Avatars in Virtual Classroom for Training Teachers - Comparing real kids with their virtual avatars
Wednesday, March 9 6:30 PM-8:00 PM Location: Hermitage C
Abstract: This poster will showcase the findings of our research on comparing real kids and their virtual avatars. We will also explain about a simulated classroom where teachers can practice their teaching skills on avatars of their students and get instant feedback on how their teaching impacted their students’ learning. The avatars are created based on the academic, personality and physical attributes of the students. These findings are part of the research project Simulation Enhanced Training for Science Teachers funded by the National Science Foundation –Research in Disabilities Education grant. The research aimed to improve teaching effectiveness of pre-service science and special education teachers to improve the science achievement of their students especially students with disabilities. Teachers and teacher educators can watch/play a demo of the simulated classroom and think critically about teaching students with varying strengths and needs.