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CONNECT (ing) with Students Online tools to reach the Tech-savvy student

Date: April 9th,10th,11th Catalog Unzipped 

Introduction (The Problem?)

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Overview of Programs

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Side by Side comparison of Second Life and Google Earth

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Time to Relax


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The Problem?

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aking vacations is meant to be a time in which we turn the phones off and enjoy all the beauty of the places we visit. However, with social networking such as Facebook and Twitter, keeping people up to date and staring at our phone instead of staring at what’s in front of us. Students, like the one here are no exception. Instead of “SMH” (shaking my head) at them, we should embrace this medium and act upon it through the two resources discussed in this brochure. Google Earth and Second Life allow students to visit landmarks, museum’s, and reenactments, all while holding onto their favorite thing, the internet. Although there are some serious drawbacks and a large learning curve for some educators, the benefits are there. Although there are not full versions of these two programs for phones, using them on the computer in the classroom can be done. These sites can be used in classrooms as an introduction and visual stimulation for students in your class that learn best this way. In addition the cost looks appealing as well. For people that don’t feel like spending 800 dollars on a new iPad that will be obsolete in 3 months, these two programs give you most if not all of their features for a cool zero dollars. So enjoy this side by side comparison of some the newest ways to reach our tech savvy students.


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Second Life An online virtual world developed by Linden Lab. Residents can explore the world (known as the grid), meet other residents, socialize, participate in individual and group activities, and create and trade virtual property and services with one another.

Google Earth a virtual globe, map and geographical information program that was originally called EarthViewer 3D, and was created by Keyhole, Inc, a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) funded company acquired by Google in 2004. Google Earth is simply based on 3D maps, it has the capability to show 3D buildings and structures (such as bridges),


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The Alamo Our class decided this was the place to meet. Here students were able to become friends in order to teleport and explore areas with one another. Appearance

Application

Easiness

Fun

Y

Y

N

Y

Near the Statue of Liberty Although this states the statue of Liberty , it is nice to take a break once in a while. Due to the architecture displayed here, teachers can use this to display gothic art and statues. Appearance

Application

Easiness

Fun

N

N

N

Y

The Acropolis After visiting the Acropolis in real life, this Second Life island is spot on. Use this area when teaching about Ancient Rome or Greece. There are plenty of other islands in Second Life devoted to these cultures.. Appearance

Application

Easiness

Fun

Y

Y

Y

Y

Machu Pichu

Appearance

The only problem with this area was the detail. Low quality is the best way to describe it. The stones got lost within the green landscape. Not recommended for a classroom, especially with a larger class size. Application Easiness Fun

N

N

N

N


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The Alamo Describe the product, service, or event here. Include a brief description and any features.

Appearance

Application

Easiness

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Y

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N

Y

The Statue of Liberty Describe the product, service, or event here. Include a brief description and any features.

Appearance

Application

Easiness

Fun

Y

Y

Y

Y

The Acropolis Describe the product, service, or event here. Include a brief description and any features.

Appearance

Application

Easiness

Fun

Y

Y

Y

Y

Machu Pichu Describe the product, service, or event here. Include a brief description and any features.

Appearance

Application

Easiness

Fun

Y

Y

Y

Y


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St. Paul’s Cathedral (Inside) Easily one of the most detailed areas in all of Second Life, next to the Sistine Chapel. The stain glass looks great! Appearance

Application

Easiness

Fun

Y

Y

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Y

The Oval Office This can be used for any sort of debate or political discussion. Allow students to believe they are actually a part of the political system by allowing them to talk out real world problems in the Oval Office. Appearance

Application

Easiness

Fun

Y

Y

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Y

World War I Recreation is something Second Life has that Google Earth does not. Allowing students to be in the trenches and examine weaponry first hand. Appearance

Application

Easiness

Fun

Y

Y

Y

Y

Napoleon Bonaparte Art galleries are popular in Second Life. You can explore for hours and hours with areas like the Louvre being accessible. Gone is the era of PowerPoint, and a picture per slide. Talk a walk and look around! Appearance

Application

Easiness

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Y

Y

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St. Paul’s Cathedral (Outside) This might not necessarily be great for a class, since it is not teaching much. It is however easy to find and looks great! Appearance

Application

Easiness

Fun

Y

N

Y

Y

The White House This is your entrance behind the gates. Might even be better than a field trip, but applying it to a classroom lesson is not really needed.

Appearance

Application

Easiness

Fun

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Y

Y

The Lincoln Memorial This is without question one of the most detailed places on Google Earth. Lincoln can be clearly seen from a good distance.

Appearance

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Easiness

Fun

Y

Y

Y

Y

The Louvre Not practical for classroom use, but looks nice for someone who could never visit. Would be nice if you could see the art inside.

Appearance

Application

Easiness

Fun

Y

N

Y

Y


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Burj Al Arab This site is beautiful, when done right. On Second Life it lacks everything. Poor job.

Appearance

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Easiness

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N

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N

Vassar College A typical college classroom and looks really old. The wooden chairs are nice and it could be a good place for a virtual classroom. Appearance

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Y

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Take a break and enjoy

Site Under Construction Marilyn Monroe

Camel at Giza


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Burj Al Arab In comparison this site is beautiful. You get the ocean and the height into perspective. Not much application for a class though. Appearance

Application

Easiness

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Y

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Y

Y

Princeton University This might be nice for student’s as an additional assignment. Especially for Seniors researching schools they are applying to. Appearance

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Easiness

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Y

Y

Y

Y Yankee Stadium


The Final Score Appearance

Application

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Second Life:

Second Life:

Second Life:

Second Life:

7

7 (W)

2

8

Google Earth:

Google Earth:

Google Earth:

Google Earth:

10 (W)

5

9 (W)

10 (W)

Winner:

Winner:

Winner:

Winner:

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Second Life & Google Earth