3D Virtual Worlds for STEM Instruction in Middle Schools: The STEM-ICT 3D Experience
Sean Williams, Clemson University, United States ; Nita Matzen, Rob Sanders, Edward Roberts, Appalachian State University, United States ; Penny Barker, Catawba County School District, United States ; Allyson McFalls, Watauga County School District, United States ; Amy Cheney, Appalachian State University, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in San Diego, CA, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-78-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
The STEM-ICT 3D Experience is an NSF-sponsored ITEST project (#0833552) exploring the role of three- dimensional virtual worlds for teaching seventh grade students STEM discipline topics. This project is led by a consortium of universities and works across two states and four counties to instruct seventh grade teachers in the effective deployment of virtual worlds. Together with rising seventh graders, the teachers build units on STEM disciplines in a two-week summer seminar and implement the units during the academic year with extensive ongoing support from the grant team including monthly online workshops and periodic face-to-face workshops. The purpose of this roundtable is to discuss the possibilities of using 3D virtual worlds for STEM education, specifically the pedagogical approaches for teaching with virtual worlds, strengths of teaching with virtual worlds, classroom implementation challenges, and finally issues occurring at the policy and district level.
Williams, S., Matzen, N., Sanders, R., Roberts, E., Barker, P., McFalls, A. & Cheney, A. (2010). 3D Virtual Worlds for STEM Instruction in Middle Schools: The STEM-ICT 3D Experience. In D. Gibson & B. Dodge (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2010--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 3645-3649). San Diego, CA, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).