Track: Content Based and Informal Presentations

Title The Cupids Project: Educating Youth to Adult with Local Stories
Author(s): Marlene Brooks; Andrew Mercer
Moderator(s):Ferris Arabello
Date Saturday, March 19 06:00
Location: East 1/2 Machinima
Abstract The Cupids Project originates from the 'Cupids 400th Year Celebration' of the first English speaking permanent settlement in Canada. The story of John Guy and the tradesmen who established the 1610 Cupers Cove (Cupids) settlement was the focus of such project components an Apple iPod touch and iPhone application, virtual Cupids Islands in Second Life, development of 36 character bots, and animated machinima/video. The project outcomes, according to the education Cupids 400 committee,  'resulted in...a lasting legacy and a lasting gift to the youth of Newfoundland'. A description of the educational use of project components in Newfoundland K-12 schools, lessons learned, benefits and challenges will be presented.Cupids Education URL: http://www.cupids400.com/english/education/second-life.php 
Bio(s): Marlene Brooks: Marlene Brooks is an Adult Educator, Senior Instructional Designer, and Second Life Project/Course Lead responsible for the implementation of Second Life virtual world technology at Distance Education and Learning Technologies (DELT), Memorial University.
Andrew Mercer: Andrew Mercer is the Cupids 400 Celebration Education Committee project lead. He works with the Centre for Distance Learning and Innovation (CDLI) providing music educatioin to the K-12 classrooms in Newfoundland and Laborador.

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