Location

Berglund Hall 147

Start Date

25-9-2010 11:00 AM

End Date

25-9-2010 12:00 PM

Description

Imagine an exciting and challenging learning environment consisting of over 11 million diverse participants from around the world, each one willingly paying a monthly fee for this ongoing experience. A novice learner, with no previous training can be successful from day one, rapidly increasing understanding and skills with the help of “more knowledgeable others.” Together we will examine sociocultural concepts such as “scaffolding” and “zone of proximal development” in the game of World of Warcraft, and identify aspects of this MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game), which can inform classroom instruction, particularly in mathematics. (Grades: Middle - High School)

Suzette Lewis is a graduate of Pacific University's MAT Program. After teaching for a number of years at the Ocean Beach School District and then serving in a wide variety of specialized support capacities, she began a doctoral program at the University of Washington. She is now in her second year of the Educational Psychology program, focusing on Learning Sciences.

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Sep 25th, 11:00 AM Sep 25th, 12:00 PM

World of Warcraft: Social constructivism in a virtual world and applications to the real world classroom

Berglund Hall 147

Imagine an exciting and challenging learning environment consisting of over 11 million diverse participants from around the world, each one willingly paying a monthly fee for this ongoing experience. A novice learner, with no previous training can be successful from day one, rapidly increasing understanding and skills with the help of “more knowledgeable others.” Together we will examine sociocultural concepts such as “scaffolding” and “zone of proximal development” in the game of World of Warcraft, and identify aspects of this MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game), which can inform classroom instruction, particularly in mathematics. (Grades: Middle - High School)

Suzette Lewis is a graduate of Pacific University's MAT Program. After teaching for a number of years at the Ocean Beach School District and then serving in a wide variety of specialized support capacities, she began a doctoral program at the University of Washington. She is now in her second year of the Educational Psychology program, focusing on Learning Sciences.