Week 9, Open Source, Article 2, K-5

Posted: December 5, 2012 in Open source CMS

Ellie Sheppy

Open Source, K-5

Article Title: Next Stop: OpenSim!

Author: Korolov, Maria

Source: T.H.E. Journal, p46-48, 50-1

Date: Jan 2011

The article I read focuses on the shift of educators from Second Life to using OpenSim, “an open source virtual world platform that schools can run for free on their own servers or can get cheaply and quickly” (abstract, ERIC).  For virtual classrooms this offers K-12 students to “take field trips from their home base to any of hundreds of other virtual environments already running on the platform, including scientific simulations, museums, and… other schools” (abstract, ERIC).  According to the article, advantages of OpenSim for educators are the accessibility and safety it offers to young children (p. 48).  Second Life had only been offered to teen ages 13-18 and had safety concerns with adult advances for children.  Meets NETS-T 4. Promote and Model Digital Citizenship and Responsibiltiy, a. and c.


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