State Fair where the kids will judge each other's animals according to craftsmanship. We don't have much time left during this trimester and this might just be a fun culminating event. Maybe someone will make a ride or a game booth. (See videos below)