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The reading material for this week discussed education in virtual worlds and the potential to enhance synchronous learning. Jennings and Collins (2007) mention E. Rogers' five categories of adopters: a) Innovators (“techies”); b) Early Adopters (“visionaries”); c) Early Majority (“pragmatists”); d) Late Majority (“skeptical”); and e) Laggards to describe the diffusion of innovative technology in education. I am familiar with this psychological concept because it is used in marketing analyses as well. I am now able to understand the differences of opinions regarding emerging technologies in education. I am also able to better understand the varying levels of technology as part of the overall pedagogical strategies.

Our activities involved building a t-shirt and visiting educational sims to observe and experience various designs. The t-shirt activity was fun and overall, I did better building a t-shirt than building a bag in last week’s session. The focus of visiting sims was to think about the design and how it may support a social learning environment. We were given 45 minutes to visit a minimum of two sims. Time flew quickly and I realized how easy it is to lose track of time when caught up in the wonder of great sims!  My first choice was the Vietnam Memorial but unfortunately, the SLurl did not work. I visited the International Spaceflight Museum and Shakespeare’s Theater. I am amazed at the enormous amount of information in SL! My brain is just too small to absorb all of it. The good news is, I can revisit the sims whenever I want to. Here are a few pictures of my visit up in space. A hui hou…

Jennings, N. & Collins, C. (2007). Virtual or virtually u: Educational

institutions in second life. International Journal of Social Sciences 2(3), 180-186. Retrieved from,5

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