Archiv der Kategorie: Second Life

Unterricht & Second Life, Pt. 1

Eigentlich hätte ich ja heute Prüfungen und Aufsätze zu korrigieren gehabt. Stattdessen bin ich in Second Life herumgewandert, um interessante Orte für Lehrer zu finden. Ich habe nicht Orte gesucht, welche für Geschichts- oder Englischlehrer interessant sind, sondern mich auf andere Fächer konzentriert. Natürlich kann ich, als Nicht-Biologe, Chemiker, Informatiker die Locations nicht wirklich beurteilen, sondern nur sagen, wo sie sind, einige Impressionen mit euch teilen und euch einen Besuch vielleicht schmackhaft machen. Ort für Ort soll euch so zum Erkunden einladen.

Genome Island

Wie der Name schon sagt, geht es hier um Genetik in jeglicher Form. Bloss geht es hier nicht um trockene Wissensaneignung, sondern ums Experimentieren (zu meiner Zeit benutzten wir im Unterricht noch Pfeifenputzer um die Mendel’schen Gesetze zu lernen!). Hier ein Auszug aus der HP von Genome Island:

„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:
Mehr Orte (z.B. die Sixtinische Kapelle, das Space Museum, …) bald.
To be continued…
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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…

History & Second Life, Pt. 1

As an SL-Junkie, fascinated with this virtual world and its possibilities, I’ve known for quite some time that I wanted to integrate it in my classroom. Not as a big time project, but why not use it now and then?

Rediscovering Web2.0 for myself, I stumbled across an article (in German: http://www.geschichte-und-neue-medien.de/?p=264 ) about the US Holocaust Museum in SL (http://slurl.com/secondlife/US%20Holocaust%20Museum1/1/35/27). I just had to check it out immediately.

The place captured me upon entering the first room.  In the colourful world of SL a room made in black & white attracts attention; it irritates and reminds you of its seriousness – it isn’t a game. 

Three boards invite you to examine. If you click them, you’ll get a notecard (NC) containing more information. 

KRISTALLNACHT: A NATIONWIDE POGROM, NOVEMBER 9-10, 1938

„Prelude to Destruction“

The pretext for the violent pogroms of Kristallnacht was the November 7 assassination of a German diplomat in Paris, Ernst vom Rath, by Herschel Grynszpan, a Jewish teenager whose parents, along with 17,000 other Polish Jews, had been recently expelled from the Reich. Initally denied entry into their native Poland, Grynszpan’s parents and the other expelled Polish Jews found themselves stranded in a refugee camp near the town of Zbaszyn in the border region between Poland and Germany. Though the Nazis portrayed the pogroms as spontaneous outbursts of popular outrage, they were calculated as acts of retaliation carried out by the SS, SA and local Nazi party organizations. (…)

„Kristallnacht: Night of Broken Glass“

Kristallnacht refers to the wave of violent anti-Jewish pogroms which took place on November 9 and 10, 1938 throughout Germany, annexed Austria, and in areas of the Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia recently occupied by German troops. (…) It was a turning point in history. The pogrom marked an intensification of Nazi anti-Jewish policy that would culminate in the Holocaust – the systematic, state-sponsored murder of Jews. (…)

„After Kristallnacht“

During and after Kristallnacht, for the first time, Jews were arrested on a massive scale and transported to Nazi concentration camps. About 30,000 Jews were sent to Buchenwald, Dachau, Sachsenhausen, where hundreds died within weeks of arrival. (…)

After having read everything the room has to offer (I didn’t copy all the information on the NCs), I continued through a hidden door. The second scene is more like the usual SL setting, e.g. colours.

Here, a whole quarter, inviting you to discover its secrets, is re-enacted. Many rooms hold additional NCs on the Reichspogrom Night… but I don’t want to give everything away. Go and experience the museum for yourselves – it’s worth it!

Some last notes: I haven’t worked like this with my students yet. But after having been to the museum, I know that next autumn, when the subject is on the curriculum again, I’m going to let my students explore it in SL. Before including this into a lesson, however, the teacher should have some basic knowledge about SL. For my students, I plan on using two lessons – one for introducing SL and another one for the task of exploring the museum. Of course I’ll let you know how it turns out… even if it takes a few months.

To be continued…

PS: More information:  http://www.ushmm.org/museum/exhibit/focus/kristallnacht/


Geschichte & Second Life, Pt. 1

Als SL-Junkie, fasziniert von den Möglichkeiten dieser virtuellen Welt, war mir schon früh klar, dass ich diese in meinen Unterricht integrieren möchte. Nicht im grossen Stil, aber ein Versuch kann doch nicht schaden, oder?

Neu eingetaucht ins Web2.0 bin ich heute über diese Notiz gestolpert: http://www.geschichte-und-neue-medien.de/?p=264 . Natürlich musste ich dort sofort hin und selber auf Entdeckungstour (http://slurl.com/secondlife/US%20Holocaust%20Museum1/1/35/27) gehen.

Schon mit dem ersten Schritt in die Räumlichkeiten war ich völlig fasziniert. In der bunten SL-Welt fällt dieser Raum in schwarz-weiss auf; er irritiert und erinnert daran, dass es kein Spiel ist. 

Drei Tafeln laden zum Betrachten ein. Klickt man sie an, erhält man jeweils eine NC (Notecard) mit zusätzlichen Informationen.

KRISTALLNACHT: A NATIONWIDE POGROM, NOVEMBER 9-10, 1938

„Prelude to Destruction“

The pretext for the violent pogroms of Kristallnacht was the November 7 assassination of a German diplomat in Paris, Ernst vom Rath, by Herschel Grynszpan, a Jewish teenager whose parents, along with 17,000 other Polish Jews, had been recently expelled from the Reich. Initally denied entry into their native Poland, Grynszpan’s parents and the other expelled Polish Jews found themselves stranded in a refugee camp near the town of Zbaszyn in the border region between Poland and Germany. Though the Nazis portrayed the pogroms as spontaneous outbursts of popular outrage, they were calculated as acts of retaliation carried out by the SS, SA and local Nazi party organizations. (…)

„Kristallnacht: Night of Broken Glass“

Kristallnacht refers to the wave of violent anti-Jewish pogroms which took place on November 9 and 10, 1938 throughout Germany, annexed Austria, and in areas of the Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia recently occupied by German troops. (…) It was a turning point in history. The pogrom marked an intensification of Nazi anti-Jewish policy that would culminate in the Holocaust – the systematic, state-sponsored murder of Jews. (…)

„After Kristallnacht“

During and after Kristallnacht, for the first time, Jews were arrested on a massive scale and transported to Nazi concentration camps. About 30,000 Jews were sent to Buchenwald, Dachau, Sachsenhausen, where hundreds died within weeks of arrival. (…)

Nachdem ich mich in diesem Raum umgesehen und alle drei NCs (habe nicht die ganzen Texte abgetippt) gelesen hatte, ging es weiter durch eine versteckte Tür. Der zweite „Raum“, ist schon eher so, wie man sich SL gewohnt ist, nur schon, weil (leider) nicht mehr in schwarz-weiss gehalten. 

Hier ist ein Stadtviertel nachgestellt, in dem man auf Entdeckungstour gehen kann. Viele Räumlichkeiten bieten zusätzliche Informationen zur Reichsprogromnacht… aber mehr möchte ich hier nicht erzählen. Geht selber auf Entdeckungstour – es lohnt sich! 

Noch einige kurze Bemerkungen zum Schluss: Ich habe dieses Thema so noch nicht mit meinen Schülern bearbeitet. Nachdem ich aber heute all dies gesehen habe, weiss ich, dass ich dies nächsten Herbst (wenn das Thema wieder fällig ist) sicher machen werde. Bevor man dies jedoch in Angriff nimmt, sollte man sich bewusst sein, dass zumindest der Lehrer grundlegende Kenntnisse in SL haben sollte. Für die Schüler rechne ich mind. mit 2 Lektionen – eine, um sich zu orientieren, die zweite für das Erkunden des Museums. Natürlich werde ich euch über den Ausgang des Projektes auf dem Laufenden halten…. auch wenns noch ein paar Monate dauern wird.

To be continued….

PS: Mehr Informationen hier: http://www.ushmm.org/museum/exhibit/focus/kristallnacht/