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Published on Dec 5, 2014
Virtual World Learning with Real Standards: K-12 Standards-based Learning in a Virtual World
Learning in a virtual world can be a lot of fun for children. But the question arises, are they learning and if so, are they learning what they are supposed to be learning? Can virtual worlds be used to help K-12 students learn standards-based content? This presentation shows how they can, and have been.
Carolyn Lowe Carolyn is an associate professor of science education at Northern Michigan University when she teaches life science for future teachers, undergraduate and graduate courses in teaching science, and basic biology.She lives in the woods of the beautiful Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Carolyn (Clowey) previously operated Biome and Biome II in Second Life and now has two complete grids, Biome and Biome4Kids as part of the Virtual Islands for Better Education (VIBE) collaborative.
Amy Pihlainen Amy is a K-12 teacher in a small rural school in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan and is conducting research on the use of virtual worlds to teach science in a K-12 setting.
About the OpenSimulator Community Conference 2014: The OpenSimulator Community Conference is an annual conference that focuses on the developer and user community creating the OpenSimulator software - http://opensimulator.org. Organized as a joint production by the Overte Foundation and AvaCon, Inc., the conference features two days of presentations, workshops, keynote sessions, and social events across diverse sectors of the OpenSimulator user base. The OpenSimulator Community Conference 2014 features four themed tracks and a Learning Lab