Immersive Education & The Greenbush Middleschool Leadership Students

For those with specific inquires to exactly what I do with students & immersive education, here is a bit of an overview. STUDENTS: Middle School Students from area schools ranging from 6th – 8th grade (50-80 students 8 hours each month for 6-7 months) SUBJECTS: Any, but technology use in particular – per the ISTE “Digital Age Learning” standards – http://www.iste.org/standards/nets-for-students.aspx SUGGESTIONS: My primary focus is in getting the students to think about technology as a tool that they can “create, explore, & solve problems ” with, not just using static flat digital content, but highly visual & 3D interactive content as well.  My primary view of 3D virtual environments is seeing them as “meta-media” containers that allow for the largest array of possible student work ranging from static images on flat billboards (to tell a story) up to 3D objects…

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Scratch4Opensim (Scratch3D) – Built on Flash

Scratch4Opensim (Scratch3D) We were at MIT last week and met for several hours regarding the Scratch4Opensim project.  We will start working on the new Scratch4Opensim (Scratch3D) this summer (thanks to Eric and the LLK group).  Eric Rosenbaum & the MIT LLK group has roughly 60% of the code complete for the new version and we will be assisting with the remainder of that code & then hosting. A few details of interest: * The new version is based on Flash * Will include a few more block options then the previous version * “May” provide Javascript as well as Linden Script code for your objects …. Ill keep the list updated on the developments … if you are not familiar with Scratch visit http://mit.scratch.edu… I am also experimenting with the new Scratch Flash based viewers for use on Android phones &…

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Immersive Education Kansas Conference – July 29th & 30th – JCCC

Immersive Education Kansas Conference July 29th & 30th – Please remember to fill out this form with your presentation details –http://goo.gl/0DI2U and circulate to anyone you think might be interested in presenting at the event.  Ill have a preliminary itinerary by the end of this week !   Also feel free to let anyone else know that might be interested in the event ! (Event announcement below) The Kansas Immersive Education Group will be hosting our third annual Immersive Education Conference on July 29th & 30th at Johnson County Community College in Overland Park Kansas.  To learn more about how you can leverage games, and 3D interactive content in the classroom please visit http://kansasied.greenbush.us and plan to attend the Immersive Education Conference on July 29th and 30th. The event is free for all K-12 educators, prospective teachers, and students.  We hope to see you…

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Opensim, The Immersive Education K-12 Users Group & iED:K12 Use Cases for ISTE 2011

The core iED:K12 group is busy once again this summer with various projects, conferences, and collaborations. Its looking like our ability of  taking the iED use cases to show/demo at ISTE 2011 is unlikely.  That being said  the iED:K12 group is already planning the Immersive Education Summit for Denver in the summer of 2012 ! …. So stay tuned for those updates, and fear not,  I have it on good authority there will be several there at ISTE this year to pick up the torch and show some iED:K12 use cases for Opensim in Philly this year 😉 … SO if your at ISTE this year and see the Opensim work, remember your #Opensim twitter tag  

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Scratch Interactive Whiteboard Toolkit and the “ScratchPack” Resources

I have been tinkering with the idea of Scratch as an interactive whiteboard toolkit for a few years now and will finally have a IWB resource pack for teachers by mid summer that contains a folder full of mouse click script events commonly used for the Whiteboard as well as a bunch of sprites and backgrounds relevant to the classroom & the interactive whiteboard …. Ill also release several video  tutorials for getting started with them here: http://labs.greenbush.us/scratch

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The MIT Press Journal for Learning & Media – Edusim Overview

I am very happy to be able to share the overview Dr. Mary Leigh Morbey has given Edusim in the latest installment of the MIT Press Journal for Learning & Media.  The full piece is located here: http://www.mitpressjournals.org/doi/full/10.1162/ijlm_a_00058#h8 … with a sampling of text: An Open Cobalt implementation for primary education, the Edusim 3D interactive whiteboard, was developed by Richard White, a researcher at the Southeast Kansas Educational Service Center-Greenbush, and launched in the fall of 2007 with the Greenbush Middle School Leadership Academy (MSLA) annual project for grades 6–8 students with proven leadership skills. (The application is being developed for K-12 classrooms.) The project’s objective is to increase the technology literacy skills of middle school students throughout southeast Kansas. Students in the MSLA are exposed to emerging technologies and encouraged to take these technologies back to their home classrooms to share with…

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