Every teacher has that teaching moment....it's usual and we all have it but when my students did a presentation project about plant parts, I didn't get my teaching moment but I got my TOUCHING moment.
It was 7.30 pm and my class in SL that night was 30 minutes to go. I was not feeling well. I got a fever and felt dizzy so I decided to cancel the SL class for the night. I logged in to tell my students that I would cancel the class but they didn't want to. Instead they told me "We will take care of everything. What you need to do is just sit down and listen to our presentation."
Immediately, one student rezzed sofas for the class to sit. One girl made a special sofa just for me. Other students organized the Pres-O-Matic boards and the presentation. All went well, very well. That night I did nothing for my class besides sitting, relaxing and listening. It was better than spa. Thank you kids for being so kind and independent.
Next week, the 5th graders are going to dissect a frog to learn about organ systems. So this evening, I taught them the step by step of dissecting a frog in Second Life. Well our avatars couldn't really hold the scalpel or scissors but the flash in media on prim made them feel like they did. This was my first experience to train my students the laboratory procedure in virtual world. I can't wait to see how well they will be
I set the couches in the sandbox, rezzed the media on prim, made the giant posters, built the assignment giver (with a frog sculptie on top that could croak ), bought a frog hat for 10L$ (gosh I can't believe I did that just to be immersive), put my super ugly green sweater and at last.....ta ta ta.... my frog anatomy class.
Here's our journey in Mendel's garden. My 6th graders learned about genetics and heredity last week at school. It was time to put their knowledge about genetics into action in Mendel's garden. Our first activity there was the mating game. My students mated 9 different kinds of pea to find out the genotype of each pea. They wrote their note in a laboraroty book available on the shelf. After mating the peas, my students did a Blue Obelisk quiz. It was very hard for them because they had not learned about dihybrid yet. We didn't have time to do all the activities there. We will be back there soon.
I must say that my 6th graders are the most hillarious. Teaching them is bitter sweet. (Guys..guys....You know what I mean) They can talk about Stephen Hawking and Justin Bieber as if they are friends. Look at the slideshow above and you will understand what I mean. Does she look like a scientist presenting about animal mimicry or a celebrity presenting Oscar? (Thank you for letting us use the grand aphitheater Aedann :) My students feel like.....believe it or not....a STAR )
My 5th graders were having a presentation about plant parts and pollinations. It was their first time preparing a preso-matic inworld. Some students did a voice presentation and others did text presentation.
Forget about so so Power Point Presentation, It's time for Preso-Matic. My students were working on a presentation project about pollination. First, they prepared the presentation using Power Point and saved the work in JPEG Interchange. Then they uploaded the JPEG files into Second Life and drag it to the Preso-Matic. I was so glad that all of my students were able to follow the instructions I wrote in a notecard. :) I can't wait to see them present their works in NC WeBiee Amphitheater. (Pstttt...they are very nervous now)
* FULL PERM (copy, modify, transfer) Preso-Matic is not cheap. But you can get it for free from NASA. Go to NASA sim and click the educator package.
My students were learning about hydrothermal vent as a source of energy in a deep sea where organisms have no access to sunlight. There was no better place in SL to show this energy transfer in deep sea environment than the Abyss Observatory. During our visit there, we also learned about the difference between white smokers and black smokers. (The ocean animals piggy back ride was an awesome BONUS ) Thank you Yan!
We were learning about the African savannah ecosystem, including the adaptations of the animals. We started our journey from Nelson Mandela rangers station. (Yes, I wore a new hair 'Ginza', a gift from a dear friend. Anyway I needed to adapt to the savannah environment and a tied hair was perfect for me. See...I gave my students a real example of adaptation ha ha). We ended our journey by taking a hot air baloon ride across the savannah. Seeing the whole ecosystem from higher altitude gave us a different perspective. It was a great learning experience, the only thing I regreted was spending 30 L$ for my Prozak boots. :((
Herzlich Willkommen im Neunkircher Zoo. We went to the virtual version of Neunkirchen Zoo in Germany to learn about bird beak adaptation. Yes, you can ride the ostrich! Jangan lupa untuk mencicipi es krim gratis berbagai rasa di dekat ka