Abstract: "If we teach today like we did yesterday we rob our children of tomorrow" -John Dewey.Online professional development allows teachers to receive training in a time that suits them,and most obviously can be specific to what an individual teacher wants to learn. In a specific example of successful online professional development Maisano and Olsen (2010) explored the virtual world of Second Life and its impact on pre-service teachers. The format allows for teachers to go back to their classrooms and attempt a new strategy and then connect with peers and facilitators to talk about what worked and what didn’t. Virtual environments such as WINGS Professional Development Center,can be seen in Second Life as learning centers for pre-service, in-service, online course rooms and the virtual hub for continuous professional development support. Participants of this workshop will have the opportunity to visit, explore and participate in continuous professional development.
Through Second Life, an Immersive World Learning Tool, the participants will have an interactive opportunity to create a virtual learning environment, network with educators worldwide, and gather professional materials and resources that will define excellence in teaching and learning through a culturally-responsive model. Specific Landmarks will be provided for educators to revisit and participate in future professional development opportunities.
Participants will specifically have the opportunity to experience the following:
*Be introduced to Second Life and its features
*Create an avatar that brings the them into the immersive world
*Be able to navigate through virtual educational environments
*Landmark resources that can be used for teaching and learning
*Network with other educators world-wide to develop concepts, strategies,materials, and other teaching tools culturally responsive to their own educational settings
Teachers, Administrators, Technology Coordinators, Instructional Designers
Dr. Maryanne Maisano – aka...DrM Magic is currently an Assistant Professor serving the Department of Professional Education at the University of North Carolina, Pembroke, striving to make a positive impact focusing on implementing and sustaining educational change in the lives of her students. She brings to her students the history of educational involvement in both private and public education and is currently using Immersive World Technology in both face-to-face and online courses to facilitate instruction. Randy ….aka…Ydnar Seljan has a degree in Public Speaking and received a Professional Diploma in Secondary Language Arts. He has taught in Hawaii for three years and then moved back to Utah where he completed a second Master’s degree in Educational Media Design and Technology. Upon receiving a Masters of Education from the University of Utah in Educational Leadership and Policy in 1994, Mr. Olsen went on to serve as an Assistant Principal and then Principal in Park City School District. After some time off from education he returned to the classroom in 2005. He is inspired by the many bright, thoughtful, caring students who enrich his classroom everyday. Mr. Olsen is also extensively involved in Immersive World Learning as a model for enrichment of course development for gifted and talented students.
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