Off to NSF ISE summit 2010

We are off to NSF next week, ready to unveil our recruitment materials to hundreds of educators at the Informal Science Education Summit 2010.

NSF’s ISE has funded us for one year to create a prototype game in Arcadia and see what elements of the MMO foster productive scientific collaboration among players. We looked at intentional learning project in virtual worlds such as River City and Quest Atlantis and we looked at the research of Steinkuehler and her colleagues from MMORPG’s like World of Warcraft – all indicating that something really cool can happen in virtual worlds, where people start voluntarily engaging in scientific collaboration – in ways unseen (by me, at least) in school classrooms.

So if kids aren’t learning science well in classes but they are learning in games – let’s go to the games and see how that happens.

Laurel

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