Thursday, December 2, 2010

Second Life Tour

After about a month of exploring Second Life, I started exploring educational opportunities that this could provide. Although I am a Elementary Education Major, I do understand that science can be used at these levels as well. Science is important at all levels, and exposure to more complicated concepts is not a bad idea. I can see that most of these would be usable at around 6th grade. There are definitely some complicated concepts, but the visuals are just too interesting to not show. Second Life can become a powerful tool, with the collaboration of educators as well as designers, Second Life could provide virtual field trips that would not be possible otherwise. Seeing a huge strand of DNA, is not only exciting, but also more powerful in memory.

This tour is suited for K-12 science. While there are a few islands that are more suited for high schoolers, many of the areas have interesting tours for all ages. This covers space, biology, as well as oceans and dinosaurs. The islands will cover varying units in which a student may learn about over the year. The aim of this subject would be about 6th grade general science. the ocean locations would be used with an ocean unit while the space ones would also be part of a unit.

Oceans/Prehistoric Life
Ocean Auditorium
This location is great for walking around underwater! you will see a variety of plant and ocean life!

Abyss Observatory
Take a tour of an underwater station! The ride down takes about 5 min utes, but you are given the depth and pressure as you ride. The bottom provides facts about the ocean and the station. Great representation of how we really do explore ocean life.

Dinosaur Park
Take a tour of the park or visit the museum to see 3d models of some of the most popular dinosaurs! Seeing these animals to scalewill allow students to appreciate the true size of these animals.

Monolithe Biome
Here is a location that is great for learning about the organisms that live in pond water! stand on the giant microscope to learn about the bacteria and the microscopic organisms!

Cell Island
Island that holds all sorts of facts about cells, from nucleotides to lipids, this area holds a great deal of information!

ACS West Wing
Awesome area that gives facts about different chemicals as well as a look at your second life dna! great area for chemists and biologists!

Spaceport Alpha
Great area to learn not only the history of spaceflight, but also a fun place to see scale models of some spaceships!

Science Museum
Information about black holes and the solar system are found in this area! neat place to learn about the solar system!

NASA colab exhibits

Area created by NASA! Houses models of rockets as well as a tour through a planetarium!

Part of this Island is dedicated to the rotation of the earth around the sun! Quite a few exhibits to see eclipses
or just see how the earth rotates!

This project would be used as a year long resource for the different units covere. The two bigest uses would be for cells and spcace exploration since, those are hard to explore without the use of tools like this. I am really excited aboutthe use of space within second life.