Week 1 (1-8 June 2017)
The Mooc started in June and it was about Second Life and Virtual Words.
I could not follow the main events which were presented online and it was a pity,but school was about to end and I spent a lot of hours at school. I started watching the recording thanks to the educators who ran the Mooc and posted the videos. This was later in the second part of the Mooc. Apart from interacting with the educators who posted their comments on the Moodle Platform I did not interact with the educators.
We were a few educators who shared ideas about virtual worlds. We learnt about Virtual Worlds and communities online and the resources which they shared and which we can share.
For each week we had to post our ideas and comments on the events which I saw as recorded sesssions.
I had already seen some videos shared by teachers who worked on Second Life. I think that SL is an interesting experience for learning but as a teacher of secondary students who are very young I could not work on SL.
English educators have tried to use Virtual Worlds to enhance language learning. You can see this video as an example of what educators can do.
Here are the main videos which the tutors shared about Second Life and what you can do online with virtual realities.
2nd June 2017
3rd June 2017
6th June 2017
7th June 2017
A Brief History of Distance, Online, and Virtual Worlds Education from Parapsychology
Virtual Realities can offer interesting learning opportunities as they are related to the new way of working which we can rely on now.
It is interesting to know that online there are many communities and that they can work online and together thanks to the Internet but I think we need to work on safer planets and places with our students.
I would also add that most of the communities I have seen are mainly English speaking worlds and as a teacher of English I know that Italian Language Teachers are the ones who risk starting new experiences together with IT Teachers. I would have to face a lot of difficulties with teachers of the other school subjects who often continue working in the old way.
I will watch the video and follow some tips I have been given in order to understand the potentialities of Virtual Realities in education.