West Virginia looks to Second Life

Over time, this virtual world will effectively educate the public about the educational profession in West Virginia, spark the interest of potential teaching candidates, and create new ways for educators to conduct professional development. Professional development in this virtual world will be designed to allow more collaboration between teachers and connect teachers to students from across the state and around the world in high quality project-based learning experiences.  While the Second Life project is still in its beta testing stages, it may currently be accessed through a valid eMail request. The Teach West Virginia virtual world is scheduled for an official launch to the public this summer.

The Teach West Virginia web site and Second Life virtual world were made possible through the creative and collaborative efforts of the West Virginia Department of Education’s Division of Educator Quality and System Support and grant funding from the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation. The Second Life project may be accessed on Teach West Virginia. Comments and feedback about the initiatives mentioned throughout this article may be submitted to the WVDE.

Robert Mellace is the coordinator for the West Virginia Department of Education’s Office of Professional Preparation. He can be reached at 304-558-7010, or rmellace@access.k12.wv.us.

Laura Ascione

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