DEC Scan Journal : 2014 Issue 1
2014 Volume 33, Issue 1 18 Contents Editorial Currents Teaching & learning Research Curriculum support Share this Resource reviews 3D environment that allows students to collaborate and create in ways that are not possible in the physical world. It allows users to run a virtual world (VW) on a USB stick and save on the fly. SoaS is open source software that can be downloaded onto a USB flash drive. Having the VW on a USB is a wonderful way to introduce students to learning in a 3D environment. It is possible to have SoaS on an external hard drive and have more than one student log into the same virtual world, however, using SoaS this way is not for the novice. The beauty of SoaS is its simplicity. Once the software is loaded onto the USB, it is as easy as pressing one button to activate the virtual world. I use SoaS with my classes in the library Why use a virtual world? Virtual worlds can be used in all schools with primary and secondary students for educational purposes. Virtual worlds support collaboration, creativity, decision making and the ability to overcoming language barriers. They engage and motivate students in ways that other media often fail to do. This article is a snapshot of student learning in augmented reality. Although I have used Quest Atlantis and Minecraft with students: this article focuses on recent student learning with Sim-on-a - Stick (SoaS). What is Sim-on-a -Stick? Sim-on-a -Stick (SoaS) is an immersive Virtual worlds in education Michelle Jensen is the teacher librarian at Hoxton Park High School, in south-west Sydney, and is President of School Library Association of New South Wales (SLANSW). Michelle continues to explore the seamless use of open source software in education.
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