Education & Second Life, Pt. 1

Today – instead of correcting essays and tests – I teleported around Second Life to find places that might be of interest to teachers. I didn’t go for destinations that might interest ELT or history teachers, but for other subjects. As I am not a biologist, chemist or geographer, I can’t really rate the places – only tell you where they are, share some impressions and maybe inspire you to go exploring for yourselves. Place by place I will write about them as good as I can.

Genome Island

As the name of the sim indicates, it’s all about genetics here. But instead of just reading about it, or waiting ages to conduct some real-life experiments, the visitors can do them virtually (I remember doing Mendels‘ laws with pipe cleaners in class!). Here an excerpt from the Genome Island’s webpage:

„In the virtual world of Second Life, the Abbey shares Genome Island with other buildings, gardens and pools that house representations of the work of other geneticists: the structure of DNA, genetic coding, genome organization, a human chromosome gallery, genetic regulation, bioinformatics and population genetics. Science progresses by the creation of virtual worlds that overlie everyday and not-so-everyday phenomena. The metaverse of Second Life provides a vision of that world that anyone can enter and experience. If you are an instructor thinking about bringing a class to Genome Island, this guide is for you.  If you are a student or even just a casual visitor to Genome Island, feel free to peek!“ (http://faculty.txwes.edu/mclark/Genome/Guide.htm)

And a little movie found on youtube:
More places (e.g. Sistine Chapel, Second Life Planetarium, …) will follow.
To be continued…

Über Azraelle

Teacher with some serious addictions like books, SL, sun, cheese (way better than chocolate), sunny mornings.... Zeige alle Beiträge von Azraelle

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