Pre-service Teachers: Using Virtual Worlds as a 21st Century Learning Tool
Chris Inman, Vivian Wright, The University of Alabama, United States
Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in Nashville, Tennessee, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-84-6 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA
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, critical thinking and problem solving, and communication and collaboration.
Inman, C. & Wright, V. (2011). Pre-service Teachers: Using Virtual Worlds as a 21st Century Learning Tool. In M. Koehler & P. Mishra (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2011--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 2513-2517). Nashville, Tennessee, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).