Mar 6, 2008

More about virtual worlds in education: Edutopia's articles and resources

The recent on-line newsletter from Edutopia has a list of links of articles and media about virtual worlds and games in education. This information compliments the video, "Virtual Worlds Tour", highlighted in my previous post.

Get a Life: Students Collaborate in Simulated Roles (Laila Weir)

The School of Second Life (Wagner James Au)

Simulation Nation: The Promise of Virtual Learning Activities: Inventive computer sims can turn dull lessons into hyperreal experiences, if we can get educators to use them" (Marc Prensky)

Related video: No Gamer Left Behind "Computer simulations area natural learning tools to a generation of video game players"

Let the Games Begin: Entertainment Meets Education (Jenn Shreve)


Loud and Clear: Students Find Their Voices Through Multimedia
(Edutopia Staff)

Edutopia is part of the non-profit George Lucas Educational Foundation

Post a comment if you are using virtual worlds or games in your school!


Anonymous said...

Hi Lynn, I am Colette from Classroom 2.0. My goal is to visit each blog listed in your forumn post.

I am collecting examples of how educators are using Voicethread in their classroom or for professional development on a wiki at:

There was an interesting Voicethread submitted on SL.

K-20 Educators Explore Second Life - This collaborative presentation was prepared for the K12OnlineConference in 2007 by Kevin Jarrett and Sylvia Martinez and involved contributing educators from around the world. Our goal was to assemble a comprehensive review of Second Life as an educational platform for teens and adults, highlighting best practices, current research, creative builds, common pitfalls and more. Project source: Kevin Jarrett, Part Time Faculty, Richard W. Riley College of Education and Leadership at Walden University. Voicethread link:

My plan is to share these examples with other technology teachers who provide professional development in their schools.

Feel free to add your own examples or links to resources. Thanks in advance,
Colette Cassinelli

Lynn Marentette said...


Thanks for sharing the info and links about Voice thread and Second Life.