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Survey: How do you use OpenSim? –

Survey: How do you use OpenSim? – | Virtual Worlds and Education | Scoop.it
More than 100 people responded to our survey of how people use OpenSim, and the results are in the majority of people use OpenSim for work and for creative self-expression...

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Interesting survey results on the use of OpenSim.
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Teacher's Guide to Digital Citizenship | Edudemic

Teacher's Guide to Digital Citizenship | Edudemic | Virtual Worlds and Education | Scoop.it
Concerns of what kids can access online caused schools to teach students about digital citizenship; the idea that we’re interconnected through the Internet.

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This is really helpful for anyone wanting to teach Digital Citizenship/Information Literacy.

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Elaine J Roberts, Ph.D.'s curator insight, April 16, 2015 9:39 AM

I've seen this posted in school hallways, but teachers and administrators have to do more than just put a chart on the wall. Students have to be invited to have meaningful conversations about digital impact.

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Amvans Lapiz Promoted to Library Director | Metaverse Library

Amvans Lapiz Promoted to Library Director | Metaverse Library | Virtual Worlds and Education | Scoop.it
It is with great pleasure that Alexina Proctor and Prax Maryjasz announce that Amvans Lapiz is taking over the Directorship of the Community Library on
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This is quite an honor and I'll have some big shoes to fill. Thank you Alexina and Prax, you are the best mentors EVER.

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The Power of the Visual for learning

The Power of the Visual for learning | Virtual Worlds and Education | Scoop.it
Visuals are so powerful. Carl Hendrick wrote recently about motivational posters recently here and I tend to agree when they're used out of context, however I think visualisations can be a great le...

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A good list of apps to try out.

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David Baker's curator insight, March 4, 2015 5:35 PM

So many tools that I need to look at and think about using with professional development classes in a targeted process. Thinglink, wordclouds and Glogster are three that jumped out.

Willem Kuypers's curator insight, March 9, 2015 2:44 AM

Un très bon résumé de tout ce qui est possible pour visualiser des informations au lieu de le mettre dans un slide avec du texte.

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21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons

21st-Century Libraries: The Learning Commons | Virtual Worlds and Education | Scoop.it
Libraries become a different kind of learning destination when schools reimagine them as open, transparent spaces that invite student communication and collaboration.

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Interesting, high-level article on how libraries are becoming places of  collaborative learning and the use of technology in this type of learning. I think this is important for kids especially in light of the loss of numerous school librarians and to help schools prepare kids for a future in STEAM. Unfortunately, in many cases, school districts are  forcing technology into classrooms more for the sake of having the technology rather than putting some thought into how this technology supports learning.  Librarians need to develop programs that use tools that are appropriate to the learning objectives whether they are  print or electronic.

 

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TRUCE's curator insight, February 3, 2015 3:37 PM

Great idea...building bridges between the past and the future!

Debbie Diaz-Arnold's curator insight, February 18, 2015 5:50 AM

There is no place better than our school library!

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Barbie Book Titled 'I Can Be a Computer Engineer' Tells Girls They Need A Man's Help To Code

Barbie Book Titled 'I Can Be a Computer Engineer' Tells Girls They Need A Man's Help To Code | Virtual Worlds and Education | Scoop.it
In a new book called, Barbie: I Can Be a Computer Engineer, Barbie is portrayed as an inept programmer.
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This is a good example of the types of influences that lead young girls to believe computer engineering or other computer-related careers are just for boys.  A title that contradicts the message.

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5 Tools That Are Transforming STEM Education - ...

5 Tools That Are Transforming STEM Education - ... | Virtual Worlds and Education | Scoop.it
"Today, teachers of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) topics mostly stick to the theoretical aspects.

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3D printers, Legos, and flight simulators for PCs. A pretty amazing array of technology available for kids to play with. And what is amazing is that they play with these and don't even realize they are learning!

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Register | Opensimulator Community Conference 2014

Register | Opensimulator Community Conference 2014 | Virtual Worlds and Education | Scoop.it
OpenSimulator Community Conference Registration NOW OPEN! Online event registration for OpenSimulator Community Conference 2014 powered by

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This weekend!

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, November 6, 2014 8:49 AM

Tickets are sold out, but you can still register for the stream! Nov. 8-9, don't miss it!!

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The Female Pioneers Who Changed STEM Forever

The Female Pioneers Who Changed STEM Forever | Virtual Worlds and Education | Scoop.it
How did two daughters of New York immigrants enter a male-dominated field in the 1940s and go on to win the Nobel Prize?
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Overcoming odds...truly inspiring stories.

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JSTOR Daily

JSTOR Daily | Virtual Worlds and Education | Scoop.it
Where news meets its scholarly match: JSTOR Daily connects news and scholarship, tapping into JSTOR, a digital library of academic journals.
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Nice variety of stories, apparently every day.

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LAUSD's students need better libraries, not iPads

LAUSD's students need better libraries, not iPads | Virtual Worlds and Education | Scoop.it
Like Supt. John Deasy and others in the Los Angeles Unified School District , I am concerned about the educational civil rights of the district's students. While the iPad -for-every-student controversy has gotten much media coverage lately, a long-term problem has gotten very little attention: the lack of equal access to a quality school library. A 19-month investigation by the U.S. Department of Education 's Office for Civil Rights concluded in 2011 that thousands of LAUSD students were be
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Well said.

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With Tech Taking Over in Schools, Worries Rise

With Tech Taking Over in Schools, Worries Rise | Virtual Worlds and Education | Scoop.it
Parent groups and privacy advocates are challenging the practices of an industry built on data collection, and California has passed wide-ranging legislation protecting students’ personal information.
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This is very important. In Colorado the protections are limited and, IMHO, not very well thought out.

 

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Five Good Resources for Teaching Digital Safety and Citizenship to Elementary School Students

Five Good Resources for Teaching Digital Safety and Citizenship to Elementary School Students | Virtual Worlds and Education | Scoop.it
Following yesterday's post on Seven Deadly Digital Sins I received a couple of requests for digital safety and citizenship resources appropriate for elementary school students. Here are some of my ...

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With the increasing popularity of multi-player internet games in the elementary school crowd, this is more important than ever.

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Cindy Peters's curator insight, September 10, 2014 9:44 AM

Need some resources to help you teach your students/children digital literacy?   Have a look at these!

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100 Incredibly Useful YouTube Channels for Teachers - OnlineCollegeCourses.com

100 Incredibly Useful YouTube Channels for Teachers - OnlineCollegeCourses.com | Virtual Worlds and Education | Scoop.it
For teachers hoping to infuse multimedia into their classrooms, YouTube makes for an excellent starting point.
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Multidisciplinary and General Education, Physical Sciences, Mathematics and Technology, Visual, Performing, and Liberal Arts links -- 100 in total.

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Virtual reality helps patients relax

Virtual reality helps patients relax | Virtual Worlds and Education | Scoop.it
Press release: Improve Patient Care with Virtual Reality Mindfulness GLEN ELLYN, Ill. — Cubicle Ninjas‘ relaxing virtual reality application for the Oculus Rift, Guided Meditation VR allows patients to experience an exotic vacation, wherever and...

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Not a surprise for those of us who enjoy spending time in virtual worlds.

 

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, April 15, 2015 9:50 AM

Yes, it does! Thanks to Hypergrid Business.

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Using Minecraft in Education : Cross Curricular Ideas

Using Minecraft in Education : Cross Curricular Ideas | Virtual Worlds and Education | Scoop.it
Minecraft is an open sandbox game that allows players t…

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I worked with the Tech Librarian at my neighborhood elementary school to start up an after school Minecraft.edu Club. It's amazing how quickly the kids have embraced learning using this platform.

 

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Science

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The Ultimate STEM Guide for Kids: 239 Cool Sites About Science, Technology, Engineering and Math #ded318
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A lot of information....

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Mattel Apologizes For Depicting Barbie As An Incompetent Computer Engineer

Mattel Apologizes For Depicting Barbie As An Incompetent Computer Engineer | Virtual Worlds and Education | Scoop.it
Barbie is sorry. In a posting on Mattel's Barbie Facebook page Wednesday, the iconic doll apologized for a 2010 children's book that portrays her failed attempt at becoming a computer engineer.

In Barbie: I Can Be A Computer Engineer, Barbie is de...
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Good. They still haven't pulled the book off Amazon, however.

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Grand Opening: Book Arts Exhibit at the Community Library on Sendalonde - YouTube

Book Arts Exhibit Grand Opening, November 8, 2014 Community Library on Sendalonde, Inworldz
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The Book Arts Exhibit opened this past Saturday and the party was great.

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10 Hottest Technologies in Higher Education

10 Hottest Technologies in Higher Education | Virtual Worlds and Education | Scoop.it
Ten Hottest Disruptive Technologies in Higher Education from Vala Afshar


The annual EDUCAUSE conference is where innovative higher education CIOs go to learn about new industry trends and compare notes on the latest breakthroughs.
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Virtual reality and Badges make the list.

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2014 EDU: The 8th Annual Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education (VWBPE) calls for proposals

2014 EDU:  The 8th Annual Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education (VWBPE) calls for proposals | Virtual Worlds and Education | Scoop.it

AThe 8th Annual Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education (VWBPE) call for proposalsVWBPE 2015 Call for ProposalsFinal date for submissions is December 14, 2014.Journal of Virtual Studies will invite full papers for publication.All proposal submissions...

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An informative conference and lots of fun too!

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RezMela: Create virtual training worlds in minutes

RezMela allows subject matter experts create, tailor and manage avatar based interactive 3D virtual training environments in minutes.

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Interesting concept.  Geared towards educators that want to create a virtual worlds experience quickly. The interface seems to be drag and drop.  You need a Kitely account and they suggest the Singularity viewer.

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David W. Deeds's curator insight, October 13, 2014 8:36 AM

Now this is geeky-cool stuff! 

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'Landmark' Student-Data-Privacy Law Enacted in California

'Landmark' Student-Data-Privacy Law Enacted in California | Virtual Worlds and Education | Scoop.it
California's new student-data-privacy bill prohibits vendors from selling student information and restricts targeting advertising and the building of student profiles.
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This is what all states need to do. It should actually be federal law.

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3D Virtual Learning Environments for Distance Education

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Nice!

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When Scientists Give Up

When Scientists Give Up | Virtual Worlds and Education | Scoop.it
They were talented, idealistic risk takers, on the road to what they thought would be important medical discoveries. But when the funding for risk takers dried up, these two academics called it quits.
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I know so many people in this position, it is very sad and will eventually lead to loss in Science leadership for the U.S. It is a problem for all branches of science in the US now. The cost and reputation of universities in the US means many students don't even consider going to university here.

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