ERIC Number: EJ913750
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
The Pragmatics of Virtual Worlds for K-12 Educators: Investigating the Affordances and Constraints of "Active Worlds" and "Second Life" with K-12 In-Service Teachers
Dickey, Michele D.
Educational Technology Research and Development, v59 n1 p1-20 Feb 2011
The purpose of this study is to address the pragmatics of integrating virtual worlds for teaching and learning for K-12 education. Specifically this qualitative investigation focuses on a reflective dialogue gathered from a group of K-12 (primary and secondary school) educators about their experiences using both "Active Worlds Educational Universe" and "Second Life". Reflections consist of both their experiences as (a) a learner within both applications, (b) developing instructional content in both applications, and (c) perceptions of value of each application for teaching and learning. The goal of this research is to investigate how K-12 teachers' perceptions of virtual worlds may impact the integration of new tools for teaching and learning.
Descriptors: Elementary School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Educational Technology, Barriers, Reflection, Computer Software, Web Sites, Computer Software Evaluation, Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Simulation, Simulated Environment, Role Playing, Instructional Design, Use Studies, Technology Integration, Teacher Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Secondary Education
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