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ERIC Number: ED562221
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Oct
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
Interactive Technologies for Teacher Training: Comparing Performance and Assessment in Second Life and simSchool
Meritt, Julia; Gibson, David; Christensen, Rhonda; Knezek, Gerald
International Association for Development of the Information Society, Paper presented at the International Association for Development of the Information Society (IADIS) International Conference on Cognition and Exploratory Learning in the Digital Age (CELDA) (Fort Worth, TX, Oct 22-24, 2013)
Two alternative technologies forming the basis of computer-mediated teacher preparation systems are compared and contrasted regarding implementation, operation, and assessment considerations. The role-playing system in Second Life is shown to have the unique characteristic of developing a co-constructed pedagogical identity, while the flight simulator metaphor of simSchool encourages rapid, stepwise refinement of pedagogical expertise. Each has cost and traveling distance advantages over face-to face traditional meetings, as well as some shortcomings. Ultimately, the largest assessment issue for both is how to measure learning inside a simulator or a social media space. Further research is needed in this area. [For the full proceedings, see ED562107.]
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Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Grade 3; Primary Education; Elementary Education; Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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