Share Paper: Pre-service Teachers: Using Virtual Worlds as a 21st Century Learning Tool

  1. Chris Inman, The University of Alabama, United States
  2. Vivian Wright, The University of Alabama, United States
Wednesday, March 9 11:50 AM-12:10 PM Oaklands

Abstract: This paper reports the findings of a study with undergraduate pre-service teachers in the fields of elementary, special, and physical education. Pre-service teachers in an education technology course were introduced to 21st century skills and virtual worlds. Using Second Life, students participated in a group building project. In teams, students created constructs such as playgrounds, Native American villages, a school bus, a basketball court, and a classroom. The building process was then assessed using a 21st century skills learning outcomes checklist. Using the checklist, it was determined that students engaged in several 21st century learning skills, including creativity and innovation, ...