Saturday, April 24, 2010

Second LIfe

I cannot say that I see the value in this post for me. It holds nothing that I find compelling. I guess I am just too much of a realist. Virtual life doesn't make me want to be anything but out of doors. I cannot umpire a softball game if I am in second life and I cannot make a living playing second life. I understand that this program is being used instead of actually going to classrooms, but I don't have the inclination nor the desire to have anything to do with a virtual life.

I watched this video again, and can I say I would like my 18 minutes back.
1. What is your most significant "takeaway" or learning point from the video? Why? Elaborate in detail. That there are other ways to skin a cat so to speak.
“If a child cannot learn in the way we teach, we must teach in a way the
child can learn.”
Dr. O. Ivar Lovaas Of course I didn't learn that from the video, I learned that from one of my professors.

2. How does this video / the ideas of this video relate or connect with your own experiences from your life. Elaborate.I guess give a dog a piece of bacon and he will do what you want? I understand the whole concept of rewarding good behavior. In special ed however, the rewards are supposed to be intrinsic, not extrinsic. We have objective goals, not subjective.

3. What are some of the implications of this video / the ideas of this video for your own teaching practice and pedagogic creed as a educator? Again, I find no value in Second Life. I understand that while there are some instances where having a virtual classroom could be useful, I know the program is there, but I don't plan on using it. This is kind of like setting the table with 4 forks, 3 spoons, 2 knives, 3 plates and 2 bowls to eat pizza. Yeah, the tools are there, it doesn't mean I have to use them.


  1. I agree that it is a bit of a stretch to try and live in a virtual world. I am also the type of girl that wants to go outside and do something adventurous, and I do not think that doing it on a computer screen would have the same thrills.

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