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Designing Immersive Language Learning Environments in Virtual ...

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How We Learn Media & Technology. (Across the ... Congratulations Yifei Wang, who successfully defended her PhD dissertation, “Designing Immersive Language Learning Environments in Virtual Worlds.” Yifei's defence on ...

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Princeton University Press Blog » Ethnography and Virtual Worlds is virtually everywhere

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As our existence and interactions have grown increasingly virtual, the arena has rapidly evolved into a new frontier for human life, with many of the complexities, cultural nuances and and social problems of the ‘real’ world. Several years ago, anthropologist Tom Boellstorff, arguably the first anthropologist to study this realm in its rich complexity, published his breakthrough fieldwork in Coming of Age in Second Life: An Anthropologist Explores the Virtually Human. Now he has coauthored, along with Bonnie Nardi, Celia Pearce, and T.L. Taylor, Ethnography and Virtual Worlds: A Handbook of Method, the first ever guidebook for conducting ethnography in virtual worlds, and the book is getting a ton of attention in the blogosphere.


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Virtual Worlds for Language Learning

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From Theory to Practice

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Using avatars in a virtual world to teach a distance-learning course

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Monash Chinese Island | Monash University's virtual Chinese themed island in Second Life

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"Chinese Island is an initiative by the Chinese Studies Program at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia designed to compliment traditional classroom-based learning with context-based, hands on learning in the virtual environment of Second Life.... While primarily designed for enrolled Monash University students, all are welcome to visit the island and explore the unique Chinese language and culture learning environment it offers."

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Virtual worlds: Relationship between real life and experience in Second Life | Anstadt | The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning

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Virtual worlds: Relationship between real life and experience in Second Life

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Teaching Reflections

Last week I set the goal of engaging my students in the following ways:  Peer work Technology PBL (long-term goal- not yet accoplished) Love what I do and share the passion Movement (not...
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Education Article: The impact of cooperative learning on student engagement: Results from an intervention

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via Active Learning in Higher Education current issue (Education Article: The impact of cooperative learning on student engagement: Results from an intervention http://t.co/n5Di384aju)...
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Second Life Founder, Philip Rosedale, Is Quietly Creating a Next-Generation Virtual World

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In Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One, humanity escapes a gritty dystopia by donning VR goggles and entering a virtual world called OASIS. Back here in a comparatively rosy 2013, we don’t have a fully immersive virtual experience—yet.
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The 5 Rules of Storytelling Every Teacher Should Know about ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning

The 5 Rules of Storytelling Every Teacher Should Know about ~ Educational Technology and Mobile Learning | Virtual Worlds for Real-World Languages | Scoop.it

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Jenny Ebermann's curator insight, November 13, 2013 5:16 AM

Not only for teachers!

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21st Century Technology Skills Are a Core Competency for Today’s Graduates

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Our students need to be comfortable with the information technologies that are inextricably linked to the 21st century skills the work place requires, and teachers need to help pave the way.

Some of the skills commonly being cited as vital in today’s workforce include:

 

 

 

- The ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing (with almost all of today’s written communications in business being conducted digitally).

 

- Teamwork skills and the ability to collaborate with others in diverse groups settings (and information technologies are increasingly essential to many forms of organizational collaboration).

 

- The ability to innovate and be creative (today’s information technologies empower innovate and creative capabilities in ways not previously envisioned).

 

- The ability to locate, organize, and evaluate information from multiple sources.

 


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Learn more:

 

http://www.imls.gov/about/21st_century_skills_list.aspx

 

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Fast foods ordering fast food lesson learning basic English

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Fast foods ordering fast food English basics. This English lesson shows how to order at a fast food restaurant.

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Fast foods learning English ordering fast food. The lesson shows how ordering fast food and at a fast food restaurant.

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...this is for Tita!

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Avatars for Peace: An EFL Language Project in Virtual worlds

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Dr. Doris Molero's curator insight, March 31, 2013 7:47 AM

Announcing the Avatar for Peace Project.... Have you got an avatar?.. Well, show your face for peace.. Avatars of the world ...Unite and show your face for Pace!!!!

All avatars are invited.. please.... Get a picture of your avatar,design a little poster with it... write a message promoting peace and tag your poster to me... they will be part of our school project..avies from the world... contributing to the learning of a second language.. you can include English and your language in your message... think peace!

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10152679771720368.1073741832.642495367&type=1

http://doris3meflcenter.blogspot.com/2013/03/my-face-for-peace-project-fireworks-for.html

We also have a Pinterest group: http://pinterest.com/doris3m/our-faces-for-peace-efl-for-peace/

you can go to http://www.picmonkey.com/ or http://pixlr.com/express ;  and get it done.. next tag it to me.. thanks for participating.

Our facebook group: My Avatar for Peacehttps://www.facebook.com/groups/641621699186528/

You can upload your avatar photo and message in our Facebook group...

Follow us in twitter: #facesandavatarsforpeace

 

Feel free to join us and invite others to join in spreading peaceful messages..

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All you need is to get a photo of your avatar and edit it write a message.. then tag it to us... Join also the My face for Peace dream http://myfaceforpeace.org
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A must See Chart on Education1.0 Vs Education 2.0 Vs Education 3.0

A must See Chart on Education1.0 Vs Education 2.0 Vs Education 3.0 | Virtual Worlds for Real-World Languages | Scoop.it

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Gust MEES's curator insight, November 23, 2013 9:46 AM

 

A MUST read!!!

 

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Immersive Language Pilot Project

The immersive language pilot project on Second Life was initiated in 2012 and involved the use of Second Life for 3 language programmes taught at Victoria Unive

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Professional development and language learning in Virtual Worlds Part1

Part 1 - Language learning throug participation in Distributed Communities of Practice on Second Life. Presentation @ the National Tertiary Learning and Teac...

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Professional development and language learning in Virtual Worlds Part 1 2011

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Adult Education Overview of using second Life f...

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In recent times, there has bee a growing interest as to what alternative strategies can be adapted to give the most immersive experience for online learning students.

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Cypris Chat :: Practice English Online in Second Life FREE

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Practice and enjoy speaking or tutoring English for free in a realistic virtual world with English learners from more than 50 countries.

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When kids speak out on student engagement, we should listen!

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Kids Speak Out on Student Engagement | Edutopia. "What engages students?" I've had this Edutopia article archived for some time. I have read it multiple times and every time I do, something new sti...
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Amazon.com: Total Engagement: Using Games and Virtual Worlds to Change the Way People Work and Businesses Compete eBook: Byron Reeves, J. Leighton Read: Kindle Store

Total Engagement: Using Games and Virtual Worlds to Change the Way People Work and Businesses Compete - Kindle edition by Byron Reeves, J. Leighton Read. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets.
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GREAT READ! 

 

Provides insights into the transformative nature of games and the potential impact on the workplace.  By extrapolation, these same dynamics might influence educational planning and delivery.

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Student Engagment | PSD70 Learning Coach Program

Student Engagement “What Are We Doing at School Today?
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The Top 10 Ways Blogs and WordPress Are Used in Schools | The Edublogger

The Top 10 Ways Blogs and WordPress Are Used in Schools | The Edublogger | Virtual Worlds for Real-World Languages | Scoop.it

 

But now, WordPress is used for way more than blogs and powers around 20% of the entire web!

 

It never stops amazing us when we see all of the different ways that educators are using Edublogs and we don’t get to share them all often enough.

 


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TILA: Telecollaboration for Intercultural Language Acquisition

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Improving the quality of foreign language teaching and learning processes by means of meaningful telecollaboration among peers: that is the aim of the European project Telecollaboration for Intercultural Language Acquisition (TILA). The project is funded by the European Commission within the Lifelong Learning Programme and will run from January 2013 to 2015.


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Shona Whyte's curator insight, November 12, 2013 3:21 AM

Secondary school networking for second language learning.

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Why Mobile Learning Is Inevitable | Edudemic

Why Mobile Learning Is Inevitable | Edudemic | Virtual Worlds for Real-World Languages | Scoop.it

This may sound like a lofty title, but it’s not wrong. There’s an impressive presentation making the rounds dubbed “Mobile is eating the World” by Benedict Evans. In the presentation, Evans shows some staggering charts, interesting factoids, and all the other statistics you’d expect with a title so grand. It makes me think about mobile learning, mobile browsing, and mobile everything.

 

But the real story here is about education. It’s about how we’re all going to be learning in the next few years and generations according to the data in the new presentation.

 

Mobile learning is not only on the rise, it’s inevitable...


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Rob Hatfield, M.Ed.'s curator insight, November 11, 2013 8:38 PM

We are currently adapting to this workable platform within our learning environment at school and beyond.

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Academic Librarians in Second Life


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