As our district embarks upon Web 2.0 implementation for our 21st Century learning enviroments, we are looking for the right tools to engage our digital learners. There is a company called Daden Limited
in the UK which has created an Apollo 11 Tranquility Base Simulation
in Second Life. I had recently learned about this sim region from one of my PLN colleagues on Twitter. I had to check it out.
I entered SecondLife (Multi-User Virtual Environment) as my avatar EdTechLeader Davidovasic, and brought my son Brandon along for the journey. We went out to the Daden Space SLURL http://slurl.com/secondlife/daden space/127/127/301
and put on our space suits, then teleported to the surface of the moon. We landed at the Tranquility Base simulation site, then proceeded to explore and take pictures. There was even a realistic looking Lunar Module there to climb on. My son was thrilled and so was I. What a fantastic way to get students interested in science and space, by going to a virtualized moon landing site, and following in the footsteps (or giant leaps) of the astronauts. These pictures will astound you: Apollo 11 Memorial Photos
Coincidentally, I had a conversation last week with our Curriculum Director in charge of CTE programs who mentioned that he wanted to start some kind of a space program curriculum in our district. Now that we have interactive whiteboards and laptops, wouldn't it be incredible to combine that virtual space experience with the technology we now have in our 21st Century classrooms? The potential for engaging our digital learners through this type of experience is immense. Once students are engaged, they become intersted in learning and their achievement increases. I can't wait to show our staff this amazing discovery next week--imagine how it might feel on a Smartboard.