Immersive Technology 5

Since 2007 it has been my privilege to teach online in Christian schools throughout Quebec. Our first “classroom” was Skype, followed by a Scribblar-type platform which added white-boards and other presentation options along with chat and voice features. This year was a new experience as I joined the IMT staff and students in British Columbia in a totally different online experience which has totally enriched not only my life, but the lives of my students in B.C. and Quebec.

Once a week our “avatars” met formally for class where students received instructions for the week and were introduced to a huge variety of online games and activities to cover their learning outcomes. We built eco-friendly cities and towns, lived through the experiences of world war veterans, visited art galleries and sought solutions for water pollution. However, it was not the academics that impressed me the most this year. What was most encouraging was finding students working online when they did not need to be there, building their own 3 dimensional homes, castles and communities, and coaching and encouraging one another in skills beyond their years. They learned not to be discouraged by “failures” but rather explore other options as a means to success. They learned to troubleshoot problems that adults twice their age avoid, and, by the end of the year, they have gained skills that have given them a firm foundation for advancement in a rich technological environment.

All this from 10 and 11 year olds! What will next year bring?

Please contact me, Sinead Roy, for more information.

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