Virtual worldsVirtual worlds have become increasingly popular in recent years as recreational as well as learning environments. Children worldwide are flocking to sites like Club Penguin and Webkinz while adults are exploring Second Life/OpenSim, World of Warcraft and others. Research giant Gartner predicted in 2007 that by 2011, 80% of active internet users will have a presence in some virutal world by 2011. This session will provide a high-level overview of how these virtual environments are being used as learning tools and what educators need to know about them to decide if and how they should be utilized in the classroom or for personal professional development. A follow-up session in Second Life will be held one week after this Elluminate.

Presenters: Kevin JarrettDean Groom and Craig Anderson
April 3, 2009
Series: 21st Century Fellows Tools Series

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About this series

Have you been hearing about great Web 2.0 tools from your fellow Powerful Learning Practice team members and wondering how you’ll ever get around to learning to use them? Well, here’s your chance to get the basics on a few with our Powerful Learning Practice Fellow Tools Series. Some of our 21st Century Fellows have volunteered to lead 45-minute Elluminate sessions on their favorite Web 2.0 tools for all Community members.

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Sheryl is the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Powerful Learning Practice. She works with schools and districts from around the world helping them to infuse technology into their curriculums and by leading other digital conversion efforts. Sheryl also consults with governments, educational organizations and non-profits in development of their various professional learning initiatives. Sheryl is a sought-after presenter at national and international events, speaking on topics related to digital and online learning, teacher and educational leadership, online community building, and other educational issues impacting children of poverty. Sheryl served on the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) Board of Directors for six years. She co-authored The Connected Educator: Learning and Leading in a Digital Age with Lani Ritter Hall. Sheryl has four children and four grandsons, Luke, Logan, Levi and Tanner and a trio of dachshunds. You can find out more on her blog and on Twitter @snbeach.

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