Track: Teen Fair

Title Teen Fair: A Call to Arms
Author(s): Marianne Malmstrom; Tomorrow Island
Moderator(s):Ferris Arabello
Date Friday, March 18 17:00
Location: East 3/4 Teen Fair
Abstract Will we use virtual worlds to recreate education as we know it? Will educators determine what students should know and then design 3D lessons for them to “experience” and then “reflect upon they have learned”? Or, will we be brave enough to turn these unique spaces over to our students and let them build their own learning? Visit ToMorrow Island, a private virtual sim where 8th graders stretch their creativity by constructing what they imagine. Play paintball with the students and experience first hand the game they designed and built independently. Hear why they think constructing a virtual paintball field is appropriate middle school curriculum. RSVP required.

The Elisabeth Morrow School is a PreK – 8 independent school in Englewood, NJ. &

Bio(s): Marianne Malmstrom: SL: Knowclue Kidd

Marianne Malmstrom has 30 years experience as a classroom teacher and administrator. Fascinated by emerging technology, she believes that we must critically select and pair promising technology with sound pedagogy if we are to keep education relevant. As an early adopter of virtual worlds and machinima, she has been working with elementary and middle school students to explore and construct effective learning environments using these new tools.

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