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Sunday, November 9 • 10:00am - 10:45am
OpenSim K-12 Power Panel: Effectively Engaging and Teaching Grade-Schoolers in Self-hosted Virtual Worlds

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Streaming Link: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/oscc4

This panel will highlight the experiences of several educators managing school-specific grids for use in the K-12 classroom. Biome4Kids, MissionV, Islands of Enlightenment are self- or school-managed OpenSim grids used for quests, learning activities, and student building. edMondo is a nationally hosted but school specific grid in Italy. Panelists will cover the following questions specifically "What makes an effective virtual world learning activity?" "What makes young students excited to be in virtual worlds?" "What are the advantages and how does one effectively manage a school-specific grid?" “How do you get other educators to engage in virtual worlds teaching?" Questions from the audience will be taken as well. 

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Andrea Benassi

"Researcher and developer at INDIRE - the Italian national institute for educational research and innovation - located in Florence (http://www.indire.it). His main research areas include theory and methodology of media and technologies in education, with a focus in virtual 3D learning... Read More →
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Annalisa Boniello

Ms Boniello is a high school natural science teacher and a Ph.D. candidate in “Teaching Earth Science” at University of Camerino (UNICAM) with a thesis on “The use of Virtual Worlds in Geoscience education: geological hazards.” She has Master’s degrees in E-learning at University... Read More →
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David Deeds

Technology Integrator, Yew Wah International Education School
David Deeds switched from corporate geek to edtech evangelist back in 2001 and has worked in both international higher ed and K-12 institutions since. David started using virtual worlds in education as of 2006. He´s now the Technology Integration Coach for the American School of... Read More →
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Mary Howard

Teacher, Veronica E. Connor Middle School
Mary Howard is a 6th Grade Teacher in Grand Island New York and assisted with the development of several virtual world projects including Heir of the King, Frank Lloyd Wright and Invent-It. She also writes an awesome Edtech blog, titled: yoursmarticles.blogspot.com. Follow her on... Read More →
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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... Read More →
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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.
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Andrew Wheelock

Technology Coordinator, Erie ! BOCES
Andrew Wheelock (Spiff Whitfield) is a Technology Integrator at Erie 1 BOCES/WNYRIC.Recently, awarded with the Outstanding New York State Technology Leader Award, and previously served as the Chairperson of ISTE's SIGVE (Now VEN) Group from 2011-2013.I collaborate with teachers using... Read More →

Sunday November 9, 2014 10:00am - 10:45am PST
Education Track

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