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3D Virtual Worlds: Educational Technology
Covering the use of 3D virtual worlds in education but also lots of other geeky-cool school stuff, 3D or not.
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World of Warcraft No Longer Rules in China - Businessweek

World of Warcraft No Longer Rules in China - Businessweek | 3D Virtual Worlds: Educational Technology | Scoop.it
World of Warcraft No Longer Rules in China
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World Joyland is a Chinese theme park featuring centaurs and werewolves. It's a weird homage to the online role-playing game World of Warcraft.
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Interesting on several different levels (pun intended). ;)

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Jisc Inform / Issue 37, Summer 2013 | #jiscinform | Does the use of games- based learning and apps have a future in education

Jisc Inform / Issue 37, Summer 2013 | #jiscinform | Does the use of games- based learning and apps have a future in education | 3D Virtual Worlds: Educational Technology | Scoop.it
RT @mattewensRSCSW: Does the use of games-based learning and apps have a future in education: http://t.co/KhRVWh0uST #jisc #education #mobi…
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25 Games Based Learning Articles (and Infographic)

25 Games Based Learning Articles (and Infographic) | 3D Virtual Worlds: Educational Technology | Scoop.it
The past few weeks I have been discussing the merits and practicalities of teaching children to program (Part 1: Why is Teaching Children to Program so Imp ...
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Now this I like! ;)

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 10, 2013 7:53 AM

Games were part of Ivan Illich's Deschooling Society. I wonder if this is what he imagined?

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8 Things Kids should Be Able to Do with Technol...

8 Things Kids should Be Able to Do with Technol... | 3D Virtual Worlds: Educational Technology | Scoop.it
"I just came across this graphic on Twitter and it straightforward picked my interest. I was contemplating the deep meaning it communicates and could not agree more. The message is clear: technology is a means and not an end.
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Generating Instructions in Virtual Environments - The GIVE Challenge

Generating Instructions in Virtual Environments - The GIVE Challenge | 3D Virtual Worlds: Educational Technology | Scoop.it
Homepage of the Challenge on Generating Instructions in Virtual Environments (GIVE) (Generating Instructions in Virtual Environments - The GIVE Challenge http://t.co/MdpHZ66wxv)...
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Interesting stuff. Wish I'd heard of this before.

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Adaptive Learning Technology Set To Take Educational World By Storm | Oxford College of Marketing

Adaptive Learning Technology Set To Take Educational World By Storm | Oxford College of Marketing | 3D Virtual Worlds: Educational Technology | Scoop.it
Blog post from CIM Marketing College, Oxford College of Marketing, on how technology can bring new opportunities for advancement and better learning in education.
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Check this out, NMCers! 

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Virtual Happenings

Virtual Happenings | 3D Virtual Worlds: Educational Technology | Scoop.it
Journal of Virtual Worlds Research (Journal of Virtual Worlds Research http://t.co/i42YxuykIj)
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Augmented Reality: The Future of EdTech

Augmented Reality: The Future of EdTech | 3D Virtual Worlds: Educational Technology | Scoop.it
Augmented reality is transforming the educational landscape. It gives students an up close look at objects like never before, and gives them the platform to be creative in their learning

Via John Evans, Claudio Cimelli
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Thanks to Drew Minock.

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Ivon Prefontaine's curator insight, July 6, 2013 9:22 AM

It is part of where we might need to go, but does not eliminate the role of teachers. What it means for school is a different question.

Kim Flintoff's comment, July 6, 2013 5:54 PM
It is part of where we might need to go (Many of us have alreay departed for these shores) AND (not "but") does not eliminate the roles of teachers (it will mean teachers need to think quite differently about what it means to "teach"). What it means for schools is a different question (any more different than the usual demand to get out of the way of shifts in teaching practice and stop delaying change for so,long that it creates many more problems in the long run?)
Lee Hall's curator insight, July 8, 2013 7:22 AM

Pictures that come to life to explain themselves, created by students who had to understand to be able to create it.

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Opensimulator Community Conference 2013 – Call for Sponsors

The OpenSimulator Community Conference is a grassroots community event, staffed by volunteers and managed by the Overte Foundation and AvaCon, Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Although the conference is in virtual space, and made possible by hardware donations and by dozens of volunteers, the conference incurs some expenses, in particular the professionally-managed operation of the conference center grid (the setup, performance tuning, and constant monitoring are of utmost importance for the success of the conference) and the streaming services and other web services. Compared to real-world conferences, the budget of a virtual event like the OpenSimulator Community Conference is very modest, but, nevertheless, it’s not zero. As such, we ask businesses, entrepreneurs,  and community members alike to help financially support the conference if they are able.

 

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Support the OpenSimulator Community Conference! 

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Top 8 Web Tools for Teacher's Professional Development ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

Top 8 Web Tools for Teacher's Professional Development ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | 3D Virtual Worlds: Educational Technology | Scoop.it

"I have been recently posting about teacher's professional development using web technologies and each time I do I would get emails asking for the tools I use personally.  I compiled a list of the top 8 platforms I use almost daily for expanding my knowledge and staying updated about the topics that interest me the most.

 Being a graduate researcher in the field of educational technology and from my own experience of several years  blogging in Educational Technology and Mobile Learning, I highly recommend the tools below and I personally view them as the most important platforms for growing professionally."


Via John Evans, Claudio Cimelli
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Great to see that Scoop.it made the list!

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Louise Robinson-Lay's curator insight, July 7, 2013 7:05 PM

Using social media is an excellent way of improving a teacher's knowledge and understanding of particular teaching methods and ideas and of connecting with other teachers in order to build a network to help professional learning.

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Professional Development

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You may want to look and see if there is a tool you aren't using and might like to try for professional development.

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Video Games as Modern Art: MoMA Acquires Pong, Minecraft & First Console - Gizmodo

Video Games as Modern Art: MoMA Acquires Pong, Minecraft & First Console - Gizmodo | 3D Virtual Worlds: Educational Technology | Scoop.it
Video Games as Modern Art: MoMA Acquires Pong, Minecraft & First Console
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Do video games like Pong and Space Invaders belong in Museum of Modern Art?
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Interesting. Always advocated SL photography and now I see great potential with WoW.

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A Great Resource Sheet on How to Grow Your PLN on Twitter ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

A Great Resource Sheet on How to Grow Your PLN on Twitter ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | 3D Virtual Worlds: Educational Technology | Scoop.it
A Great Resource Sheet on How to Grow Your PLN on Twitter ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning http://t.co/stBJanScxl via @medkh9
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25 Ways Twitter Can Help You in Your Teaching

25 Ways Twitter Can Help You in Your Teaching | 3D Virtual Worlds: Educational Technology | Scoop.it
25 Ways Twitter Can Help You in Your Teaching ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning on Twitter in Education curated by Joyce Nichols (25 Ways Twitter Can Help You in Your Teaching ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | @scoopit
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Great Twitter guide.

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Michelle Altenberger's comment, July 15, 2013 8:04 AM
Thanks for sharing this - Twitter has always confused me for some reason. This helps to clarify!
Kait Sanford's comment, July 18, 2013 1:24 PM
I want to incorporate Twitter in this upcoming year
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Learning in Play!

Learning in Play! | 3D Virtual Worlds: Educational Technology | Scoop.it
Free Technology for Teachers: FunBrain - Dozens of Educational Games for K-8 (Free Technology for Teachers: FunBrain - Dozens of Educational Games for K-8 http://t.co/mm9rB1rlML)...
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I wanna play Grammar Gorillas! ;)

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Opensimulator Community Conference 2013 – OpenSimulator Community Conference Announces Keynote Speaker Grady Booch

Opensimulator Community Conference 2013 – OpenSimulator Community Conference Announces Keynote Speaker Grady Booch | 3D Virtual Worlds: Educational Technology | Scoop.it
Opensimulator Community Conference 2013 – OpenSimulator Community Conference Announces… http://t.co/lyVpuiz53h
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Grady Booch! This is BIG! 

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The Ultimate Guide to The Use of Blogs in Teaching

The Ultimate Guide to The Use of Blogs in Teaching | 3D Virtual Worlds: Educational Technology | Scoop.it
The Ultimate Guide to The Use of Blogs in Teaching ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning on Zentrum für multimediales Lehren und Lernen curated by LLZ Uni Halle (The Ultimate Guide to The Use of Blogs in Teaching ~ Educational Technology and...
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Not just a guide...The Ultimate Guide. ;)

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Games Based Learning MOOC - Engage! | Aggeliki ...

Games Based Learning MOOC - Engage! | Aggeliki ... | 3D Virtual Worlds: Educational Technology | Scoop.it
Games Based Learning MOOC - Engage! on Aggeliki Nikolaou curated by Aggeliki Nikolaou (Games Based Learning MOOC - Engage!
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Now here we go. I want to combine 3D with 2D to create a mini-MOOC.

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Amy Cross's curator insight, July 8, 2013 5:51 AM

ooooo gonna look into this!

Gord Holden's comment, July 17, 2013 12:24 PM
Yep, that's what I'm working on David. Almost there.
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Warcraft to test in-game payments

Warcraft to test in-game payments | 3D Virtual Worlds: Educational Technology | Scoop.it
World of Warcraft maker Blizzard is to start experimenting with a system that lets players use real money to buy goods in the game.
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Hmm...is this a good or bad idea??

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20 Ways to Use Augmented Reality in Education ~...

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20 Ways to Use Augmented Reality in Education ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning on ICT Nieuws curated by Jeroen Rougoor (20 Ways to Use Augmented Reality in Education ~ Educational Tech.
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World’s First Virtual Shopping Store opens in Korea

World’s First Virtual Shopping Store opens in Korea | 3D Virtual Worlds: Educational Technology | Scoop.it
World’s First Virtual Shopping Store opens in Korea. All the Shelves are infact LCD Screens.
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Six Steps to Developing Your Own 21st Century Educational Technology -

Six Steps to Developing Your Own 21st Century Educational Technology - | 3D Virtual Worlds: Educational Technology | Scoop.it
Six Steps to Developing Your Own 21st Century Educational Technology by Michael Lee, English Language Arts teacher at Desert Winds High School Over the course of the past few months, many educators, including myself, have been...
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Intereresting piece.

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Welcome to Opensim City - All Things Opensimulator

Welcome to Opensim City - All Things Opensimulator | 3D Virtual Worlds: Educational Technology | Scoop.it
All things related to opensim virtual world (Want some attention for your #opensim project? Create 10-30 sec commercial for the http://t.co/jx2ot5E2ln radio stream!

Via Skipper Abel
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Build with Chrome and LEGOs

Build with Chrome and LEGOs | 3D Virtual Worlds: Educational Technology | Scoop.it
Now you can build with LEGO® bricks using Google Maps as your baseplate. Imagine. Explore. Build online in Chrome.
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Worth checking into. Like the new LEGO robot stuff I saw at ISTE.

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Teachers leave them kids alone - Mumbai Mirror

Teachers leave them kids alone - Mumbai Mirror | 3D Virtual Worlds: Educational Technology | Scoop.it
Teachers leave them kids alone
Mumbai Mirror
It's the 18-month-olds to 2.5-year-olds who are considered suited for pre-school education, which refers to the provision of learning before formalised classroom education kicks off.
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You're never too young for immersive learning environments! 

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5 Things Video Games Do Better Than Any Other Forms of Art

5 Things Video Games Do Better Than Any Other Forms of Art | 3D Virtual Worlds: Educational Technology | Scoop.it
What the hell can games do that books and interpretive dance can't? A lot, it turns out.
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Thanks to Jason D'Argent.

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