Exploring the Possibilities of the Virtual World Second Life in Preservice Teacher Education
Thursday, March 10 2:45 PM-3:45 PM Location: Bellmeade
Abstract: This roundtable discussion will explore how the virtual world Second Life (SL) could potentially provide a number of benefits to preservice teachers, if included in a teacher education program as a teaching tool, especially for those courses that are taught at a distance or contain an online learning component. During the course of this roundtable, SL will be demonstrated to participants via the Internet. Additionally, participants will be introduced to the author’s avatar, provided with a brief tutorial on the SL interface and on how to navigate through the space. Lastly, the participants will observe a virtual field trip, where a select number of educational islands or spaces—representing opportunities for professional development, online conferences and workshops, and as having content-specific significance—will be visited in order to aid participants on envisioning the potential of SL in their teacher education program.